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  • Writer's pictureNicole Kuhn

Fried Shrimp Tacos

I absolutely love fried shrimp and putting them in a taco? Count me in. These fried shrimp can be fried normally or in an air fryer. Topped with a cabbage slaw, tangy pickled red onions, and a cilantro lime sauce these tacos are the perfect meal for any night of the week- not just Taco Tuesday!




PREP: 20 min. COOK: 10 min. TOTAL: 30 min.



for the cilantro lime sauce:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tbsp. sour cream

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tbsp. lime juice

for the slaw:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cabbage, finely shredded

for the pickled red onions:

  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt


for the pickled red onions:

  • In a bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, water, salt, and sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved.

  • Add the red onions and mix well. Store in the fridge until ready to assemble.

for the sauce and slaw:

  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the cilantro lime sauce.

  • Combine a few tablespoons of the cilantro lime sauce in a bowl with the shredded cabbage. Toss until evenly combined.

  • Set aside until ready to assemble.

If shallow frying in oil:

  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep large pot to 350 degrees F.

  • Toss the shrimp in the shrimp fry until completely coated.

  • Cook shrimp in batches for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.


  • Begin by warming the tortillas.

  • Assemble the tacos to your liking with shrimp, slaw, pickled onions, and cilantro lime sauce.

  • Squeeze and wedge of lemon or lime atop your tacos and enjoy!

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