Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos are super easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Make a few freezer meal kits of spice and seafood, and you can enjoy these tacos at the drop of a hat.

Grilled Shrimp or Fish Tacos - Grilled Shrimp or Fish Tacos are super easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Make a few freezer meal kits of spice and seafood, and you can enjoy these fish tacos at the drop of a hat.

I was never in love with fish tacos until we moved to San Diego. One random Saturday afternoon we wandered into a little taco stand in La Jolla. A lot of La Jolla is upscale and ritzy. To be honest I often feel quite out of place. It’s very reminiscent of Beverly Hills.

This taco place was not. It was actually a 1960s tract house that had been converted into a restaurant, with the 1960s decor to match — right down to the shag carpet and the armed dining chairs on wheels. It was pretty trippy. Especially since I don’t think they were going for the retro look.

However, the food was fantastic. We ordered both grilled and fried fish tacos, and they were fantastic. The white sauce contrasting with the juicy tomato, acrid onion, and crisp fish just made it “Happiness on a Plate.”

And I don’t even like fish.

We’ve since tried our hand at making fish tacos at home. Since we’re trying to eat better, we haven’t busted out the deep fryer, but instead, have settled for grilled fish tacos instead. Hubs makes up a batch of corn tortillas while I add this spice mix to a bowl of shrimp or rub it onto shark or cod steaks. We add shredded lettuce or cabbage, diced tomato, chopped onion, Yogurt-Dill Dressing, and some avocado if we have it.

And you know what the result is? That’s right. Happiness on a plate.

Grilled Shrimp or Fish Tacos are super easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Make a few freezer meal kits of spice and seafood, and you can enjoy these fish tacos at the drop of a hat.

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Grilled Shrimp Tacos are super easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Make a few freezer meal kits of spice and seafood, and you can enjoy these tacos at the drop of a hat.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: shrimp tacos
Servings: 12 tacos
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 pound shrimp medium 31-40 count, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons Spicy Seafood Rub
  • 12 corn tortillas preferably homemade
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 batch Yogurt-Dill Dressing
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with oil and the spice rub. Allow to marinate while you heat the grill. Cook the shrimp on the grill until pink and cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, you can sauté the shrimp in a skillet on the stovetop.
  3. Heat the tortillas on a hot griddle or wrap in foil and heat on the grill. Lay out the tortillas on a work surface.
  4. Divide the cooked shrimp among the tortillas. Top with cabbage, tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, and avocado slices. Drizzle with the yogurt dressing. Serve the tacos with lime wedges on the side.
Recipe Notes


To make this as a freezer meal, store the spice mix in a small tiptop bag and place it and the package of seafood together in a larger bag as a "kit" to keep in the freezer until ready to prepare. 

Adaptation: Feel free to swap out the shrimp for 2 white fish steaks. Brush the steaks with oil and sprinkle with the spice rub. Once cooked, slice the steaks into pieces that will fit within the tacos.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1 taco.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 298mg13%
Potassium 168mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 67mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Sarah says

    Rubio’s (chain in California)…we go evertime we go down to Cali for vacation! The BEST fish tacos!!!

    • Jessica says

      I’ve had those. They are yummy.

  2. Paige says

    These look great Jessica! Have you ever tried making them with already cooked shrimp? I have a 2-lb bag in the freezer and was wondering how I could modify the recipe to make those work . . . Happy 4th!

    • Jessica says

      I don’t ever buy those because I worry that they will get tough on reheat. How do you normally reheat them? I imagine if you tossed them with a little olive oil and the spice and then heat how you normally do (or vice versa), I would think that would work. Tell us how it goes, Paige.

  3. Angela says

    I’m not a fan of fish either, but i love fish tacos!! We’re in VA, so no place to get them around here, but I send my husband out fishing (yes, such a chore, i know) and we grill them. I don’t put anything on the fish other than salt to grill it, but I always make two different salsas to put on them. On another note, when I was in San Diego years ago, I actually had a lobster burrito. I was skeptical at first, but WOW!!

  4. Mikki says

    Yummy!!! These look delicious!

  5. Mandi says

    I’m pretty sure we tried to eat at that same La Jolla taco place on Sunday but they closed early for the 4th. (We were visiting family.) We were very disappointed!

    I was actually planning on trying the CA burritos- carne asada, cheese, fries, and guac. The fries sound weird but my sister in law swears they are really good!

    I had fish tacos for the first time in Costa Mesa. They were great! (I was skeptical before.)

    • Jessica says

      That is funny! I think it has a woman’s name in the title….

  6. Lisa says

    Oh my GOODNESS!!! I made these last night and my entire family LOVED them, even my one child who is a bit on the picky side. Thank you for sharing!

    I do have a question if you have time to answer…. do you know how long the yogurt-dill dressing is good for? We loved these so much, we are inviting family over this weekend and making some more! I have a lot of the “white sauce” leftover and hate to see it go to waste, but I don’t know how long it can be refrigerated for before going bad.

    Thank you again so much! Your website/blog is a great source of encouragment to me. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      I have frozen the white sauce in small amounts as a test. It doesn’t stay “the same” on thawing. But, it didn’t taste bad. Otherwise, I wouldn’t keep it more than 4 days, per USDA recommendations?

  7. Lisa says

    Thank you so much, Jessica… so if I made the dressing Wednesday… one, two, three, four… it should be good on Sunday, I hope? LOL I think I will just keep all of the ingredients on hand just in case I need to make some. I don’t want to be getting everyone sick. LOL 🙂

  8. Lisa says

    BTW… the best fish taco I’ve ever had is a small little hole-in-the-wall in Bonita, California called “TJ Oysters”. Their fish tacos are only .99 cents and they are soooooooooo good. They make them fresh right there in front of you.

    I do have to say that last night when I made these fish, my husband told me, “these are the BEST fish tacos I’ve ever had!” 🙂

  9. Yum! I love fish tacos!! We usually skip the tzatziki sauce since I’m the only one here who really likes it… 🙂

  10. Made these last night… yum! And I am NOT a fish lover (seafood, yes, but not usually fish.) These are a good way to get more of it in my diet. 🙂

  11. What do you serve as a side dish? Right now it would just be for adults, my kids are too young and picky.

    • Jessica says

      We usually have beans and rice and maybe a fruit salad.


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