These spicy prawn tacos are served with avocados, lots of lime juice and the plumpest tender prawns tossed in a spicy cajun spice blend. Drizzle it all with cooling Greek yoghurt lime sauce and a sweet and spicy pineapple salsa.
What makes these prawn tacos so great...
- No marinating the prawn. Just toss with the spice blend
- The prawns are medium size so really quick cooking. They only take about 60 seconds
- There are only 11 ingredients needed to get this recipe on the table.
Easy Prawn Tacos
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- Prawns- I use these raw jumbo king prawns and defrost them before cooking, but you can use fresh prawns instead if that's what you have.
- Chilli powder and Cajun seasoning- just mix these together and they form the spice rub for the prawns.
- Cabbage- sliced into thin ribbons for serving. You can use red cabbage here, or a mix of both.
- Flour tortillas
- Pineapple, red onion, lime juice and coriander for making the pineapple salsa.
- Avocado- you can't have tacos without avocados!
Step by step directions
Step 1 & 2
For the pineapple salsa
Dice the pineapple and red onion into small chunks (they don't need to be perfect) and place in a bowl with chopped coriander and very finely chopped red chilli pepper. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 3 & 4
Place the defrosted prawns in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning and chilli powder. Toss well to make sure that all the prawns are coated in the spice seasoning. Set the prawns aside while you heat a non-stick frying pan with some olive or vegetable oil.
Once the oil in the pan is hot (it will shimmer) add in the prawns and cook for about 60 seconds on each side until the prawns are starting to blacken slightly on the edges. *Cajun spice will naturally start to blacken and give a lovely charred smoky flavour.
Grilling the tortillas
Step 4 & 5
The tortillas can be used either soft or place under the grill for a couple of minutes to get them charred and crispy. I went with the crispy method. To do that just preheat the grill and place the tortillas straight on a rack just below the grill. *You will need to watch them because they will burn very quickly if left too long. Tortillas only take about 45 seconds per side to char.
Or, you can use a clean dry non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat to char the tortillas.
Let's face it, once they're made, tacos really don't survive very well as leftovers. These cajun spiced prawn tacos are better off eaten hot and fresh and devoured in one sitting. The pineapple salsa, however, can be kept for a couple of days to serve with chicken or even a BBQ steak the following day or 2!
The Easiest Prawn Tacos (Shrimp)
- 400 g king prawns
- 2 tablespoons Cajun spice
- 2 teaspoons chilli powder *see notes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- For the pineapple salsa
- 1 pineapple diced into small chunks
- ½ lime juice only
- 3 tablespoons coriander chopped
- ½ red chilli very finely diced
- ½ bunch coriander chopped
- For the yogurt sauce
- 100 ml Greek yoghurt
- ½ teaspoon chilli powder
- juice of ½ lime
- For the slaw
- ½ green cabbage shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
- For serving
- 1 avocado diced
- 8 flour tortillas grilled *see notes
- For the prawns
- Mix spice rub and coat prawns.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the prawns until they’re golden and slightly charred.
- To make the pineapple salsa
- Dice the pineapple and red onion into small chunks (they don't need to be perfect) and place in a bowl with chopped coriander and very finely chopped red chilli pepper. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
- For the sauce and slaw
- Mix the sauce ingredients together and whisk well to combine.
- For the slaw, toss the shredded cabbage with ½ a quantity for the slaw and place in the crispy tortillas.
- Top with the charred prawns, avocado, and pineapple salsa. Drizzle with more of the yoghurt sauce.
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