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Grilled shrimp tacos on a copper platter. They are garnished with cilantro and lime.
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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.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinate and Rest4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 35 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: caribbean
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 263kcal



  • 1 lb extra large raw deveined shrimp, with the tail off
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ginger divided (I like to buy it in a tube)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Pineapple Salsa

  • ½ 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


  • Start by rinsing your shrimp and draining.  Add them to a large bowl.
  • Add minced garlic, brown sugar, salt, paprika, 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, cloves, cayenne, and olive oil.
  • Toss until evenly coated.
  • Thread onto skewers.  If using wooden skewers - soak them in water for 30 minutes prior to using.
  • 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.
  • To prepare your pineapple salsa - dice your tomato and pineapple.  I like to use and onion chopper.
  • Add fresh squeezed lime juice.
  • Toss in a tablespoon of minced cilantro. Season with salt to taste.
  • Build taco by layering a warm corn tortilla, cabbage, cooked shrimp, and prepared pineapple salsa.  Garnish with lime and cilantro.  Serve immediately.



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.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 3mg