By mid-summer, lunch and dinner recipes can get frustratingly monotonous. Sure, at the start of the season, we couldn't get enough of salads teeming with fresh ingredients, but months in, and it's safe to say that mealtime boredom has set in. If you're searching for quick and easy recipe ideas that will wake up your taste buds, we've got just the thing. Ahead, five startlingly simple shrimp taco recipes that are anything but bland. Spanning Thai tacos with ginger slaw and peanut sauce to zesty grilled shrimp with corn and cotija salsa, they're too good to wait for Taco Tuesday.
Can't go on vacation? These five shrimp taco recipes are the next best thing.
Zesty Grilled Shrimp Tacos
The Recipe: Zesty Grilled Shrimp Tacos.
The Hero Ingredients: Lemon and lime. This recipe calls for the juice and zest of both fruits, giving the dish a tart citrus touch, which works in tandom with the unexpected fruit ingredients, like watermelon.
The Pro Tip: "Don't be freaked out by the watermelon in your taco; it's so crazy good, especially with a zesty shrimp like this," says Tieghan of Halk Baked Harvest. She recommends changing it up with different fruits to create new flavor combinations. "You can use any fruit you love, peaches, nectarines, berries, mangos, and pineapple would all work."
Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos
The Recipe: Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos.
The Hero Ingredients: Cilantro and lime. Sour cream, lime juice and zest, and fresh cilantro make for a rich, flavor-packed crema to drizzle and dip the tacos in.
The Pro Tip: Teri from Spoon Fork Bacon says this recipe is ideal if you want a light dinner that's still filling. Think of it as "warm-weather feel-good food."
Thai Tacos With Spicy Slaw and Peanut Sauce
The Recipe: Thai Tacos With Spicy Slaw and Peanut Sauce.
The Hero Ingredient: Peanuts. This recipe calls for blitzing peanut butter, garlic paste, soy sauce, lime, and brown sugar in a food processor to create a delectable peanut sauce.
The Pro Tip: Feel free to experiment with different ingredients, says Dana of Minimalist Baker. "Make any changes to them you'd like. For instance, subbing chicken for shrimp or going for a crispy shell instead of a soft one," she says. "These can be modified to your tastes, but the core flavor combinations will blow you away, I promise."
Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Avocado Cream
The Recipe: Shrimp Tacos With Garlic Avocado Crema.
The Hero Ingredients: Creamy avocado pairs perfectly with broccoli and carrot slaw. Salsa verde adds an extra flavor punch.
The Pro Tip: This is the ultimate easy weeknight dinner recipe, says Heidi of Foodie Crush. "For busy weeknights, I like to keep frozen shrimp on hand. I prefer white shrimp over tiger shrimp because I think they're sweeter," she recommends. Keep a packet in your freezer to whip this recipe up on a whim.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa
The Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Tomatillo Avocado Salsa.
The Hero Ingredients: Paprika, cumin, and garlic powder give this simple shrimp recipe loads of flavor. Paired with creamy avocado salsa, it's a match made in culinary heaven.
The Pro Tip: Self-proclaimed "tacoholic," Gaby of What's Gaby Cooking, says this is ideal for hot summer days when you don't want to slave in the kitchen. "These are beyond easy to whip up. It's a simple shrimp recipe wrapped in a charred tortilla, some shredded cabbage on top, pico on the side, and some tomatillo salsa to boot. Nothing is overpowering, but everything complements each other."
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