Baja Fried-Shrimp Tacos
- TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 chipotle in adobo, stemmed
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 small green cabbage, shredded (about 3 cups)
- 2 large carrots, shredded
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 24 large shrimp (about 1 1/4 pounds), shelled and deveined
- 2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
- 12 corn tortillas, warmed
- 4 pickled jalapeños, thinly sliced
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves
- 2 1/2 ounces queso fresco or mild feta, crumbled ( 1/2 cup)
- Lime wedges, for serving
- In a mini food processor, blend the mayonnaise with the chipotle and 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
- Heat a large skillet until very hot. Add the butter, cabbage and carrots and cook over high heat until the cabbage is browned in spots, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl.
- In a large saucepan, heat 2 1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 350°. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the remaining 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Put the panko in another bowl. Coat each shrimp with the panko and fry in batches until golden, about 2 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.
- Spoon some of the cabbage into the center of each tortilla and top with 2 fried shrimp. Drizzle with the chipotle mayonnaise and sprinkle with some of the pickled jalapeños, red onion, cilantro and queso fresco. Serve with lime wedges.
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