Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers


It's happy hour right here for these shrimp marinated with tequila. Cheers.

Grilled Drunken Shrimp and Scallop Skewers
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Marinate Time:
15 mins
Grill Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
48 mins


  • 20 large fresh or frozen sea scallops (about 1-3/4 pounds total)

  • 20 large fresh or frozen shrimp (about 12 ounces total)

  • ¼ cup tequila

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano

  • 2 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 1.25 pound jicama, peeled and cut into bite-size strips (about 4 cups)

  • 1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • Lime wedges


  1. Thaw scallops and shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Rinse scallops and shrimp with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. Place scallops and shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish; set aside.

  2. In a small bowl stir together tequila, lime juice, olive oil, oregano, sugar, the 2 teaspoons salt, the garlic, and paprika. Set aside 1/2 cup of the tequila mixture to use in the jicama slaw. Pour the remaining tequila mixture over the scallops and shrimp. Seal bag; turn to coat scallops and shrimp. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, for the jicama slaw, in a medium bowl combine jicama, avocado, and cilantro. Pour the reserved 1/2 cup tequila mixture over jicama mixture. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until serving time.

  4. Drain scallops and shrimp; discard marinade. On six long skewers,* alternately thread scallops and shrimp, leaving 1/4 inch between pieces. For a charcoal or gas grill, place skewers on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium-high heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until scallops and shrimp are opaque, turning once halfway through grilling. Serve skewers with jicama slaw and lime wedges.


If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes; drain before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
9g Fat
17g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 1323mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 24.8mg 124%
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 612mg 13%
Folate, total 64.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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