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Blackened Shrimp Tacos is a delicious recipe that is made with simple ingredients. This quick and easy recipe makes for a family favorite meal.
Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos:
Blackened Shrimp tacos makes for a light and refreshing lunch or dinner. They taste amazing and are loaded with flavor. Shrimp cooks quickly in a skillet in simple blackened seasoning. You must also try Blackened Mahi Mahi.
If you love blackened fish tacos, then you are going to love these shrimp tacos. Shrimp placed in flour tortilla and topped with a delicious coleslaw for a refreshing meal.
These tacos can be made delicious and one of our favorite meals. Serve with a side of rice or roasted vegetables for a complete meal idea. This is the perfect Taco Tuesday meal.
What is Blackened Seasoning?
Blackened seasoning is similar to a Cajun seasoning spice blend. We like to make the seasoning from scratch as it taste better and we can control the ingredients.
But you can also buy store bought blackened seasoning.
What is the Best Shrimp to Use?
When we make these shrimp tacos, we use large, jumbo or colossal size shrimp. We prefer the shrimp that has been already been peel and devein. But you can also buy them without this done.
If you prefer, you can also buy the precooked shrimp. The shrimp is then placed in a cast iron skillet with the seasoning. The shrimp is cooked and then made into a taco with delicious toppings.
For the Shrimp:
- Raw Shrimp peeled and deveined
- Avocado Oil (divided)
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
Make the Slaw:
- Coleslaw Mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
- Green Onions (sliced)
- Dijon Mustard
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Granulated Sugar
- Black Pepper
For the Tacos:
- Corn Tortillas (6 inches)
- Crumbled Cojita Cheese
- Fresh Cilantro (chopped)
How to Make Blackened Shrimp Tacos:
- Step 1 – Combine Seasoning – Mix together the seasoning for the shrimp in a small mixing bowl. Place the shrimp in a large bowl.
- Step 2 – Coat Shrimp – Coat the shrimp with 1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil. Then add in the seasoning mixture and toss to coat the shrimp with the seasoning mixture.
- Step 3 – Heat Skillet – Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat (approximately 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit). Spread the remaining avocado oil onto the pan.
- Step 4 – Add Shrimp – Add the shrimp to the pan.
- Step 5 – Cook Shrimp – Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes. Do not move it to get a nice blackened coating on the shrimp. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
- Step 6 – Warm Tortillas – Warm the tortillas.
- Step 7 – Combine Slaw Ingredients – Mix together the slaw ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Step 8 – Assemble the Tacos – Then it’s time to build the tacos.
- Step 9 – Divide Ingredients – Divide the shrimp and slaw evenly between the tortillas.
- Step 10 – Top Tortillas – Top the tortillas with the fresh cilantro and cojita cheese.
- Step 11 – Serve – Serve warm and enjoy. We love to serve with fresh squeezed lime juice.
Blackened Shrimp Taco Recipe Tips:
- Choosing the Right Shrimp – We like to use raw shrimp in this recipe, but you can also use frozen shrimp. Make sure to let the shrimp thaw before placing in the skillet.
- Seasoning – Before cooking the shrimp, combine the seasoning ingredients in a bowl. Make sure to cover the shrimp completely with the blackened seasoning.
- Heat Skillet – Prepare the skillet by heat on medium-heat heat with olive oil.
- Cooking Shrimp – Cook the shrimp in the skillet without moving for about 2 minutes. This creates a crispy texture and flavorful center. Make sure the shrimp is cooked thorough.
Blackened Shrimp Taco Variations:
- Shrimp Taco Topping – We love the delicious homemade coleslaw but you can top these tacos with anything. We have topped it with mango salsa, cabbage slaw, or pineapple salsa. All make these tacos so refreshing.
- Change the Meat – We love shrimp tacos, but feel free to use the seasoning with other meats. We love blackened chicken and other types of fish.
- Seasoning Blend – We love making homemade blackened seasoning as we can easily change the ingredients. But you can also just buy it at the store. Feel free to add in chili powder or brown sugar to slightly change the flavor.
- Cook in the Oven – You can easily make this recipe as a sheet pan. Place the shrimp and veggies on a sheet pan for a delicious low-carb meal. Make sure to place the shrimp in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Tortillas – We used flour tortillas in this recipe, but feel free to use what you prefer. There are many options to choose from at the grocery store to fit any diet restrictions.
What to Serve with Blackened Shrimp Tacos?
These blackened shrimp tacos are delicious served with many different recipes. They can even be served by themselves as they are so filling. Here are some of our favorites sides.
- Cilantro Lime Rice – This rice is my favorite to serve with these shrimp tacos. I even love to serve the tacos on the rice with the coleslaw without the tortillas.
- Black Beans Corn Salsa – This corn salsa is so light and refreshing. I even like to top my tacos with this salsa. Squeeze a lime wedges over the top for delicious flavor.
- Homemade Salsa – Anytime we make tacos, it always served with a side if chips and salsa. This homemade recipe is made with simple ingredients. You will never buy salsa at the store again.
How to Store and Reheat Shrimp Tacos:
These tacos are best served fresh but you can refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Print Recipe for Blackened Shrimp Tacos:
Blackened Shrimp Tacos
For the Shrimp:
For the Slaw:
For the Tacos:
- 12 Corn Tortillas 6 inches
- 1 cup Crumbled Cojita Cheese
- 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro chopped
- Mix together the seasoning for the shrimp in a small mixing bowl. Place the shrimp in a large bowl.
- Coat the shrimp with 1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil. Then add in the seasoning mixture and toss to coat the shrimp with the seasoning mixture.
- Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat (approximately 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit). Spread the remaining avocado oil onto the pan.
- Add the shrimp to the pan.
- Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes. Do not move it to get a nice blackened coating on the shrimp. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
- Warm the tortillas.
- Mix together the slaw ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Then it’s time to build the tacos.
- Divide the shrimp and slaw evenly between the tortillas.
- Top the tortillas with the fresh cilantro and cojita cheese.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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