Rock Shrimp Tacos

two pounds shelled rock shrimp
olive oil
chili powder blend
black pepper
half cup dry white wine
half cup whole milk
shredded cabbage
handmade corn tortillas (we got them here)
salsa fresca (optional)
queso fresco


Rock shrimp.


Mix plenty of chili powder blend and salt with olive oil to make a paste.


Coat the shrimp with the paste and allow to marinate for at least a few hours.


Sautee the shrimp all at once in a pan on medium-high. They will release a substantial amount of juices. When they are cooked through, remove the shrimp. The remaining liquid is the base for an amazing bisque-like sauce.


Turn up the heat and add the milk and wine.


Reduce until you have a nice thick sauce, adding salt and black pepper to taste.


The setup!


Put the cabbage on first.


Then shrimp, avocado, queso fresco, squeeze of lime, and finish with the sauce. We ended up not using any of the salsa fresca.


  1. thebookofdave says

    Looks like I’ll be shopping for a tortilla press and a sack of masa harina this weekend.

  2. tbrandt says

    While not as tasty as read handmade corn tortillas, I can get decent ones in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, and they’re dirt cheap ($2 for 30 tortillas is typical). Warm them for 20-30 seconds in a hot, empty steel pan, and that’s it. The corn tortillas are vastly better (and cheaper!) than flour ones. For an alternative filling, try slow cooked pork shoulder. Also delicious, and dirt cheap.

  3. M can help you with that. says

    As a San Diegan, I’m legally obligated to approve of appropriately-made seafood tacos.

    It’s an easy and delicious obligation.

    And yeah, getting a sauce right is absolutely vital. I’m going to have to try this one.

    (Should the shrimp be sautéed longer if they aren’t pre-cooked, though?)

  4. Kilian Hekhuis says

    Looks great! Doesn’t “shelled” mean that the shell is still on them though?

  5. Trebuchet says

    @5: No. It’s sort of like “inflammable” and “flammable”. The process of removing the shells is called “shelling”.

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