Tangy Garlic Lime Shrimp Tacos

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: shrimp, soft tacos, tacos
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 378kcal
Seafood tacos are always a hit in our house and these garlicky lime shrimp are the perfect stuffing for flour tortillas!
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  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled, tail removed, deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • 8 flour tortillas warm
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 cup charred salsa verde recipe on this site
  • 1 cup queso fresco crumbled
  • 1 lime cut into wedges


  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeƱo thinly sliced
  • pickled red onions
  • pico de gallo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Place peeled and deveined shrimp in a bowl. Coat with 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cayenne. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  • Place a pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and let it heat until it's slick, but not quite smoking. Add shrimp to the pan in a single layer and cook until just slightly turning pink, 1-2 minutes. Use a pair of tongs to flip them in the pan and continue cooking an additional minute. Add the garlic, lime zest and lime juice. Cook and stir for an additional minute. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  • To assemble: place 4-5 shrimp in a warm tortilla, top with additional cilantro, charred salsa verde and crumbled queso fresco. Add other accompaniments if desired. Finish with a squeeze of lime


Serve with a side of yellow rice, or white rice and black beans. (I always top the beans with additional salsa).


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 2014mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1020IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 307mg | Iron: 2.7mg