Monday, October 22, 2007

Shrimp Tacos

Almost a year ago, I posted a bit about fresh gulf shrimp, but as I sit here looking out over the calm water of the Sea of Cortez, lit by moonlight and twinkling with the light of shrimp boats, I must revisit.

I got a fresh pound today and their sweet, briny un-fishy smell was just the first indication of how good they were going to be.

This is a simple recipe for a fairly authentic shrimp taco.

Shrimp Tacos:
(makes 2 tacos, can easily be adjusted)

4 small corn tortillas (double up each taco to prevent breakage)
8 medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined and butterflied
1/2 c shredded cabbage
1/4 c light sour cream
2 tbs chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish
1 tbs lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter or olive oil as needed
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

Heat tortillas over medium heat in a dry skillet until warm and starting to form small brown spots. Set aside on a plate. Mix sour cream, cayenne, salt & pepper, lime juice and chopped cilantro, set aside.

Lightly heat cabbage in a skillet with a bit of butter or olive oil, salt and pepper, just to soften and warm. Set aside.

Saute shrimp in olive oil or butter, salt and pepper (and cayenne pepper if desired) over medium heat just until done. Build taco by placing cabbage on the prepared tortillas, then top with shrimp, sour cream sauce and extra cilantro. Serve immediately.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Look at the size of the shrimp, omg, Kirsten!! :)

DHC said...

I can just taste those shrimp tacos! Glad you are able to enjoy some R&R before your new job - and what a perfect place to do it! Do a tequila shot for me!

Kevin said...

Another spicy Mexican shrimp dish! mmm...

sandy said...

Go to Algodones Mexico for the ultimate shrimp taco. They deep fry the shrimp, serve them on a grilled corn tortilla, topped with shredded cabbage, salsa, sour cream and lime. WONDERFUL!!

MeEmUrDa said...

ha... thats what i was looking for. Friend made these a couple months back and honestly didnt think i'd like'em, but DAMN!

Jennifer said...

I made this recipe, it was absolutely delicious. Thanks so much.

kyle fleming said...

I was googling Shrimp Tacos and came upon this fab. recipe. It is fast, inexpensive and delicious! My husband who is picky loved it. I will definitely bookmark your blog.

Anonymous said...

These were great! I did not have any cayenne pepper on hand so used a bit of Sriracha - perfect amount of heat! I am wondering if the proportion of lime juice is right? I used 2 Tbsp to 1 cup of sour cream and it was very limey..Otherewise awesome!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I made them last night (found through Pinterest and another blogger) and got big thumbs up from my husband and dad.
I used NM chile powder because I couldn't find my cayenne pepper and Greek Yogurt.
It was so quick and simple to throw together!