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Tequila-Cane Shrimp

Yield 2 servings (serving size: 3 kebabs and about 3 tablespoons sauce)
"I came up with this recipe one night when both my wife and I had worked late and weren't up to cooking anything elaborate. Since we're originally from the Southwest, chiles, cumin, and other spicy foods are always in our pantry. The sweetness of the cane syrup in this dish balances the heat from the chipotles - a great combination." CLReader


  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped drained canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup cane or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 3/4 pound)
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 353
  • caloriesfromfat 9 %
  • fat 3.7 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 35 g
  • carbohydrate 44.1 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 259 mg
  • iron 6.1 mg
  • sodium 680 mg
  • calcium 131 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare grill.

  2. Place the chipotle chiles in a zip-top plastic bag. Add the tequila and the next 5 ingredients (tequila through minced garlic) to the bag, and stir well. Add the shrimp; seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Remove shrimp from bag, reserving marinade. Place the reserved marinade in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Thread shrimp onto 6 (6-inch) skewers. Place shrimp on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 2 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are done. Serve with sauce.

  4. Note: Place remaining chiles in adobo sauce in an airtight container, freeze or refrigerate for another use. Look for cane syrup with the other syrups at the grocery store.