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May 16, 2024

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos (This Recipe is so Easy)

Dive into the best shrimp tacos: Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with a Mango Salsa and Avocado Baja Crema and let your taste buds take a trip to sunny shores! Just one bite and you'll feel like you're lounging by the beaches of Mexico, Thailand or soaking up the vibes in California!Make this delicious recipe once and I can guarantee that it will become a household favorite and you will find yourself making this over and over again. This is hands down the best shrimp taco recipe and perfect for your next taco Tuesday, dinner party or easy weeknight dinner.

Make this delicious recipe once and I can guarantee that it will become a household favorite and you will find yourself making this over and over again. This is hands down the best shrimp taco recipe and perfect for your next taco Tuesday, dinner party or easy weeknight dinner.

These tacos are such a great recipe, breeze to make, healthy, bursting with flavors, and a feast for the eyes with their vibrant colors! Crispy shrimp are coated in a mix of flour and cornstarch for that perfect crisp, then drenched in a savory bang bang sauce. Paired with a fresh mango salsa, creamy avocado baja crema, and crunchy brussels sprout and green cabbage mix, all nestled in a warm cassava flour tortilla - it's a mouthwatering balance in every bite!

What are the Simple Ingredients I will Need:

  • Shrimp: I love purchasing a bag of wild caught frozen shrimp from Whole foods, so I can have them on hand whenever that craving kicks in! This type of shrimp does require peeling and deveining, but the work is worth it, plus once they are cleaned out and prepped, the total cook time for these shrimp is 4 minutes, so once they are prepped they come together extremely quickly. When they are done cooking, I place them on a paper towel-lined plate to cool before tossing them in the sauce.
  • Bang Bang Sauce: My homemade bang bang sauce is so scrumptious and savory. It is a spicy sauce that is also sweet. I highly recommend making it from scratch as it only requires 5 main ingredients, but feel free to purchase a store bought sauce of choice if desired. It contains kewpie mayonnaise, a sweet thai chili sauce, garlic powder, hot sauce and more!
  • Graza Olive Oil: A great, flavorful, healthier oil used for cooking the shrimp in and giving them that golden brown, I could recommend avocado oil or peanut oil for healthier alternatives or canola oil as well if you do not have the healthier oils on hand.
  • Corn Starch and Flour: Used to coat the shrimp. It is an easy 2 ingredient way to coat the shrimp and get that slightly crispy coating without needing regular or panko bread crumbs. If you are gluten free or looking for other flour alternatives, I can recommend you can substitute for: almond flour, paleo flours or tapioca flour. Please make sure to research your dietary needs first.
  • Yellow Mangos: I recommend using yellow mangoes and not red for the salsa for a few main reasons. Yellow is smaller and not as fat, also much sweeter and deeper in yellow color whereas red is sweet yet tart. A little lighter in color, has a greenish reddish yellow outer skin and they are plumper. When purchasing, think of the yellow as tall and skinny-ish and the red as plumper and not as long.
  • Kewpie Mayonnaise: This is one of the main ingredients used in the bang bang sauce. It is a Japanese Mayo. If you do not have this on hand, you can definitely use regular mayo when making this at home. The difference is that american mayonnaise uses the whole egg to make it where the japanese mayo uses just egg yolks making it deeper in color. It also has a sweeter, tangier richer flavor profile. It’s lush.
  • Cassava Tortillas: Cassava tortillas are my favorite tortillas and they so happen to pair perfectly with this recipe. It gives the dish a nice light feel. I like a good warm tortilla, so charing them over an open flame over the stove for that extra taste and texture. But, another great option would be flour tortillas or corn tortillas if you desire.

Tips to Making these:

  • I like to prep the shrimp first by cleaning them out and rinsing them, then I set them aside. I prep about 25 shrimp, but feel free to prep extra shrimp as needed.
  • Then I prep the bang bang sauce in a small bowl since it takes about 5 minutes.
  • Next, I make the avocado baja crema and then the mango salsa in a medium bowl and place those in the fridge to cool. While that is beginning to cool, I prep the brussels sprouts and green cabbage mixture and set that aside. I opted for this instead of a crunchy slaw.
  • Last, I cook the shrimp over medium high heat and toss them in the bang bang sauce and it makes such saucy shrimp that is irresistible.
  • To assemble: place a desired amount of the cabbage and brussels sprouts mixture as your base on the tortilla, top with 2-3 bang bang shrimps, drizzle with your avocado baja sauce and top with your desired amount of mango salsa.
  • Favorite Toppings: I like to garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, fresh cilantro leaves or green onion.

