by Olena

Shrimp Tacos (Video)

by Olena

5 from 48 reviews

Make a weeknight meal or last minute entertainment a breeze with Easy Shrimp Tacos. Spicy, creamy and healthy! I even used store bought packaged slaw.

Like any mom, I love a healthy 30 minute meal like chicken tostadas and ground turkey tacos.
shrimp tacos garnished with sauce and lime

Shrimp Taco Recipe

Oh my goodness, these shrimp tacos came out fantastic! Spicy shrimp, creamy slaw, yummy shrimp taco sauce wrapped in warm fresh corn tortilla. Then a squeeze of lime juice and you are in Mexico. I promise you my taco recipe is just as good. And I have eaten Mexican tacos many-many times.

And the best part is this shrimp taco recipe took 15 minutes and healthy dinner was served. We even use store-bought slaw. You can host or make easy weeknight dinner with these easy shrimp tacos.

Is Shrimp Healthy?

Let’s talk about that first. Shrimp is a low calorie source of protein. In addition, shrimp contains antioxidants, over 20 different vitamins and minerals and high amount of iodine that is not available in other foods. On another hand, shrimp is high in cholesterol. 3 oz serving contains 166 mg of cholesterol, which is 85% more cholesterol than other seafood.

However, research shows that only 25% of population are sensitive to dietary cholesterol which is found in shrimp. This is because most cholesterol in our blood is produced by liver. And when we eat foods high in cholesterol, our liver produces less of it.

Having said the above, it doesn’t mean we can just go and eat eat steak and shrimp every day. But moderation is definitely applicable here, in my opinion.

How to Make Shrimp Tacos

Let’s start with simple and best shrimp tacos ingredients you always buy:

  • Raw shrimp
  • Corn tortillas
  • Store bought coleslaw mix
  • Plain yogurt
  • Mayo
  • Taco seasoning, garlic powder, lime and cilantro. That’s it!

slaw, shrimp, tortillas, yogurt, mayo, cilantro, lime and spices to make shrimp tacos

1. Make Shrimp Seasoning and Sauce

Shrimp taco seasoning: We combine enough taco seasoning with garlic powder to season raw shrimp for 5 minutes while you are making the sauce and pre-heating the skillet. You want shrimp to be a little spicy so assembled tacos do not taste bland. And no salt added because shrimp contains a lot of sodium, and so does taco seasoning (although I buy low sodium organic one).

Shrimp taco sauce: Most shrimp tacos with slaw are heavy on mayo. I used yogurt and some mayo because shrimp tacos wouldn’t be authentic shrimp tacos without mayo slaw. It is fine by me to use all yogurt when making healthy slaw as a salad though. But not today.:)

Combine with lime juice, more taco seasoning and a pinch of cayenne. And it will be the most simple and tasty sauce ever. We will use it for the slaw and to drizzle on tacos. Remember, easy! Set aside.

how to make shrimp seasoning and sauce

2. Cook Shrimp and Make Slaw

Cook shrimp for 4 minutes in a hot ceramic non-stick skillet. Shrimp cooks fast and it’s ready when no longer gray and starts to turn pink.  For more browned look, flip once and press on shrimp with spatula.

Make slaw by literally just dumping a 14 oz bag of store-bought coleslaw, cilantro, salt and almost all of the taco sauce. I like to reserve some for drizzling on tacos. But you don’t have to. Just looks good and tastes better!

shrimp cooking in a skillet and slaw mixed in a bowl for shrimp tacos

3. Assemble Shrimp Tacos

Time to assemble the tacos! Did you time yourself? Wasn’t it like 11 minutes until this step?

I like to warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on high heat. Just 10 seconds per side because otherwise tortilla will dry out and break as you fold them. Press with a spatula for extra char. If you have a gas stove, do it directly on the burner using tongs. I miss my gas stove since we moved.

Fill each tortilla with 3-4 shrimps (depending on the size), some slaw and drizzle with sauce.

tortilla in a skillet and all ingredients ready to assemble shrimp tacos

shrimp tacos recipe made and served on a plate with lime wedges

Tips for Serving Easy Shrimp Tacos

  • Serve in 2 tortillas (double layer) because corn tortillas are delicate and tend to fall apart if fresh. That’s what they do in Mexico.
  • Add diced avocado or pineapple. Feel like mango? Make my mango salsa recipe instead of serving shrimp tacos with slaw.
  • To make low carb, make lettuce wraps and serve in Boston or Romaine lettuce leaves (again double the layers to hold better).
  • What doesn’t go into a taco?! If you have time, make easy guacamole, dice up some jalapenos for heat lovers or make a taco bar.
  • In summer, sub coleslaw with pineapple salsa or mango salsa.

Make Ahead or Grilled Tacos?

