Summer Recipes: Citrus Chili Tequila NC Shrimp

Story originally appeared on FoodCary.

Cary, NC – Here’s a recipe from one of our favorite Cary chefs for marinated shrimp on the grill. Quick and easy, thrill your guests with this restaurant-quality dish.

Step 1: Marinade

This recipe comes from Margie Hennessee of Maximillian’s and it’s for NC-style grilled shrimp.

First, take one pound of jumbo shrimp that are peeled, deveined, with tails left on – the bigger the better – and marinade them for at least 20 minute, if not longer, in the following:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno very finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic very finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red chili flake or less depending on your heat tolerance
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarse ground black pepper

Step 2: The Sauce

In a sauce pan add one tablespoon of butter and one finely chopped shallot and saute for 3-4 minutes, then add the following.

  • Fresh juice from 1 large orange
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro fresh, chopped

Bring it to a boil, turn down heat and let reduce. Allow it to thicken into almost syrup consistency.

Step 3: Grill

Skewer the shrimp and grill for 3-5 minutes on direct heat. Toss in sauce and garnish with lime zest.

And that’s it!


Recipe from Margie Hennessee of Maximillian’s in Cary. Photo by Eugene Kim