Margarita Shrimp and Slaw Recipe

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Margarita Shrimp bakes in a sweet and tangy marinade that is spiked with a splash of tequila and lime. It takes all of 30 minutes to make this easy dinner that can be turned into tacos too!

Easy Margarita Shrimp and Slaw in a bowl with limes in the background

A good marinade can take a dish from good to spectacular and it’s the secret sauce for this margarita shrimp recipe. Honey gives it sweetness, lime adds a touch of tart, cilantro and garlic add more flavor dimensions and a touch of tequila gives it the unique margarita twist.

Whether you’re planning a tropical party, a Cinco de Mayo celebration or your just looking to shake up your dinner routine, this is your recipe for success.  

Ingredients for Margarita Shrimp Marinade

To make the marinade, which doubles as the dressing for the slaw, mix together the following ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Cilantro
  • Tequila 

Don’t let the alcohol scare you away. It’s a very small amount and some of the alcohol evaporates in the oven leaving behind big flavor. Check out more about Alcohol Evaporation in Cooking by What’s Cooking America.

You don’t need a big bottle of tequila either. I used this tiny bottle that cost just over $1 (yes…really!) and I have some left over to make this recipe at least two more times!

Small tequila bottle on table with bowl of slaw behind it

Marinate shrimp for about half an hour since the sauce has an acidic ingredient (lime) in it. We used medium-sized shrimp that are peeled and deveined with the tail-off. You can leave the tail on and use bigger or smaller shrimp. 

Margarita Shrimp marinating in glass baking dish

Bake shrimp for about 10 minutes or until done. Shrimp should be pink, pale white and no longer translucent. Another option is to pour the shrimp and marinade into a large pan and use our 10-minute Skillet Shrimp method to cook the shrimp.

How to Make Broccoli Slaw

To make the slaw, toss a pre-shredded bag of broccoli (or cabbage) with diced mango and red onion. 

Broccoli slaw with mango and red onion in a bowl

Not a fan of mango? Use pineapple instead. Any tropical fruit would work well in this Caribbean-inspired slaw.

The marinade also serves as a delicious dressing for the slaw. The shrimp bakes in a sea of marinade. When it comes out of the oven, drizzle the cooked sauce over the greens. Nothing goes to waste. 🙂

Note: Do not ever use marinade that has come into contact with raw fish or meat that has not first been vigorously boiled or cooked to temperature with the fish or meat.

Margarita Shrimp and Slaw on a plate

Plate Margarita Shrimp on top of the slaw. Or serve with toppings, such as Simple Guacamole Dip to make tacos or rice bowls. You can even leave the tail on and serve the shrimp as an appetizer with homemade cocktail sauce like this one from A Family Feast.

Other tropical creations you might enjoy:

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Margarita Shrimp and Slaw

It takes all of 30 minutes to make Margarita Shrimp and Slaw with Mango and Red Onion.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 321kcal


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled, deveined, tail off


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon tequila
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped


  • 12 ounces broccoli slaw or your favorite cabbage sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup mango finely diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
  • Cilantro garnish


  • Place shrimp in a large glass baking dish.
  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour marinade over shrimp, toss to coat and distribute shrimp so they are in a single layer.
  • Allow shrimp to marinate 15 - 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake shrimp (including the excess marinade) for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  • While shrimp is cooking, place broccoli slaw in a large bowl.
  • Stir in diced mango and red onion.
  • When shrimp is done, remove shrimp to a serving plate with a slotted spoon.
  • Spoon excess sauce over slaw and toss to coat.
  • Divide slaw between 4 plates and top with shrimp.
  • Garnish with cilantro.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 430mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 95.6mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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  1. I just love all the colors in this dish Marjory. It is like a rainbow! And the flavors sound amazing. I love that you used the marinade for a cooking liquid and for the dressing. Delish!

  2. What a fun way to use a spirit in a savory dish – great for summertime!

  3. I’m obsessed with broccoli slaw these days! I’ll have to try this recipe 🙂

  4. Major shrimp craving with this! Perfect summer dish.

  5. This sounds delicious! Great for summer nights!

  6. Looks wonderful! Love how healthy this is!

  7. I love slaw but sometimes blank on how to use it in recipes. This looks fantastic…especially with that little splash of tequila to make them truly marg-like! 🙂

  8. Yum! This recipe combines so many of my favorite flavors. Can’t wait to try it!

  9. I am a slaw lover and this one is so vibrant! I can practically taste it!

  10. Okay, I’m printing this out and handing it to my fiance with strict orders to make it for me for my birthday next week 🙂

  11. What a delicious way to issue alcohol. This looks so light and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer night.

  12. I am a huge slaw lover. I have never heard of this though but it looks and sounds amazing!! It would make for a great taco or burrito of some sort!

  13. Definitely wish I had this right now!

  14. Welcome!!!! And such a lovely start…I have loads of zucchini still coming in my garden and a bottle of tequila! Think I’m ready to give this a whirl!

  15. Ginny McMeans says

    I absolutely love slaw and this recipe look so good!!! Love the tequila addition!

  16. I love the balance of flavors with the honey, lime juice, and tequila in this. Also, your suggestion of using it as a taco filling sounds wonderful!

  17. Your photos are fabulous. Looks scrumptious. Great summer meal.

  18. I love the idea of using tiny bottles of alcohol for recipes where you only need a little … what a fabulous tip!

  19. This dish is gorgeous I had to pin it! Can’t wait to test it out!

  20. Yum! I love tequila in summer marinades, and the slaw with this looks fabulous.

  21. I really love everything in this dish! From the slaw to the shrimp, to the marinade! I can definitely see why it’d be a repeat.

  22. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily says

    What a great summer supper! I love that you made a slaw with the shrimp instead of pasta!

  23. Holy Yum! This looks amazing!

  24. Marjory, your slaw sounds fantastic!

  25. I love this recipe…it’s so fresh and light!

  26. Aimee Shugarman says

    LOVE this slaw. Turned out so good and flavorful.

  27. Julie Evink says

    I would have never thought about this flavor combo but it’s soooo good and easy!

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