Sweet Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon Sriracha Salsa
Does the idea of sweet and spicy shrimp tacos make you hungry? Are you in awe of all of the amazing seafood recipes I’m posting?
I am too. And I’m so grateful to friends and family (you know who you are) for providing me with all of the wonderful yummies. Shrimp and salmon, oh my!
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When I recently was gifted with about 5 pounds of shrimp tails from my dad, I knew that I wanted to make something stunning, something out of this world, and something that highlighted the fact that these shrimp were caught less than 24 hours before I cooked them. It doesn’t get much fresher than that, unless you’re pulling them out of the shrimp pot, removing the heads and tossing the tails directly into a pot of boiling water. (this, by the way, is a FABULOUS way to dine). I am a firm believer that shrimp from my father’s boat is among the finest in the world.
I looked back at some of my greatest hits and found my recipe for Sweet & Spicy Shrimp with Ginger Pineapple Salsa. That’s not quite what I made though. It did serve as inspiration, however.
I didn’t have half of the ingredients, and I didn’t have pineapple, but I did have some rather fabulous items on hand, including a watermelon… watermelon salsa, comin’ right up.
I forgot to ask my friend who was joining me for dinner al fresco to grab chips, so I cooked up my favorite tortillas (a fab product from Costco – uncooked tortillas that you just heat), and planned to use them as chips, and made a delicious Caesar salad from scratch as a side. Instead, she had the brilliant idea to turn these into shrimp tacos and use the Caesar-dressed lettuce in the tacos themselves. Here’s the recipe.
|Sweet Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Watermelon Salsa||
- bamboo kebab skewers
- 1-2 lbs shrimp tails
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1-2 tbsp sriracha
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- For the Salsa
- 1 small “personal” watermelon, diced into small pieces
- 1/4 large green bell pepper
- 1-2 tbsp sriracha
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 2 tbsp chives, diced
- Soak bamboo skewers in water for one hour.
- Shell and rinse the shrimp.
- Thread shrimp onto skewers.
- Seed the bell pepper and chop roughly.
- Combine bell pepper, molasses, vinegar, oil and spices in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Spread mixture over the shrimp skewers in an 11 x 13 baking dish and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes.
- Prepare the salsa by mixing all salsa ingredients together and refrigerating until time to eat.
- Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Place the shrimp on the grill and cook about 2 minutes on each side, or until shrimp are done.
- Remove shrimp from grill and set out with other ingredients for the tacos, namely lettuce and watermelon salsa.
- (See the notes section or the linked blog post for the Caesar salad dressing recipe, if you wish to use a pre-dressed lettuce.)
- Make tacos
For the Caesar salad recipe, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh-squeezed is best), with 1 tbsp olive oil, a dash of garlic powder, and 1/4 cup fresh-grated Parmesan. Toss in lettuce to evenly coat with the dressing.
I just love what sriracha does for food; it gives just the right kick, has spectacular flavor, and I’ve yet to dislike it in any recipe I’ve tried. I can’t quite put into words, just exactly how it interacts with the different flavors, but it enhances existing tastes, while simultaneously adding a unique Asian zing. If you’ve never tried sriracha, as soon as you finish reading and commenting on how amazing you find this recipe, be sure to put on your shoes and zip over to your nearest store. My life has been better since I started using sriracha. Want to buy some? Check out the link below.
Lest you ask, “But why watermelon?” I think the real question is, “Why on earth have we never before made watermelon salsa?” It’s got the right amount of juicy sweetness and spectacular flare. One day soon, I’m going to try it with black beans! Oh yum.
I’m not sure how many times I can say yum about this whole dish. I wholeheartedly recommend you try it… and soon!
Looking for more great seafood recipes? Check out 7 Great Seafood Recipes for more ideas!