Jerk spiced shrimp tacos
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5 from 3 votes

Jerk spiced shrimp tacos

The flavorful marinade for the shrimp with the sweet, fruity crema and crunchy slaw is such a great combination. Fresh and easy to make too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: jerk shrimp, shrimp recipe, taco filling
Servings: 4 tacos
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


For shrimp

  • 1 tsp garlic pureed, approx 1 lg clove
  • 1 tsp pureed ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated onion
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 lime juice and zest
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or half scotch bonnet pepper for hot version)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp 225g prawns (deveigned, shelled weight)

For slaw

  • 1/2 cup carrot 1 med carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage 2oz/55g, shredded
  • 1/4 cup cilantro coriander, leaves from approx 5-6 stems
  • 1 tsp lime juice

For crema

  • 2 tbsp pureed mango
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp lime juice

To serve

  • 4 tortillas corn or wheat taco size, soft


  • Mix together all of the marinade ingredients (garlic, ginger, onion, allspice, thyme, soy sauce, honey, lime, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and salt) in a small container or zip-top freezer bag. Add the shrimp and toss so they are coated. Refrigerate to marinade for approx 2hrs.
  • Shortly before ready to cook, mix together the slaw ingredients (grated carrot, shredded cabbage, cilantro and lime) and set aside. Mash/puree the mango crema ingredients (mango, sour cream and lime) and set aside as well.
  • Warm either a grill or grill pan to cook the shrimp. Shake any excess marinade off the shrimp then grill just a minute or two either side until they are opaque and cooked through.
  • Put together your tacos - a spoonful of slaw, topped with some shrimp and a drizzle of mango crema. Enjoy!


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 60.2% | Vitamin C: 19.4% | Calcium: 13.8% | Iron: 15.3%