Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw

So here’s the thing about me. I am not a great cook. I can follow a recipe like anyone else, and I can make a mean casserole. But as for coming up with a new dish, all on my own… no. Just no. That’s my husband’s department. He’s the cook, I’m the baker. 

But when I saw that the secret ingredient for this month’s Get Your Chef On challenge from Julie at White Lights on Wednesday and Jen at Four Marrs … One Venus was shrimp, I jumped on board.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw -- a quick, light and refreshing lunch or dinner

Because I loves me some shrimps, y’all.

You can pretty much guarantee that when we go out to dinner, if there’s shrimp on the menu, I’m getting it. 

When I was trying to figure out what I was going to make for this challenge, I first thought of doing something with coconut milk {because, I mean… it’s coconut milk}, but then I remembered I’m supposed to be doing Weight Watchers {stupid metabolism that isn’t like it was when I was 25…}. So my husband suggested that I do shrimp tacos. And I was all over that.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw -- a quick, light and refreshing lunch or dinner

When we went to Grand Cayman a few years ago, there was this little tiny restaurant across the street from where we stayed, and they served the most amazing fish and shrimp tacos I’ve ever had. Why? Because they used sweet chili sauce on them.

If you haven’t ever tried sweet chili sauce, you need to get some. Like, now. I use it on everything I possibly can, but it’s especially delicious on seafood. 

I also don’t think you should ever eat a seafood taco without some type of cabbage or slaw. So I set out to make a sweet chili slaw to go on top. And this one, if I do say so myself, is ridiculously good.

Recipes like this are also great if you love shrimp as much as I do. I could easily eat a pound of shrimp in one sitting, but that can get a little costly. If you put them into tacos and add slaw on top, you can stretch that pound-and-a-quarter to feed four people!

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw -- a quick, light and refreshing lunch or dinner

I made this in a cast iron grill pan on the stove, but it will be awesome when it finally gets warm again and we can cook the shrimp on the grill. 

Hope you enjoy them!

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sweet Chili Slaw
Serves 4
Delicious grilled shrimp tacos with a sweet and slightly spicy slaw topping
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
For the shrimp
  1. 1/4 tsp lime zest
  2. Juice of 1 lime
  3. 2-3 dashes hot sauce
  4. 1/2 tsp Goya Adobo seasoning
  5. 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  6. 1/2 tsp chile powder
  7. 1/2 tsp oregano
  8. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  9. 1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  10. 8 flour tortillas
For the slaw
  1. 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  2. Zest and juice of 1 lime
  3. 1 tsp rice vinegar
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 tsp cumin
  6. 2 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
  7. 1 tsp white sugar
  8. 2-3 scallions, thinly sliced
  9. 4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  10. 5 cups cole slaw mix or shredded cabbage
  1. 1. In a large bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, hot sauce, Adobo seasoning, cumin, chile powder, oregano and garlic. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Let marinade 10 minutes.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, lime zest, lime juice and rice vinegar until well combined. Stir in garlic, cumin, sweet chili sauce and sugar. Add in scallions, cilantro and cole slaw mix and stir until well combined.
  3. 3. Once shrimp is done marinating, heat cast iron grill pan {or outdoor grill} on medium heat until hot. Grill shrimp until pink, about 1-2 minutes per side.
  4. 4. Serve shrimp on flour tortillas and top with slaw.
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  • Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    January 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Looks fabulous! I can’t wait to try !

  • Lucy
    January 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love shrimp Tacos!! So yummy. Pinning this to try soon.
    Stopping by to make sure I’m following you on Pinterest for our SITS tribe and also wanted to leave the link to our SITS discussion since not many of us have found it yet. http://www.thesitsgirls.com/forums/index.php?p=/discussion/2413/hi-from-sydney-australia#Item_3

    • Jenn
      January 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Thanks, Lucy! For some reason, it says Commenting Not Allowed on that discussion, so I can’t join in. Not sure why!! 🙁

      • Lucy
        January 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

        It said the same thing to me until I had signed up and confirmed the email (which went to my spam folder). Hopefully, you will be able to figure it out. I’d really like to connect with everyone.

  • amy @ one artsy mama
    January 21, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Yum! I love shrimp burritos, so I bet I’d love these too!

  • Happy Valley Chow
    January 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I love any type of fish taco and this sounds awesome! It also sounds like a really healthy alternative. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  • Linda
    January 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hi, Jenn, Love this recipe. Pinning. Your SITS girl tribe buddy. 🙂 Linda

  • Jen Marrs
    January 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    What the Smacks? This is taco terrific my girl! WOW… pass me a napkin please 🙂 Thanks for hooking up with the challenge this round! -Jen

  • Diane @ Vintage Zest
    January 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I have made beef, chicken, and fish tacos before, so basically everything else (except pork, which I can’t eat)! I HAVE to try this because it looks sooo amazing and I’m already a shrimp taco fan. 🙂

    P.S. – I would love it if you linked up at Do Tell Tuesday with the gals and me!

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

  • Anyonita
    January 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Oh, how yummy! 🙂 We’re big fans of fish tacos but haven’t made shrimp tacos yet! These look so fresh & inviting. Stopping by from Dream to Reality to invite you to link up at Tasty Tuesdays, where I pin every post shared: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/tasty-tuesdays-45-stumbleupon-blog-ops.html Hope to see you there!

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    January 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

    These look delicious. Adding these to my dinner menu for next week. Great recipe!

  • Traci J
    January 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Those sound amazing. I am a huge shrimp and fish taco lover – so I cannot wait to try these.

    Thanks for sharing.

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