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Shrimp Tacos

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Olena Osipov
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Make a weeknight meal or last minute entertainment a breeze with Easy Shrimp Tacos. Spicy, creamy and healthy shrimp taco recipe!

I used store bought slaw but you can also serve shrimp tacos with pineapple salsa, mango salsa or even peach salsa.

shrimp tacos

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 shrimp tacos with slaw, fish tacos, grilled fish tacos and carne asada tacos are just as good!

And the best part is this shrimp taco recipe took 15 minutes to prepare and healthy dinner was served. We even use store-bought slaw. You can host or make easy weeknight dinner with these easy shrimp tacos. Just like with Instant Pot chicken tacos and more traditional chicken tacos.

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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 shrimp ceviche, shrimp stir fry, shrimp salad and grilled shrimp every day. But moderation is definitely applicable here, in my opinion.

Ingredients You Will Need

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

  • Raw shrimp: Fresh or frozen. To thaw shrimp, place in lukewarm water for an hour or so or in the fridge overnight. Make sure shrimp is very well drained and dry. This will ensure it gets a char on instead of releasing a lot of water. P.S. I forgot to remove the tails.
  • Tortillas: We prefer small corn tortillas around 6 inch in diameter. You can use flour tortillas as well.
  • Store bought coleslaw mix: Saves a lot of time.
  • Plain yogurt: I do not recommend to use 0% yogurt because slaw will lack flavour. We already reduced a lot of fat by cutting back amount of mayo.
  • Mayo: A little bit makes taco sauce “legit”.
  • Seasonings: Taco seasoning, garlic powder, lime and cilantro. That’s it!
slaw, frozen shrimp, tortillas, yogurt, mayo, cilantro, lime and spices

How to Make Shrimp Tacos

1. Make Shrimp Taco 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 healthy shrimp tacos wouldn’t be real shrimp tacos without creamy mayo slaw. It is a version of this healthy coleslaw recipe. Combine with lime juice, more taco seasoning and a pinch of cayenne. And it will be the most simple and tasty taco sauce ever. We will use it for the slaw and to drizzle on tacos. Remember, easy! Set aside.
seasoned shrimp and shrimp taco sauce in glass bowls

2. Saute Shrimp and Make Cabbage 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 cabbage slaw, cilantro, salt and almost all of the taco sauce. I like to reserve some of the dressing 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

3. Assemble Easy Shrimp Tacos with Slaw

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. Not good unless you are making tostadas. Press with a spatula for extra char. If you have a gas stove, do it directly on the burner using tongs.
  • What goes in shrimp tacos? Fill each tortilla with 3-4 sauteed shrimps (depending on the size), some slaw and drizzle with sauce.
tortilla in a skillet, sauteed shrimp, coleslaw, sauce, tortillas, lime, cilantro
shrimp tacos recipe made and served on a plate with lime wedges

Serving and Variations

  • 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 fruit toppings: Dice avocado, pineapple or make my pico de gallo and mix with a bit of thinly shredded cabbage or store-bought slaw. Or replace coleslaw entirely with any of these salsa recipes – pineapple salsa, mango salsa or peach salsa.
  • To make low carb: Make lettuce wraps and serve in Boston or Romaine lettuce leaves (again double the layers to hold better).
  • Non-creamy slaw: I have this vinegar coleslaw recipe that is traditional Ukrainian recipe my mom made all the time. It will go very well here and make super healthy shrimp tacos!
  • What to put on shrimp tacos? If you have time, make guacamole, refried beans, dice up some jalapenos for heat lovers. This becomes easily a taco bar.
  • Grilled shrimp 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.

How to Make Ahead, Store and Reheat

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

Store leftovers: Refrigerate leftover cooked shrimp and slaw in separate airtight containers for up to 24 hours. Cabbage slaw will leak a bit, drain and stir before serving.

To reheat: Place previously cooked shrimp on well preheated ceramic non-stick skillet with a bit of cooking spray or oil. You want skillet to be hot, cook shrimp for 1 minute max per each side, just to heat through and not overcook. It doesn’t need much more than that.

