We eat a lot of shrimp in the summertime. Fresh with the heads still on, they are almost cheaper than chicken here. We also eat alot of Mexican, so to combine those two loves into one dish was a no-brainer. I’d had shrimp tacos on my mind, but when I came across this recipe in a cookbook I had the opportunity to review, I put it on our menu plan immediately.

The shrimp undergo a quick marinade before being sauteed, then topped with a delicious mango-avocado salsa and thinly sliced red cabbage for a bit of crunch. All wrapped up in a lightly toasted corn tortilla. Comes together in less than 20 minutes, making for a perfect dinner to throw together after a long day at the beach – which, we’ve been enjoying a lot of these days.

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48 Comments

  1. Brandie
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

    I’m new to cast iron cooking, my favorite thing so far has to be steak.

  2. Morgan
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    Top pick for cast iron is a pineapple upside down cake!

  3. Posted July 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

    Shrimp + Mexican + Avocado/Mango Salsa = DELICIOUS!

    Let’s see… we cook a lot in cast iron skillets and pots at my house. Jambalaya, pot roast, cornbread, biscuits…. the list could go on and on ;)
    Trying to pick a favorite would be next to sacrilegious!
    LOL

  4. tiffany
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Corn bread is my favorite! I haven’t branched out too much since getting my cast iron skillet. I need some new recipes!

  5. Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    I have cast iron skillets of all shapes and sizes, so it’s hard to say what’s my favorite. My over easy egg for breakfast in the morning in my cute little cast iron skillet that is just the right size for that? Fried green tomatoes in my larger size skillet at dinner? Or cornbread during the winter to go with a pot of chili. Or my favorite, which is on my stovetop most of the time, my cast iron griddle, perfect for french toast, grilled cheese or a quesadilla.

  6. Susie
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    Cornbread! Cooking it in a screaming hot cast iron skillet gives it a crust that you can’t accomplish any other way. I made some last night. It reminds me of home :)

  7. Posted July 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    SKillet Chocolate Chip Cookie!

  8. gail
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    corn bread

  9. gail
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    liked you on fb

  10. Stacey
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    Love my cast iron Skillet! Goat cheese drop biscuits are my favorite way to use it.

  11. Samantha
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    My cast iron skillet is the BEST for making homemade corn tortillas!!

  12. Posted July 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make using my skillet is steak.

    These tacos look amazing! I want to eat at your house every night, next time I am in Maryland, I may just invite myself over.

    • Laura
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

      Katie, you know you’re always welcome! We’ll have a beach date by day, and crab feast by night. Does the Mister like beer? Always some good homebrew on tap!

  13. Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    I think I should come live closer to you! I like the sound of those shrimp prices. (and your tacos too! yum!)

  14. Posted July 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM | Permalink

    I love fish tacos so I need to try these – the mango salsa sounds like the perfect topper!

  15. Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM | Permalink

    Just found your blog – love your recipes.

    I’m looking forward to reading backward here. :)

    I love making grandma’s fried chicken recipe in my cast iron skillet.

  16. Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM | Permalink

    I LIKED you on facebook and am your newest follower. :)

  17. Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM | Permalink

    And I’m your newest Twitter follower.

  18. amy marantino
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    i would make skillet cornbread… i have been wanting to try it for a while now.

  19. dani
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 4:20 AM | Permalink

    i’ve always had this dream of cooking cornbread in a cast iron skillet. i should probably buy a skillet first though!

  20. sue
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    I think my favorite cast iron dish has to be roast chicken with leeks. Sooooo good.

  21. Barbara P.
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    corn bread

  22. Barbara P.
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:30 AM | Permalink

    And I’m your newest facebook follower.

  23. Ken
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    I love to cook Southern fried chicken in my cast iron skillet.

    I also follow you on facebook.

  24. Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    my favorite dish in a cast iron skillet is probably breakfast frittatas!! my mom can also make a pretty tasty cobbler though :)

  25. Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    i like you on facebook :)

  26. Andrea
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    Favorite dish is fajitas, I really like the way the onions and peppers take on the seasoned cast iron.
    Thanks :)

  27. Andrea
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    I liked you on facebook and shared the link.

  28. Megan McD
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

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  29. Megan McD
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    There are so many great foods to make in the cast iron skillet it’s hard to choose a favorite – fajitas, frittatas, corn bread, bacon, fruit cobbler.

  30. Posted July 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    It’s a toss-up between hand-rolled corn tortillas and dutch babies!

  31. abby
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

    This looks delicious! Like many others, my favorite cast iron skillet dish is cornbread. But in particular, quinoa cornbread adapted from 101 Cookbooks, with buttermilk poured in the center. Soooo good!

  32. abby
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    like you on facebook!

  33. Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

    I LOVEEE shrimp tacos.

    I try to make most things on my stove in the cast iron skillet, but my favorite is probably cornbread.

  34. Ann Winsness
    Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

    just found one of grandma’s skillet, but really haven’t made anything yet!! I need some ideas!!!

  35. Meryl
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM | Permalink

    Peppercorn-Crusted Filet Mignon!

  36. Louis
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:15 AM | Permalink

    Quesadillas

  37. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    I like making cornbread in cast iron.

  38. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    I like your Facebook page

  39. Posted July 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    I follow you on Twitter

  40. Sadie
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

    These sound great. I love to make giant chocolate chip cookies in my cast iron. Super yummy.

  41. Cheryl Carsten
    Posted July 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    Corn bread

  42. Julie
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    liver and fried potatoes
    thanks

  43. Julie
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws

  44. Carrie
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    Fried potatoes with onions. They are the best in a cast iron skillet.

  45. Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread! Yum!

  46. karen
    Posted July 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM | Permalink

    Cornbread comes out SO delicious in the cast iron skillet!

  47. Cori
    Posted July 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    Chocolate chip skillet cookies- a la mode, of course!

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