Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

We love tacos. We reallllllly love tacos. My family could eat tacos every single night of the week, every single week of the year but sometimes you just have to mix things up. One of the ways I do that is with what I put in my tacos. Tacos can be more than ground beef, I know, it’s true. Enter this easy cilantro lime shrimp tacos recipe. They are on heavy rotation on our weekly meal plan.

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Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

Once I got my family on board to the idea that tacos could be made in lots of different ways, these became a major hit. Not only, are they full of flavor, they are so easy to throw together in under 20 minutes which means it’s perfect a meal for a busy night of kid’s activities.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Ingredients

Let’s start by making the hardest part of the meal (which is not hard at all), the cilantro lime shrimp!

  • 2 12 oz. packages of medium peeled, deveined shrimp (80-100 shrimp)
  • 1 Medium Lime, juiced or 3 T. Lime Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Cilantro (or 1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro)
  • Dash of salt & pepper

How Much Does This Recipe Make?

I cook for a family of 6 and a growing teenage boy who eats about half of every meal I make. This meal feeds us with minimal leftovers. On average, 20-25 street tacos (which are smaller).

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Instructions

The hardest part of this meal is to remember to thaw your shrimp. You can certainly run warm water over them but just make sure to pat them dry. Since, we are going to use these shrimp in tacos, I like to remove the tails prior to cooking.

Then, place the thawed, dried shrimp in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of dried cilantro, 3 tablespoons of lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to coat and allow to rest in the marinade for 15-20 minutes. I usually get the rest of the meal ready because the shrimp don’t take long to cook.

Pour the shrimp mixture into a greased skillet and allow to cook on medium heat until moisture is absorbed and shrimp are cooked through, stirring often so they don’t stick to the pan. It takes less than 10 minutes usually. Don’t cook too long, the shrimp can get rubbery!

It’s Time To Make Some Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

While the shrimp are marinating and cooking, I like to pull out all the toppings. For this recipe, I often use a southwest salad kit or avocado salad kit. The salad kit adds good flavor and can be tossed together in just a few minutes. We also love to top our shrimp tacos with feta cheese, a little sour cream, guacamole and fresh salsa. For a little extra spice, top with Frank’s Red Hot.

My kids love to make their own tacos so we usually serve tacos buffet style so they can make them as they wish. Plus, buffet style meals are so much easier to clean-up on busier week nights and help with portion control since you have to get up to get more!

Psst…I love the Mission flour street tacos best for this recipe. They are a little smaller and fluffier but they are so good. Nope, this isn’t sponsored, we just love them.

What Else Can You Make with Cilantro Lime Shrimp?

This easy cilantro lime shrimp recipe would be delicious on top of a burrito bowl, served over a taco salad, or dished up with some fajita vegetables. The options are endless. I promise you once you try them, they will be a home run with your family!

Try the Grill – A Simple Twist

Prepare the shrimp the same way but once they have marinated, skewer them and grill them for 5 minutes on each side. It’s a fun and different way to serve them up!

Yield: 6 servings

Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

easy cilantro lime shrimp street tacos

Delicious and easy cilantro lime shrimp tacos are a fun and simple way to mix up taco night.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 12 oz. deveined, peeled, frozen medium shrimp (80-100 shrimp)
  • 3 T. Lime Juice (1 medium lime, juiced)
  • 1 T. Dried Cilantro (1/4 C. fresh, chopped cilantro)
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • Tortillas
  • Taco Toppings - guacamole, cheese, lettuce & salsa


  1. Thaw shrimp according to package specifications and take the tails off prior to cooking. Pat the shrimp dry.
  2. Place thawed shrimp in with 1 T. dried cilantro, 3 T. lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper into a bowl. Toss together and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Cook the shrimp in a greased skillet on medium heat, stirring regularly so they don't stick. Cook for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with tortillas and taco toppings.


We like to use Mission brand flour street taco shells, feta cheese and a southwest salad kit with our tacos.

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