Wild Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp tacos are a summertime favorite in my house! This recipe can be made by grilling or sautéing marinated shrimp and assembling tacos with your favorite fixings. Also great for a crowd, there’s something for everyone with this versatile dish.

I advise to opt for wild shrimp over farmed shrimp whenever possible. Wild shrimp is healthier, cleaner, and I like to remind clients: “If you don’t know what they eat, you don’t know what you eat!” Choosing wild shrimp (and fish in general) helps to ensure you and your family are eating the best quality protein. 

Wild Shrimp Tacos

Recipe developed by Megan Wolf, MS, RD

Serves 4

1 pound wild shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil + more for cooking
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes [omit for a less spicy dish]
½ teaspoon salt

Pickled onions:
1 red or white onion, sliced
½ cup apple cidar vinegar
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon sugar

2 avocados
2 limes
½ cup tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon salt

Corn salsa:
2 ears corn, cooked and kernels removed
½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lime, juiced

Additional items:
8 corn tortillas, warmed right before serving
1 cup sour cream
3 limes, quartered
1 cup shredded quesillo cheese
½ cup cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine ingredients for shrimp, cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ingredients for pickled onions, cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
  3. Combine ingredients for guacamole and set aside.
  4. Mix ingredients for corn salsa and set aside.
  5. In a large non-stick pan, heat olive oil and cook shrimp until pink and cooked through, at least 5-8 minutes.
  6. Warm tortillas prior to serving.
  7. Assemble additional items and begin building tacos.
  8. Enjoy!
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Megan Wolf, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and the owner of Megan Wolf Nutrition, a New York City-based nutrition counseling and consulting private practice specializing in women's health. She holds a masters degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. Megan is an avid cook, public speaker, and aspiring cookbook author. She is active on social media and writes for her blog, The Domesticated Wolf. Follow her healthy living tips and recipe inspiration on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, or visit her website.