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Spicy shrimp tacos

Spicy shrimp tacos with cilantro cashew sauce

These tacos are stuffed with spicy pan fried shrimp & tangy honey cilantro lime slaw and topped with a creamy jalapeno cashew sauce. They are spicy, sweet, tangy and lip smacking delicious! 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Marinating Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Indo Mexican Fusion, Mexican
Servings 8 tacos


To make the sauce:

  • cup jalapenos (remove seeds if you don't like the heat)
  • 15 large cashews
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and stem (packed)
  • ½ lime juiced
  • kosher salt to taste
  • ¼ cup water

For the shrimp dry rub:

For the cilantro lime slaw

  • 3 cups cabbage finely shredded
  • ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
  • cup jalapenos de-seeded and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

To assemble:

  • 8 tortillas (or wraps of your choosing)
  • lime cut into wedges for serving


To make the sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients (under the sauce section above) into a blender and blend into a smooth sauce.

To make the jalapeno cilantro slaw:

  • Add the cabbage, jalapenos, red onion and cilantro into a large bowl. Add in the olive oil, honey, lime juice, salt and freshly cracked pepper and toss everything well to combine. Refrigerate the slaw until you are ready to serve.

To make the shrimp:

  • Coat the shrimp well with 1 teaspoon avocado oil and all the spices. Season well with salt. Set the shrimp to marinate in the fridge for 15 minutes (up to overnight) while you make the slaw.
  • Heat a teaspoon of avocado oil in a frying pan. When it is hot, add in the shrimp and make sure they are all in a single layer on the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the first side before flipping them and cooking for another minute on the other side. Take them off the heat.

To assemble:

  • Heat the tortillas or wraps (directly over the flame works great) until they are soft and pliable.
  • Top each tortilla with slaw and pan fried shrimps before topping with the spicy cilantro sauce. Squeeze lime over the top and enjoy while they are still warm.



If you are vegetarian or vegan, you can still make these delicious tacos.
You could replace shrimp with potatoes, paneer, tofu or tempeh. Use the same spice rub and cook until your choice of filling is well cooked. If you are using potatoes, you will need to cook them until they are almost done before adding in the spice mix (to prevent burning).
Replace honey with agave syrup or brown rice syrup in the slaw to make it vegan.
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