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Shrimp Tacos: Healthy, Low Carb, Keto, & Delish

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This simple, healthy shrimp tacos recipe is served up in a lettuce wrap, garnished with red cabbage slaw and tastes like the tropics. The keto shrimp tacos prove that just because you’re not eating carbs, there’s no need for dinner to be boring.

picture of ingredients for Caribbean keto shrimp tacos with text "Low carb, keto, THM Shrimp Tacos" by The Moments At Home

Shrimp tacos don’t have to be hard.

Trust me – we are all about easy, family friendly recipes in this home and these Caribbean keto shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw are a simple, healthy recipe that fits the bill.

Ingredients In Low Carb Keto Shrimp Tacos With Cabbage Slaw

So what all do you need to make these keto shrimp tacos?

  • Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded purple cabbage
  • Avocado, chopped
  • Diceed tomatoes
  • Freshly chopped cilantro (or parsley, if you prefer)
  • Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
  • Lemon (optional)

How To Make Shrimp Tacos

The first step in making your keto shrimp tacos is prepping your produce and fresh ingredients. The rest of the recipe is going to come together quickly and requires you to be hands on, so this is the foundation.

diced tomatoes, avocados, and purple cabbage for keto shrimp taco slaw

Next up for your shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw is washing and deveining the shrimp. If you’ve never done that before, this video will help you.

After they are all prepped, you’ll season them and then cook them in your skillet (we always use a good cast iron here!).

add seasoning to shrimp for tacos before cooking
season the shrimp for your keto shrimp tacos
cooking shrimp for tacos in cast iron skillet

All that’s left is to assemble your Caribbean inspired deliciousness. TIP: Let your shrimp cool for a couple of minutes just so the lettuce stays crisp instead of wilting.

Put your shredded purple cabbage in your large Bibb lettuce leaf, add your shrimp, and sprinkle on your toppings…and dig in!

purple cabbage slaw in a Bibb lettuce leaf to prep for Caribbean baja shrimp tacos
close up image of keto shrimp tacos with shrimp on purple cabbage slaw in a lettuce wrap
shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw in keto lettuce boats
shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw in keto lettuce boats
Yield: 6

Shrimp Tacos: Healthy, Delicious, Low Carb

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 lbs. Peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 tbsp Shredded purple cabbage
  • ½ Avocado chopped
  • 4 tbsp Chopped tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp Freshly chopped parsley
  • 15-18 Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 Lemon (optional)


  1. Clean and dry your shrimp thoroughly
  2. Dice your tomatoes and avocado
  3. Chop the cilantro (or parsley)
  4. Shred the purple cabbage.
  5. Combine the shrimp, chili powder, paprika, cumin, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste in a metal or glass bowl
  6. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  7. Cook the shrimp for 5-8 minutes until cooked through. You may need to cook the shrimp in two or more batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  8. Allow the shrimp to cool for before creating your lettuce wraps (just for a few moments, so the lettuce doesn't wilt)
  9. To make one serving, place two or three lettuce leaves on a counter or plate. Split 2 tbsp of purple cabbage, 10 shrimp, ⅙ of the chopped avocado and ½ tbsp of chopped tomatoes between the lettuce leaves. Top with some freshly chopped cilantro or parsley, and a squeeze of lemon if you like.
  10. Repeat step 6 to create all 6 servings of shrimp tacos

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shrimp tacos with cabbage slaw in lettuce boats with text "THM, keto, low carb Shrimp Tacos" by The Moments At Home

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