Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salsa

You know what’s a great combo?  Seafood and fruit.  And you know what there’s a shit ton of around summertime?  MELONS.  Plus I consider tacos to be the most efficient and delicious way to eat just about everything.  Everything should just be in taco form.  Eggs?  Put them in a taco.  Meat?  IN A TACO.  Hell, even put my dessert nicely wrapped up in a flour tortilla.  Here’s an easy and tangy shrimp taco recipe perfect for a summer fiesta.  Pair with a nice cold margarita and be happy.

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Jerk Shrimp Tacos with Watermelon and Cantaloupe Salsa

For the tacos:

  • 1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • a large pinch of minced onion
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • the juice of one lime
  • tortillas of your choosing (I prefer flour)
  • queso fresca

For the salsa:

  • 1/2 cup of chopped cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup of chopped watermelon
  • 1 jalapeño (you can take the seeds out of you’re a sissy)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • a bunch of fresh cilantro
  • the juice of one lime
  • dash of salt

(Sorry for the lack of photos, I was feeling lazy and forgetful.)

First, you want to clean your shrimp if they are not removed from their shells and deveined.  Whisk the minced onion, thyme, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, olive oil and lime juice together, then pour this into a bowl with the shrimp and toss to combine.  Marinate the shrimp in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

While the shrimp are doing their thing, throw together the salsa.  Cut up some cantaloupe and watermelon.

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Then cut up your onion, jalapeño, and cilantro, throw everything into a bowl with the melon, squeeze in the juice of one lime and add a pinch of salt.

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Look how colorful!  Huzzah!

Once you’re ready to cook the shrimp, heat a skillet over medium high heat and add some olive oil.  Add the shrimp and cook until they’re pink on both sides and opaque all the way through.

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Warm up your tortillas in the toaster oven or whatever, then top with shrimp, salsa, and finish them off with a crumble of queso fresco.  STUFF YOUR FACE.

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