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Kirk’s Drunken Spot Shrimp

  • Shrimp
  • Appetizer
  • Active Time:10 min
  • Total Time:15 min
  • Servings:4
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Kelley Jordan

This recipe from fisherman Kirk Hardcastle, was born when, during a toast to good times, he decided to infuse the shrimp he was cooking with a healthy dose of tequila. They ended up tasting delicious, so he’s been tinkering with the recipe ever since.


  • 1 pound wild Alaskan spot shrimp Available In Our Premium Subscription Box

  • ½ cup tequila

  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce (we love Cholula)

  • ½ stick butter

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Crusty bread, for dipping


Heat large skillet over medium high heat and do not oil. Sear spot shrimp in shell for 1 minute on each side. Place spot shrimp in a heat safe bowl.

Turn heat to low, add butter and garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds.

Add tequila, hot sauce, and lime juice. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil for about 2-3 minutes.

Remove sauce from heat and pour over spot shrimp. Serve hot with crusty bread for dipping.

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Pro Tips

Kirk's cooking tip

This is a great appetizer, best served with lots of napkins, as your hands will get saucy. If you want the shells for stock, take them off before searing, and sear with oil.