Easy Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Slaw

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These Shrimp Tacos are piled high with tasty, plump shrimp, homemade slaw and tangy cilantro dressing layered in warm corn tortillas. A healthy, easy summer supper or the perfect party food!

Three shrimp tacos garnished with cotija cheese and cilantro

Shrimp Tacos

This delicious shrimp taco recipe was a favorite when we lived in California. Our cousins, Cory and Kristen made these for us and we were blown away! The crunchy homemade coleslaw combined with sweet and tangy cilantro dressing and perfect pink shrimp all wrapped in soft tortillas make the best shrimp tacos I have ever had! We make them all the time during the summer, since it doesn’t require much cooking. Sometimes we grill the shrimp on our outdoor grill instead of cooking on the stove, which adds a smoky flavor to this delicious dish. They’re the perfect dinner to whip up any night of the week!

Three shrimp tacos with salsa and chips on the side

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Shrimp

  • Shrimp cooks up quickly and easily, but there are a few things to remember when making the perfect plump shrimp.
  • Make sure to rinse the shrimp well before cooking. Place them in a colander or strainer, and wash thoroughly with cold water. Toss out any shrimp that look slimy, discolored or smell overly fishy.
  • If you’re using frozen shrimp. run them under cool water to thaw. Don’t use hot water!
  • The key to not over cooking is to remove them from the heat right when they turn pink, with no brown or grey spots. 
  • Perfectly cooked shrimp curls into a loose “C” shape. You’ll know they’re overcooked if they curl into a tight “C”. Overcooked shrimp can become too tough or chewy.
  • You can buy shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined to make the cooking process go a little quicker.
  • You’ll want to cook these shrimp quickly so they don’t dry out before assembling the tacos.
Shrimp tacos on a board with chips and a cup of salsa to the side

Additional Toppings for Shrimp Tacos

Tangy coleslaw and cilantro dressing give these shrimp tacos big bursts of flavor, but you could also add slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream, diced green onions or chopped tomatoes. Or use crunchy taco shells for an added crunch. The possibilities are endless!

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Three shrimp tacos garnished with cotija cheese and cilantro

Easy Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Slaw

5 from 5 votes
Shrimp Tacos are piled high with tasty, plump shrimp, homemade slaw and tangy cilantro avocado sauce layered in warm flour tortillas. A healthy, easy summer dinner or the perfect party food!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 6 Tacos


  • Stove Top
  • Fry Pan/Skillet






  • In a small fry pan, heat the corn tortillas in a little bit of oil and lightly salt.


  • Toss all ingrendients together and season with a pinch of salt.


  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a blender.


  • Peel shrimp, pat it dry, season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Heat oil over medium high heat and add shrimp. Cook until shrimp are curled and pink.
  • Layer the shrimp, cabbage, and sauce in a warm corn tortilla. Top with a little cotija (or feta) cheese.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 355kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 20gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 864mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 20.2mgCalcium: 216mgIron: 2.5mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    These were really good! Except I didn’t care for the oregano so next time I will just leave it out of the cabbage. Goes nice with cilantro rice. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    These were so awesome!!!! Made them for dinner tonight and they were so so so GOOD! My husband loved them. And I loved that they were such a healthy meal! Thank you so much for sharing. Definitely going on our repeat meal list! Thanks again!

  3. 5 stars
    These were so good. I made them a while back and I’m planning on making them again tonight for company. Thanks for the amazing recipe.