Recipe courtesy of Elena Besser

One-Pan Tequila Shrimp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Say hello to margarita shrimp! Everyone’s favorite summer cocktail is surprisingly the perfect marinade. This one-pan dish uses everything we know and love in a margarita and turns it into a stunning dish that is perfect for summer.



  1. Put the shrimp, tequila, agave, zest and juice of 2 limes and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, toss together and marinate at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and heat until smoking.  
  3. Cut the remaining 1 lime in half crosswise and set aside. Remove the shrimp from the marinade, reserving the marinade for later, and cook in batches until the shrimp is pink and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.  
  4. Wipe out the skillet and set over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons butter and swirl until melted. Add the bread slices and lime halves, cut-side down, and cook until the bread is golden brown and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the bread and limes to a plate.  
  5. Strain the reserved marinade into a medium bowl and discard the solids. Put the marinade liquid and minced jalapeños in the skillet and cook over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and swirl until melted. Add the shrimp and toss together until coated. 
  6. To plate, top the bread with the shrimp mixture, garnish with the jalapeño slices and fresh herbs and enjoy!