I had a craving for something “seafood-esque” this week. Since I only shop once a month I was left with two choices…shrimp or salmon. I almost opted for the salmon, however I have a wonderful garlic/soy sauce glaze that I put on them and we just had that on steak this week. So, needless to say, that option was out and shrimp was in. At the grocery store on my last trip I opted to purchase the small taco shells, and boy was I glad I had. I definitely think they helped make this meal…they even made it feel like we were in a restaurant.
Please note: to create this recipe, I combined two different recipes. I was diggin’ the preparation for shrimp from one and the cilantro lime sour cream topping of the other. So…I decided to marry these two recipes. Husband said that they were tasty and I should experiment with other types of fish.
The first thing I did was gather all of my ingredients.
Ingredients: Medium (peeled, deveined, and tailless) shrimp, garlic, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, taco seasoning, lime juice, and lettuce. Not pictured: salt and oil
Once I had all my ingredients, I decided to make the cilantro lime sour cream as the shrimp were thawing. In a small bowl, I prepped my sour cream and then added the cilantro, lime juice, and salt/cumin to taste. Once they were together, I gave them a good stir and sat the bowl aside.
The sour cream and cilantro awaiting marriage…
After removing the tails from my medium sized shrimp, I began prepping them by tossing them in a large bowl. I then added the taco seasoning, minced garlic, and lime juice. I gave these items a good toss to coat.
Peeled, deveined, and tailless shrimp
Shrimp with added ingredients: taco seasoning, minced garlic, and lime juice
All goodness tossed together and ready to be sauteed.
In a skillet, heat oil and add shrimp mixture. Saute shrimp for 2-4 minutes until pink. I removed from heat and allowed it to sit in its juices.
Getting its saute on… Doesn’t it look de-lish?
Now that everything is prepped, you are ready to build your tacos. As stated, I used the smallest tortilla wraps. They are actually considered the fajita wraps. I warmed them in the microwave, to get them soft and flexible. First went in a few shrimp. Then shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and finally topped with the cilantro lime sour cream. …Almost forgot about that, didn’t you?…
This deliciousness was served with a side of rice. For this, I did not get creative, just opened a package of Knorr Mexican Blend rice. It paired well with the tacos. I need to learn to make the rice they serve in authentic Mexican restaurants. Until then…Knorr it is.
Looks good?!…Tastes as great as it looks…
There are no leftovers, so I am going to say that this was a hit. A “tweak” I might make next time…a bit less cilantro in the sour cream. I like cilantro, but I think I could hold back on some and it will taste just as great. If you are in love with cilantro, go for it as is, you will not be disappointed.
I hope these little babies are as much of a hit in your household. It was a delicious summertime dinner and offered a quick clean up…which is not a bad thing either. If you have never made shrimp tacos…seriously try these. If they are an epic fail – there is always a bowl of cereal to fall back on.
Now off to pack the hospital bag for BGK and I…I have a feeling s/he will be making their arrival sooner rather than later.
Have a great summer evening!
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
~ 2 lb of medium peeled and deveined shrimp
2 T taco seasoning
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 T lime juice
2 T oil
Iceberg lettuce, shredded
In a bowl: combine shrimp, taco seasoning, minced garlic, and lime juice. Toss to coat. Heat 2 T of oil over medium heat and add shrimp. Saute for 2-4 minutes until shrimp is pink. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cilantro Lime Sour Cream:
1/2 c sour cream
4 T cilantro chopped
1/8 t of cumin (can omit if you wish)
lime juice and salt to taste
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside until prepared to build tacos.
Once shrimp and sour cream mixtures are prepared, begin to build tacos as your heart desires. Enjoy with your favorite side and beverage.