Easy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Citrus Sauce

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These easy shrimp tacos are bursting with flavor, topped with a delicious, creamy cilantro citrus sauce, and the perfect dinner to make on even the busiest of Taco Tuesdays!

a close up of the top view of a platter of three shrimp tacos filled with avocado, red cabbage, seared shrimp, and a creamy green yogurt sauce sitting on a marble surface

I LOVE a good shrimp taco, y’all. Really, I love shrimp in any form, but a good shrimp taco will always be a go-to restaurant order for me. These shrimp tacos are far and away the best I’ve had in a LONG time, and it’s a wonderful bonus that they can be whipped up in my own kitchen in only 30 minutes. That means that I get to enjoy the best shrimp tacos WHENEVER. I. WANT! 

Ingredients

These easy shrimp tacos require several seasonings and spices (all of which are likely hanging out on your spice rack already), a handful of ingredients for the dreamy, creamy Cilantro Citrus sauce that *makes* these tacos, and any taco garnishes that you love!  

For the Shrimp

  • Jumbo Shrimp – you’ll need about a pound and a half of peeled and deveined raw shrimp for these tacos. 
  • Lime Juice – 2 tablespoons of lime juice (freshly squeezed is best, so you’ll need 1 lime here!),…
  • Spices + Seasonings – …2 teaspoons of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon of oregano, ¾ teaspoon of sea salt, and a ½ teaspoon of pepper give this shrimp its incredible flavor!
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – to cook the shrimp, we’ll use a tablespoon or so of extra-virgin olive oil.

For the Cilantro Citrus Sauce

  • Greek Yogurt – the bulk of our sauce is made up of 1 cup of full-fat Greek yogurt (our absolute favorite is Stonyfield’s whole milk organic Greek yogurt – the taste and texture just can’t be beat!). Greek yogurt is actually what makes this sauce so creamy and delightful!
  • Orange Juice – you’ll also need 3 tablespoons of orange juice, and…
  • Lime Juice – …2 tablespoons of lime juice to give this sauce a good kick of citrus!
  • Fresh Cilantro – what would a Cilantro Citrus sauce be without cilantro?! You’ll need ⅓ cup of packed cilantro (stems and leaves) here, as well as…
  • Garlic – …1 clove of garlic!

For the Tacos

  • Tortillas – we love nestling our shrimp and toppings inside warmed corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour tortillas or any tortillas you love most! 
  • Cabbage – shredded red cabbage (green cabbage works too!) adds the perfect crunch to our tacos while making them especially pretty! Feel free to chop a head of cabbage on your own, or buy the pre-shredded stuff to keep things easy!
  • Avocado – who doesn’t love avocado as taco topper?! You’ll need 1 sliced avocado here, but feel free to use more if you’d like!
  • Cheese – crumbled queso fresco (or Cotija cheese) finish our shrimp tacos off beautifully!

the side view of a platter of shrimp tacos (filled with seared shrimp, sliced avocado, red cabbage, and a creamy green yogurt sauce) sitting next to a bowl filled with more sauce all sitting on a marble surface

How to Make Shrimp Tacos

  1. Whisk Together the Lime Juice + Seasonings – in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, then add the shrimp and toss well to coat.
  2. Cook the Shrimp – heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the shrimp, working in 2 batches if needed (be careful not to overcrowd the pan!), and cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes, until browned, then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, until the shrimp turn white and begin to curl in on themselves, then remove from heat.
  3. Make the Cilantro Citrus Sauce – to make the cilantro citrus sauce, add the sauce ingredients (Greek yogurt, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic) to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Assemble, Serve, and Enjoy – to serve, spoon the shrimp into a warm tortilla, then top with the shredded cabbage, avocado slices, cotija cheese, spoon the creamy cilantro sauce over top, and serve!

Shrimp Taco Toppings

If I wrote a book on taco toppings, would you read it? I feel like it could be a best-seller…I mean, WHO DOESN’T LOVE TACO TOPPINGS?! Honestly, the sky’s the limit here – if you have a taco topping must-have, add it to your grocery list! Here are a few of our favorites:

Slaw instead of Cabbage

Homemade Salsa

More Toppings

  • Grilled Veggies
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream

What goes with shrimp tacos?

Scoop up salsa verde, pico de gallo, or mango salsa with your favorite tortilla chips for a pre-dinner snack, and then serve this shrimp taco recipe alongside a bowl of black beans, rice (if you wish!), and a Fresh Lime & Jalapeno Margarita to spice things up!  

the top view of a platter of shrimp tacos (filled with seared shrimp, sliced avocado, red cabbage, and a creamy green yogurt sauce) sitting next to a bowl filled with more sauce all sitting on a marble surface

How to Store Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp typically tastes best on the same day it was cooked, but it can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days if needed. Because of that, we don’t recommend meal prepping shrimp, but you can certainly save your leftovers! Store each taco component separately, and then assemble your tacos when you’re ready to enjoy them!  

What else can I use Greek yogurt for?

TONS of things, actually! This dinner was actually created as a 3-part quick dinner series in which each dinner utilizes the tangy goodness of Greek yogurt! Grab a quart of Stonyfield's plain Greek yogurt for this shrimp taco dinner and then use the leftover yogurt to make bold Thai Red Curry Buddha Bowls and an easy-peasy Creamy Chicken Piccata later in the week.

We hope you enjoy these easy shrimp tacos on your next taco night – they've got so much flavor, so we know won't be disappointed!

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Easy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Citrus Sauce

a close up of the top view of a platter of three shrimp tacos filled with avocado, red cabbage, seared shrimp, and a creamy green yogurt sauce sitting on a marble surface

These shrimp tacos are packed with flavor and come together in no time!

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Ingredients

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the Cilantro Citrus Sauce

For the Tacos:

  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded purple cabbage, for garnish
  • 1 avocado, sliced, for garnish
  • Queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbled, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, then add the shrimp and toss to coat.
  2. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the shrimp, working in 2 batches if needed, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until browned, then flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, until the shrimp turn white and begin to curl in on themselves, then remove from heat.
  3. To make the sauce, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. To serve, spoon the shrimp into corn tortillas, then top with the shredded cabbage, avocado slices, and cotija cheese. Spoon the sauce over top and serve!

Notes

  • For dairy-free: replace the Greek yogurt with mayo, and omit the cheese
  • For grain-free: use grain-free tortillas, or serve bowl-style over cauliflower rice
  • For Paleo: follow the dairy- and grain-free substitutions above
  • For low-carb: serve bowl-style over cauliflower rice
  • For low-FODMAP: omit the garlic powder, garlic clove, and follow the dairy-free modifications above.

Keywords: shrimp, tacos, easy, healthy, baja

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  1. Katy says:

    These tacos were AMAZING!!! 10/10 would recommend! I get nervous cooking seafood – this was my first time cooking shrimp – but it was super simple and easy to do!!