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Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

Make the best air fryer shrimp tacos with this easy and delicious recipe. A flavorful homemade lime coleslaw pairs well with the perfectly seasoned and tender shrimp.
a plate of air fryer shrimp tacos with jalapenos and cilantro.

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Make the best Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos with this easy and delicious recipe. A flavorful homemade lime coleslaw pairs well with the perfectly seasoned and tender shrimp.

a plate of air fryer shrimp tacos with jalapenos and cilantro.

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If you’re a fan of our delicious crispy breaded Air Fryer Fish Tacos, you’re going to LOVE these shrimp tacos in the air fryer!

Ready in under 20 minutes from start to finish, this is a fast and tasty dinner you’re going to adore!

Just a quick note: this recipe uses frozen shrimp because they are almost always more affordable than fresh. You can also use raw frozen or raw fresh shrimp. See the notes in the recipe card below for an adjustment to the cooking times.

tortillas, shrimp, cabbage, and other ingredients on a wooden board.

Variations

What Goes With Shrimp Tacos in the Air Fryer?

I’m a sucker for a side of Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice or Instant Pot Mexican Rice with these air-fried shrimp tacos. And Katie’s Instant Pot Pinto Beans and Instant Pot Spicy Black Beans are fabulous as well.

If you like your tacos “saucy”, drizzle some Cilantro Chimichurri or Chipotle Sauce over the top of the shrimp.

And let us never forget pairing them with a Mojito Mocktail. YUM!

4 photos showing how to make shrimp tacos in the air fryer

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • You do not need to thaw the shrimp prior to cooking.
  • Preheat the air fryer to make sure the shrimp start cooking right away; that will give you that perfectly grilled outside and plump and juicy insides.
  • If you use frozen raw shrimp, they will need 8-10 minutes to cook.
  • Fresh raw shrimp will need 7-8 minutes in the air fryer.
  • Shrimp are ready when the internal temp has reached 120F using an instant-read thermometer.
  • If the shrimp come with tails on, cook with the tails and then snip them off with kitchen scissors before serving.
  • The easiest component to meal prep is the lime coleslaw. It can be made up to three days ahead of time and it is actually better if it’s allowed to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours. Grocery swap: buy pre-shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix.
a platter of shrimp tacos with lime cabbage slaw.

a plate of air fryer shrimp tacos with jalapenos and cilantro.
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5 from 3 ratings

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Make the best air fryer shrimp tacos with this easy and delicious recipe. A flavorful homemade lime coleslaw pairs well with the perfectly seasoned and tender shrimp.

Ingredients

Shrimp Tacos

Lime Cabbage Slaw

  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup cilantro {stems removed, roughly chopped}
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

Lime Coleslaw

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
    3 cups shredded green cabbage, 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Making the Shrimp Tacos

  • Preheat air fryer basket for 3 minutes at 390F.
  • Toss shrimp, olive oil, lime juice, and seasoning in a medium mixing bowl. It won't mix evenly because the shrimp if frozen. That's ok!
    1 lb shrimp, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp lime juice
  • Brush heated air fryer basket with olive oil and add the shrimp. Shake to distribute.
  • Cook for 5 minutes at 390F or until shrimp are lightly grilled and pink.
    *Frozen raw shrimp will need 8-10 minutes to cook.
    *Fresh raw shrimp will need 7-8 minutes.
  • Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Brush skillet with a tiny bit of olive oil and warm tortillas one at a time until lightly toasted and pliable.
    12 street taco tortillas
  • Fill the base of each tortilla with some of the cabbage slaw and place 4-6 shrimp per taco on the cabbage.

Notes

  1. You do not need to thaw the shrimp prior to cooking.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to make sure the shrimp start cooking right away; that will give you that perfectly grilled outside and plump and juicy insides.
  3. If the frozen shrimp come with tails on, cook with the tails and then snip them off with kitchen scissors before serving.
  4. Shrimp are ready when the internal temp has reached 120F using an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Leftovers are good in the fridge for two days.
  6. To reheat: cook shrimp at 400F for 2 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 927mg40%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos”

  1. I have to follow-up on my comment below. First, I misread the recipe so my question was unnecessary. Second, this recipe was ah-mazing. So, so easy to cook the shrimp from frozen and very tasty. I am going to make this again tonight but use the shrimp in “sushi bowls” instead of tacos. Perhaps I will skip the cumin and add ginger to make it lean more Asian.5 stars

  2. We were just gifted an air fryer and it’s been great so far! We love shrimp so we’ll definitely enjoy making this later.

  3. We were driving home from an activity and my husband said to me, I’d love to have shrimp for dinner. I knew we had to try this! We stopped by the store to grab a few ingredients. This was a huge hit here! Dead easy to make and delicious.5 stars

  4. Why do the raw shrimp cook longer than frozen?