Main Dish, Seafood

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos with Slaw are a fast, fresh, and fun twist on taco night. Taco Tuesday just got tastier with these air fryer shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw coated in a Creamy Jalapeno Salsa. Southwest shrimp tacos are seasoned with my Low Sodium Taco Seasoning and topped with crisp summer veggies and cilantro.

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Three air fryer shrimp tacos with slaw on a cutting board with an avocado, cilantro, and lime wedges.

I love this shrimp tacos air fryer recipe because it comes together quickly and making shrimp in air fryer takes all the guesswork out of cooking it. Don’t worry about rubbery overcooked shrimp, air frying shrimp is one of the easiest ways to cook this shellfish.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Shrimp
  • Cabbage – A fresh cabbage slaw tossed in my Creamy Jalapeño Salsa gives these air fried shrimp tacos a fresh crunch.
  • Creamy Jalapeno Salsa – a mixture of plain yogurt (or sour cream), olive oil, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic, and cilantro.
  • Pico de Gallo – a combination of chopped tomato, onion, and serrano peppers, with salt, lime juice, and cilantro. For this recipe, I buy premade pico de gallo to save time.
  • Avocado
  • Taco Seasoning – a spice mixture of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Tortillas – If you’re watching your carb intake, you can easily make these low carb shrimp tacos by using a low carb tortilla.
Ingredients needed to make air fryer shrimp tacos are on a cutting board. Ingredients include: shrimp, tortillas, cabbage, cilantro, avocado, pico de gallo, and creamy jalapeno salsa.

How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

These Mexican shrimp tacos are quick and easy to prepare. Air fryer tacos are fun to make and easy for ‘little helpers’ to make along side you in the kitchen as well. Healthy air fryer shrimp no breading makes for an easy clean-up!

First, start by making the Creamy Jalapeno Salsa. Mix as much or as little creamy salsa as desired in with the cabbage to make the slaw and set it aside. Next, preheat the air fryer and pat the shrimp dry. In a bowl, drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and season with the homemade taco seasoning blend. Mix well.

Next, spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and add the shrimp. Be careful not to overcrowd the basket with shrimp so each one cooks evenly.

Glass bowl containing raw shrimp seasoned with taco seasoning.
Season shrimp with taco seasoning
Raw shrimp in air fryer basket. Shrimp are spaced out and seasoned with taco seasoning.
Leave space between each shrimp as to not overcrowd the basket
Air fried shrimp. Cooked shrimp in air fryer basket.
Air fried shrimp

How long to air fry shrimp?

Each air fryer is different, but most will cook shrimp at 400° for 6 minutes. You do not need to shake or flip the shrimp half way through. Shrimp should be cooked to an internal temperature of 120°.

Once the air fryer shrimp has cooked it’s time for the best part – assemble your shrimp baja tacos and dig in!

Three shrimp tacos with slaw, avocado, cilantro, and creamy jalapeno salsa are open face on a cutting board. Lime wedges and an avocado are on the side.

Additional Toppings for Shrimp Tacos

The possibilities are endless, but here are a few of my favorite toppings for tacos:

  • mango or pineapple salsa
  • sautéed onions and peppers
  • pickled red onions
  • cotija cheese
  • guacamole
  • sour cream

What to Serve with Shrimp Tacos?

The perfect side dish for tacos are chips and guacamole with a side of rice and beans. I love to cook this super easy Cauliflower Spanish Rice recipe when making these tasty tacos.

Tacos and margaritas are a classic combination! I love to munch on air fried shrimp tacos with our famous family recipe, Frozen Minute Maid Limeade Margarita.

Three air fried shrimp tacos with slaw, avocado, cilantro, and creamy jalapeno salsa are open face on a cutting board. Lime wedges and an avocado are on the side.

Tips & Tricks for Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

  • You can cook frozen shrimp in air fryer, but I prefer to quick thaw shrimp first. Thaw shrimp quickly by running cold water over it for a few minutes. Taco seasoning sticks to thawed shrimp better.
  • Make the salsa as spicy or as mild as you would like based on how much jalapeno you add. The ribs and seeds of the jalapeno are spiciest parts, so you may want to remove those for a more mild air fryer shrimp taco.
  • If you want to make keto shrimp tacos, use low carb tortillas or substitute lettuce to make this into a shrimp taco salad.
  • Any leftovers should be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Low carb shrimp tacos are on a cutting board. Toppings for shrimp tacos are creamy jalapeno slaw, cilantro, avocado,  and pico de gallo.

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Three air fried shrimp tacos with slaw, avocado, cilantro, and creamy jalapeno salsa are open face on a cutting board. Lime wedges and an avocado are on the side.

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos with Slaw

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos are fresh and easy to make. Top these air fried shrimp tacos with pico de gallo, avocado, and a crisp slaw with creamy jalapeño salsa.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 350 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. shrimp peeled, deveined, and thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounce shredded cabbage
  • avocado sliced
  • pico de gallo
  • tortillas

Low Sodium Taco Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon  oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  pepper

Creamy Jalapeño Salsa

  • 1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup cilantro packed
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400°.
  • Add all ingredients of the Creamy Jalapeno Salsa to a food processor and blend until smooth. Add as much of the salsa as you want to the shredded cabbage to make the creamy jalapeno slaw. Set aside.
  • Pat dry the shrimp. In a medium sized bowl, add shrimp, olive oil, and taco seasoning. Stir to mix well.
  • Spray air fryer basket with a nonstick cooking spray then add shrimp. Space shrimp out and do not overcrowd the air fryer basket – you may need to air fry the shrimp in two batches. Air fry shrimp for 6 minutes at 400° or until the internal temperature of the shrimp is 120°.
  • Assemble tortillas with slaw mixture, pico de gallo, avocado, and shrimp (and any other additional toppings)

Notes

  • Shrimp should be cooked to an internal temperature of 120°.
  • You can cook frozen shrimp in air fryer, but I prefer to quick thaw shrimp first. Thaw shrimp quickly by running cold water over it for a few minutes. Taco seasoning sticks to thawed shrimp better.
  • Make the salsa as spicy or as mild as you would like based on how much jalapeno you add. The ribs and seeds of the jalapeno are spiciest parts, so you may want to remove those for a more mild salsa for the cabbage slaw.
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  6. 5 stars
    These look so amazing. I love that they use the air fryer. Makes things so simple!

  7. 5 stars
    I love shrimps! I need to try this recipe 🙂

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  9. 5 stars
    I love tacos and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    This looks delicious! I’ll have to make this for my boyfriend. Shrimp tacos are his absolute fave!