Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Tequila Shrimp Recipe

Real Restaurant Appetizer Recipe

This Spicy Grilled Shrimp appetizer is a favorite restaurant recipe.

My husband and I are picky about the food we offer guests (at the restaurant and at home).

At a recent home get together I served this shrimp. Half the shrimp were marinated in gin, the other half in tequila. Both versions were a hit.

In addition, a group booked the restaurant banquet room and wanted these prawns as one of their buffet options. The person booking the party said he wanted 4 shrimp per guest since the buffet line had a lot of other delicious food choices. We did as requested but also prepared 15% more shrimp than requested. Good decision. They ate them all!

You and your guests will enjoy them, too.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Restaurant Tequila Shrimp Recipe

Preparation time: 1 hour to marinade the shrimp plus 15 minutes. Serves 6.


  • 2 pounds large, raw, peeled and de-veined shrimp (I leave the tails attached) (21-25 shrimp per pound)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup Gin or tequila or a “touch” more
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • ½ cup chili sauce



  • Mix shrimp and all ingredients, marinate for 1 hour
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers
  • Place on a grill above the main heat or place in a heated skillet
  • Cook 2-3 minutes on each side (shrimp will be curled)

Baste often with marinade

 Enjoy your restaurant approved shrimp recipe(s) and the people you share them with! You do share, don’t you? ;-)


"The shrimp that falls asleep is carried by the current."

Spanish Proverb