Easy Shrimp Tacos

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Easy Shrimp Tacos are the perfect simple dinner for busy weeknights! Plump, juicy shrimp are cooked in a flavorful spice blend then wrapped in warm flour tortillas and piled high with your favorite toppings.

You may also like these grilled BBQ Chicken Tacos, Breakfast Tacos, Baked Chicken Tacos, Spicy Blackened Salmon Tacos, these Smoky Fish Tacos with Apple Slaw, or try The Best Homemade Taco Seasoning.

easy shrimp tacos

Easy Shrimp Tacos

Hi! It’s Natasha from Salt & Lavender bringing you another easy and delicious dinner that’s a great timesaver for busy families! I love tacos. You just can’t go wrong with tacos in my opinion. Everyone will be happy because they can choose their own toppings, and tacos are fun to eat. This recipe is sure to be a hit!

easy shrimp tacos in a skillet

How to make easy shrimp tacos

  1. Prep your shrimp. Make sure they’re thawed if you’re using frozen shrimp (run them under cool water). Peel them and remove the tails too.
  2. Get everything ready. I like to start prepping the toppings while the shrimp are thawing. Chop your veggies and get the condiments (salsa, sour cream, etc.) ready.
  3. Cook the shrimp. This process doesn’t take long at all (about 5-6 minutes). You simply cook the shrimp with the oil and spices until they’re pink and cooked throughout.
  4. Assemble your tacos. Time to load ’em up!

A few recipe notes:

  • Want to make these tacos spicy? Add a ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper!
  • I used flour tortillas in this recipe, but feel free to use corn tortillas if you prefer.
  • To heat flour tortillas at once, I like to wrap them in foil and place them in a 375F oven while I’m getting everything ready. It’s also easy to warm tortillas individually in the microwave (just put one on a plate) by heating it for 10-15 seconds. I do this if I’m making tacos just for myself.
  • If you’re in a rush, feel free to use pre-made taco seasoning instead of the spices I chose.

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What size shrimp to use in shrimp tacos

I used 31-40/pound count frozen raw shrimp. You can use smaller or larger shrimp if you wish.

How to top shrimp tacos

You can’t go wrong with topping tacos in my opinion! Use whatever’s in your fridge or whatever you prefer. Here’s some ideas:

  • Shredded iceberg lettuce (chop it finely)
  • Tomatoes
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Tex-Mex or Mexican cheese blend
  • Red onions or scallions
  • Avocado
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro

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easy shrimp tacos

easy shrimp tacos

Easy Shrimp Tacos

4.67 from 3 votes
Easy Shrimp Tacos are the perfect simple dinner for busy weeknights! Plump, juicy shrimp are cooked in a flavorful spice blend then wrapped in warm flour tortillas and piled high with your favorite toppings.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound medium shrimp (thawed & peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8-10 medium flour tortillas
  • Toppings (optional, to taste): sour cream, salsa, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, etc.


  • Prep your shrimp. If frozen, run them under cool water until thawed. Peel them and remove the tails. 
  • Meanwhile, prep your toppings. 
  • Add the shrimp to a skillet along with the olive oil and spices. Cook over medium-high heat until the shrimp are no longer pink, flipping/stirring them occasionally (about 5-6 minutes). 
  • Assemble tacos as desired and serve immediately. 


  • You may use ready-made taco seasoning instead of the suggested spices if you wish. Add ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you want some heat.
  • To warm flour tortillas all at once, wrap them in foil and warm in a 375F oven while you're getting everything else ready.


Serves: 4

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Shrimp Tacos
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Natasha Bull

Natasha Bull is the blogger behind Salt & Lavender. She loves to share quick, easy, and delicious dinner recipes. When she’s not in the kitchen, Natasha enjoys traveling to warmer climates (she calls Canada home).

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! So easy to make and very tasty. We like it so much that I made a larger batch of the spice mixture and keep it on hand for next time.

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and the spice combination is so good on these shrimp!
    Will be making these again, very tasty!

  3. 4 stars
    It really was easy that I followed the recipe without blinking. It taste great with guac and other topping. But, when I taste the shrimp by itself, I realized it was missing salt (big time). No big deal, I added some after the fact but maybe you should consider addind salt and pepper for taste to the recipe.

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