January 29, 2014

SHRIMP TACOS

This is the perfect recipe for you to make for dinner on Valentine's day, or any day for that matter. All I am trying to say is make this!!! You will love it...

Shrimp tacos are light, filling and delicious if you ask me. Fish tacos are great too, but these...I am getting hungry just typing about them.


If your children aren't into eating shrimp, you can swap out the shrimp for chicken in this case. I am not into making a whole separate dish for the kiddos, (is that mean?) they need to try new things so their palate can grow (allergies aside).

What you will need:

1 Bag of Frozen Shrimp Raw, peeled and deveined already (Medium)
1 Package of Yellow/White Corn Tortillas
Butter
Olive oil (I use light olive oil)

Spices-

garlic powder 
pepper
old bay seasonings
salt
chili powder

Garnish-

Limes, cabbage, sour-cream (we will be making this into crema) and pico de gallo.


First you want to start out with your shrimp! 


Open the package and pour them into a strainer while still frozen.


Run them under COLD water, sifting them around so they thaw evenly.


Once all are thawed, transfer the shrimp to a paper towel.


Pat them dry, so all the excess water is removed.


Now you want to remove the tails. You can either pull the tail off or cut it off.  Easy, right?!


Start heating your skillet to medium-high. Put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter in the pan. I love combining the oil and butter together! Shrimp thrive in butter!

Once melted and combined, add you shrimp.


Lay your shrimp in a single layer across your pan so they cook evenly. Shrimp cook really Fast!!!

When shrimp turn opaque (or light pink) that means that they are done, BUT we want a little bit of a crust on them.


Now lightly sprinkle them with salt, pepper, old bay seasoning, garlic powder and chili powder(optional).

I didn't tell you the exact measurements for the seasoning because I just lightly dusted them, especially with the SALT.

After you put your seasonings you want to turn them over.


See what a nice crust they have!? 

Turn your pan off now, YOUR done! This whole process probably took 3-5 minutes, EASY!


My recipe for crema consists of:

1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. old bay seasoning 

Mix all ingredients together 

1-2 wedges of limes squeezed in (1 lime wedge first, squeeze second if necessary). Viola, crema!

Warm a corn tortilla on the stove or in a pan till heated through.

For the assembly you want to have your pico de gallo on hand, shredded cabbage, crema and a lime.



Layer the shrimp first, crema, cabbage, pico and a wedge of lime juice to taste. 

Bring the top together and fasten with a tooth pick for presentation purposes only.


I served my shrimp tacos for my fam with a side of Mexican rice and sauteed zucchini.

Happy cooking and let me know if you make any of my recipes!

p.s.-If you click on the title of this post, it will take you to the post's page and at the bottom of the page there is a print friendly button.  You can print the recipe for ingredients and directions!  

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