Margaritaville Shrimp

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Author Notes: ."...smell those shrimp, beginning to boil ....." Where was I? Oh, yeah, Margaritaville. Standing next to a pan full of shrimp, just beginning to boil, about to make some margaritas for the crew. Inspired by the contest, then decided to dump some tequila into the shrimp, to see what happened. FLAME ON! Seriously, major flames erupt from this, so be seriously careful. Like, make sure there is nothing flammable within two feet over the pan. But oh, was it worth it! After some tweaking, I decided to add the lime ahead of time, instead of afterward. But that may have been the second shot of tequila talking.
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Serves 4

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1 Key lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 scallions, white part only, sliced thin
  • healthy pinch of aleppo pepper
  • 1/4 cup silver (white) tequila
  • splash of heavy cream
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped cilantro, lime wheel and sea salt, for garnish
  1. Squeeze the lime juice over the shrimp and let them hang out as you gather the remaining ingredients.
  2. Melt the butter into the olive oil in a large pan, add the shrimp and the garlic and saute over medium for a minute or so. Add the scallions and cook for a minute, stirring. Sprinkle with the aleppo pepper and cook for a few more seconds. Lower the heat.
  3. Demonstrating heroic restraint, do not sample the tequila, but pour it over the shrimp. Ignite with a long kitchen match and duck. When the flames subside, add a splash of heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste. Stir.
  4. Wet the edge of 4margarita or martini glasses and rim with sea salt. Pile the shrimp into the glasses, sprinkle with chopped cilantro, and place the lime wheel attractively on the side of the glasses. (You could also skip this and just put the shrimp in little bowls with cilantro sprinkled on top. But it's more fun the other way)

Tags: tequila

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almost 4 years ago cookslanding

But there's booze in the blender...and soon it will render...that frozen concoction that helps me hang on!!!

almost 4 years ago wssmom

LOL Love it!


over 4 years ago Stockout

I will be in Key West for 10 days in May. If you want.... I can bring back some Slather Sauce from the Conch Republic and send it to you. I think you would really love it. Let me know, I really do not mind at all.

over 4 years ago wssmom

DEFINITELY!!!! I will send you the address, just let me know how much I owe you!!


over 4 years ago lapadia

Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt...

over 4 years ago wssmom

It suddenly occurs to me, Lapadia, that using different types of salt could make things VERY interesting!!!


over 4 years ago lapadia

Love that, isn't it something how we all suddenly come up with our ideas :)


over 4 years ago Stockout

I am in Margaritaville at least 4x a year. Key West rocks!! I am closing in on 60 and I refuse to stop being a "Baby Boomer with a Stoke" in my memories. Great recipe, great era and GREAT MEMORIES. Thanks for exposing a true flower child.

over 4 years ago wssmom

From one Parrothead to another ... so glad you enjoyed reading it!!


over 4 years ago dymnyno

Shrimp and tequila...a real classic! (I like to eat it on a sandy beach!)

over 4 years ago wssmom

It's a great combination anywhere, I think!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.


over 4 years ago wssmom

Thanks hardlikearmour! I hope you try it sometime!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh, baby, you are a girl after my own heart.

over 4 years ago wssmom

LOL I knew that!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen


over 4 years ago wssmom

It surely is! Thanks!


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Long time JB fan! Love it!

over 4 years ago wssmom

I actually dug out some old JB vinyl albums and put them on the turntable -- a real way back machine!