Pina Colada Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

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What could be better than crystal clear blue skies, swaying palm trees and a pina colada in hand? Umm, nothing! Living in Florida I get the gorgeous weather all year long but I really enjoy a pina colada the most when I head to my favorite vacation spot, Key West. And when I think of Key West I think of Key West pinks, aka shrimp, which is what inspired me to create this yummy recipe for Pina Colada Shrimp.

Pina Colada Shrimp closeup

Now the proper way to make this recipe is to whip up a double batch of pina coladas and use part of the mixture for your marinade. I know, good excuse, right?! And if you want your pina colada to be decked out properly you’ve got to add a slice of pineapple. Ah, then since we have a pineapple at our disposal, why not add a little more island flavor to the meal and whip up a side of pineapple salsa. Now, close your eyes and you can almost feel the soft ocean breeze, smell the salt in the air and feel the sand between your toes. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Pina Colada Shrimp dinner

The recipe is pretty simple and a great meal to fix when the temperatures are high. It keeps the kitchen cool and the clean up minimal. I served mine with a side of coconut rice, grilled corn on the cob and, of course, a pina colada.

Pineapple Salsa ingredients

Hope you enjoy!

Pina Colada Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

Serving Size: 4


  • 1 lb. large or jumbo shrimp, shells split & deveined
  • Marinade
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 lime, juiced or 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons rum
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. Place shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in all ingredients for marinade and seal bag. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. If you are going to use wooden skewers, place them in a dish of water and let them soak for 30 minutes.
  3. While shrimp is marinating, mix all ingredients for salsa, cover and place in refrigerator. The longer the ingredients sit together the more the flavors will blend.
  4. When you are ready to eat, preheat grill to high. Place 3-4 shrimp on each skewer and grill 2- 3 minutes per side depending on size.
  5. Serve immediately on a bed of coconut rice with pineapple salsa on the side.


Pina Colada Shrimp on grill

What is your favorite meal that reminds you of being on vacation?

Pina Colada Shrimp plated

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Linda is a wife, mom and grandmother with a background in marketing and exercise. She attributes her creativity and love of cooking to her mom and grandmother who were always willing to let her lend a hand in the kitchen. Linda currently resides in South Florida, where she raised two children with the help of her wonderful husband. She loves living in sunny Florida with its abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood that are available year round. She even has her own banana, mango, orange and key lime trees right in her backyard. Linda started her blog, 2 Cookin’ Mamas, with her daughter Christina after the birth of her first grandchild.When Linda is not happily cooking away in her kitchen she loves traveling, the perfect inspiration for new recipes, sipping wine, photography, reading, then working it all off walking, jogging or practicing yoga.

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