Who doesn’t love tacos? If you are a taco lover like us, well then we have a treat for you! These Blackened Garlic Shrimp tacos are packed with flavor and topped off with a Spicy Slaw and a refreshing Cilantro Cream. Be warned, you will not be able to stop eating these!
What is blackened seasoning?
Although it seems like the term “blackened” would refer to food that has extra char, blackened actually refers to the type of seasoning used. This seasoning blend typically includes a combo of paprika, cayenne, black pepper, garlic and onion powders, as well as a combo of dried herbs. It is popular in the South and is similar to a creole or cajun seasoning with slight differences.
Although you can find this seasoning blend at the store, it is super easy to make at home.
Make our version of Blackened Seasoning
Mix together the following spices to make our version of blackened seasoning for the Blackened Shrimp Taco recipe here:
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tbsp Hot Paprika
- 1 tbsp Sweet Paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 clove
- 1 bay leaf
We typically make a fairly large batch of this and store it in a jar to have whenever we want it. It’s great on a variety of proteins and vegetables.
What type of shrimp is best for these tacos?
You can pretty much use any shrimp in this recipe. We prefer the taste of Gulf Shrimp, but choose whatever you can find. Something that is important for this recipe is that the shrimp needs to be peeled, deveined, and tails removed.
No one wants to worry about peeling a shrimp before they eat their taco! So, buy shrimp that is already peeled, or make sure you do this before seasoning and cooking the shrimp.
How to make these Blackened Garlic Shrimp tacos?
This recipe is really quite easy to make. You will spend the most time cutting the vegetables for the slaw, but otherwise, this recipe can be made within an hour any night of the week!
For the Spicy Slaw
The slaw consists of chopped Napa cabbage and matchstick (julienne) cut carrots, a jalapeño, daikon, jicama, and a bunch of cilantro. This combo results in a nice variety of textures with a great crunch. To achieve the spice in this, we combine lime juice with our favorite Mexican hot sauce (Tapatio), but you can pretty much use any hot sauce you want.
For the Cilantro Cream
This is another quick recipe for a sauce that can be used on a variety of foods, so we love to make extra and have it in our fridge whenever we want.
In a food processor, mix together the following:
- ¼ cup créme fraiche or sour cream
- 2 handfuls cilantro leaves
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- pinch of kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
Cooking the Shrimp
For this recipe, we simply season the shrimp with the blackened seasoning and sautée in a frying pan. Shrimp cook pretty quickly and no one likes an overcooked shrimp, so watch these closely. If your shrimp are medium to large, this should take about 2-3 minutes a side. Cook less for small shrimp.
Look for the signs they are done by noticing that they curl, but not too tightly. The cooked shrimp should be opaque (pinkish-white) throughout and should not look gray or translucent. If you are concerned, you can always cut the shrimp open and check for doneness.
What tortillas are best for Shrimp Tacos?
We prefer to eat these tacos with flour tortillas. If you are a sourdough junkie, we have a recipe for Sourdough Tortillas that you can try out. Otherwise, any ol’ flour tortilla will be great with these.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Blackened Garlic Shrimp Tacos. If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine.
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