Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

These Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos are fast, flavorful, and topped with a zesty Cilantro Lime Slaw that will rock yours socks! Healthy, Dairy-Free, + Gluten-free

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw :: fast, flavorful, and topped with a zesty Cilantro Lime Slaw that will rock yours socks off!

Tacos. We need to talk about tacos.

My intro-writing skills are on point, amirite? Pass the cold brew; it’s gonna be a long day.

At one magical point in time, I began a love affair with fish tacos. I fell under their spell and haven’t been able to tear myself away ever since. If they’re an option on a menu, you bet your booty I’m ordering them. If the local seafood market has a sale? Fish tacos for everyone!!! I play favorites with my food and regret nothing.

Then one day I let my husband do the grocery shopping.

dun – dun – dun

Frozen shrimp were on sale. Buy one get one free, to be exact. And just like that, my deep freezer was filled with no less than six jumbo bags of shrimp.

But wait, there’s more. This darling pilot of mine did one more quick grocery run for me two weeks later and shrimp were on sale… AGAIN!

Naturally he forgot about all past transgressions and bought. more. shrimp.

I’m now terrified of my freezer.

From this point onwards, all tacos will be shrimp tacos.

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Spoiler alert: The moment these tacos entered my face I lost all fear of the shrimptastrophe my husband unleashed on our home because OMG THESE TACOS!

They’re so good.


Paul, if you’re reading this, thank you so much for your incompetence. Whoops! I mean- your awesomeness. You’re super awesome and I will totally make you these face rocking tacos this week. Also, sorry I didn’t share any the first time. #hungrygirlproblems

Ready for the recipe?!

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

These spicy slaw-topped shrimp tacos are legendary and I seriously cannot wait for y’all to try them! Serving a crowd? AWESOME! Double or triple the recipe as needed and get your shrimp taco on.

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw




Yield 4-6 tacos

These Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos are fast, flavorful, and topped with a zesty Cilantro Lime Slaw that will rock yours socks!


  • 8-12 soft corn tortillas (see notes)
  • 1 pound shrimp (fresh or frozen/thawed)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 TBSP avocado oil*
  • 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought ranch dressing**
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha Chili Sauce
  • 1 heaping cup finely shredded/chopped cabbage***
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • fresh chopped cilantro, to taste

*No avocado oil? No problem! Use olive oil, coconut oil, or your favorite healthy oil.

**If making these dairy-free, grab a paleo-friendly or dairy-free ranch or feel free to make your own at home! YUM!

***I used a combination of green and purple cabbage but feel free to use what you have on hand!


  1. Clean and peel shrimp, defrosting if needed. Lately we've been buying frozen, deveined, easy-peel shrimp. All I have to do is defrost, peel, and cook! You can also buy your shrimp already peeled if you'd like!
  2. Set prepped shrimp in the fridge, covered while you make your slaw and sauce.
  3. For the Sriracha Ranch, simply whisk together both ingredients. For a spicier sauce, add extra Sriracha to taste.
  4. For the Cilantro Lime Slaw, remove the stem/seeds/ribs from the jalapeño, cut into strips and mince. Combine with cabbage, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Cut your lime in half and add juice of half the lime into your slaw. Toss together and add as much cilantro as your heart desires! Slice the remaining half into wedges for your tacos. Adjust honey to taste and set aside to marinate while you cook the shrimp.
  5. Pat shrimp dry and season with paprika, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well to coat both sides.
  6. Heat a large pan or skillet to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP of oil and sauté your shrimp. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes until shrimp curl and become opaque. The cook time will depend on the heat setting you choose and the size of your shrimp, but regardless they’ll be perfectly cooked in a matter of minutes.
  7. Place your shrimp on a clean cutting board and chop into smaller pieces, much like you were coarsely chopping an onion. This extra step helps prevent the shrimp from dive-bombing out of your taco and onto your plate/lap/floor and makes them way easier to eat!
  8. Line your corn tortillas with shrimp and top with a hearty drizzle of sauce. Double up on corn tortillas if desired to prevent breakage (see notes) - I like to gently warm my corn tortillas up in the microwave or on a skillet before stuffing them. So good!
  9. Top with slaw, serve with lime wedges, and dig in!