What Should I serve the Tacos with:

  • Pairs great with your choice of chips and salsa
  • My mexican street corn salad
  • A refreshing margarita

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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos (This Recipe is so Easy)

Dive into these Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with a Mango Salsa and Avocado Baja Crema and let your taste buds take a trip to sunny shores. Just one bite and you'll feel like you're lounging by the beaches of Mexico or soaking up the vibes in California!

Prep:
50
min
cook:
5
min
total:
55
min
Author:

Michelle

Ingredients

For the Tacos: 

  • 25 wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ Cup flour
  • 1 TBSP cornstarch
  • ⅓ Cup olive oil
  • ½ Cup shaved brussels sprouts
  • ½ Cup green cabbage, thinly sliced
  • Cassava flour tortillas or tortilla of choice
  • Cilantro and lime for garnish
  • Avocado Baja Creme (see recipe below)
  • Mango Salsa (see recipe below)
  • Bang Bang sauce (to toss the cooked shrimp in, see recipe below)

For the Avocado Baja Crema:

  • ¾ Cup low fat plain yogurt
  • 1 TBSP jalapenos, finely minced
  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely minced
  • 1 Avocado, mashed
  • Fresh lime juice from 1 Lime
  • ½ TBSP chipotle chili powder

For the Mango Salsa:

  • 2-3 Yellow mango, finely diced
  • 1 Large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 TBSP red onion, minced
  • Fresh lime juice from 1 lime
  • 2 TBSP fresh cilantro, finely minced
  • 1 TBSP jalapeno, finely minced
  • ½ TSP salt
  • ¼ TSP black pepper

For the Bang Bang Sauce: 

  • ½ Cup kewpie mayo
  • 2 TBSP sweet chili sauce
  • 1 TBSP jalapeno hot sauce (yellowbird brand)
  • 1 TSP chili crisp
  • ½ TSP garlic powder
  • ½ TBSP water
Instructions
    1. If you are using frozen shrimp, thaw in water and set aside.
    2. Make your mango salsa by combining all ingredients in a bowl,  mixing well. Place in the fridge to cool.
    3. Make your bang bang sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl,  whisking well until smooth. Set aside.
    4. Make your avocado baja sauce by combining everything in a bowl, whisking well until smooth. Place in the fridge to cool.
    5. Thinly slice your cabbage and brussels sprouts. Place both items  in the same bowl, mix well using your hands. Place in the fridge to cool.
    6. Prepare your shrimp coating by combining the flour and cornstarch in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
    7. Once your shrimp is thawed, devein the top and bottom of them. When done, discard the shells and veins and rinse your shrimp under cold water and pat dry. NOTE: you can purchase them not frozen and already deveined, if desired and would like to save time. But, I love keeping this bag of frozen wild caught shrimp from whole foods in my freezer to have on hand when I want a shrimp dinner.
    8. Coat shrimp in the flour and cornstarch mixture and set on a plate.
    9. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook shrimp in batches, about 8 at a time for 2 minutes per side. Place cooked shrimp on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all shrimp are cooked.
    10. Toss your shrimp in the prepared bang bang sauce. Char your tortillas over an open flame on the stove, do this carefully. If you do not feel comfortable, heat your tortillas up with your desired method.
    11. To assemble your tacos, place a desired amount of the cabbage and brussels sprouts mixture as your base on the tortilla, top with 2-3 bang bang shrimps, drizzle with your avocado baja sauce and top with your desired amount of mango salsa.
    12. ENJOY!
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Cynthia
October 9, 2023
The ingredient list is missing lemon slices, shallot and garlic.
Michael
July 5, 2023
Can I do this in a slow cooker instead of the oven?
Kevin
October 19, 2021
So delicious!