This spicy shrimp recipe simmers succulent shrimp in a sauce made with spicy serrano peppers, chipotle, tequila and honey. It's great as an appetizer, or served as the main course, and super easy to adjust to your preferred heat level.
If you're looking for a shrimp dish that can be served as an appetizer for game day or for whatever party you're throwing (holiday gathering, anyone?) or makes for a GREAT easy dinner, you might want to keep this recipe in your back pocket. It just might become your new go-to meal.
We're talking Shrimp in Fiery Chipotle-Tequila Sauce, and it's about as awesome as recipes come. It is HUGE on flavor and you'll have it on the table in about 30 minutes or so, which, for a slow cook like me, is a pretty big bonus.
AND! This recipe is straight from my cookbook, "The Spicy Food Lovers' Cookbook". That is CRAZY EXCITING for me, my friends!
Just take a look at it. DANG!
Isn't the color so inviting? People often eat first with their eyes, and this one is guaranteed to make them feel some pangs of hunger.
The sauce is tangy and deeply flavored from the combination of chipotle sauce and tequila, but also fiery from the addition of serrano peppers, with a buttery finish. Beware, though. It is quite addictive.
Let's talk about how to make spicy shrimp in chipotle-tequila sauce, shall we?
Spicy Shrimp Ingredients
- Shrimp. Peeled and deveined.
- Peppers and Garlic. I'm using serrano peppers today, though you can use jalapenos for a milder version.
- Olive Oil. For cooking
- Chipotles in Adobo Sauce.
- Tequila. Use white tequila, though others will work nicely.
- Lime Juice. Fresh lime slices for garnish as well.
- For Serving. White rice, crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.
Shrimp in Fiery Chipotle-Tequila Sauce - The Recipe Method
ONE: Cook the Peppers and Garlic. Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet or pan to medium heat to medium high heat. Add the serrano peppers and cook a couple minutes to soften them up. Add in the garlic and give it a quick stir. Cook about a minute, or until you can smell the fragrant garlic.
TWO: Butter. Add in some butter and swirl it until it melts.
THREE: Chipotle Sauce. Stir in the chipotle sauce.
FOUR: Tequila. Pour in the tequila.
FIVE: Honey. Stir in the honey. Give the whole mix a stir and let it simmer 10 to 15 minutes to let the flavors meld a bit. Adjust with salt and pepper, if desired.
SIX: Shrimp. Add the shrimp and stir it up to ensure all the shrimp are covered with the sauce. Simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes to cook the shrimp through. They should be nice and firm. Cook times can vary depending on the size of the shrimp.
BOOM! DONE! Easy, right? I love easy. And tasty. You are going to love this recipe, with all that delicious, spicy, buttery sauce, wonderfully spicy shrimp. What's not to love?
Serve it up in bowls over white rice. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over each for a fresh pop of citrus. Lemon juice is good, too. Top with red pepper flakes for a bit of extra spice.
Serve it with crusty bread to sop up the extra sauce. If you can’t find chipotle sauce, substitute 1 can of chipotles in adobe sauce that has been processed in a food processor.
Recipe Notes & Tips
- Tortillas Instead of Rice. Instead of rice, try serving the shrimp on tortillas with avocado slices and fresh roasted chilies, with some of the sauce on the side in a small bowl.
- Seasonings. You'll get loads of flavor from the sauce, but you can add in other spices if you'd like. Consider your favorite chili powder.
Tweak the Heat
If you’d like to tame the heat, halve the amount of serrano peppers or substitute them with jalapeno peppers. For a bit more heat, add in your favorite hot peppers, such as habanero or even ghost pepper for a truly fired up recipe.
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Check out My Cookbook
If you like my recipes, I hope you'll check out my cookbook! I'm super excited it's out there! “The Spicy Food Lovers’ Cookbook” is packed with 75 recipes for spicy food lovers of all levels, with easy recipes for seafood, from the land, handhelds, slow cooker meals, pressure cooker, pasta and so much more. If you love it spicy, you need this book.
Find it Here - The Spicy Food Lovers' Cookbook.
Try Some of My Other Popular Shrimp Recipes
- Shrimp Creole
- Cajun Shrimp
- Spicy Peel-and-Eat Shrimp with Honey-Gochujang Glaze
- Habanero-Honey Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
- Grilled Buffalo Shrimp
- Shrimp and Red Bean Chili
- Shrimp Etouffee
- Blackened Shrimp
- Chili Garlic Shrimp
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Spicy Shrimp in Chipotle-Tequila Sauce - Recipe
- 1-1/2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
- 3 serrano peppers chopped
- 4 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 7-ounce cans chipotle sauce
- 1 stick butter use only half a stick for a less buttery sauce
- 3 ounces white tequila
- 4 tablespoons honey
- Fresh lime slices
- White rice and crusty bread for serving
- Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Add the serrano peppers and cook a couple minutes to soften them up. Add in the garlic and give it a quick stir. Cook about a minute, or until you can smell the fragrant garlic.
- Add the butter and swirl it until it melts, then stir in the chipotle sauce, tequila and honey. Reduce the heat and let it simmer about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld a bit.
- Add the shrimp and stir it up to ensure all the shrimp are covered with the sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through yet still firm.
- Serve in bowls over white rice. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over each for a fresh pop of citrus. Don’t forget the crusty bread.