If you are looking for a summer grilling recipe, try these Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs made using fresh ingredients and fabulous marinade.
What makes these Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs a great Summer grilling recipe?
I'm not sure if I have truly professed my love of grilling to the full extent yet. Well, any excuse to barbecue is ideal for me because my husband is the grill master.
I just do all the prep, which is why these Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs are packed with flavor. The fresh ingredients used on the skewers with the shrimp scream Summer.
The great thing about using a marinade is that it is perfect for entertaining. You can throw the ingredients together hours ahead of time and let the shrimp gain all of the fabulous flavors from the ingredients.
All the while, you get to sit back and enjoy your time with your company. You might even enjoy a glass of my Strawberry Punch.
- Lime juice
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red pepper flakes
- Red bell pepper
What are these Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs made of?
I like to use red bell peppers, onion and lime wedges on my skewers with the shrimp because they work well in another dish that I'll be sharing, just in case you end up with leftovers. You can use whatever your heart desires though in between the shrimp. I usually put the skewers together right as Joe gets the grill going.
Tips and Tricks:
A tip to keep in mind though is that you want to soak your skewers in water for about 30 minutes if you're using the bamboo skewers so that they don't flame up while on the grill.
Lime Tequila Shrimp Kabobs Recipe
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 tablespoons tequila
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- pinch of salt & pepper
- one pound of shrimp shelled and deveined
- 2 limes quartered
- red bell pepper cut into chunks
- onion cut into chunks
- In a mixing bowl combine the lime juice, tequila, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the marinade into a gallon size ziplock bag and the shrimp to the marinade.
- Refrigerate the bag for a minimum of 2 hours before placing it on the skewers.
- Alternate between shrimp, red bell peppers, onions and limes on the skewers.
- Cook on the grill for five minutes.
More Summer Grilling Ideas....
Grilling is definitely a favorite part of Summer for me. It means great food and less work for me. Woohoo! If you're as much of a fan of grilling as I am, be sure to check out my Summer Grilling Burger Bar article.
It has another fabulous marinade that'll have you asking for more. I also have tons of side dishes that work well for cookouts, but a personal favorite is my Red Cabbage Coleslaw. Just remember to enjoy yourself because before you know it the Summer will be over.
What goes with shrimp kabobs?
Grilled corn on the cob is a delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with shrimp kabobs. Or you can pair them with a fresh, crisp salad. Try a green salad with a vinaigrette dressing or a fruit salad for a refreshing touch.
What do you soak shrimp in before grilling?
Soaking shrimp before grilling isn't necessary, but you can marinate it for extra flavor and to keep it moist while cooking.
A mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, honey, paprika, salt, and pepper makes a great marinade for the shrimp.
Do you use cooked or raw shrimp for kabobs?
You can use either cooked or raw shrimp for kabobs, depending on your preference. However, keep in mind that cooking times will vary depending on whether you use raw or cooked shrimp.
If you use raw shrimp, it's important to cook them thoroughly to avoid any foodborne illness. Make sure to grill them until they turn pink and opaque, which usually takes 2-3 minutes per side.
If you use cooked shrimp, you only need to grill them until they're heated through and lightly charred, which usually takes 1-2 minutes per side. Be careful not to overcook them, as they can become tough and rubbery.
How long does it take to grill shrimp kabobs?
The cooking time for shrimp kabobs on the grill will depend on the size of the shrimp and whether they are raw or cooked. Here are some general guidelines:
- If using raw shrimp, grill the kabobs over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp are pink and opaque. This usually takes about 6-8 minutes total cooking time.
- If using pre-cooked shrimp, grill the kabobs over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes per side, or until they are heated through and lightly charred. This usually takes about 4-6 minutes total cooking time.
Should I peel shrimp for kabobs?
It's generally recommended to peel shrimp for kabobs, as it makes them easier to eat and allows the marinade and seasoning to better penetrate the flesh of the shrimp.
Leaving the shells on can also make the kabobs more difficult to grill evenly, and you risk the shells burning and imparting an unpleasant flavor.