These Traeger grilled shrimp tacos are a wonderful addition to your taco night. The shrimp is cooked perfectly and seasoned with a chili margarita seasoning and it is such an easy seafood dish to transform your Taco Tuesday.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos
These shrimp tacos are quick and easy to make, which is excellent for those quick weeknight meals when you don’t have time. Even picky eaters have raved about these tacos!
In our home, we love serving up shrimp; it is an excellent protein to have on hand. One thing I like about shrimp is the versatility; you can whip up some shrimp cocktail, toss on the grill, serve in a salad, or pair with pasta for a comfort dish.
Plus the beauty of shrimp is that it has such a quick cook time.
Simple Grilled Shrimp Tacos
For this recipe, I used a chili margarita seasoning from Spiceology. It is one of my favorite seasonings and I add it to pretty much anything even remotely “south-of-the-border”.
Warm up a soft tortilla shell, add in your favorite taco fixings, and you are ready for dinner. Sometimes, I will whip up a homemade salsa or guacamole to serve on top, and other times we do a slaw mix or lettuce. I generally raid the fridge and see what I have on hand. Shrimp tacos are so versatile, so whatever toppings you are craving, go for it.
Tips for Juicy Flavorful Grilled Shrimp
BUY THE BIG SHRIMP. For real. Spring for it, it is worth it if you’re going to be grilling. They really do the best and aren’t quite as touchy. The smaller varieties can get overcooked really quickly!
I aim for the 15 per pound size, also known as Colossal. If you buy them with the shell-on and tail-on, you can get them for a lower price and then peel and devein them yourself. This adds time, but can save you money. If I know I won’t have time, I go ahead and buy the peeled shrimp for convenience.
The goal for grilling shrimp is cooking on high heat. Shrimp is meant to be grilled at higher temperatures. You can skewer your shrimp if you want and lay them out on the grill. Then let them cook for just a few minutes on each side. You know they are ready to flip when you see the underside starts to turn pink.
Can You Use Pre-Cooked Shrimp?
Pre-cooked shrimp is meant for shrimp cocktail or serving with a salad or in other things that don’t require cooking. You can use precooked shrimp in something like alfredo, but beyond that I’d really stay away.
Will Raw Frozen Shrimp Work?
Just thaw the frozen raw shrimp in the refrigerator overnight, or run the shrimp under cold running water. I put mine in a colander and let it just have that regular water stream to help break off any ice and thaw.
Once the shrimp is thawed, drain and rinse your shrimp. Dry it thoroughly before you begin prepping it for cooking. If you don’t thaw it first, the seasoning will not stick to the shrimp that well, and you would run the risk of uneven cooking on the grill.
These tips work great for any time you want to grill shrimp. Once you learn the perfect timing, you will be able to make juicy shrimp that is cooked right every time.
I think most people tend to overcook shrimp. It is pretty hard to undercook it, so don’t be too worried about that.
Make these tacos for your family and friends and see what they think! Nothing beats a good taco!
- 1 pound Colossal White Shrimp, uncooked and peeled with tails on
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons Chili Margarita seasoning, or taco seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, unless you used taco seasoning then skip the salt 😉
- Preheat your grill to 400 degrees (or medium high if you aren't using a Traeger).
- While your grill is heating, toss your peeled shrimp in the oil and skewer them 3-4 shrimp per skewer.
- Sprinkle the seasonings on both sides of the shrimp, and place on the grill.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the shrimp is pink and no longer opaque in the middle. If your grill runs hot it might not take that long per side, so use your best judgment.
- Farberware BBQ Bamboo Skewers, 75 Count, 12-Inch, Natural
- Traeger Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker
- Spiceologist Chile Margarita
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 3 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g