Shrimp Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (about 20) medium-size shrimp
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup tequila
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro or Chinese parsley (optional)
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

      300 calories; 16 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 6 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams dietary fiber; 2 grams sugars; 25 grams protein; 214 milligrams cholesterol; 157 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

4 servings

Preparation

  1. Shell and devein shrimp. Butterfly shrimp by splitting them partly down the back, starting at the head and stopping short of the tail. Flatten them lightly. Place shrimp in a bowl and add lime juice, salt and pepper. Let stand briefly until ready to cook.
  2. Peel the avocado, and cut it into half-inch slices. Discard pit. Use as soon as possible or the flesh will discolor.
  3. Heat butter in a skillet; when it is quite hot but not smoking add shrimp, stirring rapidly. Cook about two minutes. Sprinkle with shallots and cook, stirring, about 10 seconds. Carefully add the tequila, which may flare up. Add half-and-half and cook over high heat about 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add avocado, and cook just until the slices are piping hot.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp and avocado pieces to hot serving dishes. Bring the sauce to a full rolling boil for about 1 1/2 minutes and add the chopped cilantro. Spoon the sauce over the shrimp and avocado. Serve with rice.

About 20 minutes

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