See that plate of goodness? That is a homemade tortilla topped with shrimp and jalapeno cilantro slaw. It's awaiting a bit of tomato and cheese, I think. Not sure what I want to put on my taco today. I may leave it plain. Because, honestly, that shrimp and slaw is so very, very perfect together I don't want to screw up a perfect pair. Yep, I'm leaving my shrimp tacos plain.
The best part of shrimp tacos is that they are healthy. Healthy shrimp, healthy coleslaw, healthy toppings...healthy, healthy, healthy. AND they taste good. Okay, tasting good is the best part. But being able to have both adjectives in the same sentence is AH-MAZING!
Shrimp tacos are fast and easy to make. I serve mine with my Jalapeno Cilantro slaw, but feel free to purchase a prepared slaw or use your own toppings. The key is to season and cook your shrimp really well before filling your tacos with it.
I think the best way to prepare shrimp for tacos is with spicy seasonings. The mix of spicy shrimp with the coolness of coleslaw is delicious! I use both chili powder AND cayenne pepper. Not a ton of each, but the combo of the two gives a delicious kick.
Adding a tablespoon of flour to the spice mixture helps add a bit of coating to the shrimp that browns nicely in the pan. Seriously, I could eat this stuff plain. Sometimes I do, actually, and the shrimp tacos themselves never quite get made. Oops.
What would you add to your shrimp tacos?
- 1 pound uncooked shrimp peeled tailed and deveined--thawed
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 1 teaspoon flour
- ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Place shrimp in bowl and squeeze the lime juice all over. Toss.
- In small bowl mix all remaining ingredients.
- Toss with shrimp.
- Melt butter in a skillet on med-high heat.
- Add shrimp and cook about 4 minutes (or until shrimp are lightly pink) stirring occasionally.
- Add shrimp to warmed tortillas and top with coleslaw. Serve with lime wedge.
These serve 6, depending on the size of your tortillas and the amount of shrimp in each.