TORTILLA TIP: The amount of tortillas you use will depend on two factors: how many you're serving and how full you're stuffing each tacos. If you're making 6 smaller tacos you may be able to get away with just 6 single tortillas. Stuffing the filling into 4 or 5 tacos? Double up on the tortillas to prevent tearing. I learned this trick from our local tex-mex restaurants and have been doubling up on my tortillas ever since! You can even double up if you're making 6 tacos - whatever works!

As for the cilantro, use as much or as little as you'd like!

Not a fan of cilantro? No problem! Skip the cilantro entirely and jazz up the flavor of your slaw using thinly sliced red onion instead.

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw :: fast, flavorful, and topped with a zesty Cilantro Lime Slaw that will rock yours socks off!

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw :: fast, flavorful, and topped with a zesty Cilantro Lime Slaw that will rock yours socks off!

Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Shoutout to Melanie who helped me taste test these magical spicy sriracha shrimp tacos. And by taste test, I mean we shoved them into our faces while standing over the kitchen island watching our children pelt each other with pillows. #momlife

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If you get a chance to try these spicy sriracha shrimp tacos let me know! You can leave me a comment here (love checking those daily!) or tag @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation! Can’t wait!

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  • Brittany

    I’ve made these tacos several times—easily a favorite in my house. Love the sweet and spicy combo.

  • MaddieLin

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was fast, easy and best of all it was delicious. I didn’t have Ranch Dressing on hand so I simply mixed Sirracha with a little mayo. I’m sure it would work as well with sour cream or yogurt. I’ll definitely make these again.

    • Thank you MaddieLin! The sauce will totally work with sour cream or yogurt too (sometimes I even do straight up Sriracha and fan my face like a fool LOL!) and I’m so glad they’ll make repeat status in your kitchen! Whooo!

  • Julie Guiler

    I cannot express how much we loved this recipe! Delicious and maybe the best thing I’ve ever made.

    • Gahhh yay!!! So so happy to hear it Julie, thank you!

  • Pam

    These were fantastic!!! Definitely going to be making these again, thanks for the recipe!

    • Thank you Pam! So happy you enjoyed them 🙂

  • Wow! I loved these. All of the flavors come together and seriously excite your taste buds. I’ve been looking for something different. These were seriously delightful.

  • Marci

    Amazing!!!! Love these soooo much! Adding to the dinner rotation! Thank you!

  • Jahara

    Sorry to hear you think of your husband as incompetent. No such thing as too much shrimp.

    • LOL He knows I’m just poking fun at him 🙂 I was the one to bring home two more bags of jumbo shrimp the following trip so I’m still on the same page of shrimp love for sure! xo

  • Tanecia

    Made these today exactly like the recipe except for the avocado oil and they were amazing!! Thank you!

  • Samantha

    I always look at comments when I’m considering a new recipe. It needs to be seen – THESE WERE AMAZING. flavorful and palate pleasing! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    • Gahhhh thank you Samantha!!!! I’m happy dancing over here 🙂 Beyond happy to hear you loved them!

  • Darren Fortner

    Made this tonight for my wife and daughter. BIG hit! The balance of sweet and heat was fantastic and we all raved about the bright freshness of the slaw. This was a home run that I will add to the rotation. Thank you!

    • Thank you Darren!!! So glad the tacos were a hit with the whole fam and I’m honored to make meal rotation status 🙂

  • Rachel

    This was so delicious!!! My husband said it’s the best thing I’ve ever made:)

    • Day = MADE! So happy to hear it Rachel, thanks! 🙂

  • Melanie

    Just finished these and I will definitely make them again. I can take the heat and these are perfect!

    • Woot! So glad you enjoyed them Melanie! 🙂

  • Guadalupe Vargas

    Never have I ever enjoyed reading a recipe as I did yours! You cracked me up at “dive-bombing shrimp”! I came across your Sriracha Shrimp Tacos recipe last night and went grocery shopping the next day!! My husband loved them and so did I! I am in love with the Cole Slaw!! I will definitely try more of your recipes! I love your ease of words! They’re easy to understand and I love the humor in them! Thank you for making these available to the public! I already followed your account on Instagram!!

