Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw is a simple, colorful dish to serve for a weeknight dinner. These tacos are cooked on a grill-pan so you can make this recipe year round.

Three shrimp tacos sitting on a white platter.

If I made a list of the top 10 kitchen tools I can’t live without, my grill pan would be one of the items. It allows me to grill year round regardless if rain, sleet, snow or hail are pounding down on my outdoor bbq.

Blue grill pan on the flame of a stovetop with shrimp and a tong.

The delicious shrimp for these tacos are prepared on a grill pan. They’re flavored with freshly squeezed lime juice, cumin and paprika. Once the shrimp come off the grill, they’re cooled slightly then cut into bite-sized pieces.

A blue bowl filled with grilled shrimp.

Is it Better to Use Fresh or Frozen Shrimp in This Recipe?

I prefer using frozen shrimp. They’re fresher and less expensive than fresh shrimp. Thaw frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight before using. Clean and devein the shrimp once they have thawed.

A white bowl filled with purple cabbage slaw and a blue bowl filled with grilled shrimp.

The Slaw

The homemade purple cabbage slaw has shredded carrots, scallions and other seasonings mixed with Greek yogurt. The yogurt lightens the dish and replaces the traditional use of mayonnaise when making slaw. You can purchase pre-shredded cabbage to put the slaw together faster. You can also substitute green cabbage for the purple.

A pan with three corn tortilla warming in a pan.

The grilled shrimp and cabbage slaw come together inside a warm tortilla: corn or flour, your choice. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro over the taco and enjoy.

Three grilled shrimp tacos with purple cabbage slaw on a white platter.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw is a simple, colorful dish to serve for a weeknight dinner. These tacos are cooked on a grill-pan so they can be enjoyed year round.

Course Main Course
Keyword shrimp tacos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Lisa Marie Todd

Ingredients

For the Shrimp

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

For the Cabbage Slaw

  • Cabbage Slaw
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 cups purple cabbage shredded (green cabbage can be used also)
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced

Optional Ingredients

  • Fresh chopped for garnish
  • 2 limes cut into wedges for garnish

Instructions

To Make the Cabbage Slaw

  1. In a large bowl combine yogurt, vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, sugar and celery salt. Mix well.

  2. Add cabbage, carrots and scallions. Mix well, coating the vegetables evenly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make the Grilled Shrimp

  1. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, lime zest, cumin, paprika and salt. Mix well.

  2. Add shrimp and evenly coat them with the olive oil mixture. Cover shrimp and store in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat grill pan or skillet to medium-high heat.

  4. Add shrimp and cook until they are pink and slightly opaque. This will take about 1 - 2 minutes per side to grill the shrimp. Immediately transfer to a bowl and add the fresh lime juice to the shrimp. Allow shrimp to cool slightly then cut into bite-sized pieces. Cover to keep warm.

To Assemble Grilled Shrimp Tacos

  1. Heat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Warm a tortilla in the pan for about 20 to 30 seconds on each side. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
  2. Build the tacos by filling them with grilled shrimp and cabbage slaw. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges if desired.

Let me know if you made this recipe or if you made any substitutions to put your spin on it. Snap a pic and post it to Instagram. Tag @lisamarietodd and hashtag #anappetizinglife. Enjoy!

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