You can grill shrimp on a silicone grill mat on high heat. The mat acts like a skillet. Keep in mind it slows down cooking as food is not hit directly by flames. Cover the grill and give shrimp a few minutes. Then open and when you see pink on the bottom, flip carefully not to lose shrimp between the grill grates. Cover and cook until no longer gray.

Expecting company or want a 10 minute dinner tonight? Prepare shrimp tacos ahead of time. Refrigerate seasoned shrimp and sauce separately for up to 2 days. Cook and assemble slaw right before serving.

Enjoy! I swear, it’s the easiest dinner I ever made besides the smoked salmon salad.

easy shrimp tacos recipe garnished with lime wedge

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15 Minute Shrimp Tacos

5 from 48 reviews

Easy 15 Minute Shrimp Tacos with spicy shrimp, creamy slaw and yummy sauce wrapped in warm tortilla. The best you ever tried!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

Shrimp Tacos:

  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled & deveined (I left tails on)
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 14 oz bag slaw or 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 small bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • Avocado oil, for frying
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 9 corn tortillas
  • Easy guacamole (optional)

Shrimp Taco Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2%+ fat
  • 1/4 cup mayo (I use avocado oil)
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add shrimp, 1 tbsp taco seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, add yogurt, mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, cayenne and black pepper. Stir and set aside.
  3. Preheat large ceramic non-stick skillet on high heat and add shrimp. Cook until pink on the bottom, flip and cook until no longer gray. For more char, flip once and press on shrimp with spatula. Or you can grill shrimp on a silicone grill mat on high heat.
  4. In a large bowl, add slaw, cilantro, salt and almost all of the sauce, reserving some for drizzling on tacos. Stir gently.
  5. To assemble tacos, warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on high heat for 10 seconds per side and pressing on with spatula. Fill each tortilla with 3-4 shrimps, some slaw and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately, maybe with easy guacamole too. 🙂

Store: Refrigerate leftover cooked shrimp and slaw covered for up to 24 hours. 

Make Ahead: Refrigerate seasoned shrimp and sauce separately for up to 2 days. Cook and assemble slaw right before serving.

Notes

If using frozen shrimp, make sure it is thawed and very well drained.

Do not use 0% yogurt because slaw will lack flavour.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Olena, I made the shrimp tacos for the first time today. They are the best, followed the recipe with no changes. Family loved it. Great recipe. Thank you.

  2. Thank you, Olena, for contributing to making our world, a better place by sharing your passion for healthy family eating. Your kind way of communicating these delicious, yet no fuss Recipes is lovely!! God bless you…

  3. Delicious recipe, love the sauce it blended well with the coleslaw. It took me more than 15 minutes, but that’s ok I was making on a Saturday and it was totally worth it.
    I also made the easy guacamole to serve with it.
    I also saved other recipes can’t wait to make it.

  4. This recipe is very unclear and has no amounts (tablespoons, cups etc) of each item. How do we know how much to use. I’m very confused!

  5. So awesome! Took a little longer than 15 minutes to take shells off raw shrimp but really quick after that! I will definitely make again, my family loved them and not much left over and I used 2 pounds of jumbo shrimp!

  6. So, so good!! We stuffed ourselves with these because we couldn’t stop eating them and my husband isn’t a huge shrimp taco fan. The only change was omitting the cayenne since I don’t keep it on hand. Makes a lot of slaw so I’ll cut back on that but we are looking forward to having them again soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. OMG! This is the best tasting shrimp taco that I have ever made at home. For the coleslaw sauce, I used one tablespoon of olive oil instead of 1/4 cup mayo. I can’t wait to make the slaw again and use avocado oil. I made my homemade Mexican rice. It was delicious.

  8. Fantastic!! I had to make some substitutions. I used sour cream as I didn’t have yogurt on hand and I had no cilantro. I could of used parsley but I just omitted it all together but still DELISH!!
    Buonissimo !!!

  9. Absolutely amazing! We have eaten this for this past 3 nights because it made so much slaw. I bought 3 bags frozen shrimp, one for each night. We also seasoned up some Mahi mahi….delicious!! We also took the tails off.

  10. Loved this recipe! Shrimp came out perfect, the slaw was creamy and delicious! I do think the sauce could have used a little bit more flavor. The sauce is used to mix into the slaw and is great for that. I think next time I prepare this dish, I will try adding a little something else to the leftover sauce for drizzling.

  11. Made these for dinner and they we’re delicious! My boyfriend is the primary cook in the house but I wanted to make him something nice since I’ve been spending a lot more time at home. He loved them! 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe! I will definitely make these again.

  12. My family LOVED these. My only regret is not doubling the recipe. I will definitely put these into our meal rotation.

