Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Photo: James Baigrie

Make taco night extraordinary with these deliciously simple grilled shrimp tacos.  Season the shrimp, brush with lime-butter, and grill on skewers until done, then serve with taco shells, cabbage, and a homemade sour cream sauce.

Yield: Makes 8 first-course or 4 main-course servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Other: 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 96mg
  • Calories: 247
  • Calories from fat: 0%
  • Carbohydrate: 18g
  • Cholesterol: 147mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Protein: 16mg
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 345mg

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 to 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • Bottled green tomatillo salsa

Preparation

  1. Whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, and cumin. Set aside. Skewer the shrimp. (If using wood skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand.) In a small bowl, combine the butter and garlic. Preheat a gas grill to high; adjust to medium after 15 minutes. (If cooking over charcoal, allow the coals to burn until they are covered with gray ash.) Brush the skewered shrimp with the garlic butter. Place them on the grill with the limes. Cook about 4 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are opaque and the limes are browned. Remove from grill. Lightly salt the shrimp. Grill the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side, then place inside a paper bag to keep warm. To serve, pull the shrimp off the skewers and divide them evenly among the tortillas. Top with the cabbage, sour cream sauce, tomatillo salsa, and a spritz of grilled lime.

    Rainy-Day Method: Broil the shrimp and limes about 4 inches from the heat using the cooking times above. Wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in a 350° F oven for 15 minutes, or wrap them in a napkin and microwave for 3 minutes.
Note:

To keep the shrimp from spinning when flipped, thread them on 2 parallel skewers instead of one.

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