Shrimp Tacos

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Perfectly seasoned shrimp with cilantro-lime slaw and fresh avocado all packed in a tortilla. These shrimp tacos can be ready in 30 minutes or less! (Plus, prep ahead tips!)

Alternate “Taco Tuesday” meals with this shrimp taco recipe, these chicken tacos (READER FAVORITE!), these vegetarian tacos, these asian tacos, or these quinoa tacos

Overhead image of the completed shrimp tacos.

Shrimp Tacos

While these stand on their own pretty well, here are a couple of quick side dish ideas:

What to serve with these tacos:

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Shrimp Tacos

4.91 from 77 votes
Perfectly seasoned shrimp with cilantro-lime slaw and fresh avocado all packed in a tortilla. These shrimp tacos can be ready in 30 minutes or less! (Plus, prep ahead tips!)
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Shrimp Tacos

4.91 from 77 votes
Perfectly seasoned shrimp with cilantro-lime slaw and fresh avocado all packed in a tortilla. These shrimp tacos can be ready in 30 minutes or less! (Plus, prep ahead tips!)
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp tacos
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 small tacos (serves 4)
Calories 408kcal
Author Chelsea

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 1 pound (~45) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or use additional olive oil)
  • 1-2 fresh limes
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 large avocado
  • Corn (or flour) tortillas

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1 lime juiced and zested (3 tablespoons juice + 1/2 teaspoon zest)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic add to desired preference, minced
  • 1/2 of a large bunch of cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno (or 1 full jalapeno for a spicier dressing)
  • 1/2 cup regular full fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, I use fat-free
  • Optional: olive oil cooking spray

Instructions

Shrimp

  • Pat both sides of the shrimp dry and then gently toss in a large bowl with the garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover and place in the fridge while preparing the rest of this dish (at least 15 minutes and up to overnight).
  • In a large skillet (if you don't have a big enough skillet to cook all the shrimp in a single layer, separate this process AND the butter + olive oil into 2 parts), melt butter and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Add shrimp in a single layer and saute until they just turn pink, flipping shrimp over halfway through, 2 to 4 minutes depending upon their size. Remove from heat and set aside to a cutting board. Cut off the tails. If desired, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the shrimp.

For the Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Zest and juice 1 lime to get 3 tablespoons juice and 1/2 teaspoon zest. Add the juice and zest to a powerful blender or mini food processor along with the minced garlic, cilantro, 1/2 of the seeded jalapeno (add more of the jalapeno for a spicier sauce, add slowly if you're worried about the heat), and mayo. Add salt and pepper to taste and blend or pulse until smooth. Add in the sour cream and pulse once more to combine.

Assemble Tacos

  • Remove 1/2 a cup of the cilantro lime sauce and toss it with the shredded green cabbage to combine.
  • OPTIONAL: Spray the tortillas (both sides) with olive oil cooking spray and "grill" tortillas on stovetop over the open flame until slightly charred. Alternatively warm (covered with a damp paper towel) in the microwave.
  • Fill tortillas with shrimp, a generous serving of the slaw, and fresh avocado. Drizzle additional sauce over top and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 408kcal

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182 Comments

      1. Oh my god the shrimp is great. However the garlic ruined the slaw. To much mayo to much sour cream to much cilantro. I would make these again I would omit garlic and go lighter on the dressing

        1. 5 stars
          I loved them but to keep them on the healthier side I used Greek you Gary instead of mayo and light sour cream. It was perfect and really crisp in flavor.

  1. 5 stars
    Shrimp tacos, that’s quite an idea. I can hardly believe that this delicious meal is also so healthy. That’s rare. I just had to try them, and they were bursting with flavor. Followed your recipe to the letter. Great work!

  2. 5 stars
    This was great! So much flavor with just the right amount of spice. I ended up adding a little bit of white rice with some lime and cilantro to the tortilla, then put on the greens, then the shrimp. I added some avocado, more cilantro, the leftover sauce, a squirt of lime juice, and some feta cheese. I used wheat tortillas to keep it on the healthy side. Everything was so good, my husband and I devoured it in record time! Definitely going in the regular rotation!! Thank you!!

    Thanks
    Laurie
    https://tellthebell.tips/

    1. Yay! SO happy to hear this is was a hit ? The white rice addition sounds delicious! Thanks for the comment Laurie! ?

  3. 5 stars
    These were AHMAZING…thank u so much for sharing . I only used half of the cilantro and used flour tortillas bc that’s what I had. I will be making these again.

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious! We did lettuce tacos instead of flour/corn and it was a light and flavorful dinner. I will be making this again!

  5. 5 stars
    Love the shrimp tacos and so did my husband. The cilantro lime sauce is one of my favorites. Thanks for a great recipe! Will be making them again

  6. 5 stars
    These were so refreshing and different. Most of my family loved them, my youngest doesn’t like shrimp. So I decided to shred some grilled chicken and toss in the same spices for him this time. Hopefully it’ll be as good as the shrimp ones are for the rest of us,

    1. I am sooo happy you guys loved this!! Smart move with the chicken, I’m sure he loved it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Love it love it love it!! I made it as soon as I saw it! And even the fam enjoyed and devoured all of it! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Do you have substitute ideas for the sour cream? My daughter is allergic to dairy and I would love to be able to make these. Thanks!!

