Garlic & Cumin Shrimp Tacos

garlic cumin shrimp tacos

a warm, soft taco loaded with garlicky cumin shrimp, fresh cilantro and crisp red cabbage

There has been a lot of research conducted on shrimp and the cholesterol levels it provides. Many people are often instructed to avoid shrimp if they have certain health conditions relating to high cholesterol levels. There are two types of cholesterol, which are LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. LDL is known as the “bad cholesterol” which can cause plaque build up in the arteries around the heart and increase blood pressure. HDL is known as the “good cholesterol” and though its mechanisms are not fully understood, high levels of HDL are beneficial towards heart health by carrying away cholesterol from the heart’s arteries. Low levels of HDL cholesterol are associated with increased risk of heart disease.

Scientists from The Rockefeller University and the Harvard School of Public Health in a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded in a study that people who ate a shrimp in their diet (steamed and with a lot-fat diet) had elevated LDL levels (bad cholesterol) but even greater elevated HDL levels (good cholesterol) and because of this it was revealed that shrimp actually had a total positive effect on cholesterol. Overall, because of shrimps impact on raising heart healthy HDL levels it can be enjoyed in a “heart-smart” diet. The study also concluded that heart disease is impacted by more than just LDL levels alone, including inflammation and other factors. Cholesterol is greatly impacted by exercise and with moderate to high levels of activity, along with an appropriate diet, you can keep high LDL cholesterol levels away. Shrimp does provide a host of many other beneficial nutrients. It is fairly low in calories, having 60 calories in a 3 ounce portion. It also provides key nutrients like protein, selenium, phosphorus, choline, and omega 3 fatty acids which is necessary towards brain and immune system health.

*Each person is an individual case, and with certain health conditions a certain diet may be desired. Always consult your own personal professional, specialist or doctor when it comes to what is or what is not okay in you diet.*

Garlic & Cumin Shrimp Tacos


1 lbs shrimp, cleaned
¼ tsp cumin
Juice from ½ lime
¼ tsp chili powder
⅛ tsp paprika
Salt taste
Black pepper to taste

1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ green pepper, julienned
½ red pepper, julienned
1 tbsp cilantro, minced

8 small tortilla rounds
1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
Alaa’s Pantry Mango and Avocado Salsa if desired
Alaa’s Pantry Homemade Chipotle Sauce if desired


  1. Add cumin, lime juice, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper to defrosted shrimp to marinate.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet on medium-high heat then add garlic. As soon as garlic begins to brown add red and green peppers. Once they are slightly tender, add shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side or when opaque and pink. Add cilantro and mix. Remove from heat when done.
  3. Warm tortilla rounds over fire or in toaster oven. In the center of the tortilla, add shrimp, red cabbage, and other desired toppings like Mango Avocado Salsa and Chipotle Sauce.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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