Thai Shrimp Tacos

Taco Tuesday’s happen pretty often in our house, especially when it starts to get warmer. If you can put it in a tortilla, I want it! We also really love Thai food, or any Asian food really. So these Thai shrimp tacos just made sense.


They were just what I was looking for! The papaya salad on top is making me drool just thinking about it. I will warn you, we also like everything spicy in this house, so if you don’t, I would use less hot peppers. Or, if you really hate spicy, you can just take them out altogether.

Thai Shrimp Tacos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 medium green papaya
  • 2 hot peppers (Thai peppers weren’t available at my grocery store, so I got 2 cherry bomb peppers)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • About 10 cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. In a small bowl mix together the paprika, turmeric, black pepper, coriander, fenugreek, dry mustard, cumin, ground ginger, and cayenne and set aside.
  2. Next, peel and seed the papaya and shred with either a mandoline or food processor.
  3. In a large mortar and pestle (or a large mixing bowl) out half of the lime cut into small wedges along with the chili peppers, garlic, and sugar.
  4. Crush with either pestle or the back or a large spoon until the chilies are mashed and bruised and the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Add the tomatoes and pound them a few times till bruised. Then squeeze in the juice from the other half of the lime and stir in the fish sauce.
  6. Add in the shredded papaya and mix it all together and set it aside.
  7. Heat a large skillet with 1 tbsp of cooking fat of your choice (i like ghee or olive oil)
  8. Add in the shrimp and cook for about 4 mins, till they’re just about done.
  9. Add in spice mixture and saute for 1-2 more mins.
  10. Remove from burner. Assemble tacos and enjoy!

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