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

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shrimp tacos garnished with sauce, cilantro and lime wedge
Shrimp Tacos

15 Minute Shrimp Tacos {Easy Healthy Recipe}

Easy 15 Minute Shrimp Tacos with spicy shrimp, creamy slaw and yummy sauce wrapped in warm tortilla. The best shrimp taco recipe you ever tried!
4.97 from 87 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 9 tacos
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


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 mayo
  • 1 lime juice of
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Ground black pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, add shrimp, 1 tbsp taco seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Stir and set aside.
    Shrimp Tacos
  • In a small bowl, add yogurt, mayo, lime juice, taco seasoning, cayenne and black pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • 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.
    Shrimp Tacos
  • In a large bowl, add slaw, cilantro, salt and almost all of the sauce, reserving some for drizzling on tacos. Stir gently.
  • To assemble tacos, warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on high heat for 10 seconds per side and pressing on with spatula.
    Shrimp Tacos
  • Fill each tortilla with 3-4 shrimps, some slaw and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately, maybe with easy guacamole
    too. 🙂
    Shrimp Tacos

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.



      • Shrimp: Make sure shrimp is very well drained and dry. This will ensure it gets a char on instead of releasing a lot of water.
      • Yogurt: I do not recommend to use 0% yogurt because slaw will lack flavour. We already reduced a lot of fat by cutting back amount of mayo.
      • Serve in 2 tortillas (double layer) if using small corn tortillas. They are delicate and tend to fall apart if fresh. That’s what they do in Mexico.
      • Add diced avocado, pineapple or mango. Make mango salsa or pineapple salsa 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.


      Serving: 1taco | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 2mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. I’m so glad I found your site!! I have precooked frozen shrimp. Would I be able to use this?

          1. 5 stars
            Been craving shrimp tacos for a few days. All the recipes I find take too long. Found this one and decided to try. It literally only took 15 minutes. I was blown away. Just the right amount of spice. Love love love this recipe. Will totally be making it again

      2. I have a question! In the ingredients, when you say you use avocado oil do you mean avocado mayo? Or avocado oil in place of mayo? Thanks!!! Really want to try but I’m confused on that part.

        1. Yes, avocado oil mayo. You can use any, I just share what I personally used because many readers like to know. I will edit it cause I see how it may be confusing. 🙂

      3. 5 stars
        I just made this recipe and it was so delicious! My parents and I can’t wait until I make it again 😋

      4. 5 stars
        Just made this for lunch and I made it even quicker! I had cooked shrimp in the freezer, so after defrosting them, I added taco seasoning and garlic powder and tossed. I let the sit 30 minutes, then added them to a pan with 1 tablespoon butter, just to warm them. I then assembled the tacos and was pleasantly surprised! It took longer to make the coleslaw than anything else (and that took no time). Even my picky eater mom loved them! I’m definitely adding this to my lunchtime menu rotation!

      5. 5 stars
        Love this. Can’t wait for leftovers for lunch tomorrow! My husband said it was better than a restaurant! I made a little extra sauce and was happy I did.

        1. You will have to defrost the shrimp first. You can thaw shrimp overnight or if you forget, don’t worry it takes minutes to do so. Please do not microwave shrimp. Instead, place shrimp in a colander and into a bowl with cold water. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and drain. Might want to give shrimp a gentle squeeze before cooking. Hope that helps!

      6. 5 stars
        I tried this but decided to mix my own seasoning instead of the taco seasoning. I also used a little of Yum Yum sauce in the mixture of my slaw and it was WONDERFUL!!! It went great with taquitos, chips and dip.

      7. 5 stars
        I made this tonight! Modified to my likes and it was so easy and awesome! My husband is very picky and he loved it! I will be making this again!

      8. 5 stars
        It was great. I made it on Christmas day to go with my husband’s home made clam chowder. I used flour tortillas instead of corn, but otherwise I followed the recipe. I will definitely make this again.

      9. 5 stars
        Amazing! I did make it with 0% yogurt (eventhough you cautioned not to) it was still great. Am loving your website. This the 3rd recipe I’ve tried.

      10. 5 stars
        I’m a college student and don’t have a ton of time or money to spend on food and this is perfect to fit those needs. By far my favorite lunch when I’m in a rush – its light yet filling so it doesn’t make me lethargic before the gym. And since it’s only me a half recipe lasts me for days. Thank you Olena for such a delicious recipe!

