Main Dish | April 30, 2021

Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Tangy, spiced shrimp – grilled to perfection and paired with a grilled pineapple salsa are a taco made in heaven!  These Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos come together fast with restaurant results. Make these on a weeknight for a fast and gourmet dinner that even the greenest of cooks can pull off.

Grilled shrimp tacos on a copper platter. They are garnished with cilantro and lime.

What are Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos?

These tacos are made with tender shrimp that has been seasoning with garlic, ginger, paprika, cloves, cayenne, and brown sugar.  This seasoning blend gives it a Caribbean flare.  We have also paired the shrimp with a pineapple salsa for the taste of the tropics.  Wrapped in a corn tortilla with fresh cabbage – these tacos will have you wishing you were eating them seaside in the Caribbean.\

An overhead shot of Caribbean tacos on a copper platter. There are limes scattered to the side.

What Do I Need To Make Grilled Shrimp Tacos?

For this recipe you’ll need the following:

  • 1 lb extra large raw, deveined shrimp, with the tail off
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (divided) (I like to buy it in a tube)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a pineapple
  • 1 large roma tomato
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 bunch of cilantro (divided)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage

PRO TIP: THERE ARE ABOUT 26-30 SHRIMP PER POUND OF THE SIZED SHRIMP YOU NEED.

Ingredients needed for grilled shrimp tacos.

TELL ME HOW TO MAKE THEM!

1. Start by rinsing your shrimp and draining.  Add them to a large bowl.

2. Add minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, paprika, 1 tsp fresh ginger, cloves, cayenne, and olive oil.

3. Toss until evenly coated.

4. Thread onto skewers.  If using wooden skewers – soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to using.

How to prepare grilled shrimp.

5. Slice your pineapple into spears. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place skewered shrimp and pineapple spears directly onto grill grates. Cook for 3-5 minutes each side. Once the shrimp is opaque and pinked, remove it from the grill. Once the pineapple has grill marks, remove it from the grill.

6. To prepare your pineapple salsa – dice your tomato and pineapple.  I like to use and onion chopper.

7. Add fresh squeezed lime juice.

8. Toss in a tbsp of minced cilantro. Season with salt to taste.

PRO TIP: The secret to cooking shrimp is to watch it like a hawk, and as soon as they turn pink and opaque, they’re done.

How to grill pineapple.

9. Build taco by layering a warm corn tortilla, cabbage, cooked shrimp, and prepared pineapple salsa.  Garnish with lime and cilantro.  Serve immediately.

Three tacos on a marble counter surrounded by limes and cilantro.

Grilled Shrimp Taco Q&A

What goes good with shrimp tacos?

What type of shrimp do you recommend?

I like to use frozen shrimp.  I find it fresher than fresh shrimp, believe it or not!

How long does shrimp last once it is thawed.

You want to use shrimp and all fish right away. Thawed or fresh shrimp lasts 1-2 days in the fridge.

A half shot of a tray of grilled shrimp tacos

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Grilled shrimp tacos on a copper platter. They are garnished with cilantro and lime.

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Grilled shrimp tacos on a copper platter. They are garnished with cilantro and lime.
Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinate and Rest
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 35 mins
 

Tangy, spiced shrimp - grilled to perfection and paired with a grilled pineapple salsa are a taco made in heaven!  These Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos come together fast with restaurant results. Make these on a weeknight for a fast and gourmet dinner that even the greenest of cooks can pull off.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: caribbean
Keyword: caribbean tacos, pineapple relish, shrimp tacos
Servings: 6
Calories: 263 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
Shrimp
  • 1 lb extra large raw deveined shrimp, with the tail off
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger divided (I like to buy it in a tube)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Pineapple Salsa
  • 1/2 of a pineapple
  • 1 large roma tomato
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 bunch of cilantro divided
  • salt to taste
Other Taco Ingredients
  • 6 corn tortillas warmed
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
Instructions
  1. Start by rinsing your shrimp and draining.  Add them to a large bowl.
  2. Add minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, paprika, 1 tsp fresh ginger, cloves, cayenne, and olive oil.
  3. Toss until evenly coated.
  4. Thread onto skewers.  If using wooden skewers - soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to using.
  5. Slice your pineapple into spears. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place skewered shrimp and pineapple spears directly onto grill grates. Cook for 3-5 minutes each side. Once the shrimp is opaque and pinked, remove it from the grill. Once the pineapple has grill marks, remove it from the grill.
  6. To prepare your pineapple salsa - dice your tomato and pineapple.  I like to use and onion chopper.
  7. Add fresh squeezed lime juice.
  8. Toss in a tbsp of minced cilantro. Season with salt to taste.
  9. Build taco by layering a warm corn tortilla, cabbage, cooked shrimp, and prepared pineapple salsa.  Garnish with lime and cilantro.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Grilled Shrimp Taco Q&A

What goes good with shrimp tacos?

What type of shrimp do you recommend?

I like to use frozen shrimp.  I find it fresher than fresh shrimp, believe it or not!

How long does shrimp last once it is thawed.

You want to use shrimp and all fish right away. Thawed or fresh shrimp lasts 1-2 days in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Caribbean Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Amount Per Serving (1 taco)
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 1000mg43%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 718IU14%
Vitamin C 58mg70%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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