Friday, May 14, 2010

Shrimp Tacos with Pico de Gallo

There is something about a taco that feels like summer. Perhaps it's the crisp veggies, the fresh flavors, or the fact that I can eat them with my hands. Whatever the reason, I love tacos! Instead of my usual chicken or beef version I recently mixed it up with shrimp coated in panko breadcrumbs and pan fried. (If you haven't used panko breadcrumbs yet get on it. These Japanese crumbs are perfect for coating any kind of meat and giving it a crunchy, deep-fried texture without the added fat!) The crunchy shrimp perfectly complimented the soft tortillas and crisp, fresh veggies. With a sprinkling of cheese, a smattering of sour cream and guacamole, and a big scoop of pico de gallo, I'd call it one fantastic taco!

Shrimp Tacos
Fresh and flavorful! 
Serves 2

1/2 pound raw shrimp
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 T. taco seasoning
3 T. canola or vegetable oil
1 T. Mexican hot sauce, optional

Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour Cream
Pico de Gallo, recipe follows
Guacamole (recipe

6 soft-taco size flour tortillas

Dry off the raw shrimp with paper towels. Mix the egg, milk and hot sauce together in a bowl, and add the shrimp and stir until coated. Mix the panko breadcrumbs and taco seasoning in a large food storage bag. Add the shrimp and shake until coated in breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes until browned and crispy, then flip and cook other side for 1-2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

To assemble the taco spread a little sour cream and guacamole on the tortilla. Top with shredded lettuce. Add 4-5 shrimp and then top with pico de gallo and shredded cheese. Enjoy!

Pico de Gallo
A fresh and delicious addition to any meal! 
Makes about 1 cup

2 fresh tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
2 T. chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T. minced onion
1 T. fresh lime juice
Kosher salt

Stir ingredients together in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and lime juice. Serve.


  1. love the dishes! (and the food looks great too!!)

  2. that was me by the way (lisa)

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