    • Guadalupe you just brought the biggest smile to my face – thank you!! 🙂 Your sweet comment means the world to me and I’m so excited for you to try more of my recipes! xoxo

  • Lindsay

    I made these last night and they were so amazing! My entire family devoured them. I will definitely have to double this recipe next time. I was also very pleased with how quick and easy this was! It seems like such an indulgent, fancy meal but it’s kind of a low key lazy girl hack. One little snag I encountered though was the cilantro-lime slaw. I followed the instructions and then realized right before serving that the cilantro-lime slaw didn’t have any cilantro in it! I re-read the recipe twice and couldn’t find anything indicating cilantro in the slaw. This isn’t the biggest deal but if you’re following a recipe, it’s an easy step to miss. I just added some in there and it was great. I will most certainly be making these regularly.

    • So super glad you loved them Lindsay! Cracking up over low-key lazy girl hack (my new favorite phrase now!) and so sorry I’m a total space cadet and left out the part about adding the green stuff to the mix. (all fixed now – eek!) Stoked to make repeat status with this recipe for ya and thank you so so much for the sweet review! 🙂 xo

  • Christina

    I do love me some shrimp, but I’m going to be honest- I’ve never had sriracha…shocking, I know. So I was a little scared, but bought it anyway, lol. Let me tell you guys that sriracha ranch…perfect for shrimp. Plus I’m sure I’ll throw it on something else here since this single lady got to eat these things on her own ;P The slaw has a destiny too- it’ll be going on a chicken sandwich here in a day or two!! So if you’re iffy on whether or not to make them, dooo it!! Jenn’s not leading you astray here, they’re delicious 🙂

    • Beyond thrilled to hear it Christina, thank you so much! 🙂

  • Bre H.

    I LOVED these! I also added the Trader Joes Roasted Corn with Cojita cheese! Amazing. Thank you so much

  • Going to try these this week. They look so good!


  • Nice, glad for this happy accident of ingredients! I don’t like fish tacos generally, except for certain types of shrimp, this looks exactly like that type, I’ve never made it myself just had it on a menu, so thank you for this recipe and breaking it down, even like your tortilla selection (thin)!

  • Megan Jones

    Yum! But wouldn’t ranch count as dairy? Do you have a recipe to make dairy-free ranch? Thanks!

    • Hey Megan! You’re entirely right! There are some awesome paleo recipes available that are dairy-free (even in stores too like Primal Kitchen ranch and Organicville dairy-free ranch) – this one looks great: Paleo Ranch Dressing Recipe

  • Linda

    This recipe is winner winner lets have shrimp for dinner! I love your writing and your recipes…. they both bring a smile to my face. 🙂 Thank you for sharing. 

    • Linda you just brought a huge smile to my face, thank you! 🙂

  • Ellen

    This recipe is awesome. I’ve recommended it to my Facebook friends. Thanks for giving me a dish I can enjoy again and again!

    • Ellen your comment made me smile ear to ear – thank you so much! So thrilled you loved them! 🙂

  • These look amazing!

  • Yum! I love shrimp – they’re not my husband’s favorite but he has a bit of a taco obsession so I feel like these would be a perfect compromise for us 🙂

    • I feel like these babies could convert someone on the fence about shrimp. SO GOOD! Thanks Christina and I hope you get to try them super soon ❤️ 🙂

  • We don’t eat tacos nearly enough, nor are shrimps often on the menu… The bf doesn’t like seafood – poor me! But these look super delicious, so colourful! Can’t wait to try some!

    • I feel you! My husband always whimpered whenever I put quinoa or spaghetti squash on the menu, but now he willingly eats both thank goodness! Maybe offer him leftovers and make a half-portion of these tasty tacos for yourself? 🙂 Thanks Vivian! xo

  • Let’s taco bout how your writing cracks me up. Sriracha makes everything taste better.

    • Aw thanks Benny! Sriracha really does make the world go round — I put it on everything! 🙂