Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Creamy Cilantro Sauce

By 4 m read

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Yes, it tastes phenomenal. So we finally just switched over to spring, adjusted our watches, and for some reason I start thinking about healthy food and exercising and all this weird stuff that comes with spring fever.  

 

Let’s just talk about food here and leave the exercise part for another time. I’m craving a light, crunchy, citrusy, spicy, quick, tasty, and easy kind of dish. And I realize I have to go to the store anyway.

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

My essential pantry has me covered for most of the ingredients. All I need is some fresh cilantro and a tomato. I always have a grapefruit and a perfectly ripe avocado handy, as I eat half of each as part of my breakfast every day.

 

Now think about the texture and the flavor of these ingredients: Firm, slightly spicy shrimp on a bed of creamy avocado and tart grapefruit, mixed with tomatoes, and topped off with a lemony, creamy cilantro sauce. All inside a hard corn taco shell or flour tortilla, or a few of each.

 

Once you have the ingredients ready, it will take you maybe 30 minutes from start to wow, that’s phenomenal!

 

And I don’t always drink beer, but then I look at all the lime slices on the cutting board and I think, “but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis. Stay thirsty, my friends.”

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Ingredients For Shrimp

  • 18 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Splash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Ingredients For Salsa

  • 1 medium tomato, deseeded & chopped
  • Segments from whole pink or red grapefruit, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

Ingredients For Creamy Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

 

Other Ingredients

Soft or hard tacos, your preference

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Shrimp Tacos Preparation

Mix chili, hot sauce, salt, & pepper together. Toss with shrimp and let marinate 10 minutes.

 

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a Lodge cast iron pan and cook shrimp until pink and curled, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl, stir, and set aside.

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Stir together sour cream and cilantro in a bowl, and set aside.

 

Assemble taco or tortilla by first putting in the salsa, add 3 shrimp to each, top with sour cream-cilantro sauce, and then add a generous squeeze of lime juice over the top.

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Love delicious recipes? Check out a few more of our recipes now!

 

Did you make this Shrimp Tacos recipe? Let us know in the comments below!

Do your friends enjoy delicious recipes too? Share this article with them and let us know what you all think by commenting below and rating this recipe!

Tag your photos with #maplewoodroad on social media and share them on our Facebook page! Have any questions about this recipe? Ask on our Maplewood Road Community Facebook page and I’ll be happy to help. 😊

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more great recipes!

Shrimp Tacos (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Grapefruit, and Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Firm, slightly spicy shrimp on a bed of creamy avocado and tart grapefruit, mixed with tomatoes, and topped off with a lemony, creamy cilantro sauce.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Assembly 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 tacos

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Shrimp

  • 18 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Splash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Ingredients for Salsa

  • 1 medium tomato, deseeded and chopped
  • Segments from whole pink or red grapefruit, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Ingredients for Creamy Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Other Ingredients

  • Soft or hard tacos, your preference

Instructions
 

  • Mix chili, hot sauce, salt, & pepper together.  Toss with shrimp and let marinate 10 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in Lodge cast iron pan and cook shrimp until pink and curled, about 5 minutes.  Set aside.
  • Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl, stir, and set aside.
  • Stir together sour cream and cilantro in a bowl, and set aside.
  • Assemble taco or tortilla by first putting in the salsa, add 3 shrimp to each, top with sour cream-cilantro sauce, and then add a generous squeeze of lime juice over the top.

Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.

 

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




8 Comments
  • Oindrila
    March 25, 2019

    Wow its so delicious…looks very yummy and tasty… thanks for sharing the recipe…

    • maplewoodroad
      March 29, 2019

      Thank you too! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Jessa
    March 25, 2019

    Sounds delicious! I love shrimp on anything, and avocado would be a nice change!

    • maplewoodroad
      March 29, 2019

      Awesome! Let us know what you think of this recipe!

  • Yara
    March 25, 2019

    Delicious quick and easy taco recipe! I love the added grapefruit idea, must try! I also have to stop using frozen half cooked shrimp, doesn’t sear or cook as well.

    • maplewoodroad
      March 29, 2019

      Hope you enjoy it! Let us know!

  • Beth
    March 26, 2019

    These look absolutely amazing and SO easy! I might make them tonight!

    • maplewoodroad
      March 29, 2019

      Great! Let us know what you thought of them!