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Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Coleslaw Recipe

Add some homemade coleslaw to shrimp tacos to make a delicious and light weeknight meal perfect for your next Taco Tuesday.

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A few weeks ago we bought the ingredients to make some homemade coleslaw, and it was delicious! After that, we were all in the mood for other recipes that used coleslaw, so decided to think of something else to use a few ingredients that were leftover from other meals. There was about half of a cabbage in the refrigerator, some shrimp in the freezer, and a couple of corn tortillas left in the pantry. So if you put that together, you get shrimp tacos with creamy slaw!

Yes, I know it sounds like an odd combination, but stick with me here for a minute for a great option for your next taco night.

This recipe includes making a cabbage and carrot crunchy slaw to go with the tacos. You’ll also need to bread and fry the shrimp before adding them to your taco shell. We used the new cast iron skillet that I received as a gift a few months ago for the shrimp. I’m still learning how to use the skillet, but so far it’s been great!

If you don’t want to make your own coleslaw or need to save time, you can buy it packaged. We have now done it both ways. There are advantages to each method. Last time, when I used a bag of coleslaw mix, I added the dressing mixture from the recipe. Bagged coleslaw is usually very dry. For best results on this easy shrimp tacos recipe, it helps to have one with dressing to add flavor, especially since it only takes a couple of minutes to put together. 

In addition to the few garnish ideas in the recipe, you can also add sliced red onion, sour cream, smashed avocado, or your other favorite toppings. If you want cajun shrimp tacos, add a bit of cajun seasoning or chili powder or 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin to the flour mixture for the shrimp. 

Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw Step by Step

Ingredients

Coleslaw

  • 1 small green cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 small carrot (shredded)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Shrimp

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 12 oz shrimp (medium)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Tacos

  • 12 flour tortillas or corn tortillas
  • fresh cilantro (for garnish)
  • fresh lime juice or lime wedges (for garnish)

Preparation

Start making the coleslaw by shredding or thinly slicing the cabbage and adding it to a large bowl.

Add the shredded carrots and green onion to the shredded cabbage. In a small bowl combine the garlic, lime juice, mayonnaise, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour this mix over the cabbage and toss to combine it all together.

Coleslaw in a stainless steel bowl with a wooden backdrop

Place the coleslaw in the refrigerator (letting it sit while you cook the rest helps infuse the flavors) while you prepare the shrimp.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Dredge each shrimp in the flour mixture until it is coated.

Shrimp in a stainless steel bowl covered in flour on a wooden background

Heat your skillet over medium heat and fill with the oil to coat the bottom. Once it’s warm, add the seasoned shrimp in a single layer and cook for a few minutes on each side until they are golden brown and cooked through then let dry on paper towels.

Shrimp dredged in flour in a cast iron skillet

While the shrimp cooks, heat the tortillas according to the package instructions. To build your tacos, place warm tortillas on the plate, then top it with coleslaw followed by a few pieces of shrimp. Garnish with cilantro and a splash of lime juice as desired on top of the tacos.

Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw on a wooden board

Recipe

Originally Published On: May 14, 2018

Last Updated On: June 20, 2023

Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw

Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw

Add some homemade coleslaw to shrimp tacos to make a delicious and light weeknight meal perfect for your next Taco Tuesday.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
seafood
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shrimp
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tacos
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
Meat:
Seafood
Servings: 12 tacos
4.89 from 9 votes

Ingredients

Coleslaw
  • 1 small green cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 small carrot (shredded)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Shrimp
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 12 oz shrimp (medium)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Tacos
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • fresh cilantro (for garnish)
  • fresh lime juice or lime wedges (for garnish)

Instructions

Coleslaw
  • Start making the coleslaw by shredding or thinly slicing the cabbage and adding it to a large bowl
  • Add the shredded carrots and green onion to the shredded cabbage
  • In a small bowl combine the garlic, lime juice, mayonnaise, honey, salt, and pepper
  • Pour this mix over the cabbage and toss to combine it all together
  • Place the coleslaw in the refrigerator (letting it sit while you cook the rest helps infuse the flavors) while you prepare the shrimp
Shrimp
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika
  • Dredge each shrimp in the flour mixture until it is coated
  • Heat your skillet over medium heat and fill with the oil to coat the bottom
  • Once it’s warm, add the seasoned shrimp in a single layer and cook for a few minutes on each side until they are golden brown and cooked through then let dry on paper towels
Tacos
  • While the shrimp cooks, heat the tortillas according to the package instructions
  • To build your tacos, place warm tortillas on the plate, then top it with coleslaw followed by a few pieces of shrimp
  • Garnish with cilantro and a splash of lime juice as desired on top of the tacos.
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Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Tacos with Coleslaw
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 756mg32%
Potassium 283mg8%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 967IU19%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

