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! Shrimp 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! It 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.
Now 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.
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.
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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Sriracha Sauce
- 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
To cook the Shrimp:
- 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
- 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
- Whisk sriracha and ranch or sour-cream or mayo in a small bowl. Taste and add more sriracha if desired.
- 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!!
Tim Daugherty says
I have been making these just under a year now and there is no better. I live on the coast and shrip is plentiful here. I make these at least every month and if we go see our son and family, it is a must have. Thank you for sharing this recipe and I share it with anyone who talks shrimp taco’s.
This is one of our go-to recipes as well! Happy you enjoyed it <3
By far one of our favorites!!! I use Hungarian Paprika, for a little more kick! I think I know the recipe by heart now! Thanks for this great taco recipe! 🙂
You’re most welcome 🙂
PJB CALGARY says
excellent recipe — my husband loved them! The creamy sriacha sauce is the best. Only comment I can make that might be helpful re the cilantro lime slaw – is if you want the crunch from the slaw on your tacos, don’t make the slaw ahead of time with the dressing on it and let it sit in the fridge.. I made it in advance and when I took it out of the fridge, it was soggy and wilted. The taste was good though. Next time I will put the cabbage, onion, cilantro, jalapeno together and not add the dressing until just before serving.
Delicious! Multiple layers of sweet and hot. A definite do again!
Absolutely delicious!! I rarely ever cook and leave it all to my husband, but he had to work out of town so I took the plunge and this was the first recipe I made! My daughter loved it as well. The question I have is that this is a serving for 4 but there are 6 taco shells?? How many tacos is in a serving? (On a diet and counting calories)
It’s 1 taco per serving. You can easily stretch this recipe out onto 6 tacos which is why 4-6 tacos are listed <3
How many net carbs in this recipe? I used
Low carb tortilla (4net). But the shrimp and everything else could be so low or 0. Total I’m thinking is about 5 tops
Yes, most of the carbs are from the tortillas so it should not be much if you are using low-carb tortillas. As you mentioned 5-6 max.
Peggy Hastings says
So so delicious!!!! Just a perfect blend of flavors….used Mahi mahi since that’s what we had.
Courtney J. says
I did this with my 8 year old son last night! He made the sauce and added a few different hot sauces from our hot sauce challenge pack. OMG it was amazing! It was so easy and I do NOT like to cook I do it because I have too lol. . My son however, is always watching cooking shows and LOVES to be in the kitchen. This was a good experience for both of us! Thank you! It tasted Amazing! I subscribed! And you guys inspired me to get in this kitchen!
I love this shrimp taco recipe. It’s my go to. Love the creamy sauce and slaw!! Very very yummy!!
We loved these, I followed the recipe almost exactly, I thinned the siricha sauce with a couple of teaspoons of water- so it drizzled a little easier. We will make this again.
( and make the slaw with pork tacos too)
Cara L. says
Oh my gosh – I never have to go back to my local taco shop when I can make these at home. The slaw and sauce are amazing. I might adjust the spice level on the shrimp for my own tastes, and add some cayenne.
I love this recipe. All the flavors melt together in your mouth. A huge hit❤️❤️
WOW! We’ve made this twice and it’s our absolute favorite shrimp taco recipe! I used pre cooked shrimp, marinated them and put them in the pan on medium for 30 seconds just to warm them. Sooooo easy and so good! Love it!
absolutely delish! I used low carb tortillas, a little less honey, and added a little olive oil to thin the sauce and make it more keto friendly. We loved it so much I made it two nights in a row!
Soooooo easy AND delicious! I am making these regularly—I love the slaw as well!!!! Yum!
This recipe is amazing!! Wish I took a picture but I was so excited to start eating, I forgot. The slaw is awesome…honey lime, no mayo…unreal!! So tasty. Here’s a lil tip: I threw two of those a microwaveable cups of rice into the pan after the shrimp had fully cooked. It was like Tex mex fried rice, a great addition to the meal…add some jalapeños, lime and salt to the rice and oooh. Yum!!
