This 15 Minute Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe with creamy slaw and spicy shrimp have the best taste and texture and make a weeknight meal a breeze!

We also love our bang bang shrimp tacos, shrimp ceviche recipe or shrimp tostadas. So easy and good!

Shrimp tacos with slaw and cilantro on a plate with lime wedge.

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 fresh lime juice and you are in Mexico!

I promise you my fish tacos recipe and grilled fish tacos are just as good!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Easy: This recipe is ready in 15 minutes from start to finish and healthy dinner is served.
  • Healthy: Shrimp is low calorie and full of nutrients and then combined with coleslaw cabbage that is high in Vitamin C and K .
  • Enjoy year round: Grill in the summer, pan fry in cooler months, you can also easily host with these tacos any time!
  • Customizable: As with any tacos, sky is the limit when serving tacos!

Ingredients for Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Let’s start with simple and best shrimp tacos ingredients.

Coleslaw, shrimp, tortillas, yogurt, mayo, cilantro, lime, taco seasoning, garlic powder.
  • Raw shrimp: Fresh or frozen. I use 31-40 count per pound shrimp. You can use smaller or larger shrimp if you wish, you will have to adjust the cook time. P.S. I forgot to remove the tails.
  • Tortillas: We prefer small corn tortillas around 6 inches in diameter. You can use flour tortillas as well.
  • Store bought coleslaw mix: Saves a lot of time.
  • Plain yogurt: Use regular yogurt or Greek yogurt mixed with a bit of water. I do not recommend to use 0% yogurt because slaw will lack flavor. We already reduced a lot of fat by cutting back amount of mayo.
  • Mayo: A little bit of mayo makes taco sauce “legit”.
  • Seasonings: Taco seasoning, garlic powder, lime and cilantro. That’s it!

How to Make Shrimp Tacos

Make Shrimp Taco Seasoning and Sauce

Seasoned shrimp and shrimp taco sauce in glass bowls.

Make 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 is added because shrimp contains a lot of sodium. And so does taco seasoning although I buy low sodium taco seasoning or make my homemade taco seasoning.

Make shrimp taco sauce: Most shrimp taco recipes are heavy on mayo. I used yogurt and a touch of mayo because these tacos wouldn’t be real shrimp tacos without creamy mayo slaw. It is a version of my healthy coleslaw recipe. This step reduces fat and calories but still gives the tacos a more authentic taste.

Combine yogurt and mayo with lime juice, more taco seasoning and a pinch of cayenne. We will use it for the slaw and to drizzle on tacos. Set aside.

Saute Shrimp and Make Cabbage Slaw

Shrimp cooking in a skillet and slaw mixed in a bowl.

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 ounces bag of store-bought cabbage slaw, cilantro, salt and almost all of the taco sauce.

Recipe Tip

I like to reserve some of the sauce for drizzling on tacos but you don’t have to. This adds extra creaminess and gives it a restaurant presentation quality.

Assemble The Tacos

Tortilla in a skillet. Sauteed shrimp, coleslaw, sauce, tortillas, lime and cilantro on a counter.

Time to assemble the tacos: I like to warm tortillas in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Just 10 seconds per side because otherwise tortilla will dry out and break as you fold it.

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 the sauce.

Tips for Best Results

  • If your shrimp is not cleaned: Here is a quick tutorial how to peel and devein shrimp.
  • Serve tacos in 2 tortillas (double layer): Because corn tortillas are delicate and tend to fall apart if fresh. That’s what they do in Mexico.
  • For non-creamy slaw: Make this vinegar coleslaw recipe instead. It will go very well in this recipe and make heck of a super healthy shrimp tacos!
  • To make grilled shrimp tacos: You can grill shrimp on a silicone grill mat on medium-high heat. 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, cover and cook until no longer gray.

What to Serve with Shrimp Tacos?

This shrimp taco recipe is highly versatile! I usually use what I have on hand. Here are a few other ideas:

How to Store and Reheat

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

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 maximum 1 minute per each side, just to heat through and not overcook. It doesn’t need much more than that.

Enjoy this 15 minute easy shrimp taco recipe! I swear, it’s the easiest weeknight dinner I ever made.

FAQs

What can I substitute cilantro with?

Substitute cilantro with fresh parsley if you do not love cilantro. The taste definitely will be different though.

Can you use 0% fat yogurt for shrimp taco sauce?

Readers have used 0% fat yogurt with great results, I like to use 2% yogurt as it gives it more flavor.

Is it better to use fresh or frozen shrimp?

You can use either for this recipe! Since you are seasoning the shrimp, it is fine to use frozen shrimp. Thaw raw shrimp overnight or place in a colander in a bowl with cold water, it thaws in 15-20 minutes. After make sure shrimp is very well drained and dry. This will ensure it gets a char on instead of releasing a lot of water.

Readers have had good luck with precooked shrimp as well. After thawing let it sit with seasoning for 20-30 minutes, then warm it up in a skillet.

Can I make it ahead of time?

Yes. Refrigerate seasoned shrimp and shrimp taco sauce separately for up to 2 days. Cook tacos and assemble slaw right before serving.

More Shrimp Recipes to Try

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Three shrimp tacos served on a plate.
Shrimp tacos with slaw and lime served on a plate.

15 Minute Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe

This 15 Minute Shrimp Tacos Recipe with slaw and spicy juicy shrimp, wrapped in warm corn tortilla has the best taste and texture.
4.97 from 157 votes
Servings 9 tacos
Calories 171
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients  

For the Shrimp Tacos:

For the Shrimp Taco Sauce:

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, add shrimp, 1 tbsp taco seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fill each tortilla with 3-4 shrimps, some slaw and drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.

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Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate leftover cooked shrimp and slaw covered for up to 24 hours.
  • 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 flavor. 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.
  • To make low carb: Make lettuce wraps and serve in Boston or Romaine lettuce leaves (again double the layers to hold better).

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 546mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent shrimp tacos!
    I added more taco seasoning in my sauce to our family’s taste and I did 2 bags of shrimp for my family of 4. Everyone really liked it! We served with Mexican corn salad. Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious and easy dinner. The longest part is making the guacamole but I can’t live without it! We used kale instead of cabbage and it was really yummy (that’s all we had on hand from our garden).

  3. 5 stars
    I have made these several time. I used the broccoli slaw. Also we grilled corn and I cut it off the cob. So good.

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