Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos Recipe

by Isabella Buitron
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If you are pursuing keto this Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Taco recipe will provide you all the regularities of normal dieting with the special exception of it being low carb

This recipe provides you with more than just tacos. It provides you consistency amongst change. Each crunchy bite brings with it the promise of few carbs and enticing taste. The lettuce wrap constitutes the shell that is so often a carb ridden tortilla. This keto taco’s light ingredients manage to leave you impressively full. The airy yet flavorful lettuce compliments the sautéed shrimp that lay upon a bed of sour cream, sprinkled with cheese, and coated with sauce. You, the chef, are left with the option of choosing your favorite toppings and the ability to substitute any of the aforementioned ingredients with what you deem fit.

After first try, this concoction is sure to become a staple food in your household. The ingredients are readily available, typically being found in any fridge. Each flavor comprising these keto tacos grabs so delicately onto your tongue, with pleasant savors resonating after each bite. This keto meal is a chameleon, disguising itself as a normal dish you’d never guess could be so healthy and flavor-filled.

Background:

It’s a Saturday night and you’re dancing to music in your kitchen with a spatula in hand as your newfound microphone. As your stomach rumbles impressively over not only the music but your singing you wonder what meal will meet your standards that many have, after all, all that dancing has worked an appetite. Your wants: healthy, easy, fast, appetizing, and a bit exotic. Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos is the resonating answer. With only six ingredients and what seems like even fewer carbs than that, this healthified Mexican dish will have you rejoicing, “delicioso”. As you scurry your way from the fridge to the stovetop you can bathe your shrimp in a coat of olive oil and seasoning in the saucepan.

To optimize time and efficiency it is best to buy the shrimp peeled and deveined. Your friends that were once rejoicing to, “Under the Sea,” and are now the subject of your meal can easily be replaced with chicken. If keeping this meal keto isn’t an objective then you can substitute the shrimp for any other protein. If you are looking to make the meal vegetarian , the shrimp can be interchanged for beefless meat. The taco shell can also be substituted for a tortilla or crunchy shell if carbs aren’t the centerpiece of your concern. This meal and the many substitutes that are available allow it to be keto, vegetarian, pescatarian, and meat-eater friendly depending on the ingredients you choose.

After the first bite of your homecooked hit, the music will no longer be the only thing making you dance with joy. From first bite to last, your taste buds will be having their own party. 

Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos Ingredients:

First, let’s chat ingredients…

How to Make Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos:

1. Put the shrimp in the saucepan. If the shrimp were being kept in the fridge then they’re ready to be put on the pan immediately. If the purchased shrimp are already cooked still put them on the stove in to warm them and mix in the seasoning. Turn your stove on medium heat. Next place the shrimp (3-4 make one taco) in the pan with olive oil and seasoning. The amount of seasoning and olive oil added varies with the amount of shrimp you add. The olive oil just needs to be enough to mix with the seasoning and coat the shrimp. Cook the shrimp until they are a pink color which takes 10-15 minutes.

2. Prep Lettuce. Each taco warrants one piece of romaine lettuce. For each taco, you want to remove a piece of lettuce and rinse it. I cut an inch off the bottom of the lettuce and the top. Next you can place the rinsed lettuce on a plate.

3. Prep Toppings. If you want each topping in an individual bowl you can distribute the sour cream, mild sauce, and shredded cheese in small dishes. Individual bowls are best for two or more people. That way everyone can allot their desired amount of ingredients on however many tacos they want. However, if the meal is just for one person you can take a different approach. You can put your toppings on your lettuce wrap as you wait for the shrimp to cook.

Possible Substitutions

It is possible to substitute the shrimp for other protein options. You can interchange it with chicken, ground beef, fish, beans, and even meatless beef. This meal can be made vegetarian, pescatarian, keto, or omnivore friendly. You can also substitute the lettuce taco shell for a tortilla or hard shell taco.

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Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos

Keto Lettuce Wrap Shrimp Tacos

This delicious keto dish will have you and your tastebuds dancing with joy. It is a dish that is pleasant to the taste, smell, and sight.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Shrimp: Any type of shrimp work, whether frozen in a bag or fresh from the seafood department (I purchased peeled and deveined shrimp)
  • Mexican Shredded Cheddar Jack Cheese: Any type of shredded cheese works. I prefer something with a mix of cheeses to diversify the flavor. (I purchased the Kraft mexican cheese).
  • Sour Cream: For sour cream you can use light, low cal, regular, or any other variation. (I used Daisy Sour Cream Pure & Natural).
  • Lettuce: It is important that you purchase romaine hearts as your lettuce as this will be the shell for your taco.
  • Taco Dinner Kit: The taco dinner kit contains hard and soft shells as well as a mild taco sauce and seasoning mix. The important ingredients that this kit brings are the sauce and seasoning which can be bought individually. (The mild taco sauce that I buy individually is Ortega Taco Sauce and the seasoning which is also available separately is called Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix Original).
  • Olive Oil: I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

    1. Put the shrimp in the saucepan. Remove your shrimp from the fridge or freezer. If they were in the freezer allow them to thaw or run warm water over them for around a minute or until they soften. If they were being kept in the fridge then they are ready to be put on the pan immediately. Even if the purchased shrimp are already cooked I still put them on the stove in order to warm them and mix in the seasoning. Turn your stove on medium heat. Then using as many shrimp as you want (3-4 make one taco) put them in the pan along with around four tablespoons of olive oil and as much or as little seasoning as you want. The amount of seasoning and olive oil added varies with the amount of shrimp you add. The olive oil just needs to be enough to mix with the seasoning and coat the shrimp. You know the shrimp are done when they are a pink color, this usually takes around 10-15 minutes.
    2. Prep the Lettuce. Each taco warrants one piece of romaine lettuce. So for each taco, you want to remove a piece of lettuce and rinse it. I usually cut about an inch off the bottom of the lettuce and the top. Then place the rinsed lettuce on a plate.
    3. Prep the Toppings. If you want each topping in an individual bowl you can distribute the sour cream, mild sauce, and shredded cheese in small dishes. Individual bowls are usually best for two or more people so that everyone can allot their desired amount of ingredients on however many tacos they want. If it is for just one person you can put your toppings on your lettuce wrap as you wait for the shrimp to cook. I usually put sour cream first, mild sauce second, and cheese, topping it off with the shrimp.

Notes

It is possible to substitute the shrimp for other protein options. You can interchange it with chicken, ground beef, fish, beans, and even meatless beef. This meal can be made vegetarian, pescatarian, keto, or omnivore friendly.

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