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Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Learn how to make the best shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce. Perfectly spiced shrimp, sautéed broccoli slaw, and a creamy, citrus-spiced dressing packed into tortillas in 15 minutes or less. Low carb, keto-friendly and DELICIOUS!

shrimp tacos with cilantro lime crema.
Easy shrimp tacos

Love these shrimp tacos? Try my Easy Chicken Enchiladas Verdes and my Oven Baked Chicken Chimichangas for more delicious meal ideas!

Upgrade your Taco Tuesdays with shrimp tacos -specifically, these shrimp tacos with cilantro-lime sauce! Perfectly spiced shrimp and crisp-tender broccoli slaw topped with homemade cilantro lime sauce in 15 minutes or less? Yes, please.

Juicy shrimp coated in a blackening blend of spices certainly brings the heat. However, the cool, creamy cilantro lime sauce helps settle the kick a bit, making perfect shrimp tacos.

2-3 shrimp tacos are a healthy and hearty meal on their own, but feel free to serve them with beans, rice, and a plethora of toppings. Ready to make cilantro lime shrimp tacos? Let’s do it.

cilantro lime shrimp tacos.
Delicious cilantro lime shrimp tacos

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These are healthy shrimp tacos!
  • It’s a 15-minute taco recipe.
  • Depending on the tortilla you use, they are gluten-free, low carb, and keto-friendly.
  • It’s super simple and easy to customize.
  • The cilantro lime sauce is dairy-free and a handy condiment to have around. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Spices – The blend of spices is savory with the perfect amount of heat. You’ll need onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Feel free to add more or less red pepper flakes to modify how spicy your shrimp tacos are.
  • Shrimp – Peeled and deveined medium-size shrimp is perfect. You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. If your shrimp is frozen, defrost them in the fridge overnight or leave them under cool running water to thaw. Feel free to use small or large shrimp instead.
  • Avocado OilYou’ll need avocado oil to sauté the shrimp and broccoli slaw. You can also use olive oil here.
  • Broccoli Slaw – Grab a bag of broccoli slaw from your local produce department. Feel free to use a bag of regular cabbage coleslaw mix instead.
  • Tortillas – This recipe yields enough filling for six tacos. I used white corn tortillas, but please use regular corn tortillas or flour tortillas instead, if you prefer.
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing – This dairy-free shrimp taco sauce is what sets these shrimp tacos apart from the rest. You’ll need avocado, lime, cilantro, sea salt, ground pepper, avocado oil, and water.

How To Make This Recipe

six image process making shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce.
Shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce process

Step 1: Season shrimp.

Mix the onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to coat in the seasonings.

Step 2: Cook shrimp.

Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the seasoned shrimp and cook until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Step 3: Saute broccoli slaw.

Add the broccoli slaw to the same skillet and saute until softened. Remove from skillet.

Step 4: Make cilantro lime sauce.

Add avocado, lime juice, cilantro, salt, ground pepper, avocado oil, and water to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

Step 5: Assemble.

After warming the tortillas (see tips), divide the broccoli slaw and shrimp between them. Finish each taco with a drizzle of cilantro-lime sauce and serve.

spicy shrimp tacos on a platter.
Mouth watering shrimp tacos

Recipe Tips

  • Time-saving tip – To make things easier on yourself, use shrimp that are peeled, deveined, and detailed.
  • Do not overcook your shrimp – When shrimp are overcooked, they become rubbery and chewy, so it’s important to remove them from the heat as soon as they’re firm and pink.
  • Warming corn tortillas – To warm corn tortillas, heat them for about 30 seconds per side on a hot, dry skillet (no oil needed).

Variations

Low carb shrimp tacos – To cut back on the carb count, use your favorite” carb balance” or low carb tortilla and warm them according to the package instructions.

Keto shrimp tacos – Hold the tortillas and load your shrimp, slaw, and sauce into lettuce wraps or enjoy the fillings straight from a bowl.

