Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa

We’re grasping at summer now that the days are slipping through our fingers quicker than ever and the evenings are noticeably cooler. Gathering the family, barefoot and dusty, around the patio table at the end of a day is a cherish moment as we all know that this weather is as fleeting as our unhurried evenings.

Last week we saluted summer with a feast of soft corn tacos filled with lemony grilled shrimp, ripe avocado, and a generous spoonful of smoky corn and sweet onion salsa.

I don’t think anyone spoke around the table during this family dinner, we were all to busy building and eating tacos. Then Danny and I sat back, satisfied, while the children whirled around on the grass, newly energized.

Jan’s shrimp and tomato kebabs were my inspiration for this recipe, while the garnish came together after a quick assessment of fridge leftovers – lonely cob of corn? Check. Half an onions. Got it. Limes? Always. Alright, let’s get grilling.

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Texan inspiration and a celebration of new life

Another inspiration for this Tex-Mex plate is my dear friend, Amber of Bluebonnets and Brownies, and who’s entrance into motherhood we are celebrating today with a virtual baby shower. A kind soul, a generous spirit, a Texas spitfire, Amber is a close friend both online and off, and I couldn’t be happier for her as she prepares to welcome Baby Evan into her and James’ life with open arms. Would you just look at the sweet nursery?

Organized by the lovely Jen, Tracy and Jamie, a group of us have prepared a virtual feast with a Texan theme in Amber’s honour. You can find links to all their recipes at the bottom of the post. Happy Baby Shower, Ams!

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa

Simple summer fare at its best, featuring fresh corn and tomatoes in a flavour-packed bite.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 563kcal
Author: Aimee


For the shrimp marinade:

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

For the salsa

  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 1 corn cob steamed or boiled
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalepeno seeded and chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided

For the tacos

  • 12 soft corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled (optional)


  • In a bowl, combine shrimp, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, fresh oregano, salt and pepper. Let marinate while you prepare the salsa.
  • Preheat grill to 400F. Cut onion in to four wedges and toss with olive oil. Brush a little olive oil on the corn. Grill onion and corn for about 10 minutes or until slightly charred and the onion is soft.
  • Remove from heat and place on a cutting board. Cut kernels off the corn and roughly chop grilled onion.
  • In a medium bowl, combine corn, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, jalepeno, lime, salt and 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Stir until well combined. Set aside to marinate while you grill the shrimp.
  • Lightly grill the corn tortillas on each side, then wrap them in a clean tea towel to keep warm. Place a grill basket over the heat, and add the shrimp. Quickly grill them, turning once, about 2 minutes per side or until they are bright pink.

To Assemble

  • Serve warm tortillas, grilled shrimp, corn salsa, avocado, feta cheese and cilantro garnish and assemble tacos at the table.


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 294mg | Sodium: 1221mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 32.4mg | Calcium: 326mg | Iron: 4.9mg

But wait! There’s more…It’s a baby shower!

Amber's Baby Shower

Sugarcrafter | Breakfast Tostadas

My Kitchen Addiction | Baby Texan Cookies

My Baking Addiction | Texas Sheet Cake

Simple Bites | Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa

Stetted | Queso Mac

Food for My Family | Texas Pepper Barbecue Sauce

Dessert For Two | Frito Chocolate Chip Cookies

Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Coconut Tres Leches Layer Cake

TidyMom | Pizza Bread Sticks

Miss in the Kitchen | Blackberry Milkshakes

Art of Gluten Free Baking | Peach-Pecan Pie, Gluten-Free

Bon Appetit Hon | Cheddar Ranch Crackers

Food Babbles | Southern Pecan Pie

Jelly Toast | Peach Iced Tea

Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle | Decorated Elephant Cookies

i am baker | Texas Brownie Cake

The Kitchen Trials | Coca-Cola Cake

Cookies & Cups | Sticky Toffee Pudding Cookies

A Farmgirl’s Dabbles | Peanut Butter Bonbons the Size of Texas

Do you have a favorite Texan dish?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. These look beyond delicious… such a healthy and flavorful recipe… my family is going to really like me this week! 🙂

  2. Oh these look perfect! I need a taco asap!

  3. Looks delicious, Aimee! Thank you so much for your contribution to Amber’s shower – I just know she will love it!

  4. 5 stars
    These look like exactly what I want for dinner tonight! So lovely 🙂

  5. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says

    I know what I am having for dinner tonight. These tacos look so fresh and delicious!

  6. These look awesome! I want tacos now!

  7. Shrimp and sweet corn have been on my brain the past few weeks, and I get my fill whenever I can – your tacos look awesome! So very HAPPY for Amber!

    • Don’t they make a nice pair! One of my favourite cold soups was a chilled corn bisque with marinated shrimp. Heavenly.

      Thanks for stopping by, Brenda!

  8. These tacos look incredibly delicious! Perfect for a late summer celebration as well as for Amber! Your photos are so inviting and beautiful, I feel like I could just sit down at the table and dig in 🙂

  9. It’s recipes like this one that make me wish that Darron liked to eat shrimp. I will have to make him some chicken so that I can make these tacos for myself. YUM! These are perfect for Amber’s baby shower… Thanks so much for participating!

  10. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says

    5 stars
    Aimee, thank you so much for celebrating Evan today. I can’t wait for him to start baby led feeding like Clara, and someday he will absolutely have these tacos. I will make them for him and tell him about how Auntie Aimee made them for him too. I’m so glad that we’re friends. You’re so dear to my heart, and I hope you know that every time we talk.

  11. Those tacos look so good! I am so into charred corn salsa!

  12. these look so good! I am tempted to make these for dinner tonight!

  13. I’m making some fresh flour tortillas today, and these look awfully tempting! It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite Tex-Mex dish. I love it all!

  14. This is my kind of taco!! They are so perfect for Amber’s Baby Shower!!

  15. Oh. Yum. These look perfect for a mid-August supper and what a terrific way to celebrate a baby born in August.
    Could the corn and onions be ‘grilled’ somehow in the oven? We don’t have a bbq…

  16. 5 stars
    I can’t stop thinking about these tacos! I wish they were in my belly STAT!

  17. These tacos sound fantastic! Perfect for the shower! Lovely recipe and I definitely need to give this a try soon.

  18. I don’t think I would waste time talking with this on my dinner table either!! LOVE these pictures too Aimee!!

  19. These look light and refreshing, and filled with seasonal goodness. Perfect for a hot summer’s night. Yum!

  20. These tacos look great Aimee!

  21. Oh wow, Aimee. These look so good. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I love it!

  22. 5 stars
    Looks amazing! I’ve been looking for a lighter taco recipe. We’ve been cooking them more and more every summer. 🙂 Thanks!

  23. Oh my, I can’t resist this charred corn salsa 🙂 these tacos look perfect!!

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