Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw Recipe

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Perfectly seasoned shrimp with cilantro-lime slaw and fresh avocado all packed in a tortilla. These shrimp tacos can be ready in 30 minutes or less! (Plus, prep ahead tips!)

Alternate “Taco Tuesday” meals with this shrimp taco recipe, these chicken tacos (READER FAVORITE!), these vegetarian tacos, these asian tacos, or these quinoa tacos. 

Shrimp Tacos

While these stand on their own pretty well, here are a couple of quick side dish ideas:

What to serve with these tacos:

  • Cucumber Salad
  • Caprese Salad
  • Roasted Vegetables (or just Roasted Brussel Sprouts)
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Italian Salad
Overhead image of the completed-ready to eat shrimp tacos.
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Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Perfectly seasoned shrimp with cilantro-lime slaw and fresh avocado all packed in a tortilla. These shrimp tacos can be ready in 30 minutes or less! (Plus, prep ahead tips!)
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp tacos
Servings12 small tacos (serves 4)
Calories408 kcal
  • 1 pound (~45) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or use additional olive oil)
  • 1-2 fresh limes
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 large avocado
  • Corn (or flour) tortillas
Cilantro Lime Sauce
  • 1 lime juiced and zested (3 tablespoons juice + 1/2 teaspoon zest)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic add to desired preference, minced
  • 1/2 of a large bunch of cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno (or 1 full jalapeno for a spicier dressing)
  • 1/2 cup regular full fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, I use fat-free
  • Optional: olive oil cooking spray
  1. Pat both sides of the shrimp dry and then gently toss in a large bowl with the garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Cover and place in the fridge while preparing the rest of this dish (at least 15 minutes and up to overnight).
  2. In a large skillet (if you don't have a big enough skillet to cook all the shrimp in a single layer, separate this process AND the butter + olive oil into 2 parts), melt butter and remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Add shrimp in a single layer and saute until they just turn pink, flipping shrimp over halfway through, 2 to 4 minutes depending upon their size. Remove from heat and set aside to a cutting board. Cut off the tails. If desired, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice to the shrimp.
For the Cilantro Lime Sauce
  1. Zest and juice 1 lime to get 3 tablespoons juice and 1/2 teaspoon zest. Add the juice and zest to a powerful blender or mini food processor along with the minced garlic, cilantro, 1/2 of the seeded jalapeno (add more of the jalapeno for a spicier sauce, add slowly if you're worried about the heat), and mayo. Add salt and pepper to taste and blend or pulse until smooth. Add in the sour cream and pulse once more to combine.
Assemble Tacos
  1. Remove 1/2 a cup of the cilantro lime sauce and toss it with the shredded green cabbage to combine.
  2. OPTIONAL: Spray the tortillas (both sides) with olive oil cooking spray and "grill" tortillas on stovetop over the open flame until slightly charred. Alternatively warm (covered with a damp paper towel) in the microwave.
  3. Fill tortillas with shrimp, a generous serving of the slaw, and fresh avocado. Drizzle additional sauce over top and serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Nutritional facts in the shrimp tacos.

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