7 net carbs

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Experience the irresistible fusion of seasoned shrimp, crispy bacon cabbage slaw, and zesty cilantro lime sauce, all wrapped in a tortilla and garnished with creamy avocado and fresh cilantro.

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Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Low-carb shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce, served with avocado, slaw, cilantro, and bacon.

Low-Carb Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce [Keto]

Total Diabetes Wellness
Discover the irresistible allure of shrimp tacos with zesty cilantro lime sauce. Seasoned shrimp, pan-seared to perfection, harmonize with crispy bacon-infused cabbage slaw. The creamy cilantro lime sauce unites all the flavors, while creamy avocado and fresh cilantro add the perfect finishing touch. Prepare to be captivated by this culinary delight that will leave you wanting more.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Net Carbs 7 g
*Net carbs are per serving



  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Cabbage Slaw

  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 3 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • juice of 2 limes

Assembly & Garnish

  • Low-carb tortillas
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Chopped cilantro leaves


  • In a skillet over medium heat, fry the chopped bacon until fully cooked. Remove cooked bacon onto a paper-towel lined plate.
    Top view of chopped bacon frying in a pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp, olive oil, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, and pepper, until well coated.
    Top view of seasoning shrimp with spices for shrimp tacos.
  • In the same skillet used to cook the bacon, cook the shrimp on each side for 1-2 minutes, or until fully cooked.
    Top view of skillet cooking shrimp to make shrimp tacos.
  • Add all of the ingredients for the cilantro lime sauce to a blender, and blend until smooth.
    Top view of ingredients for zesty cilantro lime sauce combined in a small blender.
  • In a large bowl, add the cabbage, bacon, and half of the cilantro lime sauce (reserve the remainder of the sauce for garnish). Salt and pepper to taste.
    Side view of cabbage slaw, bacon, and creamy cilantro lime sauce being combined together.
  • Assemble the tacos by adding the cabbage slaw, topped with sliced avocado, several pieces of shrimp, cilantro lime sauce, and garnish with chopped cilantro leaves. Enjoy!
    Close-up side-view, assembling low-carb shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce.




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  • The nutritional information and carb count DOES NOT include tortillas. If you are tracking carbs or nutrition closely, make sure to add the nutrition information for the brand of tortillas you use. There is a huge range of carbs between homemade and store-bought low-carb tortillas, so we’ve kept it simpler by leaving them out of the nutrition information.
  • You can also enjoy this recipe without tortillas if preferred!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this low-carb shrimp taco recipe Keto?

Yes, with caution. This recipe for low-carb shrimp tacos yields 8 tacos. One serving is 2 tacos which has 7 net carbs. This number DOES NOT include the carbs in tortillas; you need to add those to your total carb count. If you follow a strict Keto diet, choose low-carb tortillas with a net carb count of 1 or 2 carbs per tortilla.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes! Our low-carb shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce recipe is gluten-free.

Storage and Reheating Guidelines

  • Make-ahead: To make shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce ahead, cook up through the last step (assembly). Keep the shrimp stored separately from the bacon slaw until you’re ready to eat.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover shrimp tacos in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. We recommend keeping the shrimp separately from the bacon slaw so that the shrimp can be easily reheated.
  • Freezing instructions: We don’t recommend freezing this recipe. If using fresh (not previously frozen shrimp), you can cook the shrimp and freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for 3-4 months.
  • To reheat: Reheat the shrimp on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave on low power until warmed through.

Additional Information

Shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce are a delicious and satisfying meal that brings together the vibrant flavors of succulent shrimp, tangy lime, and fresh herbs. This recipe is mouthwatering and diabetes-friendly, making it a perfect choice for individuals seeking low-carb options.

Whether you’re following a specific dietary plan or simply looking for a wholesome and flavorful dish, these shrimp tacos are sure to impress. Tacos have long been a beloved staple of Mexican cuisine, offering a versatile platform for a wide range of fillings and toppings. This recipe takes the classic taco concept and infuses it with a delightful combination of shrimp and a zesty cilantro lime sauce. 

The succulent shrimp provide a lean source of protein, while the fresh cilantro and lime add a burst of flavor that perfectly complements the seafood. By swapping traditional carb-heavy taco shells for lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas, this recipe becomes a great option for those following a low-carb or diabetes-friendly diet.

Preparation Tips

To ensure your shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce turn out delicious every time, consider the following tips:

  • Choose fresh shrimp: Opt for fresh or frozen shrimp that has been properly cleaned and deveined. Look for shrimp with a mild, slightly sweet scent, and avoid any that smell overly fishy.
  • Marinate for flavor: Allow the shrimp to marinate in a mixture of lime juice, garlic, and spices before cooking. This step infuses the shrimp with tangy and aromatic flavors, enhancing their taste.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp: Shrimp cook quickly and become rubbery if overcooked. Aim for a tender and slightly opaque texture. Cook them just until they turn pink and curl.
  • Grilling option: For a smoky and charred flavor, consider grilling the shrimp instead of sautéing them. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and slightly charred.

Variations of Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

While the recipe itself is packed with flavor, here are a few variations and serving suggestions to further elevate your shrimp tacos:

  • Add fresh vegetables: Enhance the nutritional value and texture by including sliced bell peppers, onions, or avocado as additional fillings.
  • Spicy kick: For those who enjoy heat, add a dash of cayenne pepper or a sprinkle of chili flakes to the marinade or cilantro lime sauce.
  • Creamy addition: If you’re a fan of creaminess, consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream to balance the flavors and provide a cool contrast.
  • Suggested sides: Serve your shrimp tacos with a side of refreshing coleslaw, a light salad, or a bowl of zesty black bean and corn salsa for a complete and satisfying meal.
  • Lettuce wrap variations: Experiment with different lettuce varieties such as butter lettuce, romaine, or iceberg. Each will add a unique texture and flavor profile to your tacos.

Low-Carb Tortilla Options

When it comes to enjoying shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce while following a low-carb diet, there are several fantastic tortilla alternatives available. These options provide the satisfaction of traditional tortillas without the excessive carbs. Consider the following low-carb tortilla options to elevate your taco experience:

  • Lettuce Wraps: Lettuce wraps are popular for those seeking a low-carb and refreshing alternative to traditional tortillas. Choose large, sturdy lettuce leaves such as butter lettuce, romaine, or iceberg. They provide a crisp and refreshing base for your shrimp tacos, adding a delightful crunch and a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.
  • Coconut Flour Tortillas: Coconut flour tortillas are a great choice for those following a low-carb or gluten-free diet. They are made with coconut flour, eggs, and a few other simple ingredients. These soft and pliable tortillas make them an excellent option for wrapping your flavorful shrimp filling.
  • Almond Flour Tortillas: Almond flour tortillas are another popular choice among low-carb enthusiasts. These tortillas are made with almond flour, eggs, and a bit of oil or butter. They have a slightly nutty flavor and a tender texture that pairs well with the succulent shrimp and cilantro lime sauce.
  • Cauliflower Tortillas: Cauliflower tortillas are a creative and nutritious alternative to traditional tortillas. Made with cauliflower rice, eggs, and cheese, these tortillas are low in carbs and high in fiber. They offer a subtle cauliflower flavor and a slightly softer texture, perfect for embracing the flavors of the shrimp and cilantro lime sauce.

Remember to check the ingredients and nutritional information when selecting low-carb tortillas, as brands may vary in their carb content and ingredient composition. Experiment with different options to find the tortilla alternative that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs best.

Benefits for People with Diabetes

For individuals managing diabetes, focusing on meals that help maintain stable blood sugar levels is essential. Shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce offer several benefits for people with diabetes:

  • Low-carb option: By using lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas, this recipe significantly reduces the carb content compared to traditional taco shells. This allows for better blood sugar control and helps prevent spikes.
  • Lean protein source: Shrimp is an excellent lean protein choice, low in fat and carbohydrates while being rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Protein helps promote satiety and stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • Flavorful toppings: The cilantro lime sauce adds zest and depth to the dish without adding unnecessary sugar. The use of fresh herbs and citrus allows for a burst of flavor without relying on heavy sauces or added sugars.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

If you happen to have leftovers, store the cooked shrimp separately from the tortillas or lettuce wraps and cilantro lime sauce. Place them in airtight containers and refrigerate for up to three days. When ready to enjoy again, gently reheat the shrimp, assemble the tacos, and drizzle the cilantro lime sauce just before serving to maintain optimal texture and flavor.

Shrimp tacos with cilantro lime sauce offer a delectable combination of flavors while remaining a suitable option for individuals managing diabetes or following a low-carb diet. By making simple adjustments, such as using lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas, this dish becomes a healthy and satisfying choice. With their lean protein, zesty marinade, and fresh toppings, these shrimp tacos will surely become a favorite on your menu. Enjoy the deliciousness while taking care of your health!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these tacos many times and it’s become one of my favourite recipes. Quick to cook and the flavours are incredible. I would love to see a low carb tortilla recipe to pair with these tacos.

    1. Hi Carole! I’m so glad you love this recipe 🙂 We are currently developing a recipe for homemade low-carb tortillas, it should be posted on our website soon!