Tequila Lime Shrimp, photo by Sonia Mendez GarciaPhoto by Sonia Mendez Garcia

Tequila Lime Shrimp

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4-6 servings

What inspires me to cook a certain dish? The colors, ingredients, smells... all of these inspire me when I am thinking of a tasty dish. And of course the places where I have lived and my Mexican heritage continually inspire me. Traditional Mexican ingredients such as fresh chiles and tequila help make this dish distinctive, and the result is a quick gourmet meal. Simple ingredients that create simply delicious flavors. When I finally convinced my husband how good shrimp could be, I went on a shrimp cooking kick! This dish turned out to be one of our favorites.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large or jumbo uncooked shrimp cleaned and peeled
  • 2-3 serrano peppers minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite Mexican hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish

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Directions

  1. Take a couple of paper towels and soak up excess moisture from shrimp. Season lightly with salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  2. Preheat 3 tablespoons of olive oil to medium-high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes. When nice and hot, add the chile serrano and garlic and stir often, so garlic doesn't burn. Cook for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook until shrimp just starts to turn pink, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the lime juice, tequila, hot sauce, pinch of salt and pepper, stir well to combine, and taste for salt. Cook for just another 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.
  4. Serve the shrimp and ladle some of the cooking liquid over the top. Shrimp is great over rice or on tostadas or crusty bread.
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