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I have a recipe for the most juicy, splendidly spiced shrimp tacos, complete with a killer shrimp taco slaw recipe and a creamy, dreamy shrimp taco sauce.

Not only is this healthy shrimp recipe worth making for dinner tonight, but it’s also worth putting up with my bad jokes!

shrimp tacos with creamy slaw and lime

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“This is the first time I have ever commented on a recipe – that’s how good these are!!!! These were amazing!!”

— Allison —

Every time I make a recipe with shrimp, I ask myself why I don’t cook with shrimp at least once a week.

  • In addition to being healthy, shrimp cooks in a matter of minutes, making it ideal for fast weeknight dinners (this Garlic Shrimp Pasta is another speedy winner).
  • The sautéed shrimp in these tacos cooks in fewer than 5 minutes, which by my calculation is just enough time to pour yourself a Skinny Margarita if you move very very quickly.

While fresh shrimp are delicious, the majority of the time, I purchase raw, frozen shrimp.

  • Frozen shrimp is usually less expensive, and because you can purchase it already peeled, it puts one less step between me and my plate of shrimp tacos.
  • For easy shrimp tacos using frozen shrimp, you can thaw the shrimp in your refrigerator overnight, or if you forget (guilty!), you can quickly thaw them too.

Tip!

To quickly thaw frozen shrimp, place the shrimp in a mesh colander or sieve, then submerge the colander in cool water for 20-ish minutes. Resist the urge to use hot water (the shrimp will start cooking on the outside while the insides are still frozen).

While frozen shrimp are not the best choice if you’ll be eating shrimp cocktail, it’s perfect for recipes where the shrimp are being jazzed up with spices (hi, Healthy Shrimp Pad Thai and Shrimp Guacamole Bites) or fresh ingredients like garlic (Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa; Healthy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles).

In the case of our easy shrimp tacos recipe, the shrimp are tossed with classic chili powder, smoky chipotle chili powder, and chili’s BFF, cumin.

easy Mexican seasoned shrimp in a skillet

How to Make The Best Shrimp Tacos Recipe, With Shrimp Taco Slaw

Based on my extensive research, which consists of ordering shrimp tacos every single time I see them on a menu, no real-deal shrimp taco would be complete without a corresponding slaw and sauce.

I have unearthed the BEST slaw for shrimp tacos with no mayo, which along with the to-die-for sauce, perfectly balance and cool the spice from the shrimp, and they add wonderful, fresh flavor.

The shrimp seasoning, slaw, and sauce also work as a grilled shrimp tacos recipe.


The Ingredients

  • Shrimp. Quick-cooking, protein-packed, and delicious, shrimp are a fantastic choice for tacos. They pair wonderfully with the spices too.
  • Spices. Chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and salt make the shrimp pop! These shrimp seasonings make the tacos smoky, earthy, and a little spicy.
  • Taco Sauce. With olive oil, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, and fresh lime juice, this Greek yogurt sauce is cool, creamy, and zippy. The jalapeño adds a hint of spice too.
  • Slaw. Crunchy, fresh slaw mix pairs perfectly with the creamy taco sauce and smoky shrimp. What’s typically mayo slaw for shrimp tacos is lightened up with Greek yogurt swapped for the mayo.

Substitution Tip

I used a “super” blend of prebagged shredded cabbage, broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts. If you prefer your shrimp tacos with cabbage only, that is a perfectly tasty swap.

  • Tortillas. The shell for our tacos. You can use flour or corn tortillas.

The Directions

  1. Rinse and dry the shrimp. Place shrimp in a large bowl with the oil and spices, tossing to coat.
  2. Process the taco sauce ingredients in a food processor. Place the cabbage in a bowl, then toss it with part of the sauce.
  3. Cook the shrimp in a large skillet with oil.
  4. Warm the tortillas, then fill them with shrimp, slaw, and extra sauce. ENJOY!
Shrimp topped with a creamy taco slaw and extra shrimp taco sauce to make a delicious and healthy shrimp taco.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. The shrimp tastes best the day it is made but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Slaw can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, and any extra sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat. Since shrimp tends to dry out when reheated, I prefer to use the leftovers on top of salads. However, you can very gently rewarm the shrimp in a skillet over medium-low heat if needed.

