Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw

Carb-free tacos, anyway.  I’ve been in love with fish tacos since first trying them while I in LA for the first time a couple of months ago.  Let’s just say that I’m harboring a not-so-secret love affair with them and have been testing them out wherever I go.  So naturally, when I came across this recipe on the Foodie Bride’s blog, I had to try them.  I wasted no time and picked up the ingredients I needed the first weekend after the recipe was posted.

And holy freaking moly.  This was seriously one of the best recipes I’ve tried in AGES.  The slaw was perfectly limey with just a hint of tequila and the grilled shrimp was quite literally finger-licking good.  I made my own marinade (recipe below) then grilled the shrimp for a couple of minutes on each side.  You can’t go wrong with this marinade – it’s fantastic!!  I served the shrimp directly over the slaw without the tortilla.  If you’re thinking “Wait, shrimp tacos without the tortilla?  Not happening…”  well, the slaw stands up on it’s own and doesn’t need anything else helping it to be better than it already is.  So I ate the slaw more like a salad sans avocado, chipotle mayo, and tortilla.  And it was goooood.


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  • Prep Time: 1hr (inactive marinating time) + 10 minutes (active prep)
  • Cook Time: about 5min
  • Yield: 4 servings


For the margarita slaw:
12 oz (about 7 cups) rainbow salad mix (or coleslaw mix)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup vegetable oil
Dash of sesame oil
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
½ tsp lime zest
1 shot Tequila
Dash of Tobasco sauce or other hot sauce
Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the honey lime marinade and shrimp:
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp honey
Juice of 2 limes
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
chili powder
ground cumin
ground coriander
garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (uncooked)


  • 01

    To make the slaw: Place cabbage and cilantro in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the oils, lime and orange juices, lime zest, tequila, and Tobasco. Pour over cabbage and toss to coat completely. Season with salt and pepper. Serve cold.

  • 02

    To make the marinade and shrimp: In a large zipper bag, combine first 4 ingredients.  Add a few sprinkles each of the spices, salt and pepper.  Mix well to incorporate the honey into the oil and lime juice.  Add the shrimp and toss well to coat.  Allow shrimp to marinate 1 hour in the refrigerator.

  • 03

    Allow the shrimp to come to room temperature before grilling to avoid the shrimp from shrinking drastically on the grill.  Over a hot grill, grill the shrimp for 1 ½ to 2 minutes on the first side then flip and grill for another 30 seconds.  Remove from grill and serve hot over the cool margarita slaw.

Honey Lime Grilled Shrimp is a Smells Like Home original | Margarita Slaw: adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride which was heavily revised from Bon Appetit