Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Little known fact, gentlemen. Tacos are the food of genius."
-Heather Brewer, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

There are, of course, unlimited ways to make tacos. When I have tacos out I prefer to order shrimp tacos and these are a riff on one of my favorites. They are great with lettuce and tomato with a bit of salsa but I particularly like them with slaw.

Freshness of Shrimp

I used to vacation along the coast of South Carolina and would go to the docks for fresh shrimp. The flavor is incomparable. Practically speaking, in many areas it's hard to buy fresh shrimp because most of the shrimp sold is processed and frozen quickly after catching. Because shrimp is so delicate, only the most careful handling will result in truly fresh product. I live in New Orleans now and am (comparatively) spoiled by my fresh Gulf shrimp, but when I lived in Northern Virginia my local fish market would occasionally have fresh shrimp. If the shrimp is truly fresh and has never been frozen I will do my best to use it the day purchased. If you live in an area without access to truly fresh shrimp you will do well to buy good quality frozen shrimp and thaw it yourself. I almost never buy shrimp that has been peeled and deveined.

Look for firm shrimp with little softening of the shells. If the tail pulls away easily it is not fresh. Quality shrimp, whether it is fresh or has been frozen, will have a fresh clean odor with the light salty smell of the ocean. The color is not as important since there are different colors of shrimp. Shrimp with dark spots (called melanosis) is, however, an indication that they are not as fresh.


Shrimp Tacos

Servings = 2 | Serving size =3 tacos

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Cooking time does not include marinating time. This recipe makes good leftovers. Store the shrimp separately and assemble the tacos as needed.

Serve with Southwestern Slaw

1 clove garlic (finely minced)
8 ounces shrimp (peeled, deveined, and sliced in half lengthwise)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp paprika or smoked paprika
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium ribs celery (diced)
4 medium green onions (thinly sliced crosswise)
6 corn taco shells

Shrimp Tacos
Place the garlic, shrimp, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika and salt in a bowl.

Toss until well coated and refrigerate for at least an hour.

When ready to serve place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

Add the celery and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the green onions, and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add the shrimp and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Serve in taco shells with lettuce, tomato and salsa or Southwestern Slaw.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 3 tacos

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 380 Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g 30%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 8g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 172mg 56%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
    Sugars 1g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 15% Iron 26%
Vitamin K 47 mcg Potassium 455 mg
Magnesium 93 mg