Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Sriracha Sauce & Cilantro Lime Slaw

Spicy pan grilled shrimp tacos loaded with a zest honey cilantro lime slaw and topped with a creamy sriracha sauce. These tacos are spicy, sweet, zesty and bursting with flavor! Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Sriracha Sauce & Cilantro Lime SlawShrimp tacos have become a weeknight favorite. They’re super quick and easy to make, present very well and will make you look like a pro!

This recipe is inspired by my popular spicy shrimp and avocado salsa tacos. Instead of an avocado salad, we’re switching things up by using a honey cilantro lime slaw and topping the tacos off with a creamy sriracha sauce. The spice from the shrimp paired with the crunch and sweet hint of honey from the slaw and the creamy sriracha sauce will make your mouth sing. The combo is a perfect combo of sweet, zesty, crunchy, spicy and creamy!! I had 3 tacos shooting this recipe and had to hold myself back from eating more! Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Sriracha Sauce & Cilantro Lime SlawIt all starts with fresh OR frozen shrimp. Lately, we’ve been using frozen shrimp a lot because it’s so handy and makes a great quick meal. If you are using frozen shrimp, run it through cold water for a few seconds to defrost it. You will need to devein the shrimp and remove the shell and tails if they have not been removed.

Next, place the shrimp in a large bowl or ziplock bag and combine with the spices below and oil of choice. There is no marinating needed for this recipe but you can place the shrimp in the fridge for up to 2 days if you’d like. The longer the shrimp sit in the spices the better. When you are ready to cook, simply place add the shrimp to a super hot grill pan and cook for just 1-2 minutes per side. If the shrimp begin to stick to the pan or if you’re not using a non-stick pan, add a teaspoon of oil to the pan.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Sriracha Sauce & Cilantro Lime SlawNow all that’s left is to combine all the ingredients for the slaw and make the creamy sriracha sauce. The slaw can be made ahead of time and is good for up to 24 hours in the fridge.

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For the sriracha sauce, you can use ranch, sour-cream or greek yogurt. We honestly like the ranch flavor best but a combo of ranch and sour-cream or yogurt is also delicious. Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Sriracha Sauce & Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Sriracha Sauce

Spicy pan grilled shrimp tacos loaded with a zest honey cilantro lime slaw and topped with a creamy sriracha sauce. These tacos are spicy, sweet, zesty and bursting with flavor! 

Course Dinner
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 20 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion or garlic powder optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • 2 cups cabbage shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Sriracha sauce

  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing or sour-cream or greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 6 small corn or flour tortillas

Instructions

To cook the Shrimp:

  1. Combine shrimp, oil, and spices in a medium bowl or ziplock bag. Use right away OR cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or up to 48 hours. Heat a large heavy-duty or cast iron skillet on high heat for 2 minutes. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan and shrimp. Cook shrimp until pink and cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. 

To make the Slaw

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl until mixed through. Use right away or cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours. 

To make creamy Sriracha Sauce

  1. Whisk sriracha and ranch or sour-cream or mayo in a small bowl. Taste and add more sriracha if desired. 

To assemble:

  1. Grill tortillas on the stovetop over the flame until lightly charred (this step is optional). Top each tortilla with 4-5 pieces of shrimp and some slaw. Drizzle with sriracha sauce. Serve with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!!

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    Comments

    Wendy

    I’m sugar free, I was wondering if it’s ok if I leave out the honey… Or what can i USE instead, that is Leto friendly… Thanks

      Layla

      There are keto honey alternatives available online that are sweet and should work in this recipe. Please google keto honey alternatives and you should find a few brands!

    Melissa

    These were absolutely delicious! Better than you would get at most restaurants. Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe!

    Mary

    These were fabulous!! My husband and I enjoyed them this evening. I followed your recipe exactly other than substituting corn tortillas for the flour because I already had some. The amount of seasoning and flavors used were spot on. Will definitely be making these again.

    Susan

    These Shrimp tacos are fabulous. Even my picky husband approved. I will definitely make these again

    Dee

    The tacos were excellent. Fresh tasty with the right amount of spice. Will make again

    Leigh

    I made these last night for the week and they were SOOOO bomb!! I used corn instead of flour tortillas for personal preference and to cut calories and i was NOT disappointed. So easy, so yummy. Will make again!

    Erin

    Made tHis last night and it was fabulous!

    YASMEEN

    I TRIED THIS RECIPE AND IT WAS A TOTAL SUCCESS! SO MANY DIFFERENT FLAVORS IN YOUR MOUTH! AND THE BEST PART IS ITS HEALTHY TOO! I WILL DEFENITALY BE MAKING THESE AGAIN. THANK YOU!!

    Jill | sugarspicelifeblog

    WOW! THESE LOOK AMAZING!!quick and easy too!

    2pots2cook

    Love shrimps and this one brings them to completely new level for me ! thank you so much !