i love shrimp. i love tacos. so shrimp tacos are a natural. in baja, you will find tacos like this all over the place. delicious. super easy. super fast. they make a perfect weeknight meal, are endlessly versatile, and would also work great for easy entertaining..... some kind of perfect combination. oh and great leftovers which taste just as good the next day. simply heat fresh tortillas and voila.
the ingredient list is not too challenging
1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp, sustainably harvested
1 TBSP minced cilantro stems
2TBSP olive oil
2 tsp good quality sea salt
juice of 3 limes
1/2 head red cabbage, finely sliced
1 cup of organic sour cream
2 ears of corn
1 TBSP chopped cilantro leaves
8 to 10 tortillas, flour or corn, your choice
a few cilantro leaves, destemmed
1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco, (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, sliced (optional)
1 jalapeno pepper, core removed, minced (optional)
you can have these on the table in 30 minutes if you are working alone. 15 minutes if you have helpers available.
step 1 marinate the shrimp in a non reactive bowl. (make sure the shrimp tails are also removed). sprinkle cilantro stems, 1 teaspoon salt, sliced garlic, juice of 1 lime, (and jalapeno if using), over the shrimp. give a good stir and set about prepping the rest of your ingredients. slice the cabbage nice and fine and place in a serving bowl. slice the kernels off the cobs of corn, place in a microwave safe container (glass) and microwave for about 1 minute. when cool, pour the juice of 1 lime, and the chopped cilantro leaves over the corn. give a good stir. slice your avocado. mix your sour cream with the juice of the third lime and 1 teaspoon of salt. heat your tortillas. now get a saute pan nice and hot. really smoking hot. aadd 2 TBSP olive oil to the shrimp. stir again. slide shrimp in sauce into hot hot saute pan. saute on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. make sure both sides of each shrimp get the heat by stirring or flipping. all done. bring to the table. everyone assembles their own. brilliant. delicious. not entirely expected weeknight fare in new england. so there is the element of surprise as well. delightful! happy midweek to all.