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Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Cilantro Lime Sauce

This recipe is easy to follow and quick to make, so you can have restaurant-quality, spicy sauteed shrimp tacos in minutes. The spicy cilantro lime sauce adds a creaminess you’ll crave every time you make Mexican food!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 214 kcal


For the shrimp

  • 1 lb medium raw shrimp peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp hot sauce adjust based on spice preference
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the taco assembly

  • 7 to 9 flour or corn tortillas 4-inch
  • guacamole optional
  • 1/2 cup green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • fresh lime juice
  • cilantro chopped (additional)


  • In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and dried basil. Use this mixture to thoroughly coat all the shrimp.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add in the shrimp, lime juice, and soy sauce. Cook the shrimp until pink on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a food processor or blender, blend together the sour cream, buttermilk, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, hot sauce, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • To assemble the tacos, warm the corn tortillas and then start with a layer of homemade or store-bought guacamole and spread it on the bottom center of each tortilla. Then layer it with a small bunch of green cabbage followed by the cooked shrimp. Drizzle some of the cilantro-lime sauce over each taco and then top with a squeeze of lime juice, feta cheese, and chopped cilantro.
  • Plate and enjoy!


Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 16gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 1052mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 408IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 2mg