Shrimp Tacos

These tacos are the perfect dish for summer. I created this recipe in an effort to highlight the natural flavors of the ocean in shrimp. Remember the fresher your shrimp the better the tacos will taste. I used frozen store bought shrimp and it worked out surprisingly well.

1/2 lb. 51-60 shrimp, thawed
2 Tbs. no salt, butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 C. onion, diced
2 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 fresh lime
1 Tbs. kosher salt
1 Tbs. fresh, ground black pepper
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
6 fresh corn tortillas
1 C. Canola oil

2 skillets
1 wooden spoon
1 serrated knife
1 Chef’s knife
1 cutting board
1 bowl
1 spoon or fork

First de-vein and un-tail all the shrimp. The shells should come right off if you pull from the tail upwards. Next melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. While the butter is melting, mince the garlic. And begin heating the canola oil in a separate skillet over medium-high heat.

Add 2 cloves of the garlic to the butter and let saute for a few minutes until golden brown. Now add the shrimp. Let the shrimp cook, stirring occasionally, until pink and white for about 15 minutes.

When the canola oil is hot enough to fry the tortillas (about 350 degrees), begin frying them. Place a tortilla in the oil for about 30 seconds then flip over using tongs. Let cook for another 30 seconds and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

As the shrimp cook, dice your tomatoes and onion. Place the tomato and onion in a small mixing bowl. Add the remaining garlic. Chop the cilantro, add to the salsa. Squeeze in the juice from 1/2 a fresh lime. Add the salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne and paprika. Stir with fork or spoon until thoroughly mixed.

Place five or six cooked shrimp in the taco shell. Top with salsa and garnish with fresh mozzarella. Happy summer!

*This is a great recipe to make with a couple of friends. My sous chef for the night, Ava, deserves a giant thank you for all her awesome help and patience. I love you!


About kristamaesmith

I'm a writer living with my boyfriend in Salt Lake City, Utah where I cheer for the Jazz, walk my dog, and spend too much money in local restaurants. I work in marketing for higher education and blog about food, travel, television, and whatever shiny moment catches my fancy.
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3 Responses to Shrimp Tacos

  1. Andrew says:

    This sounds so good! I will definatley try this one out! Thanks Krista!

  2. Holy cow that was way good! And yay! Special mention ftw!!

  3. Erin says:

    Wow I wish I could have been around for this one, YUM!

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