Just Call Me Fancy Pants | Tequila Shrimp

Tequila Shrimp | Once Upon a Recipe

Despite the fact that all of the holiday parties are over, it is important to have a few recipes on the ready so that you’re always in a position to entertain your friends. (Happy bellies = happy friends). It’s kind of a shame that we smush all of these wonderful parties/gatherings into the weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve, no? I mean, it makes for a lot of partying and eating and drinking to do in a short amount of time. Forget the Freshman Fifteen. Hello Christmas Fifteen. Why not spread it out a little?

Tequila Shrimp | Once Upon a Recipe

Friends, I propose that we create a new holiday. Something to get us through the rest of the winter. January and February are such dreary months! Post-holiday lows combined with cold, dark days. It’s all a bit depressing if you ask me. What shall we call our new holiday?

…I am drawing a blank, but one thing I can be sure of is that it must involve lots of good food and beverages. Presents can be optional.

Tequila Shrimp | Once Upon a Recipe

And these tequila shrimp will be a must-serve item. I mean, come on – jumbo shrimp combined with tequila, lime, and cilantro? It’s like a shrimp marrying a margarita and having delicious babies. It’s super simple to create too. Sauté your shrimp with some onion, garlic, and tequila – all of which can be done in advance, no less – and then serve with cilantro, lime, and salt. In a jumbo martini glass (optional – see below). I made these tequila shrimp for a holiday party I hosted a few weeks ago and they were completely annihilated. Fancy pants without being finicky or stressful. Winning! Happy…Partymus!

Tequila Shrimp | Once Upon a Recipe

Tequila Shrimp

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

5 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and tails on (~40 large shrimp)

1/4 cup tequila

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/8-1/4 tsp. salt (to taste)

2 TBSP. cilantro, chopped

Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add the tequila and the shrimp. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered for 3-5 minutes, or until the shrimp are just pink. Refrigerate for at least two hours, or until ready to serve (up to 24 hours).

For the presentation: Combine the shrimp with the lime juice, salt, and cilantro. Toss together and serve over ice, preferably in an over-sized martini glass. Serve with cocktail sauce for dipping, if desired.

PS. While I’ve never tried it, I happen to think that this recipe could be turned into a rather amazing entrée. Add the lime juice, salt, and cilantro while the shrimp are still warm, and serve over freshly cooked angel hair pasta. Throw in some asparagus (or your favorite vegetable) to round out the meal. Does that sound lip-smacking good or what?


  1. MMmmmmm yummy!

  2. Je suis pas une grande fan des crevettes mais ça donne super envi!
    Et je tenais à te dire que tes photos sont vraiment de plus en plus belles et que le design est super comme ça !!!!!!!!!
    Voilà 😀

    • Merci Morgane! Si cette recette n’est pas de votre allée, alors je vous recommande d’essayer quelques-uns des autres sur le blog. Merci pour votre visite!
      PS. C’est amusant de parler en français! 🙂

  3. I agree–spread out the parties! Especially with these yummy shrimp 🙂

  4. I agree with you, it’s just not fair that it all gets halted to a stop as soon as New Years Day passes, just when the coldest dreariest rainiest months are upon us. I’ll take any excuses for eating and a bit of partying. 🙂 And these shrimp look great — love the margarita-meets-shrimp-baby analogy.

  5. omg I am in love already – and I have bookmarked this for mine and my honey’s Saturday night meal! DO you think it would be too much to serve them WITH margaritas?! Im also thinking corn chips and guacamole will be essential. Anyway I cant wait to try it and write you all about it!! Im so sorry my email is taking so long – Ive just started this new job and life is pretty crazy busy (but in a good way!!) plus im TRYING to get better about blogging. anyway anyways – this means I can write you at the weekend and also include how the shrimp turned out. SO then you’ll forgive me right?! and OF COURSE we will be getting la grotta ice cream when you visit… there is also this doughnut shop next door AND my favourite artisan chocolate maker the other side. English fifteen??? xx

    • Friend, in my opinion, margaritas are never a bad idea. Never ever. And heck yes to the corn chips and guac. In fact, can I join you for dinner? 😉 Looking forward to hearing about this fabulous Saturday night meal. You’re beyond forgiven, especially if we also get to eat chocolate and doughnuts with our ice cream. English Fifteen, here I come! xoxo

  6. Yum! These look delicious. I am such a huge fan of shrimp…I would eat it just about any way you cook it.

  7. This looks amazing! I am a huge fan of tequila and am slowly coming around to shrimp. This might be my “gateway” to loving shrimp!

  8. Those look so so amazing!!

    Around February I start getting really really tired of winter. I second the motion for a mid-winter holiday. Something with lots of drinks and bright flavors and colours! The shrimp would be perfect

  9. Your new website design looks beautiful! And that tequila shrimp with cilantro and lime sounds so tasty too 🙂

  10. Jumping over from Crunchy,Creamy, Sweet to say hello and so glad I did. I LOVE shrimp in any form. And this dish looks amazing. Yes…a new holiday is a good idea….but I’m proposing a National Tequila Shrimp Day! Fabulous recipe! : )

  11. Thank you so much! I’m so excited to read a recipe that isn’t “winter based”
    Can’t wait to kick my feet in the pool and have a glass of Drunk Prawns 😉
    P.s LOve LOVE loVE your blog 🙂 (and instagram I’m @foodonmyface)

  12. I am LOVING the new design Amanda (finally getting caught up on my blog-reading post-xmas). And this looks super tasty…I need to lighten up my diet. The holidays were not kind to me. Or perhaps a little too kind…

  13. This looks good! Sea food season is happening now in AZ too 🙂

  14. Shrimp + tequila?! This is perfection.

  15. This shrimp recipe looks delicious! I am always looking for a new way to cook it! Can’t wait to try it!

  16. this looks sooo yummmy! I love shrimp–gotta try this when I make shrimp tacos :] thanks for the recipe. xo

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