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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

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

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.



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


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.