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Jerk Shrimp Tacos

This Insanely Addictive Jerk Shrimp Tacos have a sweet and spicy jerk marinade infuses this recipe with so much flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy, grilling recipes, seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 139kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt plus more for seasoning (I used Lawry's)
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pound deveined shrimp
  • Optional: Corn tortillas, pico de gallo, cilantro, limes and red cabbage for serving.


  • To make marinade, add olive oil to medium sized pan over medium heat. Saute onion until tender.
  • Next add cooked onion, lime juice, orange juice, brown sugar, honey and all spices including 1 teaspoon of Lawry’s to a blender or food processor and grind until smooth.
  • Pour marinade into a large plastic bag and add deveined shrimp completely submerging in the marinade. Seal and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes (no more than 30).
  • Remove shrimp from marinade and add 4 to each skewer and grill about 2-3 minutes on each side. Shrimp cook very quickly so watch and turn as soon as they begin to turn pink then remove once done.
  • Remove shrimp from skewers and add to tortillas. Serve with pico de gallo, cilantro, limes, and shredded red cabbage or other favorite taco favorites.


Make sure you don't overcook your shrimp or they will end up rubbery in flavor and taste.


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1.7mg