Zesty Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos


Embark on a culinary journey to the tropics with our Zesty Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos! This dish features succulent shrimp and sweet, juicy pineapple, creating a perfect balance of flavors. Tucked in soft tortillas and drizzled with a tangy sauce, these tacos are a celebration of vibrant tastes and textures, ideal for a summery lunch or a festive dinner gathering.

Zesty Shrimp and Pineapple Tacos

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 2 tacos per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 280 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fiber: 3g


  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined: 500g (1.1 lbs or 17.6 oz)
  • Fresh pineapple, diced: 1 cup (about 165g or 5.8 oz)
  • Corn tortillas: 8
  • Red cabbage, shredded: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Avocado, sliced: 1 medium
  • Lime juice: 30ml (1 fl oz)
  • Cilantro, chopped: 30g (1 oz)
  • Olive oil: 15ml (1 tbsp)
  • Chili powder: 5g (0.18 oz)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Season Shrimp: In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Cook Shrimp: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and cooked through.
  3. Prepare Pineapple: Grill or sauté the diced pineapple until slightly caramelized.
  4. Assemble Tacos: Warm tortillas in a skillet. Layer each tortilla with red cabbage, cooked shrimp, grilled pineapple, and avocado slices.
  5. Garnish: Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
  6. Serve: Serve immediately, accompanied by your favorite salsa or sauce.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Avoid overcooking the shrimp to keep them juicy and tender.
  • For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the shrimp seasoning.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, ensure they are thawed completely before cooking.

How can I make these tacos gluten-free?

Corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free, making this dish suitable.

Can I prepare this ahead of time?

It's best served fresh, but you can prep the ingredients ahead.

What are some good side dishes?

Serve with Mexican rice, black beans, or a fresh salad.