Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Pineapple Salsa
These blackened shrimp tacos are punchy, but balanced out with the cool and refreshing flavors of the avocado & pineapple salsa!
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A Bold Seasoning and a Sweet Salsa Create Bliss in a Bite
If sweet and spicy flavors tickle your fancy, you’re going to love these blackened shrimp tacos. Every bite offers up a perfect harmony of flavors, and to me, that’s what summer tacos are all about.
When it came to figuring out a salsa to pair with blackened shrimp, pineapple was the first thing that came to mind. It’s perfectly sweet, slightly sharp, and gives off some nice tropical vibes, which always does well with shrimp.
And the avocado? Well, that just balances everything out with its creaminess.
What Is Blackened Shrimp?
You’ve likely seen blackened fish of some variety on a menu before—especially if they’re going for a Cajun flare.
Blackening is done by tossing the food in melted butter and then seasoning it with a blackening spice, which typically includes paprika, cayenne, thyme, oregano, chili flakes, garlic and onion powders, etc. You can buy it premade in stores, but it’s really easy to make on your own!
How to Cook Blackened Shrimp
High heat is the key when cooking blackened shrimp, or blackened anything for that matter. You’re basically searing the spices onto the food which leaves you with a deep red-hued color—sometimes with black spots. A cast iron skillet is the way to go when it comes to blackening.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Soft flour tortilla shells
- Blackening seasoning
- Fresh pineapple
- Sweet bell pepper (red, orange, or yellow)
- Red pepper
- Canned black beans
- Fresh parsley or cilantro
Pair these tacos with the perfect classic margarita!
How to Make Blackened Shrimp Tacos
- Mix all of the seasoning together in a small bowl until it’s nicely combined.
- Gently pat the shrimp with a paper towel to get rid of extra moisture, then pop them into a freezer bag or mixing bowl.
- Pour two tablespoons of the melted butter over the shrimp, followed by the blackening spice. Toss to evenly coat and set aside
- Pop the pineapple, avocado, bell pepper, red onion, black beans, and fresh herbs (cilantro or parsley) into a large bowl.
- Toss the ingredients until they’re all mixed up; set aside.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is really hot, pop the marinated shrimp into the cast iron skillet and simmer the shrimp for about 2 minutes each side, or until the shrimp is opaque. You’ll notice the “blackening” effect happening with the butter and seasoning!
- When done, remove the skillet from the heat.
- Top your tortillas with a spoonful of salsa, a few shrimp, and serve immediately.
Useful Tools for This Recipe
- Cast iron skillet
- Sharp knife
- Paring knife (if deveining shrimp is necessary)
- Cutting board
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Paper towels
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