      11. 5 stars
        Olena all I can say is best shrimp tacos I have ever cooked and eaten! You have not let me down with any of your recipes, all favorites in my family. Thank you for making me look good as a chef! Keep the recipes coming.

      12. 5 stars
        I made it tonight for my husband he loved it. My neighbor also say it was good. I will be making again

      13. 5 stars
        Hi Olena. I have never left a rating on anything before but i have to say this shrimp taco recipe was the rave of my family. I have made your mexican casserole which was such a hit and tried your chicken breast recipe at 450 degrees. Awesome!!! I am new to your website but my girls and I can’t wait to try more recipes. I cook for 6 adults every nite and we are hooked on your easy healthy style. Can’t say the same for the 4 grandbabies ages 8,5,4 however the 1 yo will eat anything put in front of her. Thats all she gets and loves everything. We messed up with the first 3. Lol. However. We will keep trying. LOVE YOUR RECIPES.

      14. 5 stars
        This was absolutely fantastic! I used frozen deveined and shelled shrimp, and they thawed while I made the sauce, dinner was ready in 15 minutes. This was so good!!

      15. 4 stars
        I was surprised you chose to leave the tail shells on – never heard of that in a “sandwich” type menu item. This was a tasty, easy recipe and method. We will make this again!

        1. It does not bother me, just like meat bones – I remove them easily. That’s how we were served food as kids in Ukraine. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

      16. Question…. I live in Mexico, have for quite some time. There isn’t no package of taco seasoning here. I have my own version, but I’m curios as to what you would use to make your own “taco seasoning”. Thanks!!

      17. 5 stars
        This was a BIG hit with my family! Delicious and so easy, quick to put together! I will be looking at all your recipes now!

      18. 5 stars
        I made this for lunch exactly as written and it was outstanding. I should have tripled the recipe instead of doubled it 🙂 That sauce was really the crown jewel of this recipe. Thank you for posting this.

      19. 5 stars
        This taco is very good for having a little social distancing and in the back yard I was thing how to make something easy and here come a nice recipe every one will like

      20. 5 stars
        Very good flavor! I will make this again, it went over well with the family!. I used precooked frozen shrimp and it still worked out great.

      21. 5 stars
        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.

      22. 5 stars
        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…

      23. 5 stars
        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.

      24. 5 stars
        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!

      25. 5 stars
        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.

      26. 5 stars
        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.

      27. 5 stars
        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 !!!

      28. 5 stars
        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.

      29. 5 stars
        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.

      30. 5 stars
        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.

      31. 5 stars
        My family LOVED these. My only regret is not doubling the recipe. I will definitely put these into our meal rotation.

      32. 5 stars
        So good! Never have any leftovers. Fun and flavourful! It’s a quick meal without compromising on taste.

      33. 5 stars
        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.

      34. 5 stars
        I made shrimp tacos last night. My family loved them!!! Easy and delicious! Just enough spice. I will definitely make them again!

      35. 5 stars
        We loved this recipe, our first from the site to try. It was easy and flavorful! We will make again.

      36. 5 stars
        Yum, yum, yum. Doubled the recipe and so glad I did. Will absolutely be making this again and again

      37. 5 stars
        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!

      38. 5 stars
        My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe! The flavors were perfect and not a heavy meal ? we will make this often!

      39. 5 stars
        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

      40. 5 stars
        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!

      41. 5 stars
        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!!

      42. 5 stars
        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.

      43. 5 stars
        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.

      44. 4 stars
        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!

      45. 5 stars
        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

      46. 5 stars
        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

      47. 5 stars
        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!!!

      48. 5 stars
        Hi, everything I find is cooking for a family but im cooking for one!
        Any tips on altering the recipe to suit one bloke?

      49. 5 stars
        Hi 🙂 thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes I made the shrimp tacos Wow lots of flavour so good ? loved

      50. 5 stars
        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?

      51. 5 stars
        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!

      52. 5 stars
        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.:)

      53. 5 stars
        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!

        1. Additions sound amazing. It is great to add them if you have time and energy. Agree about the salad. Happy you enjoyed my recipe.

      54. 5 stars
        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,

      55. 5 stars
        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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