This Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe Gives Us Serious Beach Vibes

This Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe Gives Us Serious Beach Vibes

Looking to shake up Taco Tuesday? This fresh twist on shrimp tacos, topped with a tangy cilantro-lime slaw, is like a staycation for your tastebuds.

Inspired by street tacos, this zesty shrimp taco recipe is perfect for jazzing up your weeknight repertoire. But it’s healthier — and easier on your wallet — than stopping for takeout at your favorite taco spot every time you have a craving for Mexican cuisine.

This recipe calls for some of our favorite south-of-the-border ingredients, like citrusy lime, bright cilantro, and of course, avocado — can’t skip the avo! And from prep to plate, our easy shrimp taco recipe takes less than 15 minutes.

No matter how you’re spending your summer, these shrimp tacos will transport you straight to a sunny beachside cantina.

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Shrimp Taco Ingredients

FOR CABBAGE SLAW:

  • ¼ red onion
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ¼ medium lime

FOR SHRIMP TACOS:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 oz. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, not previously frozen
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • 2 (6-inch each) unsalted corn tortillas
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves

There are a few different ways to cook shrimp. This recipe calls for cooking them on the stovetop, but you can also opt to grill, broil, air fry, or poach your shrimp. (Just keep in mind that using a different cooking method may change the nutritional stats slightly.)

Shrimp are actually the most popular seafood in the U.S. We eat around four pounds on average per year, compared to only about two pounds each of salmon and canned tuna.

Shrimp are relatively sustainable, which is good news, and the FDA lists them among the best choices for seafood. A 3-ounce serving of succulent shrimp has 84 calories and provides 20 grams of protein and less than a gram of fat.

(We’ve got a few other delicious shrimp recipes to hit the spot, like lemon-garlic shrimp and garlic shrimp zucchini noodles.)

Made with a shredded cabbage base, the crunchy slaw packs a ton of flavor thanks to garlic powder, ground cumin, and a squeeze of fresh lime. And in lieu of the usual shrimp taco sauce, we’ve made our own healthier version of traditional Mexican crema. We’ve used Greek yogurt instead of the usual heavy cream, which provides protein and the perfect balance of creamy and zesty flavors.

Sliced avocado adds some healthy fats and vitamins — plus it gives these shrimp tacos all the creamy deliciousness of guac, without having to actually make guac.

Scoop it all into two corn tortillas and you’ve got a simple meal filled with exciting flavors to spice up your Taco Tuesday (or any day of the week, really).

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Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw

Bask in summer vibes with these delicious and healthier shrimp tacos! They pack 35 grams of protein per serving and take less than 15 minutes to whip up.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 389 kcal

Ingredients

FOR CABBAGE SLAW

  • ¼ red onion
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ¼ medium lime

FOR SHRIMP TACOS

Instructions

  1. Dice onion. Slice avocado. Set aside.

  2. Add yogurt, water, garlic powder, and cumin to a large mixing bowl; stir to combine.

  3. Add cabbage and onion; squeeze lime over top. Toss to coat; set aside.

  4. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; lightly coat with spray.

  5. Add shrimp, pepper, and salt; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until opaque and firm.

  6. Divide cabbage slaw and shrimp evenly between corn tortillas. Garnish with avocado and cilantro; serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Tip: If desired, you can heat up your tortillas on a skillet over medium-high heat, flipping until golden on both sides.

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Tacos With Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 483mg21%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative

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