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How to Make Shrimp Tostadas

Shrimp Tostadas are a delicious Mexican dish that features crispy tortillas topped with seasoned shrimp and various toppings, offering a delightful blend of textures and flavors.

Texture-wise, Shrimp Tostadas showcase a crispy base made from toasted or fried corn tortillas. These tortillas act as a crunchy foundation for the toppings.

The shrimp are typically cooked with various seasonings such as garlic, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, and sometimes a hint of chili or hot sauce, resulting in tender and flavorful shrimp.

The toppings for Shrimp Tostadas often include a variety of ingredients such as shredded lettuce or cabbage, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado or guacamole, chopped cilantro, thinly sliced radishes, crumbled cheese (like queso fresco), and a drizzle of Mexican crema or a flavorful salsa.

The combination of ingredients provides a medley of textures—crispiness from the tortilla, tenderness from the shrimp, creaminess from the avocado, freshness from the vegetables, and a burst of flavors from the seasonings and toppings.

Shrimp Tostadas are versatile and can be served as an appetizer, a light meal, or part of a seafood-themed spread. They are appreciated for their vibrant colors, refreshing taste, and the variety of textures they offer, making them a popular and delightful choice in Mexican cuisine, especially for seafood lovers.

Key Takeaways

  • For Whom: Ideal for seafood lovers and those craving a taste of coastal cuisine.
  • Estimated Duration: Ready in about 20 minutes, a quick and flavorful option for any occasion.
  • Nutrition Facts: A protein-packed dish with a refreshing burst of citrus and vibrant toppings.

About This Recipe

Shrimp Tostadas feature seasoned and sautéed shrimp nestled on a crunchy tostada shell. Topped with a medley of fresh vegetables and a zesty lime crema, these tostadas are a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

Equipment Required

  1. Skillet
  2. Mixing bowls
  3. Tongs


For the Shrimp:

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Tostadas:

  • Corn tostadas
  • Black bean spread or refried beans
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced radishes
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Lime Crema:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt to taste



  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Season shrimp with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  3. Sauté shrimp until pink and opaque, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.


  1. Spread a layer of black bean spread or refried beans on each tostada.
  2. Top with sautéed shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, avocado slices, and cilantro.

Lime Crema:

  1. In a bowl, mix sour cream with lime juice.
  2. Add salt to taste and drizzle over the assembled tostadas.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Grilled corn on the cob

Storage Options

Tostadas are best enjoyed immediately to maintain their crunch. Store shrimp and tostada toppings separately and assemble just before serving.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Shrimp: Substitute with grilled fish or scallops.
  • Lime Crema: Greek yogurt can replace sour cream for a lighter option.

Alternatives to This Meal

For a spicy kick, add diced jalapeños or a drizzle of hot sauce over the shrimp.


Shrimp Tostadas offer a seafood fiesta on your plate, combining the succulence of shrimp with the crunch of tostadas and the freshness of vibrant toppings. This dish is a journey to the coastal flavors of Mexico, bringing a taste of the sea to your table. ¡Buen provecho!