  13. So good! Never have any leftovers. Fun and flavourful! It’s a quick meal without compromising on taste.

  14. Great recipe! The only change I made was that I tossed the shrimp with Badia Complete seasoning along with the garlic powder instead of the taco seasoning but used the taco seasoning in the sauce. Turned out wonderful. And was so quick to make. My husband loved it! Thanks for posting.

  15. I made shrimp tacos last night. My family loved them!!! Easy and delicious! Just enough spice. I will definitely make them again!

  16. We loved this recipe, our first from the site to try. It was easy and flavorful! We will make again.

  17. Yum, yum, yum. Doubled the recipe and so glad I did. Will absolutely be making this again and again

  18. I searched up easy shrimp tacos and your recipe popped up. As you said took us 15 minutes to make and were extremely delicious! My husband already asked me to make them next week!! Please share more 15 minute dinners because that all the time I have with my 1 1/2 year old running around.

    1. Hey Antonella! So glad you enjoyed the shrimp tacos! If you sign up for my newsletter, I send out weekly ideas for quick, delicious and healthy recipes!

  19. My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe! The flavors were perfect and not a heavy meal ? we will make this often!

  20. I made these tacos and they were really easy and delicious! I also made a jar of my own taco seasoning using the recipe she has online. 10/10 recommend these

  21. I made this last night for dinner. I left out the mayo because some of my family members don’t like it. The sauce was still delicious! So easy to make and yummy:)

    1. Thanks for sharing your feedback Anne! The mayo adds a bit more creaminess to the sauce, but as you said, it is still very yummy without!

  22. I made this with my boyfriend for dinner tonight and WE LOVED THEM! They were soo good and we can’t wait to make them again. Thank you for the great recipe!!

  23. So I have one child who doesn’t eat shrimp and another who doesn’t like anything spicy and when I made this there was no pickiness going on! They LOVED it!! There was nothing left and they still wanted more. A great new recipe for my family.

  24. These are amazingly delicious and easy. The fresh and vibrant-tasting yogurt-based sauce and slaw make all the difference. I have served them at dinner parties and everyone raves. When I make them for a crowd, I use my electric pancake griddle to warm the tortillas. Mass production and happy guests! Thanks again, Olena, for a great recipe.

  25. We loved this! So easy and good. I used already cooked shrimp that was frozen but still followed recipe and sautéed the shrimp for 3-4 min. I would probably add a second pinch of cayenne to the shrimp prior to heating. Slaw was excellent!

  26. OMG Olena!! I am just thinking about cheffing up these beauties and I’m already tearing up. I know what’s for dinner tonight paired with mommy’s sippy cup full of merlot ;). CAN’T WAIT to try these!! UGH! One quick question though- WHY would I leave the tails on if I’m just gonna eat around them? Does it add flavor perhaps? Aesthetic? Anyway, thanks so much for this truly revolutionary recipe

    xoxo gossip girl
    beta alpha zeta for life ! <333

  27. I have never left a comment on a recipe, but these were amazing. My boyfriend cooks really good and I wasn’t sure and he even said it was a keeper. Thanks

  28. My family loved these shrimp tacos! I made it with mayo instead of the yogurt just because I didn’t have any plain yogurt and I used slightly less cilantro. They were delish!!!

  29. Hi, everything I find is cooking for a family but im cooking for one!
    Any tips on altering the recipe to suit one bloke?

  30. Hi 🙂 thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes I made the shrimp tacos Wow lots of flavour so good ? loved

  31. If I can find wild-caught shrimp from USA, I will make this. Wow, it looks SOOOOOOO good, Olena!!!! Got a DIY taco seasoning recipe or just buy it?

  32. I made this the other night and it was delicious! I used my homemade taco seasoning and added some big chunks of Avacado on top of the slaw. Mmmm, mmmm! This one will definitely be added into our dinner rotation. Thank you!

  33. Awesome recipe and easy to make! We had friends over for dinner, and they loved the tacos. I made the sauce and chopped the cilantro ahead of time which made it easy to throw everything together at dinner time. I used tortillas that were a mix of corn and flour -very good! My husband likes well-seasoned food, and this got his stamp of approval!

    1. Yay! Yes, I love well seasoned food too especially when you mix with other ingredients that takes off the seasonings. Glad you enjoyed my shrimp tacos. Look out for fish tacos on Friday. Well seasoned and crispy too.:)

  34. Whole family LOVED these tacos! It will definitely be added to the rotation of our favorites! We added black beans and avoacado/guacamole which took them to the next level! Leftovers were great for lunch too! Note that if you are avoiding processed food, this can be eaten with or without the tortilla like a salad and it is equally as good!

  35. Love this recipe and that the carb and protein count are close. Important for us since we are IBS sufferers and my daughter has diabetes now too,

  36. Thank you so much for the recipe. I made it yesterday and it was DELICIOUS!!!! Will be visiting Costco soon to make some more. Yummy yummy!!!! Thank you.

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