Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa

 Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa
I am obsessed with shrimp tacos right now! We are eating them at least twice a week and even that isn't enough for me. They are such an easy meal to put together. Sometimes they are more fancy than others and other times it's just the tortilla and shrimp. 

Shrimp tacos always taste better (to me anyways) with a sweet-heat factor. For this recipe I chose pineapple and jalapeno made into a simple salsa. It makes the taco!! I think fresh corn would have been amazing in there as well.

However, I did want a little complexity so I grilled the pineapple to give it that "burnt sugar" flavor, which is always amazing in any dish.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeno Tacos OXO Pineapple Tool
Fresh pineapples can be daunting to slice. I know many people shy away from giving it a try. But friends there is no reason to do that! This OXO Pineapple Slicer is an awesome tool that really works. I always place my pineapple in a bowl, like you see here, to catch all the flavorful juice. It slices beautifully! And the hard core remains in the pineapple. Get one if you can, your summer might not be the same without it. And if you are having a summer luau, don't even think twice about not having one of these on hand.

If you follow on Instagram, you might have seen pictures of me playing with this slicer last weekend. Someone suggested filling the empty pineapple with rum and ice for an adult beverage. Awesome idea. It's going to happen soon.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeno Tacos extra large shrimp
I ended up using the juice from the pineapple to marinate my shrimp. They had this sweet flavor and the pineapple juice acts as a tenderizer.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeno Tacos grilling pineapple
The pineapple was grilled in butter with my grill pan. So delicious and adds a nice flavor to the salsa.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa close up
Use the best quality corn tortillas you can find, it's worth it!

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Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: six tacos


Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Salsa

  • 1 whole pineapple, cored, grilled in butter and chopped into 3/4" pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, deveined and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tablespoons copped cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


  • 18 extra large shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined
  • butter
  • 1 cup reserved pineapple juice from cutting the pineapple
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 corn tortillas, fried


  • For the salsa, core pineapple, reserving juice, and slice into rings. Grill rings in butter in a grill pan until there are visible marks. Chop into small pieces. Combine pineapple, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • For the tacos, marinate shrimp in reserved pineapple juice for 20 minutes. While shrimp is marinating, combine cabbage, sour cream, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Grill shrimp in grill pan or on an outdoor grill, basting with butter on the grill, or melting a couple tablespoons in the grill pan. Shrimp will be done once they are opaque in appearance.
  • Construct tacos with shrimp (3 in each tortilla) on bottom, cabbage mixture and then salsa on top. Sprinkle with more lime juice if desired.

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26 Comments and 15 Replies

  1. It is easy to see why shrimp tacos are showing up often.

  2. I love these. The shrimp looks awesome, but I have to say I am all about the grilled pineapple salsa! Probably one of my favorite summer toppings this year! Awesome job, Cathy!

  3. Love shrimp tacos!! And that salsa…with grilled pineapple…sounds delicious!

  4. I so need to get one of those pinapple cutter thingys. Very very cool! I agree that shrimp (or any fish or seafood) taco is best with sweet and heat. Love this flavor combination!

  5. I have one of those Pineapple Slicers! But… I have the $5.00 one from walmart. haha I bet the OXO one is really nice! I just used mine last night when we were making Pineapple sushi! I love this recipe though, the grilled pineapple with the pineapple shrimp, ooo yum! I bet the flavors in that are amazing!

  6. Ashley 11

    I need that grilled pineapple salsa! It sounds so perfect for this time of year.

  7. Pineapple grilled in butter? Be still my heart.

  8. OMG, Cathy. These are killer!

  9. I am all about the fruit salsas! Perfect summer meal!

  10. I adore shrimp tacos! And I love the sweet heat factor you’ve got going on here. For the longet time I didn’t think that pineapple belonged anywhere near a savory dish. Dishes like this change my mind :) PS I am still dying over your pineapple slicer. I need to get one of those.

  11. Love shrimp tacos and the pineapple looks so good and Judy. Yum!

  12. Shrimp tacos are my favorite! I love the Pineapple salsa, I have never tried to make anything like that at home. How amazing is the pineapple slicer? Sheer genius!

  13. I LOVE shrimp tacos! And holy cow, these look amazing! I’m in love! xo

  14. These tacos look SO GOOD! And that OXO pineapple slicer, wow. It sure knows how to deal with a pineapple!

  15. I’m with Ashley on this one, I love shrimp tacos too. I’ve never made them myself and judging from your photos and post, yours turned out absolutely beautiful! Great post!!

  16. I can`t believe I have only ever had tacos once in my life. I`m definitely missing out. This looks great!

  17. If I’d known you were so good at making tacos, I would have insisted you take over the taco tour in Austin.. by making us some! :) these look rockin’, Cathy! Grilled pineapple is the business.

  18. Love the shrimp and pineapple combo for tacos!

  19. rachel 31

    okay. That pineapple slicer is the coolest thing ever. I need one!

    Those are gorgeous tacos. YUM! <3 Happy 4th!

  20. I just made fish tacos last night (panko crusted cod with an avocado relish), but these sound even better! Also, that pineapple slicer is amazinggg, it reminds me of the spiralizer (makes vegetables into swirly spaghetti, works wonderfully with zucchini, look it up if you don’t already have one!)

  21. Maegan @ The BakerMama 34

    I’m so excited about this pineapple jalapeno salsa! Another great shrimp recipe to add to my summer dinner menu!

  22. Sheila 36

    GASP! nom nom nom drool. Ok love these!

  23. katie 38

    Yes please. I love the flavor combo of these tacos! I love that pineapple slicer… seriously not sure why i waited so long to get one!

  24. I used to hate shrimp – it took me 8 years- but now I’m a full on addict and my favorite way to eat them is in tacos! These look perfect!

  25. Maria in Oregon 40

    I’m really weird when it comes to shrimp. Most of the time I think sea-bugs. (Rollie-pollies that live in water. Think about it.) But this actually looks good!

  26. M Murphy 41

    Thank you for this recipe. I made this for dinner tonight and it was great!


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