Photo: James Baigrie
Prep Time
30 Mins
Other Time
15 Mins
Makes 8 first-course or 4 main-course servings

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.

How to Make It

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.

Chef's Notes

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

Ratings & Reviews

SuzanneM's Review

July 02, 2014
Delicious, easy weeknight meal. We made it as written except for using flour tortillas instead of corn (personal preference). Using low-fat sour cream and mayonnaise and milk made no difference to the flavor and lowered the fat content a bit.I used a bagged slaw mix for the cabbage, and dressed the remaining slaw for a side salad, along with some sliced avocado. Loved the grilled lime! We will definitely make this again.

Kara1119's Review

May 07, 2014
Hubby loved it and is healthier then his normal meat and potatoes that I am trying to get him away from!

Dougboy's Review

January 05, 2014
This was ok. I would recommend chopping the shrimp up to better fit it in the tacos.

tennisismything's Review

August 26, 2013
Family really loved it. Very simple to make and it's a nice change from fish tacos.

locomadre's Review

June 11, 2013
Me and the bf liked this a lot! I also couldn't find the tomatillo salsa...used salsa verde...same thing?? Used bagged shredded cabbage and added cilantro! Very simple!

brianberlin's Review

September 15, 2011

stellacorona's Review

October 25, 2010
very tasty! family loved these! used flour tortillas.

vbak66's Review

August 21, 2010
We did not care for this at all. It didn't have good flavor, and we are not spicy people. I wouldn't make again.

Onecentinvegas's Review

July 16, 2010
This was very good. I didn't give it 5 stars because it isn't "fall over dead" delicious, but it is a fast, easy meal that we plan to make again and again. I didn't do anything different, and it came out great. I'd recommend it.

emilyadah's Review

March 13, 2010
SO delicious! I highly recommend adding some jalapenos for extra kick. These are very easy to make and light.