Thanks for this recipe. I’ll be memorizing this one!!
Excellent tacos! I’m so happy I found this recipe. We added a sprinkle of cojita cheese as well! Thank you!!
This is the best recipe I have tried on Pinterest! Didn’t change a thing and was FANTASTIC. Thanks for sharing.
Lauree K says
These were amazing for Mother’s Day! So good and going on my shortlist of favorites. Liked by the whole family.
This recipe was amazing. I did mayo and added honey to the sauce. Delicious!
A massive hit!!!
These are amazing and so easy to make. Will definitely be making this a regular on the home menu!
I made this tonight and it’s super yummy. Packed with flavor but not to many calories so long as you limit the siracha/ranch sauce. Yum will do again. Thank you for this awesome recipe.
Absolutely delicious but def add way more shrimp as we ran out after only ja ing 2 each and wanted more! The amount of slaw compaared to the shrimp was disproportionateas there was a lot left over. overall yummy. Will make this more often
so easy soo good
I’m making this, except I’m using tostada shells instead. And I bought coleslaw instead of just plain cabbage. I can’t wait to see how they taste.
These werE the best seafood tacOs i have ever tasted. My husband even loved them and he ISN’T craZy about warM shrimp. These will definitely be added to our regular LisT of favoRites.
These were ahhhmazing and sooo easy!! They will be a staple on my dinner table forever now.
Sooo delicious!!! The shrimp were really flavorful. I loveD the slaw and the sriracha mixturE. This taco hits all the notes. Sweet,spicY,crunchy. Yum!!
We loved these tacos! What a wonderful combination! I used about 30 shrimp, cut them in half, & marinated overnight. Slaw was delicious as well. I also fixed it the day before. I made the sauce with equal parts mayo & sour cream, sriracha to taste, a sprinkle of lime juice & garlic powder. Can’t wait to make these again! Thank you for the fabulous recipe!
Taris Breau says
Absolutely loved these. They’re so easy to make and are definitely something I’ll be making more of in the future. Thanks for the recipe!
These are a weekly go to for us! So good & so easy! SOMETIMES i grill the shrimp Or sometimes i just uSe the pan. I always add a splash of liMe juice to the sour cream and Siracha. If you like it spIcey, i like to add an 1/8 of teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the shriMp marinade.
these wEre delicious & easy to make. My huSband had a PacifIco with his & said he felt like was sitting in a trOpiCal island.
Awesome! Easy, fast, hEalthy and delicious!
Wow! These were delicious! We used Mayo+SRiracha for the saUce. Not big on cabbage so we just used lettuce. Cant wait to make these again!
Polly Gilgenbach says
These tacos were great! My nee favorite – while my hisband said the sauce was the beat, i really liked the slaw. Will definitely make again.
Fantastic! Turned out better than expected. Clearly a new favorite.
Tacos were awesome. Cut back on sriracha sauce though
First time having fish tacos. THis RECIPE is DELICIOUS 😋
Honored to be your first fish taco recipe!! <3
Cynthia knight says
Used 2-12 oz bags of shrimp for my hubby and i. A great, flavorful quick dinner. I FOllow low carb diet, so subbed out truvia for the honey in the slaw and doubled the amounts of marinaDe for shrimp and slaw. Yummy!
I ma these delIcious Shrimp tacos yumm tha you so much 😊 roxana
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
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!
These were absolutely delicious! Better than you would get at most restaurants. Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe!
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.
These Shrimp tacos are fabulous. Even my picky husband approved. I will definitely make these again
The tacos were excellent. Fresh tasty with the right amount of spice. Will make again
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!
Made tHis last night and it was fabulous!
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 says
WOW! THESE LOOK AMAZING!!quick and easy too!
Love shrimps and this one brings them to completely new level for me ! thank you so much !