BEST Low Carb Keto Shrimp Tacos can be made in less than 20 minutes. These quick and easy keto shrimp taco lettuce wraps are easily customizable for everyone in your house. The avocado cilantro dressing drizzled over the tacos adds a fresh creamy taste that takes these tacos to a whole new level.
For those of you in a house with mixed dietary needs and children, no worries! You can wrap in lettuce or use taco shells - just top with their favorite toppings, and you're good to go! This is a flexible recipe.
Why You'll Love Keto Shrimp Tacos
"These shrimp tacos are SUPER easy and have tons of flavor. I highly recommend the Avocado Cilantro Dressing - it's so good. You can skip if you're in a hurry, though." -Kori
Quick and Easy
Dinner in less than 20 minutes! Perfect 🙂 The ingredients in this recipe are simple and straightforward. Most of the effort is chopping as shrimp take only a few short minutes to cook in a skillet.
To make this recipe go even faster, pre-make the taco seasoning in advance. Make extra and store it for future tacos - beef, chicken, fish, or shrimp. If you don't feel like making a homemade taco seasoning, just use some of a store-bought seasoning packet.
If you are in a huge hurry, you don't have to make the avocado cilantro dressing - it adds a ton of flavor, but you can skip it. If you want, you can mix a little sour cream and salsa (red or green) to make a super quick dressing as an alternative.
The sauteed shrimp that are cooked in the taco seasoning mix combined with the freshness of the rest of the ingredients plus that avocado cilantro dressing is out of this world.
If you've got NON-low carb keto followers to serve these with flour tortillas. If you've got kids, I can't promise they will try the green dressing, but you can essentially fix these tacos like you would any other - with their favorite toppings. 🙂
Gluten-Free, Low Carb, and Keto
Only 4.1 grams of net carbs! With such low carbs, 30.6 grams of fat, and 20.8 grams of protein, these keto shrimp tacos should fit your daily fat, carb, and protein requirements nicely.
Add even more healthy fat by using sour cream, additional cheese, and topping with diced avocado.
You can find the full nutritional analysis at the bottom of the recipe card, but here are the most important numbers if you are following a low carb and ketogenic diet:
30.6 g fat | 4.1 g net carbs | 20.8 g protein
How to Serve
Shrimp tacos are really a meal in one, but having a vegetable side is a great option. Here are a few ideas of how you could serve these tacos:
- You could serve your tacos in a chaffle. More information can be found in my 20+ Best Chaffles To Make (Keto Waffle Recipes) post. Scroll down to the taco chaffle sections. These are quite good! 🙂
- Serve with a side of fresh steam vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower.
- A side of riced cauliflower is nice.
- Use low carbohydrate tortillas to serve the shrimp tacos instead of lettuce leaves. This will depend on your daily nutritional requirements, of course. I am following a keto diet and do not use flour, so tortillas are out for me.
Ingredients and Tools
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make keto shrimp tacos. For exact amounts see recipe card! 🙂
- Shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tail removed (large to jumbo size)
- Seeking Good Eat's Taco Seasoning Recipe or store-bought taco seasoning packet
- Olive oil
- Napa cabbage
- Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled (grated cheddar cheese is fine too)
- Optional taco toppings: diced tomato, green onion, and cilantro
Avocado Cilantro Dressing
- Avocado, ripe
- Heavy cream (or unsweetened almond milk)
- Olive oil
- Onion, diced
- Garlic, minced
- Lime juice
- Jalapeno pepper, diced (seeds removed)
- Kosher salt
Here are a variety of ways you can make substitutions or customize your shrimp taco recipe:
- Use lettuce instead of napa cabbage. Napa cabbage works really well for making wraps as it holds together nicely. Any favorite lettuce that has large enough leaves to wrap your taco ingredients will work perfectly, though.
- Skip the dressing and use your own favorite sauce. Just mixing a little sour cream and salsa makes a great topping for tacos too!
- Use different cheeses - jack, pepper jack, colby jack, cheddar, and any other favorite Mexican cheese all work great.
- Skip the cheese and use unsweetened almond milk to make this recipe dairy free.
- Use fish instead of shrimp. A white fish, tilapia, cod, or even salmon work great in fish tacos. Coat fish in taco seasoning and sear in the skillet until fish flakes with a fork.
- Play around with toppings. I love my shrimp tacos with green onion and diced tomatoes. You could just as easily add diced red or yellow onion, diced avocado, red or green salsa, sour cream, olives, etc.
Step by Step Instructions
Here's how to make these delicious shrimp tacos. You'll be surprised how easy it is! 🙂
Prep and assemble all of your ingredients.
Make Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Place the avocado, cream, olive oil, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until creamy, thick, and smooth.
Taste and adjust salt as needed. If the salad dressing is too thick for your liking, add water or additional cream to dilute and make it runnier.
Cook The Shrimp
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil then saute shrimp for 2 minutes. Sprinkle taco seasoning over shrimp, add the water, and saute until shrimp turn pink and any liquid is absorbed.
Assemble the tacos by taking a large cabbage leaf, then layering sliced cabbage, shrimp, and cheese. Add any additional topping that you might enjoy (I love green onion and diced tomato). Drizzle with dressing and serve.
- To make this recipe go extra fast, pre-make the taco seasoning in advance. Make extra and store it for future tacos - beef, chicken, fish, or shrimp.
- Adjust the amount of taco seasoning as you see fit. I highly recommend using my homemade taco seasoning recipe. It's super easy to make and is much healthier than the store-bought packets! I often double and triple the recipe then store it in an airtight container for later use.
- Only cook the shrimp until they turn pink. This usually takes only a few minutes (4 to 5).
Can I make shrimp tacos ahead of time?
You can prep your ingredients, make the dressing, and pre-cook your shrimp in advance (up to 3 days). Don't assemble until you are ready to eat. Gently warm the shrimp in the microwave so they don't turn rubbery.
How can I increase the healthy fat in the recipe?
You can increase the healthy fat in this recipe by garnishing the tacos with diced avocado and using additional sour cream and cheese. You can also use additional heavy cream in the Avocado Cilantro Dressing.
How can I lower the fat in this recipe?
You can lower the fat in this recipe by using a skim milk or an unsweetened almond milk in the dressing. You can also reduce the amount of cheese, or not use any at all.
Can I use precooked shrimp?
You can use precooked shrimp although you have to be careful not to overwarm the shrimp as they will easily become rubbery. I would toss the shrimp with the taco seasoning then saute in a skillet (medium-high) heat with 2 tbsp olive oil for only a couple of minutes - just until the shrimp are warm.
Here are several more recipes with shrimp that you might enjoy:
- Bruschetta Chicken Skillet Recipe (Keto Low Carb)
- Reuben Bake With Meatballs (Keto Reuben Casserole)
- Healthy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (Low Carb Keto)
- Keto Chicken Pot Pie Casserole (Low Carb Gluten Free)
All of the healthy chicken recipes below are low carb, gluten-free, sugar-free, and ketogenic. Enjoy! 🙂
- Dry Rub Grilled Chicken
- Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
- Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Bake
- Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken (Keto Low Carb)
- Buffalo Chicken Burgers (Low Carb Keto Burgers)
- Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup (Low Carb Keto Soup Recipe)
- Green Enchiladas Chicken Soup (Keto Slow Cooker Mexican Soup)
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