These are the absolute best shrimp tacos ever. They're piled high with tender, flavorful shrimp and a simply delicious taco slaw then drizzled with cilantro lime pickled jalapeño sauce and finished with all the tasty toppings. It's a healthy dinner ready in just 30 minutes!

If you love shrimp recipes, make sure to also check out our shrimp fajitas and chili lime shrimp!

shrimp tacos with slaw on a plate.

You'll love these shrimp tacos

These tasty shrimp tacos with creamy slaw are seriously next-level delicious. We've got perfectly seasoned shrimp that are juicy, tender, and totally snackable all by themselves.

Our famous shrimp taco sauce with pickled jalapeño does double-duty as a coleslaw dressing turning some humble cabbage into the world's simplest (and arguably the most delicious) creamy cilantro-lime coleslaw. Warm tortillas piled high with succulent shrimp and topped to your heart's desire with taco sauce, avocado, cheese, and red onions is pure paradise.

How to make shrimp tacos in just 3 steps

The best shrimp taco recipe doesn't need to be complicated. This one is made in just three easy steps.

  1. Make the shrimp taco sauce – this involves nothing more than blending a few ingredients in your food processor. Now pour some over thinly sliced cabbage and you've made your sauce and coleslaw all in one step!
  2. Season the shrimp with taco seasoning and salt and cook them in a hot pan for a couple of minutes. So easy!
  3. Now all that you have to do is warm the tortillas and pile them high with slaw, shrimp, and all the toppings to your heart's desires.

The full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.

the ingredients needed to make this shrimp taco recipe

Ingredients to make shrimp tacos

Shrimp – We like to use medium-sized shrimp for this recipe. Whenever possible, buy shrimp that are MSC or ASC certified to ensure that they were harvested or raised with minimal negative effects on the ocean.

Taco seasoning – The best way to season shrimp for tacos is to use homemade taco seasoning. Of course, you can use a storebought package, but homemade is so much better.

Cooking oil and salt – We use avocado oil and sea salt. If you only have table salt, use half the amount.

Shrimp taco sauce – Blending cilantro, sour cream, mayo, pickled jalapeños, green onion, garlic, and salt is all it takes to make this sauce. It's such a great recipe that it has a shrimp taco sauce post of its own – but for convenience, we've also included it in the recipe here.

Cabbage – For the best results, slice the cabbage thin and then tossed it in some of the shrimp taco sauce to make a simple slaw.

Tortillas – Either corn or flour tortillas will work, although our preference is for white corn tortillas.

Toppings – Tacos are made for extra toppings. Our favorites on these tacos are sliced or mashed avocados, cojita or feta cheese, minced red onion, and pickled jalapeños.

Let's talk shrimp taco sauce

Shrimp tacos are only as good as the sauce that smothers them, and we think this sauce is the best! It's a creamy cilantro lime sauce that has a special ingredient blended right into it: pickled jalapeños. They add a touch of heat without making the sauce overly spicy and they add the best flavor.

This taco sauce will take you all of five minutes (at most!) to whip up in your food processor. Once it's deliciously smooth and creamy, mix a ¼ cup of it into shredded cabbage to make your slaw then save the rest of it to pour over your tacos.

Frequently Asked Questions: Shrimp Tacos with Slaw

Are shrimp tacos better with slaw?

We think so! The good thing about this recipe is that the slaw is little more than thinly sliced cabbage and a dressing that does double duty as a shrimp taco sauce. So easy + so good!

What kind of shrimp should I use?

We like to use medium-sized shrimp which are often sold as 41/50 – the numbers indicate how many shrimp per pound. Look for shrimp that are labeled MSC or ASC certified. Both certifications promote sustainable fishing practices.

How to season shrimp for tacos

We love using our homemade taco seasoning to season shrimp for tacos. It's a blend of chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and (if you like a little more spice) cayenne.

How to cook shrimp for tacos

The best way to cook shrimp for tacos is in a pan with a little oil. Shrimp cook very quickly so you'll only need to cook them for 2-3 minutes. Once they turn into a c-shape and turn light pink in color, they are cooked. Do not overcook them or they'll turn rubbery.

What to serve with shrimp tacos

These shrimp tacos with slaw are easily a meal all by themselves. But turning them into a Mexican feast is so much fun! Here are a few other recipes that go great with shrimp tacos:

three shrimp tacos with slaw on a plate with limes
shrimp tacos with slaw on a plate.

Shrimp Tacos

These are the absolute best shrimp tacos ever. They're piled high with tender, flavorful shrimp and a simply delicious taco slaw then drizzled with cilantro lime pickled jalapeño taco sauce and finished with all the tasty toppings.

If you love this recipe as much as we do, let us know with a 5-star rating!

4.95 stars (20 ratings)
Print Recipe Rate Recipe Pin Recipe

Ingredients

Shrimp Taco Sauce

  • ½ cup finely minced cilantro
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeños
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 ½ lb peeled shrimp
  • 1 ½ tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, see notes

Everything Else

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 12 4-inch corn or flour tortillas
  • diced avocados, cojita or feta cheese, minced red onion, pickled jalapeños, for serving

Instructions 

  • Add the shrimp taco sauce ingredients to your food processor and blend on high until mostly smooth.
    ½ cup finely minced cilantro, ½ cup sour cream, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup pickled jalapeños, 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 green onion, 1 large garlic clove, 1 pinch sea salt
    image for recipe instruction
  • Mix the shrimp with taco seasoning, oil, and salt. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and let them cook for 2 minutes. Flip them over and let them cook for one minute more.
    1 ½ lb peeled shrimp, 1 ½ tablespoons taco seasoning, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, ½ teaspoon sea salt
    image for recipe instruction
  • Mix ¼ cup of the shrimp taco sauce with shredded cabbage to make the slaw.
    2 cups shredded cabbage
    image for recipe instruction
  • Assemble the tacos by piling the slaw on top of warm tortillas then topping with the shrimp and any or all of the optional toppings.
    12 4-inch corn or flour tortillas, diced avocados, cojita or feta cheese, minced red onion, pickled jalapeños

Notes

If you are using store-bought taco seasoning, season to taste as often it includes salt. 
Serving: 3 shrimp tacos, Calories: 461kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 291mg, Sodium: 1204mg, Potassium: 684mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 496IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 229mg, Iron: 3mg
DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?If you love this recipe as much as we do, be sure to leave a review or share it on Instagram and tag @TheEndlessMeal.

More recipes to try

Beer Battered Fish Tacos on a white plate.
Three buffalo chicken tacos on a plate with coleslaw and avocados.
Carnitas tacos with guacamole and red onions with a bowl of guacamole beside the tacos.