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.
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.
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.
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.
Serve the shrimp and ladle some of the cooking liquid over the top. Shrimp is great over rice or on tostadas or crusty bread.