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Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw

Hello and welcome to Sunday Supper! Today’s recipe is about as simple as cooking gets. Creole-spiced shrimp gets a quick turn in a hot skillet to get a deeply brown crust; folded in a warm, soft flour tortilla and topped with coleslaw. It’s spicy and savory with cooling, sweet tangy coleslaw, a generous squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of cilantro. Each one of these street taco-sized Blackened Shrimp Tacos is a few bites of perfection!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with coleslaw

I have coleslaw leftover from the Hawaiian-style Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches, but throwing together a fresh batch is easy. Use pre-shredded coleslaw mix and stir in 1/4-1/3 cup of coleslaw dressing. We like Marie’s Coleslaw Dressing; it’s not too sweet but has just the right amount of sweet-tang.

The Shrimp

The most time-consuming part of this recipe is peeling the shrimp. I have wild caught Gulf shrimp they’re quite large at 16/20 shrimp per pound. Since I am only making 4 tacos, I am using half of the one-pound package. It’ll be three shrimps per taco. As I mentioned in the opening, these are small, street-style tacos.

Peel the shrimps, rinse them off and then pat them very dry with paper towels. Season them with a few shakes of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning. Don’t get too carried away – Tony’s packs a punch; it can get very salty, very quickly and we don’t want to overwhelm the shrimp.

seasoning shrimp

Over medium-high heat, heat a little vegetable oil until it’s shimmering. Place the shrimp in the skillet in a single layer so each shrimp has one side fully in contact with the hot skillet.

Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes, check the undersides to see if they have developed some dark spotting. Flip them over and let them go another minute. Again, check the underside for dark spots. Then remove from heat.

Meanwhile, gently warm the tortillas in a hot, dry skillet.

warming tortillas

Plating Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw

I have an oval-shaped serving plate which works perfectly for serving everything on one dish. I will fill each tortilla with three shrimps and line them up on the platter with a small bowl of salsa for the tortilla chips.

Building the tacos

The position of the salsa bowl also helps hold up the tacos. Fill the tortillas with three shrimps each. Then spoon coleslaw on top of the shrimp.

Sprinkle the tacos with fresh chopped cilantro and line one side of the platter with tortilla chips. Toss a few lime wedges on the other side of the platter and serve!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with coleslaw

This is a super quick and easy dish to whip up on a hot summer evening. It’s perfect for two, but it’s so easy to scale up for a group. Remember to keep a light hand with the Tony Charchere’s Creole seasoning; it really is a flavor bomb! And it’s not hard to over-season shrimp. If you do happen to overdo it with the Tony’s just toss the shrimp with the juice from half a lime before serving. The acid in the lime juice will help to mellow out the seasoning.

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with coleslaw

Thank you all for tuning in today, I hope you give these Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw a try! Let me know what you think! Take care and be well, everyone, xo Kelly

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

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Dinner, Main Course American/Mexican
By Kelly Djalali Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cooking Time: 4-5 minutes Total Time: 20 Minutes

Creole-spiced shrimp gets a quick turn in a hot skillet to get a deeply brown crust; folded in a warm, soft flour tortilla and topped with coleslaw.

Ingredients

  • 1/2-1 lb. 16/20 Shrimp, peeled, rinsed and patted dry
  • A few dashes of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
  • Drizzle of Vegetable Oil
  • 4 Street Taco-sized Flour Tortillas
  • 1 bag Pre-Shredded Coleslaw Mix
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Coleslaw Dressing (like Marie's)
  • Several Sprigs of Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime Wedges
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa

Instructions

1

Place dry shrimp in a shallow bowl and toss with a few dashes of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.

2

Over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil until shimmery.

3

Arrange shrimp in a single layer in the hot skillet.

4

Cook shrimp on one side for about 2 minutes, or until the underside of the shrimps develop some dark browning spots.

5

Flip the shrimps and cook them for about 1 minute more, or until the underside of the shrimps develop some dark browning spots.

6

Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and taste for seasoning. If they are too heavily seasoned for your liking, toss the shrimp with the juice of half a lime.

7

Gently warm flour tortillas in a hot dry skillet until soft and warm.

8

To serve: Fill each flour tortilla with about 3 shrimps; spoon coleslaw on top of the shrimp and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

9

Serve with tortilla chips, salsa and lime wedges.

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  • Ivy
    August 22, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I can’t find one of my favorite posts… your Friday pizza and movie which I copy each week!!! Did I miss something?!?!?

    This recipe looks divine…as ALL yours do!!!

    Hope all is well.

    PS. Stillwater is a fabulous movie which my husband and I saw in the theater …first time in 20 months!!!

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 22, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Hey Ivy, I took a break from Pizza and Movie on Friday for a day of R&R. But Pizza and a Movie will be back next week with an all new pizza! I am really looking forward to watching Stillwater, I bet it will appear soon on Pizza and a Movie. Thanks so much for tuning in today! Have a great end to your weekend, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    August 22, 2021 at 10:57 am

    Yumm these look delicious. I like shrimp tacos cause they are simple. I will definitely be making these blackened ones. I have never had blackened shrimp tacos. I’ll keep you posted ❤️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 22, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Mom, this was a quick and easy one, let me know how you guys like it. xo Kelly

  • Carroll
    August 22, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    I am going to give this a try because it looks so easy and I just bought some frozen shrimp on sale. Perfect timing! I also like Marie’s slaw dressing and I think the reason it is so good is the celery seed. This is the first time I have heard of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. Did you buy it in the grocery store?

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 22, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      Hello Carroll, Perfect timing indeed! Yes, I found Tony Chachere’s at the grocery store. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding it! Do let me know how you enjoy this recipe. Have a great Sunday evening! xo Kelly

  • Rebecca
    August 25, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Fixed these tonight. Perfect dish for down on the coast; easy and tasty! Thanks!

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 26, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Hi Rebecca, so good to hear from you! I am so happy you enjoyed these tacos, and how perfect that you made them while you’re down on the coast! Enjoy your time down there, hope to see you soon. xo Kelly