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Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Pomegranate Salsa Recipe

Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Pomegranate Salsa

About Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos

Perfect for picnics, parties and weeknight dinners, this recipe comes from David McAlexander, a competitor in the World Food Championships Thrilla at the Grilla contest.

As you can tell, David has spent a lot of time perfecting it. However, we think he would agree that if you have a different way to serve up these award-winning tequila shrimp tacos, you should go for it!


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 4 limes
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 2 lbs. Fresh Baby Alabama Gulf Shrimp
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 6 blue corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Napa cabbage, julienned


1. Submerge 6 wooden skewers in a bowl of room temperature water.
2. Preheat grill to medium heat.
3. Place the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until emulsified
4. Peel and de-vein shrimp, Toss in the marinade until completely coated and set aside.
5. Remove skin and core from pineapple, then cut into 1/2 inch wide rings.
6. Sprinkle brown sugar on both sides of each pineapple ring and grill until caramel in color (2-3 minutes per side).
7. Cut pomegranate in half and working over a large bowl, whack the uncut sides with a wooden spoon until all the seeds fall out into the bowl.
8. Roughly chop grilled pineapple and add to the bowl with the pomegranate seeds.
9. Add pineapple juice and cilantro, and mix until well Incorporated.
10. Evenly distribute shrimp on skewers and grill 2 minutes per side.
11. Pour remaining marinade into a small saucepan, place on the hottest part of the grill and bring to a boil. Allow to thicken and reduce by 1/3, then remove from heat.
12. Lay tortillas on grill to heat for about 30 seconds per side. To assemble, evenly distribute Napa cabbage on tortillas. Drizzle each with about a teaspoon of the reduced marinade. Top each with 1 skewers worth of shrimp and a generous tablespoon of pineapple pomegranate salsa.

Looking for ways to make this shrimp tacos recipe your own?

  • Try different flavors of wood pellets to bring out new flavors in your shrimp.
  • Experiment with a variety of salsas, not just one with tropical, fruity flavors.
  • Serve your tequila lime shrimp tacos in any kind of shell. Or, just plop them on top of a huge summer salad. Bon appetit bonanza!

Hosting a nice-sized crowd of hearty eaters who are ages 21 and over at your Grilla Grill festivities? Be sure to offer ice-cold beer, a semi-dry white or blush wine or even some tequila with your shrimp tacos.

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