These quick and easy grilled shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw are ready in 15 minutes! Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
A lot of people get into Taco Tuesday but why should we limit tacos to just one day a week? Quick cooking, versatile, affordable and kid-friendly, I love turning whatever meat, seafood or veggies we have on hand into a quick and easy taco dinner.
My oldest is a huge seafood lover so I almost always have a bag of frozen shrimp stocked in the freezer for last-minute dinners like shrimp tacos. Delicious sautéed, broiled or grilled, shrimp cooks in just minutes and is a great source of lean protein.
Of course, the real secret to good tacos is all about the tortilla. They must be warmed up (either charred on an open flame or lightly pan-fried) and they must be served hot. If you serve them cold they will fall apart and flavorless. That doesn’t sound like much fun does it?
With the temps finally heating up, I love utilizing the grill which gives the protein an incredible smoky, charred flavor. Most recently I decided to create grilled shrimp tacos by mixing up a fast marinade of lime juice, Gourmet Garden Garlic stir-in paste, cumin and smoked paprika.
After about 10 minutes in the marinade, they are ready to go. In fact, you don’t want to marinade shrimp in lime juice too long or else it will start to cook (a la ceviche!)
How long should shrimp be grilled for?
Just 2-3 minutes per side! You know grilled shrimp are done when it turns bright pink.
While the shrimp are grilling, I like to create a crunchy slaw with whatever veggies I have on hand. This week I had leftover red cabbage, shredded carrots and scallions but green cabbage, red peppers or thinly sliced red onions would work great too!
For the slaw vinaigrette I simply drizzle the veggies with lime juice, olive oil and a salt and pepper. Before serving I sprinkle with Gourmet Garden’s lightly dried cilantro for added freshness.
These lightly dried herbs will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 4 weeks! Typically fresh herbs start to wilt after about a week or so. Using Gourmet Garden herbs is a great way to cut down on food waste.
To serve, scatter the shrimp in a warmed tortilla and top with the crunchy slaw.
No forks required.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
- 1 cup red cabbage shredded
- 1/2 cup carrots shredded
- 1/2 cup green onions thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Cilantro - Lightly Dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a grill on high heat.
- In a small bowl, toss together shrimp with next six ingredients (garlic stir-in paste through cayenne.) Grill shrimp on high heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until bright pink.
- While shrimp are grilling, toss together cabbage slaw in a medium bowl. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve shrimp in warmed tortillas and top with slaw to serve.
Disclosure: This recipe is written in partnership with Gourmet Garden. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own. Photography by Alejandro Photography.
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