Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Uncle Ken Cooking Challenge 2015: Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce 13/52

Hi Friends!

I am not even kidding:  this week's recipe is the BEST thing I have put in my mouth in 2015. For real.  These tacos are so, so good!  The garlic cilantro lime sauce that goes on the slaw is the kind of taste that dreams are made of.  I want to make these tacos a hundred times this summer and serve them to everyone I love. They're that good.  This recipe came straight from Pinch of Yum.  We didn't change a thing.

For the Garlic Cilantro Lime Sauce
·         ¼ cup oil
·         ¼ cup water
·         ½ cup chopped green onions
·         ½ cup cilantro leaves
·         2-3 cloves garlic 
·         ½ teaspoon salt
·         juice of 2 limes
·         ½ cup sour cream

For the Shrimp Tacos
·         1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
·         1 teaspoon each chili powder, cumin, and southwestern seasoning (see notes)
·         ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
·         2-3 cups shredded green cabbage
·         8 small corn tortillas
·         1-2 avocados
·         Cotija cheese and additional cilantro for topping
·         lime wedges for serving
1.     Pulse all the sauce ingredients except the sour cream in a food processor. When mostly smooth, add the sour cream and pulse until combined. Taste and adjust as needed. Set aside.
2.     Heat a drizzle of oil a large skillet over medium high heat. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and sprinkle with the spices. Add the shrimp to the hot pan and saute for 5-8 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through.
3.     Toss some of the sauce (not all) with the cabbage until it the cabbage is coated to your liking. It should resemble a coleslaw - you want it to be enough sauce so the cabbage is weighed down a little bit. Use leftover sauce on top of the tacos or in other recipes.

4.     To serve tacos, smash a spoonful of avocado on the tortillas, top with a few pieces of shrimp, top with coleslaw, and finish with Cotjia cheese, cilantro, and lime wedges.

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