Shrimp Tacos

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Shrimp Tacos are a quick meal that everyone loves. Shrimp is tossed in an easy seasoning mixture and cooked until tender and juicy.

Tuck them into corn (or flour) tortillas with some fresh veggies like cabbage and slaw and you’ve got a meal in literally minutes!

Shrimp Tacos with lime

The Perfect Quick Meal

  • Shrimp is a protein that is quick to cook making this dish come together FAST!
  • Tuck these into flour or corn tortillas (or even turn them into a shrimp taco salad).
  • Add in lots of fresh veggies to make them healthy and flavorful!



I use medium shrimp for these tacos and add a homemade taco seasoning. It’s easy and allows you to control the ingredients and the salt. This seasoning can be used for Fish Tacos too), so make extra to keep on hand!

You can either cook these in a pan on the stove or make grilled shrimp tacos.

Instead of ordinary chopped lettuce, a tangy slaw with lime juice and mayo makes these shrimp tacos muy bueno!  Most shrimp tacos with slaw are heavy on the mayonnaise, but this recipe has just enough seasonings added to add the perfect flavor.

Pan of cooked shrimp

How to Make Shrimp Tacos

For the best tasting slaw, prepare it well ahead of time and keep refrigerated so the flavors can all blend. Once the dressing is prepared, use only enough to keep the slaw coated but not soaking so it stays crisp and crunchy!

How to Cook Shrimp for Tacos

  1. Peel and devein the shrimp (and remove tails if desired). Mix with taco seasoning, garlic and lime juice.
  2. On a hot skillet or grill, cook shrimp until they are pink.
  3. Scoop slaw into warm tortillas and add shrimp and desired toppings.

Crazy easy right?! For a low-carb version, scoop slaw into a bowl and top with shrimp!

Handful of Shrimp Tacos

What to Put in Tacos

What can’t go into a taco?

Guacamole, sour cream, homemade salsa are great flavor enhancers!

Olives, jalapenos, and cabbage or coleslaw all make great taco toppings no matter what kind of meat is used. Create a taco bar on the patio for your next get-together and let guests can build their own taco creations…get festive and have fun!

Great Side Dishes

Anything goes with tacos, making it a simple and fun dinner. For an appetizer, serve some tortilla chips with mango salsa and pico de gallo.

Since these are Mexican inspired shrimp tacos, we add in rice and our favorite corn salad! For beverages, offer up some homemade mojitos, or a fun assortment of margaritas like mango margaritas, orange, or strawberry!

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Handful of Shrimp Tacos
5 from 24 votes
Review Recipe

Shrimp Tacos

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
These spicy shrimp tacos are the perfect go-to for last-minute get-togethers or dinner at home!


  • 1 pound medium shrimp shelled & deveined, tails removed if desired
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning bought or homemade
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas or flour tortillas
Cilantro Slaw
  • 1 cup cabbage finely sliced
  • ¼ cup purple cabbage finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon cumin

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  • Combine all slaw ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate.
  • Mix shrimp, taco seasoning, lime juice and garlic powder.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook 2 minutes, flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Heat tortillas according to package directions.
  • Fill tortillas with slaw, shrimp and desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
Store shrimp separately from tortillas and toppings. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 265, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 194mg, Sodium: 733mg, Potassium: 159mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 140IU, Vitamin C: 11.5mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 2.3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword best shrimp tacos, how to make shrimp tacos, shrimp taco recipe, shrimp tacos
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
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  1. If you are looking for fast weekday dinner idea – this is it! I added jalapenos to the slaw, we like it hot! And cayenne to the seasoning. Yuuum!5 stars

  2. Hi! Looks delish. Which slaw are you using, the apple one you mention in the notes or the cilantro one? Thank you!

  3. Made these shrimp tacos for dinner making only one minor adjustment by also adding fresh squeezed lime juice and zest to the slaw. The flavors were amazing!! My husband loved them. Amazing taco recipe5 stars

  4. Has anyone tried this with pre cooked shrimp? I need to do about 8 lbs of shrimp for a party and I really don’t have time or patience to prep that much shrimp.

    1. Hi Janis, we have only made this recipe with raw shrimp seasoning it before cooking but we would love to hear how it turns out for you with pre-cooked shrimp!

  5. Nothing like crunching down on one of those shrimp tails! I get that they look good for a photo, but it’s disingenuous to take a photo of someone about to eat a taco with shrimp tails left on!

  6. Simple and yet delish! Used it just today for a quick dinner to whip out of nowhere. My husband was very happy!5 stars

  7. Making them tonight and I wish the ingredients for different toppings were in the list of ingredients or at least printed along with the recipe.

  8. The best shrimp taco I’ve ever had. I used all organic & used a NON GMO tortilla, avocados, salsa, my own taco seasoning. Oh man is this ever good.
    I enjoy quite a few of your recipes & so glad to have found you, thanks!5 stars

  9. COuld you substitute the mayonnaise for something else (mayonnaise is basically the bane of my existence as far as food items go, I can’t even have it in my refrigerator at home, the look of it alone isn’t just too disgusting)????
    Do you have any recommendations?

    1. Sure you can, you could use a little bit of sour cream (although it’ll be more tart) or even create a vinaigrette with olive oil, seasonings and a little bit of cider vinegar or just lime juice. Let us know how it goes!

    2. I always substitute plain greek yogurt for mayo, and sometimes for sour cream. It’s less calories and more healthy. No one in my family has caught on yet. I’ll try the taco recipe tonight!