  9. 5 stars
    These were so good! And so EASY even for me 🙂 I was nervous about the jalapeño, but I added in pieces slowly to gauge spice and that was a great suggestion! Grocery stores were all out of fresh cilantro so used paste and that did the job. Will definitely make again! And plan to scan your site for more recipes!!!

  10. These were soooo good! Best shrimp tacos I’ve ever made. I used almond flour tortillas and cut the sour cream, we are paleo, and they were perfect. Thank you!!

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. It came out great. My husband loved it and wanted me to save some so my daughter could taste it. I’m making extra sauce to keep on hand for a readymade coleslaw dressing.

  12. 5 stars
    made these tacos for dinner tonight… they were so delicious! the shrimp tasted amazing and the cilantro-lime slaw was fantastic. 10/10 would recommend!

  13. 5 stars
    Ok, made these taco’s tonight almost exactly as written, they were AMAZING! It took me a bit more than 30 minutes to prepare but that might be because I had to refer to the recipe so often. I am thinking the next time I make them it will go much faster. One note: corn tortillas make a huge difference!(And this is coming from folks who are generally flour tortilla people). Heating them in a cast iron pan makes them extra tasty! Give this recipe a try you won’t be disappointed.

  14. 5 stars
    These shrimp tacos were amazing. Had to improvise with a couple of the ingredients, but still every bite was full of flavor.

  15. 5 stars
    These were excellent!
    Followed recipe exactly. Next time we will make twice as much cilantro sauce and maybe add some fresh spinach along with the cabbage(we like greens)!

      1. Loved these! Sauce was great! I did air fry the shrimp but other than that followed the directions to a tea

  16. 5 stars
    This is a perfect recipe .
    Best marinade!
    I didn’t have sour cream or fresh cilantro so I used mayo and freeze dried cilantro and the dressing still was still delicious! I will make these over and over .

  17. 5 stars
    Very good recipe, thank you. Only thing I did differently was added crumbled Queso Fresco to top them off and additional cilantro to the top.

  18. I love these, but after starting to track macros and calories, the nutrition is super-super-off.

    If this makes 12 tacos and serves four, each person is eating three tortillas. Just the tortillas alone are 420 calories and 72 grams of carbs, but this says the entire serving is 408 calories and less than 18 g carbs.

    1. So glad you’ve enjoyed these, thanks Alan! That’s the really tricky thing about nutrition facts, they vary a ton based on ingredients used and quantity. You tortillas sound like a lot higher calorie than the ones I used in this recipe. I used street sized corn tortillas which are 33 calories a tortilla (https://www.calorieking.com/us/en/foods/f/calories-in-tortillas-flatbreads-wraps-street-tacos-mini-corn-tortillas/KrZw_AfhRr6Duw3w77mxwQ) As you’re tracking calories/macros, I’d definitely recommend inserting your exact ingredients into a counter like My Fitness Pal.

      1. Thanks! I was using soft taco sized tortillas, so definitely a huge difference.

        The one thing that still confuses me a little is the fat, especially full-fat mayo and avocado, but I’ve found a way to fit this into my macros today anyway, so I’m happy 🙂

        1. Oh good!! I think portion sizing on the avocado and sauce makes all the difference in the calories, but so glad to hear that, thanks Alan 🙂

  19. 5 stars
    Thanks for awesome information. These tacos are the perfect light (yet filling) dish to ring in the new year with! They’re packed with flavor, made with tons of healthy ingredients, and they’re FAST to whip together. I’ll share my favorite way to make shrimp tacos, but honestly, this shrimp is good enough to stand on its own — the seasoning mix is so delicious (while also remaining easy with few ingredients!)

  20. 5 stars
    Shut the front door, these shrimp tacos are ridiculously fantastic!!! Not only is the seasoning on the shrimp fully flavorful, then comes the sauce and watch out, because the taste of it mixed in with the cabbage and also drizzled over top of the taco will make you say “OMG, this is the best shrimp taco ever!”
    I enjoyed reading all the reviews and to be honest, they are what sold me on picking this recipe out of many, to make this dish yesterday and what a delight it was to have my boyfriend give me huge kudos on all the flavors he tasted within the taco.

  21. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! I was looking for a fast dinner recipe for weekdays and this was perfect. Quick, easy, and delicious. This is going into my rotation of meals, without a doubt.

  22. 5 stars
    We had these for dinner last night, and my husband and I both loved them! They are so flavorful, and we are excited to have a new taco recipe in our menu rotation.

    Note: I have to admit that neither of us like cilantro (gasp!) so I substituted fresh parsley and it seemed to work very well.

  23. These were fantastic! Loved it all, especially the slaw. We didn’t have much cilantro so we used basil instead. It was outstanding and would double as a tasty salad dressing.