48 thoughts on “Shrimp Tacos with Homemade Coleslaw Recipe”

  1. Shrimp tacos are my all time favorite meal. There is a place I go, that’s all I always order. Now, I know how to make my own, thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. I had never really had them before we made them at home. My mom is severely allergic to shellfish so I didn’t eat much seafood at all growing up and couldn’t when we were out to eat as a family. I’ve expanded my seafood palette a lot since I can as long as she isn’t in town.

  2. Yas! this one’s perfectly doable, so I’m adding this to my list of recipes to do. Haven’t had these before but sure looks wonderful. I’ll be the only one enjoying that since my man is not a fan of veggies lol

    1. I can say, I am not a fan of veggies either, but I do enjoy this meal. The coleslaw is made in a way that it isn’t overpowering. He could just add a bit less to his tacos than you do to try it out. I never liked coleslaw before making our own.

    1. I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve heard of others making fried tofu or other replacements. Maybe it’s something you could try for yours and make the shrimp for his.

  3. I absolutely love shrimp but I very rarely get a chance to eat it. Looks like now is the time to take matters into my own hands and make my own shrimp tacos! This recipe looks absolutely divine- can’t wait to try it!

    1. I was very surprised at how well it tasted on a taco. It wouldn’t work on a regular beef taco, but I’m sure there are others that would be wonderful with a good slaw on it!

    1. I hadn’t really had any shrimp tacos before this even though it’s a popular meal around here. But it was surprisingly really good and the coleslaw made it a perfect summer meal.

  4. these tacos sound lovely, perfect for the warm weather season ; ) I love fish tacos, so I can only imagine that these are amazing as well! YUM

  5. 4 stars
    This looks yummy and will only take a few minutes to prepare. I’ve never heard of this before and I do agree that this is really an odd combination. I guess that normally happens when you try to make the most of your leftover ingredients. But I can see in the picture that this is gonna be worth my try. Thanks for sharing! You are very creative.

    1. Yeah, we were really unsure at first, but it makes a delicious meal! It’s perfect for a warm-weather dinner, too, because it’s a very refreshing combination. It sounds odd, but trust me, it’s worth a try!

  6. I am a huge shrimp fan, my husband not so much. So I tend to do it for my lunches and I might have to do this for today! I have never had a shrimp taco and I think I need to fix that

    1. You could pretty easily meal-prep this meal for lunches. Make the shrimp and slaw ahead of time and then have a couple of days worth of lunches that you just have to put together.

  7. coleslaw is one of the things in life that can cheer me up no matter what! I love the concept of this recipe and I will definitely try out the coleslaw both the original version and maybe a vegan one if I can find the ingredients!

    1. I never liked coleslaw until we made it at home. Most of the ones I had tried were all very wet and I like mine crunchy. This one stays crunchy in the refrigerator even for a few days.

  8. What an interesting combo. Wouldn’t have thought to put coleslaw in tacos, but now I’m thinking about all the combinations I could have!

  9. 5 stars
    I’ve come to really enjoy coleslaw over lettuce on tacos. The crunch just can’t be beat! These look amazing and easy to make!

  10. 5 stars
    Shrimp tacos are one of my favorite things EVER! These look delicious. I usually do mine with roasted corn and cabbage. I’ll have to try cole slaw.

  11. 5 stars
    I would have never thought of combining shrimps with coleslaw, but it sure sounds yummy and quite interesting! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

  12. Melanie williams

    Tacos always seem to mean summer for us, so this could not be better timed. What I love about them is they can be Taylor made for all guests from shrimp to veggie options xx

    1. With four people in the house and four different food preferences, we like meals that can be customized. It’s a great way to all eat the same “meal” but have something we like.

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