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Super Simple Shrimp Tacos (Video)

Shrimp Tacos - Clean&Delicious®

Shrimp Tacos – Clean&Delicious®

As much as I would love to post a recipe that would hit the spot on a crisp Autumn day, it just ain’t happenin’.  “Why?”, you ask.  Simply because I’ve yet to have a crisp Autumn day.  Here in SoCal. we’re still warm… not hot… but definitely warm.  We’re talking mid-seventies.

So, when I heard that my brother-in- law and his girlfriend were coming over to watch the World Series this past Sunday, a big pot of chili wasn’t really an option.

I wanted to make something that was light and easy, but would not have me stuck in the kitchen for the whole game… that’s when I remembered this recipe that I saw over at Kirsten’s Home Cooking Shrimp Tacos! I bookmarked them as soon as I saw them last week and this was the perfect time to try them.

Let me tell you guys, these are so good and so easy. I was suddenly feeling A-OKAY about our anti-fall weather. Who needs chili when you can have Super Simple Shrimp Tacos!

I pretty much stuck to Kirsten’s recipe, except I swapped the sour cream for some fat free greek style yogurt and I doubled the recipe. It’s a keeper!

Oh yeah, I also served them with some fresh guac too… it was the perfect game side meal and great for Cinco De Mayo too).

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Super Simple Shrimp Tacos

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 lb of frozen shrimp, defrosted, peeled, & deveined
  • 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ a head of cabbage, thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat tortillas over medium heat in a dry skillet until warm and starting to form small brown spots. Set aside on a plate covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Mix yogurt, cayenne, lime juice, cilantro, & salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet and add cabbage.  Cook for about four minutes or until the cabbage is just barely wilted.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cut shrimp into thirds, so you have little bite size pieces.  Sauté in two teaspoons of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper over medium heat just until done.  They cook up in just a few minutes… so be sure to watch them!

Build your taco!  Place a scoop of cabbage on the warmed tortillas taco, then top with shrimp, and cilantro sauce… enjoy!

Serves 4.

Nutritional Analysis

Nutrients for 2 tacos: Calories: 264; Total Fat: 5.8g; Saturated Fat: 0.4g; Cholesterol: 850mg; Sodium: 850mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 4.6; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 30.2g

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50 Responses to “Super Simple Shrimp Tacos (Video)”

  1. #
    Kiran — January 23, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    I love fish tacos. I’m yet to try shrimp tacos, and thanks for this delish simple recipe :)

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    Jaya — January 23, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    Oooh Dani! These look awesome! I thought I had explored your archives in their entirety, but I somehow missed these beauties! I have made so many great meals from your site. Thanks again!

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    Lauren Slayton — January 24, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    glad you reposted. This may be dinner tonight. I assume fresh shrimp work? Yum.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — January 24, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Those tacos look nice an light and healthy and so good!

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    Cara — January 24, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    tacos are the best! love the idea of the cilantro yogurt sauce on these.

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    Hadas — January 25, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    Oh, my! That was delicious!!!! I was having a “When Harry Met Sally” episode while eating them. The guacamole was sooooo good.
    My Chihuahuas were begging for a bite :) Thanks for the recipe. I’m going to make them A LOT!!!!!

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    Stacey — March 26, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about 2 years and am so glad I did because I look forward to seeing what you post.

    I am trying to eat healthier and have given up all red meat for lent. I am only eating fish (I thought of going vegan and not eat fish, but I was hungry just thinking about it lol) and could not allow myself to grab another $4! shrimp Taco Bell burrito as a quick lunch at work. I can right to your site and found this recipie. I made them last night and I woke up today thinking about them…delicious!

    They were so light; I love the Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I didn’t even think I liked cabbage, but this was goooood! I will be making these regularly. Thanks Dani

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    BeeGidget — January 5, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! This was my first time on your blog and I am greatly impressed! The Shrimp Tacos was not only extremely easy to make, but super tasty! My Husband just loved them!! I will be sure to make them again and also try out some of your other recipes!!!

    Thank you!!!

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    Brittany — April 4, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Made these last night. Be careful not to over cook the tortillas because if you do, you wont be able to fold or roll them.I used flour tortillas so that might of been the culprit. I think these may have been better with just shredded lettuce, but the cabbage was ok. I also used fat free sour cream instead of the yogart. The sauce was delish! We added cheese too. Yummy!

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    PP — April 12, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight– delicious! The sauce takes it up a notch from your standard taco or burrito, and has just the perfect amount of kick.

  11. #
    Leslie — May 6, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight and they were amazing! The sauce was wonderful! And, even better that it was Greek yogurt!

  12. #
    Jenn — May 14, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    The nutritional info posted-is that for one taco, or for one serving aka 2 tacos?
    Just made these tonight-they tasted wonderful!!

  13. #
    Allison — May 22, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    spicy—but GOOD!

  14. #
    Jennifer — June 10, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Made this for dinner last night- hubby and I loved it (he loves spicy food)! We are having it again tonight since we have 1/2 of all the ingredients left. Thanks for an easy, delicious and healthy recipe!

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    Jessica — June 14, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Just made these for dinner with homemade whole wheat tortillas- SO GOOD! I will admit that I just wing it with the amount of each ingredient, but hey, they were super tasty!

  16. #
    Rally — June 15, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    Is the nutritional information per serving (of 2 tacos) or for 1 taco?

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      Dani — June 15, 2012 @ 8:06 am

      The nutritional info is for two tacos!

  17. #
    Jen — June 26, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    These look sooo good! I am always trying to find a NEW, fast, healthy meal. Thanks for sharing.