  24. HINT; To get the last bit of Shrimp meat from the tail, Pinch the tail from Top to Bottom and pull!!! NOT from side to side…

  25. 5 stars
    These are the best shrimp tacos. We’ve made them twice now and they were even better the second time. It’s a gorgeous day today so we grilled the shrimp after marinating for a few hours. Perfect! Our kids love them too!

  26. 5 stars
    This was a wonderful recipe! Super easy and works for salmon and scallops as well as shrimp. It was flexible enough to satisfy all of us with wide ranging heat tolerances and flavor palates. Even my 6 & 8 year old loved this recipe!

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! You cannot go wrong with slightly spicy shrimp and the creamy cilantro sauce & slaw. Excellent combination! Thanks for sharing.

  28. 5 stars
    Made these tonight and LOVED THEM! added a little red onion to mine as well. My new favorite taco recipe!

  29. 5 stars
    Who knew shrimp tacos could literally bring joy to my life? We eat these at least once a month, but when we first discovered them, we peaked at twice a week.
    We follow your recipe to the letter, because it’s perfect. We add Truff hot sauce and it’s 100% magic. If we were friends I’d buy you a present. Thank you for a BRILLIANT recipe.

    1. Haha, you made my day Paula! I am so happy to hear how much you guys love these Shrimp Tacos! I have no doubt we’d be friends! Thanks! 🙂

  30. 5 stars
    Thank you! This was a super fast and delicious dinner!
    We didn’t have any avocado or guacamole (though I think those would have made them even better!) and used red cabbage instead of green (since that’s what we had on hand). We all loved it!

  31. 5 stars
    Excellent! Flavors of the shrimp with spices added the right warmth to the coolness of the slaw with just a hint of jalapeno! Will be making these a staple in my house!

  32. 5 stars
    Thus recipe is amazing! The flavors work so well together, The sauce was so good I wanted to drink it! My family gave it an A++!

  33. 5 stars
    Boy do I feel good after making these for dinner tonight! My family said it was the best dinner they’ve ever had.

  34. 5 stars
    Made these tacos last night they were so good. The cilantro sauce is a keeper!! These were absolutely the best tacos ever! So light and fresh.

  35. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe for shrimp tacos! The shrimp seasoning was very tasty (Even though I only did 15 minutes!) & the cilantro lime crema was the perfect accompaniment. I used red cabbage & it gave the tacos a lively crunch. Will definitely make again, as my family, including a 14 and 9-year-old, Love them! Next time I may try low-fat/nonfat sour cream and mayo.

    1. I’m so happy to hear how much you guys enjoyed these Shrimp Tacos! Thanks so much for your comment Mary! 🙂

  36. 5 stars
    We’ve tried a number of shrimp tacos recipes. This is delicious. Served with cucumber tomato salad. Definitely will make again. So good.

  37. 5 stars
    The family loved them. The seasons blended well allowing the favors to be noticed but not one dominated. Awesome

  38. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe. These came out so good. I didn’t have chili powder so I used cayenne pepper instead. And I didn’t use mayo for the sauce. Coating the tortillas with olive oil and grilling them is SUCH a nice touch. I’m making these again real soon to try to impress someone lol.

  39. 5 stars
    Great recipe. I substituted the jalapeño with Serrano and a few dried chili de arbol for some extra heat and a splash of color. We will be making these often. Thank you!

  40. 5 stars
    Found this recipe a couple months ago and we have made it quite a few times. It’s the only way we want to make tacos anymore. I Always double the sauce recipe so we have extra for other dishes over the next few days. Well done!

  41. 5 stars
    This recipe is the perfect combination of flavors and texture ! The light addition of the lime crema to the cabbage makes a great crunch. The shrimp is flavorful as well. This is a go to recipe ! I already shared it with a few friends.

  42. 5 stars
    OMG! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It turned out really good and the lime cilantro sauce will be making for my friends this weekend as they celebrate their 8th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you again!

  43. These legitimately are the best shrimp tacos ever in existence. I have doubled and tripled the shrimp in the recipe and it still never lasts more than a day or two. My mom is actually going to make this recipe for my brother’s wedding this weekend because we love it so much. I have made many other recipes of yours and they are always so wonderful. Everyone is excited when I say “Let’s see what my girl, Chelsea, has for us today.” 🙂 Thank you!

  44. 5 stars
    Another one of your recipes that was a hit in our house. I made these tonight and there wasn’t one bite left. Absolutely delicious and super simple.

  45. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe multiple times and every single time they turn out great. This recipe is not only incredibly yummy but also super easy to make. And it always impresses! Thanks!

  46. 5 stars
    The sauce was what I needed from this recipe, I already had cooked shrimp. It is wonderful. I’m having trouble not eating by the spoonful.

    Thanks for posting.

  47. 5 stars
    These are so good! We’ve made them twice now. The sauce is so addictive, I could (and do) eating it with a spoon. I like that the slaw is coated in the sauce, but also there’s extra to pour on top. It’s also super easy/quick. I added mango this time and it was a nice addition!

    1. I am so happy to hear this! I seriously can eat the sauce right off the spoon too, haha! Thanks for your comment Hannah! 🙂

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