Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa


Tim Byres's shrimp tacos are delicious with this tangy salsa, but the surprise here is the crunchy celery salad on top. Slideshow: Sensational Fish Tacos 

Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa
Photo: © Marcus Nilsson
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins


  • 1/2 pound tomatillos—husked, rinsed and quartered

  • 1/2 small onion, quartered

  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly black pepper

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp (about 36), shelled and deveined

  • Twelve 6-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed

  • Shredded green cabbage and parsley leaves, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the tomatillos, onion, jalapeño and garlic with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a blender.

  2. Boil the cooking liquid until reduced to 1/4 cup, then add it to the blender and let cool completely. Puree the salsa and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the salsa to a bowl, stir in the chopped cilantro and refrigerate until chilled, about 45 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss the celery with the lime juice; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; oil the grill grate. Thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer. Brush the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and transfer to a platter. Serve the shrimp with the salsa, celery salad, warm tortillas, cabbage and parsley leaves so guests can assemble their own tacos.

Suggested Pairing

Spritzy, lime-scented Vinho Verde from Portugal, like the NV Broadbent, is fantastic with these spicy, cilantro-laced tacos. Or have a cooling lager, like Dos Equis from Mexico.

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