Gochujang Shrimp Tacos with dairy-free creamy lime sauce are a kicked-up and easy meal for taco Tuesday. With a Korean-style sauce made with soy sauce, paprika and butter, you won't believe how flavor-packed these shrimp are!
How to Make Gochujang Shrimp Tacos
The three parts of these shrimp tacos are the roasted gochujang shrimp, the dairy-free lime dressing, and the toppings.
Start by making the flavorful shrimp sauce and cooking your shrimp. Then meanwhile, you can make the simple nut-free lime dressing. And finally, heat your tortillas and enjoy!
Gochujang Shrimp Ingredients
Here's what you need for Korean-style shrimp:
Shrimp. I use jumbo, which are the biggest and sweetest.
Smoked paprika for a hint of smokiness.
Butter. I recommend unsalted.
Rice vinegar. Apple cider vinegar also works.
Brown sugar. I use organic. light brown. In a pinch, dark will also work.
Soy sauce. I use low-sodium. For gluten-free, use tamari.
Gochujang. You can find this at Asian markets and well-stocked grocery stores. It's Korean fermented chili paste.
Stock. Use chicken or vegetable stock. If you're buying it, use low-sodium.
Vegan Creamy Lime Sauce
To top your tacos and tame the heat a bit, make a dairy-free lime dressing with:
Garlic. I think fresh is best in this raw dressing.
Vegan mayonnaise. Use any kind you like.
Cilantro. If you're not a fan of cilantro, use basil.
Lime juice. Freshly squeezed!
Toppings for Gochujang Shrimp Tacos
The fun part comes when you're digging in and piling your gochujang shrimp tacos high with your favorite toppings. I like to add:
Pineapple chunks for a bit of brightness and sweetness.
Yes! you can easily make these shrimp tacos gluten-free. Simply use tamari instead of soy sauce and use corn or grain-free tortillas instead of flour.
Meal Prepping Ideas
This is a great recipe for meal prep. Simply prepare the shrimp, dairy-free sauce and toppings ahead of time. Store them in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to four days. Then heat and assemble your tacos when you're ready to enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the pineapple chunks unto the baking sheet (spread out evenly) and drizzle with a little olive oil and bake until charred, about 10-15 minutes. Be sure to turn them unto their opposite side half way through to char evenly on both sides.
In a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 Tbsps of butter until melted. Add in the shrimp (seasoned w/ salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika) and cook on both sides (about 3-4 minutes), until pink and cook through. Once done, remove from skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter and let it melt. Add the brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, Gochujang, chicken stock, and red pepper flakes, stirring everything together until combined and the sauce thickens. Add in the cooked shrimp and toss until fully coated. Remove from heat.
CHAR OR WARM TORTILLAS:
To lightly toast taco tortillas, preheat oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place tortillas directly on rack. Turn off oven once heated and let tortillas warm for 2 minutes. Remove from oven. For char on a stovetop, pop one of the tortillas unto a gas burner until you begin to see a little smoke. Remove tortilla to rotate it onto opposite side until it’s lightly charred. Repeat until all tortillas are charred.
TO MAKE DAIRY-FREE CILANTRO LIME SAUCE:
In a bowl or measuring cup, mix together all sauce ingredients until creamy and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble tacos, add a few spoonfuls of Gochujang shrimp atop a charred tortilla followed by: roasted tomatoes, pineapple chunks, chopped jalapenos, and the DF cilantro lime sauce. Repeat until desired amount of tacos are made. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Place any leftover ingredients in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.MAKE AHEAD: All ingredients can be made and individually stored as meal prep (excluding tortillas) and assembled when ready to serve.
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I've made these twice now! And serving them again for friends this week. They are yummy. Did with both chicken and shrimpo--both great. I did do spring rolls and a peanut sauce/noodle salad. Thanks for the unique recipe.
Making these for company on Sunday. I always test my recipe before hand and think these are so yummy and unique! Would love ideas for apps and sides, as these aren’t really Asian and definitely not Mexican. Was thinking spring rolls but rice paper is nowhere to be found. Thank you.
Hi Kathy! OMG---that's so amazing! I can't wait to hear what you think about these tacos! Unfortunately, I don't have any spring roll recipes on my site as I don't usually do any traditional cultural foods outside of my Jamaican and Southern roots out of respect for other cultures! However, I do have a few great recipes that could work as great apps + sides:
1. Buffalo Wings: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/classic-oven-baked-buffalo-wings/
2. Everything Bagel Cauli Bites: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/everything-bagel-cauliflower-bites/
3. Jumbo Herb Fries: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/crispy-jumbo-garlic-herb-fries/
4. Asparagus + Mozzarella Puff Pastry: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/asparagus-mozzarella-puff-pastry-with-herb-honey/
5. Blueberry Crostinis: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/vegan-blueberry-crostinis/
6. Crispy Buffalo Tenders: https://www.orchidsandsweettea.com/crispy-buffalo-chicken-tenders/
10 out of 10 recommend. These are so delicious and flavorful. Amazing!
Hi Tamara! OMG---I'm so glad that you love these tacos! They are truly a staple in my house! Thanks so much! 🙂