Have I told you lately how much I love tacos?? I think about tacos quite a bit… like when can I eat tacos, when can I make tacos, and how can I put a unique spin on tacos. Another thing I really love is Asian food. I feel like I’ve told you that pretty recently. Well, my internet friends, I have the perfect marriage of two of my favorite things- tacos and Asian food. My Sweet & Spicy Asian Shrimp Tacos are dynamite and packed with amazing Asian flavors. Sweet chili sauce with just a hint of spice tossed in perfectly cooked shrimp, wrapped in a tortilla and topped with tangy slaw. Delicious and low fat! This is a Weight Watchers friendly meal and 2 tacos are 6 SmartPoints!
I try to eat tacos at least once a week… for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My husband and I moved to Indianapolis a few months ago from the taco capitol of the world- Texas. Austin to be exact. There was a place to get tacos on every corner. Gourmet tacos or street food style tacos. Tacos for days y’all! Our favorite place was a local Austin gem that served the best and most unique tacos. And the best queso you’ll ever eat. Guaranteed. We went to this taco place probably once every two weeks to get tacos, queso, and margaritas. Nothing better in my opinion. This taco place holds a near and dear place in our hearts and to this day we think fondly of all the memories we shared at this taco place.
I’m always brainstorming for creative new and healthy combinations of tacos. I love making tacos just as much as I love eating them! A few months ago I was craving Asian food, but tacos at the same time. A problem that I have frequently. While thinking fondly of that beloved taco place, I remember one of their tacos they had on the menu: classic shrimp taco. Since I was craving Asian food I decided to get a little creative and make something a bit different than Mexican style shrimp tacos. I had some frozen large shrimp on hand and cabbage that needed to get used so I came up with these Sweet & Spicy Asian Shrimp Tacos.
The shrimp takes little to no time to cook, which is why shrimp tacos are perfect when you are in a crunch to make dinner. If you can get fresh shrimp, that’s always best, but where I live it’s hard to find fresh shrimp. I actually like frozen shrimp that way I can eat shrimp whenever I want! Once the shrimp has been washed and patted dry, add the shrimp to a large zip lock bag and coat with cornstarch. The cornstarch adds a nice little coating on the shrimp. Cook the shrimp in a large skillet for about 5 minutes on each side… super quick!
After the shrimp has cooked, add the sweet chili sauce. The sauce it easy to make as well. Just mix jarred Asian sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and Sriracha. Mix the ingredients together then after the shrimp are cooked add the sauce to the shrimp, mix well so the shrimp are coated, and let it cook for a few minutes. Oh man… this sauce is SO GOOD. It’s dynamite.
While the shrimp and sauce are cooking, I like to heat up corn tortillas on the stove. If you have a gas stove, turn the heat on to low and place the tortilla on the burner. Heat on each side for about 2 minutes. Be careful! If you do not have a gas stove, just up the tortillas in a skillet for a few minutes. This recipe also calls for a quick slaw. I just mixed fat free Greek yogurt, Sriracha, Asian Sweet Chili Sauce, and lime juice and add to shredded red cabbage.
Sweet & Spicy Asian Shrimp Tacos are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Sweet chili sauce toss in perfectly cooked shrimp, wrapped in a tortilla and topped with cabbage. Asian flavors turned into tacos are sure to please a crowd. Sweet with just a hint of spice. I like to top my tacos with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.
I hope you enjoy these *taco* bites of flavor!
For Sweet & Spicy Asian Shrimp Tacos, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: