These Spicy Shrimp Tacos are truly THE BEST tacos that just happen to be Whole30!  The grilled celery root tortillas are packed with a creamy coleslaw, spicy shrimp and a simple avocado and tomato salsa, so simple but so incredibly tasty! These are a real crowd pleaser that everyone will enjoy. 

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
I am so excited to share this new spicy shrimp taco recipe with you! I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to post a recipe for shrimp tacos because they are my absolute favourite taco filling.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
The shrimp are coated in quite a flavour packed mixture of cumin, paprika, garlic and chili. You could leave them to marinate in this mixture for as little as 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the tacos, or up to overnight for more flavourful shrimp.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
I originally wanted to create more of a crusted shrimp but I am so happy that I kept things simple with this spice mix because not only is it easy, it’s so delicious! I found that if you heated a skillet for a minute or two to get it really hot before adding in the prawns it creates a nice spiced crust on them.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
As always I am using celery root for the tortillas because I will never get sick of them, but these tacos would also be delicious in lettuce cups or you can even just put everything together in a taco bowl as well.

The coleslaw is very simple and either purple or green cabbage or a precut mix of coleslaw all work well. It’s the sauce that really takes it from boring old coleslaw to eating it with a fork straight from the bowl. The cilantro lime sauce is so good that I’ve started using it as a salad dressing and dipping sauce for just about everything.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos
These spicy paleo shrimp tacos are a total showstopper that even healthy eating skeptics would love. They would be great for a big dinner with friends as the tortillas, salsa and coleslaw could all be made in advance and then you would just need to quickly grill the shrimp before serving.

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Why you are going to love this recipe:

  • You are going to have a hard time choosing a favourite between the green sauce and spicy shrimp, they are both so tasty!
  • The celery root tortillas take just minutes to make and are such a good Whole30 and SCD substitute for traditional tacos. They can withstand the weight of a lot of filling and don’t fall apart. Not on a grain free diet? Use regular tortillas instead! 
  • It can easily be adapted for anyone with a shellfish allergy, simply swap the shrimp for white fish or chicken and use the same spice mix, they will be just as tasty.
  • The leftover are fantastic all served in a bowl as a big salad. You are going to want to make extra because the leftovers are just as good as the tacos!

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Love tacos? Here are a few other taco & taco filling recipes you might enjoy:

If you make this recipe let me know in the comment section below, I would love to hear what you think or take a photo and tag me (@everylastbite_) on Instagram, I love seeing your photos!

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Every Last Bite
These Spicy Shrimp Tacos are truly THE BEST tacos that just happen to be Whole30!  The grilled celery root tortillas are packed with a creamy coleslaw, spicy shrimp and a simple avocado and tomato salsa, so simple but so incredibly tasty!
4.86 from 27 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Diets Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal, Whole30
Servings 4
Calories 428 kcal


Spicy Shrimp

  • 400 grams large shrimp, shells removed and deveined
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Cilantro Lime Green Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • pinch salt


  • 3 cups shredded purple or green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions


  • 1 large celery root
  • 1/2 lime cut into wedges

Avocado Tomato Salsa

  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Place the shrimp in a bowl along with 1 tbsp olive oil and all of the spices and toss with your hands to ensure they are well coated. Set aside to marinate for a few minutes. 
  • To make the coleslaw in a bowl combine the shredded cabbage and 1/4 cup chopped scallions. In a food processor combine the all of the ingredients for the cilantro lime green sauce and blend until smooth. Pour approximately half of the sauce over the coleslaw and toss until it's well coated. Set aside. 
  • Prep the tortillas by cutting both ends off of the celery root and then removing the outer peel. Using a sharp knife cut the celery root into slices that are as thin as possible. If the tortillas are still quite thick I recommend running a knife over the top of each slice to shave down the slices. 
  • Heat a sandwich press or alternatively put a grill pan on medium heat and grill the tortillas for approximately 5 minutes until grill marks form and they are tender and pliable. 
  • In a bowl combine all of the ingredients for the salsa and stir until well mixed. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet on high heat and then add in the shrimp. Cook them for 2-3 minutes per side until pink. 
  • To assemble fill each tortilla with the coleslaw, avocado salsa and shrimp and then drizzle with the extra cilantro lime sauce. Serve with wedges of lime and sliced jalapeños. 
Calories: 428kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 26gFat: 18gSodium: 1619mgFiber: 9gSugar: 9g
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