Meal Prep Tip

Up to 1 day in advance, prepare the taco sauce. Refrigerate it in an airtight storage container until you’re ready to finish the recipe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Use Leftover Shrimp?

Leftover shrimp makes an excellent topping for salads (like Mexican Salad or Grilled Corn Salad). They’re also delicious in a Chipotle Bowl or Mexican Quinoa.

Are these Spicy Shrimp Tacos?

As the recipe is written, these tacos have a good amount of kick. If you prefer a less spicy taco, you can reduce the spices a bit to taste. For extra spice, feel free to sneak in a little extra chipotle chili powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, or some hot sauce (sriracha would be tasty!).

Are Shrimp Tacos Better with Corn or Flour?

I think either corn or flour tortillas work well for this recipe, so it’s you personal preference! Corn would be considered more authentic, and is also gluten free.

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Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Taco Slaw

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The BEST Healthy Shrimp Tacos with cabbage slaw and creamy cilantro lime sauce. Juicy, spicy, and so easy! Cook on the stove or grill.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins

Servings: 6 to 8 tacos

Ingredients
  

For the Shrimp Tacos:

  • 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 to 8 corn or flour tortillas
  • Garnishes: avocados cilantro, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lime wedges, mango salsa

For the Slaw and Shrimp Taco Sauce:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1/2 small jalapeno seeds and membranes removed
  • 1/4 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Zest and juice of 1 large or 2 very small limes about 2 teaspoons zest and 3 tablespoons juice
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or slaw mix

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and pat the shrimp dry, then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with the chili powder, chipotle chili, cumin, and salt. Toss to coat evenly. Let rest while you prepare the shrimp taco sauce and slaw.
  • Prepare the sauce and slaw: In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the Greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, lime zest, and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Place the cabbage in a mixing bowl and toss with about 1/2 cup of the sauce. Add more sauce if you desire a creamier slaw, then reserve the rest of the sauce for serving.
  • Cook the shrimp: In a large nonstick skillet over medium high, heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Add the shrimp and sauté just until the shrimp is cooked through and no longer translucent in the center, about 4 minutes. Do not overcook! Transfer the shrimp immediately to a plate.
  • Warm the tortillas (optional) and assemble the tacos: If you like, warm the tortillas in the microwave (put them in a stack and cover them with a lightly damp towel) or a 250 degrees F oven while the shrimp cook. To serve, fill the tortillas with your desired number of shrimp, then top generously with the slaw, extra sauce, a squeeze of lime juice, and any other desired toppings. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • TO STORE: The shrimp tastes best the day it is made but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Slaw can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, and any extra sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Since shrimp tends to dry out when reheated, I prefer to use the leftovers on top of salads. However, you can very gently rewarm the shrimp in a skillet over medium-low heat if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1taco (of 8), including tortilla, shrimp, and slawCalories: 158kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 13gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g

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  1. Hello! Does your nutrition break down consist of a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla?

    Thank you!

  2. This was so delicious and easy! My friend and I made it as college students one weekend, so it’s definitely affordable as long as you already have shrimp, you don’t even need the food processor if you mince everything.
    We found that for the creamy slaw you can also use non dairy yoghurt as long as it is a similar consistency to greek yoghurt.
    We added some mango and fresh sliced radish which paired perfectly with the shrimp!5 stars

  3. These are AMAZING! My guests all went back for 2nds. This is my new favorite taco recipe. I could eat a whole plate of the slaw.5 stars

  4. I like the recipes and find them easy and quick to make. However, I think the video’s background music is annoying—everything else I love.

    1. Glad to hear you like the recipe Maureen, I’m sorry about the music. Simple click the mute button on the video players and it won’t be able to hear it anymore. Hope this helps!

  5. Hello,
    I made this for my husband and I last night and we loved it!! Super flavorful with a little zing.
    I bought a small head of iceberg to chop for the slaw and added some shredded carrot, and I
    Used jalapeño powder which added a good amount of spice. Super easy dinner, especially if you buy fully prepared fresh shrimp cocktail and add seasonings then gently heat on stovetop5 stars

  6. This came out so FIRE! This was also my first time EVER having shrimp tacos! Hands down so freaking fresh, delicious, and healthy, needless to say! This will be go to now, and will be sharing this recipe to my friends and family!
    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!5 stars

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