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Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

In under 30 minutes you can make up this easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos recipe! Make up these healthy and gluten-free tacos for a quick dinner on a busy weeknight.

Course Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 479 kcal


Blackened Shrimp

  • 1 ½ lbs. shrimp jumbo, deveined, tails removed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ⅛-¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. oregano dried
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt plain, dairy-free
  • cup cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Tacos & Toppings


  1. Place deveined shrimp in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings over shrimp and toss to combine.
  4. Place butter or oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add half of the shrimp to the skillet. Cook shrimp for 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining shrimp.

  5. While shrimp are cooking add yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth.

  6. Serve shrimp in a toasted corn tortilla with cilantro-lime yogurt sauce, red cabbage, avocado, and additional cilantro.  See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #3.

Recipe Notes

**Nutritional information is calculated for 2 tacos.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: To save even more time, shred the cabbage and prepare the sauce in advance.
  • To Store: Keep the prepared sauce and leftover cooked shrimp in separate airtight container in the refrigerator. Store for up to 3 days. Wait until serving to slice the avocado and toast the tortillas.
  • To Reheat: Warm the shrimp in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Go easy. Buy shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined.
  • Get toasty. Warm your tortillas in a hot cast iron pan.
  • Make it low-carb. Ditch the tortillas and serve the shrimp, sauce, and toppings over cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 445mg148%
Sodium 1895mg82%
Potassium 593mg17%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 26.2mg32%
Calcium 343mg34%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.