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! These healthy shrimp tacos are the best!

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
5 from 31 votes

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!

Recipe yields 4-6 tacos.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 192 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 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 (or favorite healthy oil)
  • 1/4 cup homemade or store-bought ranch dressing*
  • 1 TBSP Sriracha
  • 1 cup finely shredded/chopped cabbage** (green, red, or both!)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • fresh chopped cilantro to taste


  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!

Recipe Notes

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

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.

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 190mg 63%
Sodium 751mg 31%
Potassium 164mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 16.2%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

:: pin it for later ::

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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  • Melanie

    These are freaking delish!! Wow! Easy to make, pretty healthy and yummy cold or hot!!
    Can’t wait to make these again!

    • I legit can’t stop making them! So glad you’re loving the recipe, Melanie. Thanks!

  • Molly

    OMG soooo good! I just made these, but made a few changes based on my tastes and what I had on hand. I used smoked paprika vs. regular paprika on the shrimp, then added feta, diced tomatoes, and diced onion. Best tacos I’ve ever had!!!

  • Janet

    Love love love these tacos! Had to make a substitution: used avocado poblano dressing because I didn’t have ranch dressing. This is definitely a keeper recipe!!

  • Ama

    Omg!! I made this for dinner today. It was so delicious! This is my first time ever making shrimp tacos. This tastes so much better than any shrimp tacos I’ve had at restaurants. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Sonya S

    So yummy !!!! And easy !!!

    Big hit with my teens!

  • Katie

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! I made the shrimp exactly as was suggested. I made the regular ranch siracha and the dairy free ranch siracha to meet the needs of our family. (I just didn’t have dill in my pantry, so I made the DF dressing without it and it was still fantastic.) For the slaw, when I was making it, I was nervous a whole jalepeño would be too spicy for my kids, so I added 1/3 of one and about 1 1/2c slaw since I had a lot of juice. I will add more jalepeño next time, since it wasn’t too spicy. I cooked our corn tortillas in canola spray in a pan on the stove and I topped the tacos with avocado and served it with Mexican rice and beans. Nothing was too spicy and the flavor blended beautifully. I will definitely make these flavorful, restaurant quality tacos again.

  • Stefani

    These were delicious paired with homemade tortillas. The recipe was easy to follow and quick to make.

  • This was a huge hit with my family. Question though, I somehow have extra slaw, any ideas on what to pair it with so it doesn’t go to waste? Thanks!!!

    • So glad you enjoyed it Laney, thanks!

      We love putting leftover slaw on top of refried bean tostadas (bake a corn tortilla spritzed with oil until crispy or use premade crunchy taco shells baked and pulled apart into halves – top with refried beans, cheese, and taco toppings + slaw) and I’ll often stir it into an empty-the-crisper salad with mix-ins like kale, quinoa, corn, etc… And for a third option (lol!) we love it on this Mexican Kale Salad: https://peasandcrayons.com/2018/04/mexican-kale-salad.html

      Hope this helps! xoxo

  • Brina Hatcher

    Best tacos I have ever made. My husband loved them. These will be a new staple in our household!

  • Kelly Hollimon

    LOVED these! Thanks for a new recipe!

  • Jen C.

    We noshed on these babies poolside one afternoon!! Holy Yum! Rarely do all the different components of a recipe stand up on their own. The Siracha Ranch, Cilatro Lime Slaw, and seasoned shrimp combined are fabulous yet can definitely be incorporated into other recipes. Total deliciousness!

    • I could legit eat these forever! So super stoked you enjoyed them! Thank you!!

  • Peggy Griffin

    Very nice! I added 1T ancho chili to the shrimp spice. I did not have cabbage, so I used thinly sliced romaine, tomato, jalapeño, scallions and avocado. And shells (I would post a picture if I knew how!) instead of soft. Really good!

  • Hannah

    Soso good!! I was cooking for people who are not shrimp eaters so I substituted tilapia instead and we all loved it! The flavors blend so well together. Would be an awesome healthy alternative with some cauliflower rice and make it a bowl.

  • These were fantastic. I have been looking for a shrimp taco recipe so decided to try these and they were awesome! Great flavor combination!

  • Kenya

    This recipe is amazing. I was hesitant abt adding cilantro.. the heat of jalapenos and then the tartness of apple cider vinegar tigether made me cringe but decided to give it a try and man!! I was blown away! Loved it!! Thanks for sharing

    • So super glad you enjoyed it Kenya and that you decided to give it a shot! I love these tacos like woah!

  • Kristi Z

    TERRIFIC!!! This recipe is a definite keeper…hubby even said, “you can make this again!” which is something he never says. The various flavors really work well together. My favorite part was the honey/vinegar with the spiciness. I used flour tortillas and green cabbage because that’s what I had. I added fresh chopped garlic and ginger to the shrimp dry rub. I made the slaw just with honey, apple cider vinegar and black pepper because I didn’t have lime and I thought adding hot pepper at this point would make the dish too spicy for our tastes. I whipped up the siracha/ranch sauce without referring to the recipe. After taste testing it, I decided to add some sour cream to tone it down. I had some corn to get rid of, so I made a corn, red onion and tomato salsa to top off this delicious meal. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Joelle

    Everything about this recipe was delish! Thank you…following you now on, well everything! 🙂

  • AnneMarie oliveira

    I made these with slight variations- Delicious! I added green onion and diced apple to the slaw, and mixed the siracha with Greek yogurt.Also used flour tortillas because that’s what I had on hand. Definitely will be making these again and again. Thanks Jenni


    Most things I try from Pinterest end up being “fails”. This was so easy, and even looked like the picture. I made the coleslaw earlier in the day because I think coleslaw is best the next day.

  • Kelly

    Delicious. Not a huge fan on super spicy, so I substituted salsa for the sriracha and it was still amazing. Such a great combination of flavors.

  • Kristen

    I actually got to this recipe through your pickled veggie one since you said it’s good in these! I was wondering, do you do the slaw, siracha sauce and pickled veggies all on top? That seems like a lot going on but maybe it’s just right?

    • Hey Kristen! Yes we’re totally loving the pickled veggies on these tacos! What I’ll usually do is the pickled veggies in place of the slaw (this comes in handy for a flavor boost when I’m out of cabbage and/or jalapeños!) and then still add the sauce! I’ll layer the sauce first, then the shrimp, then the pickled veg in this case. Hope you get a chance to try them soon and love them as much as we do! 🙂

  • I made these on Thursday night, took less than an hour. I froze the extra cilantro in a zippy bag which worked out well because I made them again last night. Absolutely delicious, quick and added bonus– all the ingredients are available at Trader Joe’s. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes out. Thank You so much for taking the time to share. xoxoxo

  • 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! 🙂

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