Saturday 26 September 2015

Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Corn tortilla , Salsa and Chipotle Sauce? Served with a side of Key Lime coleslaw. Shrimp Tacos are simple to prepare. A picnic food to share with family and friends. 

6 corn Tortillas

For the Shrimp

1 lb/1/2 kilo  prawn/shrimp, shelled, de-viened and washed
salt to taste
1 tsp Jalapeno powder 
1 tsp safflower oil

Sprinkle the prawns with the salt, jalapeno powder and then toss it well into the oil. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or keep longer up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Remember to bring it out to room temperature before cooking.

For the Coleslaw

2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
1 cucumber, into ribbons
zest of a lime
juice of half the lime 
salt to taste
2 tbsp  Chipotle  Mayonnaise

Toss all the ingredients together, and  then add the mayonnaise to coat it over.

For the Guacamole 

1 ripe large avacado
1 tomato
1 small onion or large shallot
a large handful of  fresh corriander
2 fresh mint leaves
1/2  a lime ; juiced
salt to taste

Finely chop all the ingredients and gently mix it together.

To prepare and assemble

Heat a large skillet. Add  half the shrimps and pan fry for 2 minutes on high. Turn them once. Keep another two minutes and remove. Repeat with the other half of the shrimps.
Heat each of the Tortillas on a flat crepe pan, skillet or tawa. You may keep them ready and warm in the oven if you wish. 
To fill, apply the guacamole all over the warm tortilla, place some of the prawns and top it with the slaw. Eat immediately. Do not reheat.


There are three types of Tortillas, corn, white flour and wheat flour. The corn ones are my preferred choice for this recipe.

Make the Guacamole ahead of time but keep it in an airtight container.

Keep the  ingredients of the slaw ready ahead of time but assemble it just before eating to keep it fresh and crisp.

Marinade the shrimps for 24 hours to get the flavours deeper and richer. If you cannot find Jalapeno powder use hot smoked Paprika instead. 

If you cannot find Chipotle Mayonnaise add a few drops of chipotle sauce in your mayonnaise with caution that it may be very hot.

Another Mayonnaise of choice is the Aioli which has great flavour to enjoy.

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For other recipes from NiloufersKitchen:Spanish Tapas

Photo courtesy
Tanya Vakil Fernandes

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