  18. #
    Kelly — June 30, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Turned out great although I think a little less cayenne pepper for the faint of mouth like me.

  19. #
    Patricia Walton — July 8, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    This was really good. I will use less cayenne pepper next time. Also I used bagged slaw mix and I didn’t warm it up as directed. I seasoned my shrimp with chili powder,olive oil, cumin and cilantro. I let it marinate while my wooden Skewers were soaking and then hit the shrimp with lime just before I put them on the grill and again afterward.

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    Melodi Cagle — July 19, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Oh my Goodness! I made these last night for my husband and I for our date night and WOW! The sauce was out of this world and I think the greek yogurt really adds to that! fast, easy, and healthy? YEP! I will be making this again soon! :) Thank you for sharing!

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    Monica — July 23, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for reposting! They were great! I used NM Red Chile powder because I couldn’t find my cayenne. Big thumbs up from the boys (my dad & husband).

  22. #
    Jenna — August 4, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I made these today and they were so good!! I added cummin, chilli powder and garlic. Yummy!! :)

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    David — August 6, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Great recipe, I just added 1 TBS of sugar to the sauce to cut down the acidity a little, and spinkled cajun spice on the shrimp while it was cooking instead of salt peper and cayenne.

    Turned out absolutely delicious!

  24. #
    Marny — August 15, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    These were great, but a bit too spicy. Next time I’d cut the cayenne by half– a little goes a long way for me. Regardless, it’s a great dish!

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    Kristen — August 22, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe – my family really enjoyed them! To save time, I bought a bag of Cole slaw mix instead of chopping cabbage. It tasted great and made your fast recipe even faster!

  26. #
    Rebecca — August 30, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    thank you for posting this recipe! as a college student, im always trying to find new recipes to make that are cheap, quick and healthy. this one exceeded my expectations. the only tweak i did was add garlic powder to the sauce… because who doesnt love garlic??

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    Alexis Williams — September 17, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

    Came across this recipe and was excited to make this!!! My kids really enjoyed the tacos, I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand and it was sooo easy to make!! Looking forward to making more of your recipes!!

  28. #
    Fran — October 26, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Does anyone know of a substitute for the cilantro…my family says it tastes like soap, so its not a popular ingredient

  29. #
    Kristi — December 26, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    Made these a while ago and they were SOOO good!! I don’t like corn tortillas so I used flour and my husband doesn’t like cabbage so we just used lettuce. Even with these small changes they were great!! Making them again soo!

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    sandjrose — January 3, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    Just made these for dinner tonight. OMGosh amazing with extra zing! Super easy no fuss meal and it was superb! Will do again for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Dani — January 8, 2013 @ 10:00 am

      You are very welcome;)

  31. #
    jill — January 7, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    did anyone ever find out if the nutritional value was based on 1 or 2 tacos? Counting calories and would like to know.

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      Dani — January 8, 2013 @ 9:56 am

      It’s for two tacos.

  32. #
    Emma Leeds — February 7, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Just finished eating these babies! Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

  33. #
    Mandy — March 22, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Made these tonight and they are delicious.

  34. #
    Lucy — March 24, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    omg these were to die for hahha my husband was licking his fingers but I added smoked paprika and a little balsamic vinegrette

  35. #
    Angie — March 30, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Made these for the second time last night and they were a total hit again! The sauce is so delicious. I wish my kids would go for the shrimp because I think they’d love it if they could get past the idea of it being something different as they love spicy. Oh well, my husband and all my dinner guests raved about these tacos. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

  36. #
    Chelsea — April 9, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    First time cooking (and eating!) Shrimp Tacos! They were great. I love how quick and easy they were. Delish!

  37. #
    kristen — April 19, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe, I made it last night with some shrimp I got from I had never ordered seafood online before (I thought it was kinda weird at first), but I was pleasantly surprised. Has anyone else tried ordering stuff like that online before? Any good recommendations?

  38. #
    Nikki — April 25, 2013 @ 6:17 pm

    Shrimp Tacos, Does The Nutritional Information Include The Tortillas?? Thanks!

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      Dani — April 28, 2013 @ 12:40 pm


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    rosalinda — May 7, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

    We tryed this recipe this weekend anf they where delicious…we have tryed some of your recipes and they have all been GREAT! Thank you !

  40. #
    Lizzie — May 14, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    Just made these for dinner and I’m amazed at how simply and delicious they were! I’m new to your site and can’t wait to try more recipes. Love the video demonstrations.

  41. #
    Isabel — July 17, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    Hi dani, love this recipe! But just a little curious about the cholesterol?? Is 850 correct?? It’s seems a bit much?? Thanks.

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      Dani — July 17, 2013 @ 5:37 am

      shrimp is high in cholesterol but remember, cholesterol it the diet does not create cholesterol in the body. Check out this video for a brilliant explanation of how cholesterol works from one of my favorite science/nutritional gurus:

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    Monica — October 15, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Thank you soooo much! I made these tonight. So yummy! I didn’t have any cayenne pepper for the sauce so I used Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning with has cayenne and other seasoning in it. Perfect!

  43. #
    Gigi — May 7, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    Dani your awesome I did the shrimp tacos and the family loved it!!!!
    I ate 4 OMG!!!!!


  44. #
    eva — September 6, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

    i notice you use kosher salt often.
    what is the difference and/or benefit to using kosher salt?
    and how is is different than sea salt??


    • #
      Dani — September 8, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

      The main reason I choose kosher salt is because I like the texture. It has larger granules and I find when all is said and done, I use less of it!

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