This best shrimp taco recipe can easily be prepared in only 5 minutes and it’s packed with flavor. These are great to serve on Taco Tuesday and they’re simple enough to make for your next party as well.
Easy Shrimp Tacos are a light and easy dinner to prepare in no time at all!
Shrimp tacos always remind me of being on a beach and eating a light and easy meal to relax. However, with this recipe, they are super easy to prepare at home in only 5 minutes so you can easily bring a bit of vacation home with you! 🙂
What do you need in order to make shrimp tacos?
- Precooked Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- Taco Seasoning (I like to use my Homemade Taco Seasoning)
- Chicken Broth
- Corn Tortillas
- Cole Slaw Mix
- Jalapeno, diced
- Cilantro, chopped
- Lime Juice
- Salt and Pepper
I promise that this recipe is not overly complicated and these ingredients can easily be found at your favorite grocery store!
Make sure you try my Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe for these shrimp tacos!
Have you tried making your own taco seasoning yet? I promise that it’s not as hard as it seems. This is probably one of my favorite recipes!
It’s a mix of basic spices like chili powder and garlic powder. Items that you probably already have in your pantry. I like to make a large batch and keep it in a mason jar so I always have some of hand.
I hope you try making your own taco seasoning so you’ll know what’s in your recipes and avoid those costly packets! Ok, thanks for following along on my tangent here, now let’s get back to preparing this easy shrimp tacos recipe. 🙂
What goes in a shrimp taco?
In my opinion, the most important part of shrimp tacos and fish tacos is the slaw mix that goes in the taco. This mix is generally made with shredded cabbage and seasonings (spices) that give the taco recipe it’s flavor.
There are tons of different types of slaw recipes but to keep things quick and easy, I love using the prepackaged cole slaw mix so I can save time chopping all those vegetables!
You all already know that I love saving time in the kitchen and this recipe is no different.
How do you make shrimp tacos?
There are 2 parts to this healthy shrimp tacos recipe. First you have to cook the shrimp and then you have to prepare the slaw that is served in the tortillas with the shrimp. The combination of these 2 items is what makes these tacos so amazing!
Preparing the shrimp is the easiest part. In a large skillet add the shrimp, taco seasoning, salsa, broth and squeeze of lime.
Cover and heat over medium high heat until the shrimp is cooked through. This should only take 5 minutes!
While the shrimp is cooking, I like to prepare the slaw so I’m ready to assemble the tacos once the shrimp is ready.
To make the slaw, in a separate large bowl, combine the cole slaw mix, diced jalapeños, fresh cilantro, honey and more fresh lime juice. Then stir to thoroughly combined these ingredients.
Then I like to slightly brown the corn tortillas over a flame on my stove top to heat them and brown the edges. You can heat them in the microwave if you prefer, the browning adds a unique flavor to the tacos and really is simple to do.
The final step in this recipe is to assemble the tacos.
Put a portion of the shrimp topped with the slaw mix on each corn tortilla and serve with lime wedges.
See, I told you this recipe was super easy. You can easily impress your friends and family with this recipe without much work at all.
A few tips for cooking shrimp perfectly every time!
I usually use the precooked shrimp for all my shrimp recipes. Since these are already precooked, preparing them takes no time at all and I get dinner on the table in even less time.
The precooked shrimp are usually already frozen when purchased. To easily defrost them, I put the shrimp in a strainer in my sink and run cold water over the shrimp for approximately 5-10 minutes depending on how many shrimp you have until they are all completely defrosted.
You’ll know the shrimp is fully defrosted because they will bend easily without breaking. They are pretty quick to defrost with this process.
Next, I usually heat butter, olive oil or chicken broth (like in this recipe) in my skillet to warm this up first and then I add the shrimp to the hot pan. Then I add all the seasonings and spices for the recipe I’m making.
Finally you sauté the shrimp for less than 5 minutes and it’ll be perfect every time. Since the shrimp is already cooked, you are simply heating up the shrimp and marinading it in the spices for the flavors of the recipe that you are preparing.
You don’t want to cook the shrimp for more than 5 minutes as it may cause the shrimp to become overcooked and tough which will not taste as well in these delicious tacos.
I know that took awhile to explain but I promise it is easy and once you get it down the first time, you’ll get more confident and be able to conquer even more delicious shrimp recipes.
How to change up this healthy shrimp tacos recipe.
If you are eating outside and grilling out, you can grill shrimp instead of sautéing it. I would only grill the shrimp for 3-4 minutes and grilling them would add a delicious flavor to this recipe.
Another easy way to change up this recipe is to change what is mixed in with the shrimp taco slaw. Most of the flavor from this recipe comes from the slaw so it’s no surprise that altering the slaw can easily change this up.
Here are a few recommendations to consider adding to the slaw recipe.
- Sour cream or mayonnaise to the slaw recipe, if you prefer a cream based slaw for your shrimp tacos.
- Chipotles to the slaw recipe, if you like a spicy and smoky flavor to your tacos.
- Orange juice or orange zest for a stronger citrus flavor to your tacos.
These are just a few suggestions, but don’t be afraid to change up this slaw recipe to make it your own by adding your favorite flavors to this delicious taco recipe.
Another way to change up this best shrimp taco recipe is to change the salsa that the shrimp is sautéd in. I generally use a mild salsa as not all my kids like spicy foods so these is generally a win for the entire family.
However, if your family loves spicy foods, use a spicy salsa to add a little more heat to these tacos.
Also, I know that these shrimp tacos will taste amazing prepared with a peach or mango salsa. I love fruit and shrimp combined together. Either of these salsa will add an delicious flavor to this recipe.
This recipe is simple to make so get adventurous and makes some changes to figure out your favorite variation of this taco recipe.
What do you serve with shrimp tacos with cabbage?
I love serving these delicious tacos with the easiest Spanish rice or this delicious cilantro lime rice. Both of these recipes are easy to make just like this shrimp taco recipe, so you can still get the entire meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. Yay!
When I make either of these rice recipes, I usually make a double batch and freeze the leftovers. I love freezing rice so that I always can prepare a quick and easy side dish in no time at all.
If you already have frozen rice on hand, I bet you could easily prepare these tacos and your rice for dinner in less than 15 minutes! Perfect for those busy weeknights when your family still wants to eat. 🙂
These tacos will also taste good with any of the following toppings:
- Shredded Cheese or Cotija Cheese
- Pico de Gallo
- Sour Cream
- Salsa Verde
- Sautéd Red Peppers and Onions
Try this easy shrimp tacos recipe soon!
Even though these tacos looks difficult to make, they really are easy to prepare. I know you can do it! I hope you try them soon and please leave us a comment to let us know what you think.
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The entire family will love this quick and easy shrimp tacos recipes. Everything is easily prepared in under 5 minutes in a skillet and is healthy.
- 1 lb medium frozen precooked shrimp peeled and devained
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup broth
- 1 lime freshly juiced
- Taco and garnish:
- 12-20 corn tortillas
- 2 cups cole slaw mix
- 1/2 jalapeno diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 lime juiced
In a large skillet add the shrimp, taco seasoning, salsa, broth and lime juice.
Cover and heat over medium high heat for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp is heated through.
Meanwhile, combine the cole slaw, jalapeno, cilantro, honey and lime in a separate bowl. Stir to combine.
Serve on corn tortillas with the slaw on top.
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