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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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 214kcal


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: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1052mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg