Oh, the glorious Key West. Known for its Southernmost Point, chickens roaming the streets, and beautiful views, it’s truly something special. A place so unique and fun needs a dish to celebrate, so Key West Special came about to do just that! What’s in it, you might be wondering? Well, it features their finest, plumpest Key West shrimp and tender lobster tails that are tossed in a creamy, spicy mix that’s infused with juice from Key limes, of course. Woodsy mushrooms are thrown in to bring even more excitement. Take your tastebuds on a tropical trip; the Key West Special will lead the way!

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  • 1/2 cup butter plus 2 tablespoons, softened and divided
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 2 pounds medium Key West pink shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 small spiny lobster tails, meat removed from shell and coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine


Step 1 –In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup of the softened butter with the hot pepper sauce and the Key lime juice.

Step 2 –Cover the Key lime juice mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to overnight.

Step 3 –In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, melt the remaining butter.

Step 4 –Stir the shrimp and the lobster tails into the melted butter.

Step 5 –Cook and stir the seafood mixture until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6 –Lower the heat to medium and stir the mushrooms, the garlic, and the white wine into the seafood mixture.

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Step 7 –Continue to cook and stir the seafood mixture until the mushrooms have released their liquid and are tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 8 –Transfer the skillet away from the heat.

Step 9 –Stir the chilled Key lime juice mixture into the seafood mixture until melted.

Step 10 –Serve.