Easy Shrimp Tacos

by Pamela

Easy Shrimp Tacos

Taco Tuesday will be a breeze with these easy shrimp tacos. Nicely seasoned shrimp with your choice of toppings comes together in under 30 minutes to make a satisfying meal.

Ever since my last trip to San Diego, I’ve been craving fish tacos, but I didn’t have any fish around and I was just too lazy to jump in the car to go to the store. (Ever  have days like that?) Thankfully, I almost always have shrimp in the freezer for just such seafood emergencies. So instead of fish I made these delicious shrimp tacos.

Easy Shrimp Tacos

One of the things I usually don’t like about shrimp tacos, when I get them at a restaurant, is that the shrimp aren’t seasoned. They just cook them up in some butter and garlic and call it a day. I guess they figure since they’re tossing them into a tortilla and slopping a bunch of toppings on them they can call them shrimp tacos. Obviously I have a problem with that.

For these shrimp tacos, I coat them in a mild bunch of seasonings to give the shrimp flavor that will stand out in the taco. For this recipe I didn’t include any other recipes like for sauced toppings because I figure everyone has their own way of building a taco that they like. I did make mine with the usual suspects like onion, cabbage, tomatoes, avocado and a good topping of salty queso fresco. Craig likes to add a bit of hot salsa, but I like mine kinda plain so I can taste everything that’s in that tortilla.


You probably have all the seasonings needed for these shrimp tacos in your spice collection. There’s really nothing fancy in there. While I did use smoked paprika, you could easily use regular paprika and still have great flavor in the shrimp.

Make your Taco Tuesday easy and whip up some of these shrimp tacos. I know you’re going to really like them.

Easy Shrimp Tacos
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These easy shrimp tacos will make your Taco Tuesday easy to whip up. These shrimp tacos have spiced shrimp with all the toppings you could want on them.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound cleaned, de-veined shrimp
  • 1½ teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (can also use regular paprika instead)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  1. Add shrimp to a large bowl.
  2. Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Pour seasonings over shrimp and stir to thoroughly coat shrimp with the seasonings.
  4. Lightly coat a large saute pan with oil and heat over medium high heat.
  5. Once pan is hot, arrange shrimp in a single layer in the pan.
  6. Cook for 2 minutes per side, or until you notice that the shrimp are opaque.
  7. Remove shrimp from pan and build tacos.
Build tacos with whatever your favorite toppings/fillings are. Each person should get 2 tacos.


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Patti June 13, 2016 at 9:50 am

I agree with you that some places don’t season the shrimp enough. I like the combination of spices that you have used for the shrimp. I will have to give these a try.

Pamela June 13, 2016 at 11:08 am

Thanks Patti, I hope you like them. 🙂

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