Tequila Lime Shrimp

This Tequila Lime Shrimp is packed with flavor, easy to make, and is the absolute perfect summer shrimp dish! It’s ready in under 15 minutes and you can pair it with veggies, zucchini noodles, rice or cauliflower rice for a delicious weeknight or weekend meal in no time. It’s gluten-free, low-carb and paleo friendly!

Skillet tequila lime shrimp

This Tequila Lime Shrimp recipe is one of those dishes that can be whipped up pretty quickly when you don’t have much else on hand. If you are like me, you’ll likely have some frozen shrimp hanging out in your freezer that can be defrosted quickly and the whole thing cooked up from start to finish in about 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite side dish, over a bed of greens or as tacos!

Here’s what you need:

  • butter or oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, about 15-20 shrimp
  • salt and pepper
  • clear tequila
  • 3 limes
  • handful of fresh cilantro

Fork holding shrimp

How can you defrost frozen shrimp quickly?

Place the frozen shrimp in a bowl with cold water for about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under water for a minute and the shrimp will be ready to go!

What can I serve this with?

Tequila lime shrimp is versatile and you can serve it with so many different sides:

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Tequila Lime Shrimp

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 00:15 Serves 2


  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, about (15-20 shrimp)
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup clear tequila
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped


  1. In a large skillet heat butter over medium heat. Once hot and garlic and onions for 2-3 minutes until flagrant, taking care not to burn the garlic.
  2. Increase heat to medium high and add in the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Let cook for 2 minutes until they start to turn pink, turning the shrimp as needed.
  3. Add in the tequila, lime juice, and cilantro and let cook until shrimp is opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Season to taste and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. This can be served over tender greens, cauliflower rice, white rice, spaghetti squash, spiraled noodles, rice noodles or even with tacos!
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