Discover the simplest way to make restaurant-worthy coconut shrimp tacos at home. This foolproof recipe guarantees crispy, flavorful shrimp every time. Get ready for rave reviews!

These crispy coconut shrimp tacos transport you to sunshine and sand in just a few bites. The sweet coconut coating contrasts beautifully with the savory shrimp and fresh toppings, making it a light summery feast for any time of year.

But the bonus? This recipe is easy to make and big on flavor.

When we were in Long Beach Island, New Jersey a few years ago, we ate at Surf Taco almost every night. I ordered their coconut shrimp tacos and they were so good!

In fact, I loved them so much I ate them almost every night! LOL! One of the things I loved about it was the simplicity of the dish. It had basic, paired-down ingredients that were not laden with heavy sauces and spices.

Their recipe inspired me to create my own. And the best part? I use ready-to-make ingredients that I can quickly pick up from the market.

Wait until you try this quick, easy, delicious coconut shrimp tacos recipe!

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About This Recipe for Coconut Shrimp Tacos

Sure, you can make each of these ingredients from scratch. I’ve got a great recipe to make homemade coconut shrimp here. And there will be some added flavor, but I have to tell you, this dish is pretty good with ready-made ingredients from the market. So don’t feel like you have to make coconut shrimp from scratch.

The Versatility of Coconut Shrimp Tacos Recipe

While I love a dish where I can pick up easy ingredients and throw them together to feed my family, feel free to swap in your favorite coconut shrimp, mango salsa, or pickled cabbage recipes too.

If you are making any part of this dish from scratch, that will extend the overall prep time but would enhance the flavor of the dish. The beauty of this recipe is you can make it as complicated or as simple as you like!

My family loves this dish and we enjoy it often during the summer. But sometimes when I’m looking for a quick dish to make, this is a go-to recipe for me too because the prep time is about 15 minutes, and serves 3-4 people.

Sometimes I pick up freshly prepared coconut shrimp from the seafood department at the market, but also found a delicious frozen variety I like to use. The quality of both is not too far from making it fresh and is a lot less work. So for me, I’ll stick with this semi-homemade version.

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How to Make Coconut Shrimp Tacos: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, look no further than this recipe for coconut shrimp tacos. Here’s how to make them!

What You Need for the Best Coconut Shrimp Tacos

  • 2 Dozen Jumbo Coconut Shrimp (fresh, frozen or from your favorite coconut shrimp recipe)
  • Mango Salsa
  • 1 Small Cabbage Shredded
  • Small Flour Tortillas
  • Garnish with Chopped Cilantro and finely chopped onions (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
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Step-by-Step: Crafting Delicious Coconut Shrimp Tacos

  • Cook coconut shrimp according to the recipe or package directions.
  • I usually purchase freshly prepared or frozen coconut shrimp. Then bake them in the oven according to package directions. But it’s usually in there for about 20 minutes.
  • While the shrimp is cooking, shred a head of cabbage and chop the cilantro.
  • You likely won’t need all of the cabbage, so I save it in Ziplocs or storage containers for other dishes.
  • Take one small flour tortilla, then layer cabbage, salsa, and two or three coconut shrimp depending on their size.
  • Garnish with cilantro, finely chopped onions and thinly sliced scallions.
  • Fold and enjoy!

So easy right? And it looks so fresh and delicious. While I lean towards making this recipe for coconut shrimp tacos more often in the summer, it’s a great go-to weeknight dinner idea when I want to pull something fresh together quickly. Plus it’s a great change up from soups and stews!

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Shred the cabbage

Easy Coconut Shrimp Tacos Recipe FAQs

Whip up delicious shrimp tacos in a flash with our easy recipe! But before you get started, we’ve gathered answers to your most frequently asked questions about this dish. From spice level adjustments to ingredient substitutions, we’ve got you covered so you can confidently create the perfect shrimp tacos every time.

How long do coconut shrimp tacos leftovers last? 

If there leftovers from making this easy coconut shrimp taco recipe, store any remaining cooked shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. To reheat, toss it it in the air fryer for 5 minutes on 360 degrees to crisp it up or warm it in a pan over medium heat. I don’t recommend reheating with the microwave because the shrimp will lose their crispness.

Can I freeze coconut shrimp tacos? 

Absolutely! You can freeze this recipe for coconut shrimp tacos. Once cooked and cooled, lay the shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating. That said, I would not make the actual tacos and then freeze them as they wouldn’t hold up or thaw well.

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Can I Prep Coconut Shrimp Tacos in Advance?

Yes! This recipe is a great dish to prepare ahead. If you are making your own coconut shrimp recipe, pre-mix the breading and chop the toppings up to a day in advance. Simply cook the shrimp and assemble the tacos when it’s time to eat.

What ingredients can I swap in coconut shrimp tacos?

Want a spicier kick? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the breading. Feeling adventurous? Substitute panko with crushed tortilla chips for a bolder texture. And for a vegan twist, swap the shrimp for crispy tofu bites!

These coconut shrimp tacos are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or enjoying a cozy night in, this recipe is sure to bring a taste of paradise to your table. Please share your taco creations and variations in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them.

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Crispy Coconut Shrimp Tacos: The Easiest Recipe You’ll Ever Try

Stacy Ling
Discover the simplest way to make restaurant-worthy coconut shrimp tacos at home. This foolproof recipe guarantees crispy, flavorful shrimp every time. Get ready for rave reviews!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Shred cabbage using cheese grater or mandolin slicer.
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  • Bake coconut shrimp according to package directions (roughly 20 minutes).
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  • Remove from oven when crispy, golden brown and cooked all the way through.
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  • Lay a warm wet towel over tortillas and warm them in microwave for 30 seconds. Or you can toast them slightly over a gas range to warm them if preferred.
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  • Lay tortilla open face and top with shredded cabbage, salsa, shrimp and cilantro.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

Want to make homemade coconut shrimp? Get the recipe here.

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 11gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1076mgPotassium: 649mgFiber: 10gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 528IUVitamin C: 84mgCalcium: 239mgIron: 5mg
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