Fish tacos – Lean and flaky white fish filets are interchangeable with shrimp. Mahi-mahi, cod, grouper, tilapia, and halibut are good options.

Healthy Shrimp Taco Toppings

A few more toppings that go good with shrimp tacos:

Storing & Freezing

Storing: The shrimp, slaw, and sauce are best stored separately in airtight containers in the fridge and enjoyed within 3 to 4 days.

Freezing: To freeze cooked shrimp, allow it to cool, and then freeze in an airtight resealable bag for 3 to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating in a skillet over medium heat with oil. The broccoli slaw and sauce are best made fresh.

FAQ

Are shrimp tacos better on corn tortillas or flour tortillas?

It’s truly a matter of preference. However, shrimp taco fillings are generally light enough for delicate corn tortillas. I like using corn tortillas, but flour tortillas work too, especially if you plan to go heavy on the fillings and toppings.

Can I grill the shrimp instead?

Yes! If your shrimp are small, I recommend skewering them beforehand so they stay in place – or you can use large to extra large shrimp, so they’re wide enough not to fall through the grill grates.

Can I make my shrimp tacos not spicy?

If spicy foods aren’t your thing, the seasoning mixture is easy to adjust. The heat comes from the cumin and red pepper flakes, so omit those completely and use sweet paprika instead of smoked.

Yield: 6 Serving

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

cilantro lime shrimp tacos.

Shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce is a great option for taco Tuesday. Low-carb, gluten-free, and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

For Tacos

  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, raw (frozen is okay, defrost first)
  • 1 cup broccoli slaw
  • 6 white corn tortillas

For Sauce

  • 1 small avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

For Tacos

  1. Add avocado oil to skillet and heat over medium heat. While skillet is heating, mix seasonings together in a small bowl. Toss shrimp in seasoning.
  2. Place shrimp in heated skillet and cook until shrimp turns pink, about 4-5 minutes. Remove shrimp from skillet. Add broccoli slaw to skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Remove from skillet.

For Sauce

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

For Assembly

  1. Place broccoli slaw on corn tortillas, then top with shrimp. Finish with cilantro lime sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Time-saving tip: To make things easier on yourself, use shrimp that are peeled, deveined, and detailed.
  • Do not overcook your shrimp: When shrimp are overcooked, they become rubbery and chewy, so it’s important to remove them from the heat as soon as they’re firm and pink.
  • Warming corn tortillas: To warm corn tortillas, heat them for about 30 seconds per side on a hot, dry skillet (no oil needed).
  • Storing: The shrimp, slaw, and sauce are best stored separately in airtight containers in the fridge and enjoyed within 3 to 4 days.
  • Freezing: To freeze cooked shrimp, allow it to cool, and then freeze in an airtight resealable bag for 3 to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating in a skillet over medium heat with oil. The broccoli slaw and sauce are best made fresh.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Laura

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

What is the recipe for the broccoli slaw?

Erika

Wednesday 13th of July 2022

Hi Laura, I bought the broccoli slaw prepackaged from the store.

Scarlet

Monday 6th of April 2020

I love shrimp but I have never tried them in a taco. Great idea. Thanks for the taco recipe and that cilantro lime sauce sounds amazing!

simplylowcal

Monday 6th of April 2020

Thanks, Scarlet. :)

Swathi

Sunday 5th of April 2020

This looks perfect meal, I love this shrimp tacos with cilanto lime sauce, perfect treat as family at home. your recipe sounds so easy and flavor full.

simplylowcal

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Thank you. :)

Leslie

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Recipes like this are the best! So easy, delicious, and low calories! Perfect recipe in my opinion!

simplylowcal

Saturday 4th of April 2020

Thanks, Leslie. :)

jen

Friday 3rd of April 2020

heck yes that broccoli slaw! Yum.

simplylowcal

Friday 3rd of April 2020

Thanks! :)

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