1 lb large fresh or thawed from frozen Gulf shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
2 T Cajun seasoning, or your favorite brand of blackening seasoning (I prefer Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning)
1 T butter
Broccoli Slaw Ingredients:
1 (12 oz) package of broccoli slaw* (without dressing)
1 green onion, sliced
2 T mayonnaise
1/2 t rice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 t honey
1/4 t Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Pico de Gallo Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
2 serrano peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 T cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 avocado, sliced
2 limes, quartered
8 corn tortillas or corn and wheat flour combo tortillas
Prep all the ingredients ahead of time. Prepare the shrimp a few hours before cooking. Peel, remove the tails, and devein the shrimps. Place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with the seasoning mix and either toss with a spoon or use your fingers and rub the seasoning in thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate immediately.
Pour the store-bought broccoli slaw in a bowl. If you don’t want to buy one of those handy dandy nifty 12 oz bags of broccoli slaw veggies, make it yourself using 2 cups broccoli shredded, 1 carrot, peeled and shredded, 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped.
Next, make the slaw dressing. Don’t use store slaw dressing. It is too heavy in flavor and will overpower the shrimp. The dressing in this recipe is not one you’d use to eat the slaw all by itself, it’s not seasoned sufficiently and there’s simply not enough. For the tacos, it keeps the broccoli from being dry and gives it a just right hint of flavor.
Mix the green onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard, Add salt and pepper to taste. This mix should be thick and taste ever so slightly sweet. Yes, that is all the dressing. You do not want soggy tacos, so don’t add more, ok? Stir the dressing into the broccoli slaw mix and refrigerate for an hour or so.
Make the pico de gallo by mixing the chopped tomatoes, red onion, serrano peppers, cilantro, and squish of lime juice. Use as many peppers as your taste buds prefer – jalapenos are just fine instead of serranos. If you do not like spicy things, skip the peppers or usee bell peppers. Do not put the pico de gallo in the refrigerator right away. Leave it out on the counter for the flavors to blend. Taste in one hour and decide if it needs a couple more serranos or a bit more lime! If you are making this the day before, do refrigerate after a few hours.
Shortly before cooking, slice the avocado and squish half of one of the limes over the pieces. Reserve the remaining lime slices to serve at the table.
Warmed the tortillas one at a time in a dry skillet set over medium heat, about 20 seconds on each side. Removed the tortillas to a plate and keep them covered. Alternatively, you can place the tortillas inside a tortilla warmer or between clean tea towels and briefly warm them in the microwave (do not over-cook).
If this has not already been done, toss the blackening or Cajun seasoning onto the shrimp, covering as much of the shrimp as possible. I like to do this by hand. Heat a large pan or wok over medium-high heat and add 1 T butter. When the butter melts and starts to sizzle, add the shrimps, stirring for about 4-5 minutes, turning the shrimps over so both sides are browned. Do not overcook the shrimps.
You can watch the shrimps cook in the place where you deveined the shrimp. When the tails of the shrimps curl, and they are pink throughout with delicious brown bits here and there, pour them into a serving bowl.
Serve with the reserved sliced limes and perhaps a side of black beans and corn salad (served warm or cold).
To assemble your taco: Place three shrimp (more if you used smaller shrimps) in one of the tortillas, top with a little slaw, some pico de gallo, a few pieces of avocado, and a little squish of fresh lime. Fold in half and enjoy.
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