Made from ingredients that are simple and easy, this recipe may be the closest I’ll ever get to being a meat and potatoes kind of girl.
This recipe is a light and fresh version of a simple Shrimp Taco recipe that emphasizes uncomplicated ingredients. Serve with two of Clearly Delicious’s easy salsa recipes (below) or my version of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bruce’s Dip for a creamy factor that’s just right.
*1 lb. 20-25 count (size) shrimp, peeled & de-veined
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
*2 limes, juiced
*6 flour tortillas
*handful arugula or cabbage
*1/2 red onion, chopped
*1 avocado, pitted and sliced
*1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
*Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bruce’s Dip Variation, to dress (can substitute sour cream)
1.) Peel and devein shrimp. Set aside. Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds), lime juice, and shrimp. Pan-fry shrimp until pink (done) on both sides making sure not to over or under-cook your shrimp.*
(*Note: although shrimp can be eaten raw–and tastes fantastic when prepared correctly–you will not need to do so with this recipe. Likewise, make sure not to over-cook the shrimp as it will develop a tough, leathery texture that is not clearly delicious.)
Plate shrimp and set aside while you prepare your tortillas.
2.) Using a different nonstick skillet, spray with cooking spray to coat evenly and add 1 flour tortilla. Toast for 30-45 seconds before flipping and toast other side (also 30-45 seconds). Repeat with all 6 flour tortillas and plate with a paper towel between each one.
3.) Prepare shrimp tacos: bed 1 flour tortilla with arugula (or cabbage, as it is traditionally served), red onion, salsa, and avocado, to taste. Top with shrimp, cilantro, and sour cream or Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bruce’s Dip variation from a previous post. Serve and enjoy! Makes 6 servings.
This recipe was re-published for my “Fresh Ideas” Column for Louisiana’s state newspaper, The Advocate, on Thursday, April 5th, 2012. You can read the reprint here.
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Written by: Helana Brigman