Lighter Shrimp Tacos

I love finding recipes that are old favorites lightened up, but still taste great. This is one of those recipes!
I found in Self Magazine and on This recipe is much lighter than most shrimp taco recipes, doesn’t use a thick creamy sauce and heavy oils, and is high in flavor. We are trying to use more and more veggies in our cooking and this recipe does just that. We also topped ours with some mixed greens and a bit of lower fat cheese. It was a perfectly lighter meal

I apologize for no picture. Every once in awhile I forget and tonight was one of those nights. SORRY!



  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Jamaican jerk or Cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 16 shrimp, shelled, deveined, tails removed

Corn relish

  • 2 ears corn (or 1 cup canned or frozen and thawed)
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • Lime- or lemon-pepper seasoning


  • 4 low-fat whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion, chopped

Combine marinade ingredients with 1/4 cup water and season with salt. Add shrimp; refrigerate 1 hour. To make relish, cut corn kernels off cob. Lightly spray a sturdy skillet with cooking spray and heat over moderately high heat. (Avoid Teflon pans, which should not be used when cooking at such high temperatures.) Stir-fry corn until golden brown. Pour corn into a bowl and add remaining relish ingredients; season with salt. Remove shrimp and reserve marinade. Lightly spray the same skillet with cooking spray and heat on high until very hot. Toss in a few shrimp at a time and cook until just opaque; remove shrimp. Pour marinade into pan, bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes; lower heat and simmer until thick. Put 4 shrimp on each tortilla; top with corn relish and marinade sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onion.


3 Comments on “Lighter Shrimp Tacos”

  1. cara says:

    These sound delicious, I love the idea of the corn relish.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try this.

  3. joelen says:

    This sounds like a great recipe! I’m now in pescatarian friendly mode so this is definitely something I would make!

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