Baja Fried-Shrimp Tacos


For his taco truck, chef Michael Rypka created a menu of amped-up street food that utilizes his deep fryer: fried avocado tacos, fried chicken tacos and Baja fried-shrimp tacos filled with crispy jumbo shrimp and warm cabbage slaw dressed with a tangy chipotle sauce. More Shrimp Recipes

Total Time:
50 mins


  • 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


  1. In a mini food processor, blend the mayonnaise with the chipotle and 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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