I always say this, but it is worth repeating, I am so dang lucky my husband can cook. Before I met him, I ate if/when it was easy or made for me. I ate an embarrassing amount of LIFE cereal (with water, not milk because I was too lazy to go to the store), PB&J sandwiches, and canned baked beans. I know. I know. You don’t have to rub it in; I am a weirdo and slightly disgusting.
Like, I said in the first sentence, I am so dang lucky my husband can cook.
Caleb not only loves to cook but is also pretty dang amazing at it. He loves reading food blogs and always has. I remember when we first started dating in October of 2014, he would always send me recipes from Closet Cooking so we could make them together. Psst: Our favorite is his Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions and Sage
Anyways, Caleb makes the best food, and he has been carving out time in his schedule to cook more often.
He usually opens the fridge, scours the pantry, carefully evaluates what we have, and then comes up with something phenomenal. He loves creating dry rubs and experimenting with spices. He loves playing around with different techniques and flavors – this week, it was Cajun.
Fun Fact: Did you know Cajun cuisine originated in a seventeenth-century French settlement in Nova Scotia? Cajun cuisine is a style of cooking that incorporates West African, French, and Spanish cooking techniques in the region of Louisiana. Cajun cuisine is sometimes referred to as a ‘rustic cuisine,’ meaning that it is relatively simple based on locally available ingredients and preparation. If you’re interested in reading more, the book Stir the Pot discusses the history of Cajun cuisine.
Yesterday, he made the greatest Cajun tacos … ever.
No joke! During a ZOOM call, when he was asked by a co-worker what he had for dinner, he replied, “I had the best Cajun shrimp tacos ever.”
Woah. That’s a bold statement, I know. But he wasn’t lying.
After we ate them, we had a margarita (or two), and I begged him to recite “the recipe.” Sorry, guys, neither I nor he are a food blogger, so this might be a little scrappy. LOL Without further delay, here is his recipe, “The Best Cajun Tacos I’ve Ever Had,” straight from Caleb, word for word. Enjoy!!
The easiest way to make these tacos is to use raw or frozen, peeled, and deveined shrimp. Once thawed, marinate shrimp with soy, honey, olive oil, and a cajun seasoning blend for up to 24 hours. Aren’t our taco holder trays cute? You can snag these on Amazon, too!
Caleb used BADIA Seasoning Louisiana Cajun Seasoning; you can buy it on Amazon. Pre-made Cajun seasonings consist of a blend of salt with various spices, the most common being cayenne pepper and garlic. The spicy heat comes from the cayenne pepper, while other flavors come from bell pepper, paprika, green onions, parsley, and more
Caleb's Cajun Tacos The Best Shrimp Tacos I've Ever Tasted
- 1/4 Pound 18-24 medium-sized Peeled, Deveined Shrimp (If frozen, be sure to thaw)
- 6 Soft Flour Tortillas
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Parsley
- 2 Tbsp BADIA Seasoning Louisiana Cajun Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce for deglazing
- 1 can refried black beans optional
- 1/4 Lb Sweet & Sour Cole Slaw from Deli as a topping
- Heat dry skillet on high heat until skillet is hot and grille/warm flour tortillas for about 90 seconds per side to achieve desired char; set tortillas aside.
- Turn heat down to med/high heat and pour all shrimp, including marinade into the skillet, while arranging shrimp into one layer in the skillet (may flare up and splatter a bit so be careful!).
- Allow shrimp to cook for about 2 minutes on the initial side.
- Flip shrimp over and allow to cook on the opposite side for another minute.
- Pour additional soy into a pan to deglaze marinade and toss over shrimp to finalize cooking. Move shrimp and most of the marinade/deglaze into a bowl for preparation for serving.
- (optional, if not using refried black beans, skip steps 6 & 7) Pour canned refried black beans into skillet and stir constantly to absorb all remaining marinade and heat thoroughly for about 3-5 minutes.
- Smear a generous dollop of refried beans into the bottom of each tortilla.
- Place 3-4 shrimp in a tortilla, top with slaw, eat, and smile