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    So quick and easy to make, these Mexican shrimp tacos are perfect for Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday. Tortillas are loaded with seasoned pan-fried shrimp, fresh veggies and drizzled with a cilantro lime sauce.

    seasoned shrimp in a taco with creamy sauce

    There’s never a bad time to enjoy tacos, and these simple shrimp tacos are all kinds of delicious.

    Shrimp are pan-fried with cumin, paprika, and garlic powder, before being loaded into tacos with cabbage and avocado. To finish, I’ve made a quick sour cream sauce with lemon and cilantro for one fresh and tasty bite.

    Be sure to try my Blackened Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa too!

    easy tacos made with shrimp

    Why you will love this shrimp tacos recipe!

    • Quick: It takes no more than 20 minutes to make a batch of these yummy and easy shrimp tacos with cabbage, so there are no excuses.
    • Easy: Simply pan fry the shrimp in the seasonings, chop some veggies, and load your tortillas. They are a great option for an easy weeknight dinner.
    • Healthy: High in protein and low in saturated fat, you can feel good about enjoying these tacos!

    Ingredients

    • Shrimp: Peel and devein the shrimp if not already done and remove the tails.
    • Seasonings: Cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    • Toppings: Red cabbage, avocado, limes, and fresh cilantro.
    • Tortillas: I use small soft tortillas for these tacos, corn, flour, gluten-free, or low-carb – all work well. You can use hardshell if you prefer.
    • Sauce: Sour cream, mayo, lime juice, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
    ingredients for shrimp tacos

    How to make shrimp tacos

    • In a medium bowl whisk together cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated.
    • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and cooked through, tossing once halfway through cooking, about 3 – 4 minutes.
    • In a bowl whisk together all sauce ingredients (sour cream, mayo, lime juice, cilantro) while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
    • To assemble tacos, layer red cabbage, shrimp, avocado slices, and chopped cilantro over warmed tortillas. Drizzle with Cilantro-Lime Sauce.
    process shots of making shrimp tacos
    tacos on a cutting board

    Can you use frozen shrimp?

    I prefer to use fresh shrimp, but you can use frozen if that’s what you have. Make sure that if you use frozen it is fully defrosted before you season and cook it. Ideally, it should be defrosted in the fridge overnight, but you can quickly do it by placing them under cold running water.

    Can you make shrimp tacos ahead of time?

    These healthy shrimp tacos are best served as soon as you’ve cooked the shrimp, but you can slice and prep the toppings a few hours before so that they are ready to build. I like to make a taco bar so that everyone can add their own toppings, it’s fun for them and less work for you!

    close up shot of taco with shrimp and cabbage

    Recipe Variations

    I love the fresh flavor of these prawn tacos and they are super easy to make your own. If you like your food on the spicy side, add some cayenne to the shrimp and serve with some sliced jalapenos. Feel free to add extra toppings like lettuce or shredded cheese or pile on some Mango Salsa.

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Take care not to overcook the shrimp, they only take a few minutes to cook through and can become chewy in texture if overcooked.
    • Warm the tortillas in the oven or on a gas cooktop before filling. This will help them to be more pliable so they won’t rip when you fold them.
    • I prefer to use full-fat sour cream and mayo for the creamiest flavor, but you can use low-fat if you prefer.
    • This shrimp taco seasoning is so good and flavorful. Don’t omit any of the spices.
    • The shrimp taco sauce is made with equal parts sour cream and mayo but you can substitute them with yogurt and avocado oil mayo for a healthier alternative.
    shrimp tacos with creamy cilantro lime sauce

    More Shrimp Recipes

    Shrimp Tacos

    So quick and easy to make, these Mexican shrimp tacos are perfect for Cinco de Mayo and taco Tuesday. Tortillas are loaded with seasoned pan-fried shrimp, fresh veggies and drizzled with a cilantro lime sauce.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 8 tacos
    Calories 332kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    Sauce

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a medium bowl whisk together cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated.
    • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and cooked through, tossing once halfway through cooking, about 3 – 4 minutes.
    • In a bowl whisk together all sauce ingredients (sour cream, mayo, lime juice, cilantro) while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
    • To assemble tacos, layer red cabbage, shrimp, avocado slices, and chopped cilantro over warmed tortillas. Drizzle with Cilantro-Lime Sauce.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Take care not to overcook the shrimp, they only take a few minutes to cook through and can become chewy in texture if overcooked.
    • Warm the tortillas in the oven or on a gas cooktop before filling. This will help them to be more pliable so they won’t rip when you fold them.
    • I prefer to use full-fat sour cream and mayo for the creamiest flavor, but you can use low-fat if you prefer.
    • This shrimp taco seasoning is so good and flavorful. Don’t omit any of the spices.
    • The shrimp taco sauce is made with equal parts sour cream and mayo but you can substitute them with yogurt and avocado oil mayo for a healthier alternative.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 514IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 3mg
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Mexican
    Keyword easy shrimp tacos, mexican shrimp tacos, shrimp tacos with sauce
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