Soft Shell Shrimp Tacos {Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Soft Shell Shrimp Tacos is a recipe with soft taco shells. These easy shrimp tacos will knock your socks off with the flavor. The harissa sauce from Moore’s Marinade is the secret ingredient to the shrimp taco marinade.


Soft Shell Shrimp Tacos


Soft Shell Taco

What do you prefer a soft shell taco or a hard shell taco? Me I love soft shell tacos. I love rolling up a soft shell taco as a sandwich.  Nothing against a hard shell taco, but give me soft shell tacos recipe any day!


Shrimp with avocado, cheese, harissa sauce on soft shell taco on blue plate


Easy Shrimp Tacos

So when comes to soft shell tacos recipe, my go-to is a shrimp taco recipe. Easy shrimp tacos are wonderful to have for a quick dinner! The most consuming time is the shrimp taco marinade!


Easy Shrimp Tacos Recipe


Shrimp Taco Marinade

I really wanted the shrimp taco marinade to pop with flavor. Sure you can use just plain taco seasoning for the shrimp taco seasoning, but I really wanted this shrimp taco recipe to pop with flavor!


Moore's Marinades new flavors. 4 bottles on a grey marble table top


Shrimp Taco Seasoning

I found that secret ingredient I needed for the shrimp taco seasoning. Enter Moore’s Marinades

Moore’s has introduced a new sauce line. There are 4 flavors in the line:

  • Spicy Mustard Hot Sauce

  • Jalapeño Hot Sauce

  • Harissa Hot Sauce(which was used in this shrimp taco marinade)

  • Habanero Hot Sauce


soft shell shrimp taco on blue plate on grey marble table top


Shrimp Taco Recipe

I first fell in love with a shrimp taco recipe at Taco Bell of all places. They had this California Shrimp Taco that part of a healthy menu they were trying to introduce.


Avocado on the bottom, shrimp on top soft shell shrimp taco on blue plate close up


Secret Sauce

What makes this shrimp taco really burst with flavor is avocado but also the secret sauce! The Harissa sauce from Moore’s Marinades is the secret to the shrimp taco marinade. 


Sure you can leave the secret sauce out of the shrimp taco seasoning but it isn’t the same. These easy shrimp tacos really burst with flavor from the hot sauce! 


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Trust me you will love this dynamite soft shell taco recipe. If you want a change of pace from beef tacos, then this shrimp taco recipe is what you want to make. It is amazing and your taste buds will thank you.


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A soft shell shrimp taco with all the toppings


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Yield: 12 servings

Soft Shell Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Soft Shell Shrimp Tacos is a recipe with soft taco shells. These easy shrimp tacos will knock your socks off with the flavor. The harissa sauce from Moore's Marinade is the secret ingredient to the shrimp taco marinade.


  • 1lb medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon Moore's Marinade Harissa Sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
  • 12 soft taco shells
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 1 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 oz sliced black olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3⁄4cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  1. In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, taco seasoning, hot sauce, garlic and 2 tablespoons of lime juice; toss to coat, and let the shrimp marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add shrimp mixture; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink.
  4. Remove shrimp from skillet.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice over the shrimp.
  6. Place a layer of shredded lettuce and avocado on the soft shell tacos.
  7. Spoon shrimp mixture on top the lettuce-avocado.
  8. Add the rest of the toppings.
  9. Serve them up and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 750mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g

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  • Debra C.
    May 11, 2018

    Love me some shrimp tacos and that sauce? So much flavor!! Bring it on – I’ll take two please! 🙂

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    May 11, 2018

    I’m happy you left that drama behind and these gorgeous tacos are a great way to celebrate that move. I love everything about them, especially the Moore’s sauce, one of our favorites. Fantastic job with this recipe, Dee!

  • Sandra Shaffer
    May 12, 2018

    This looks wonderful and I’m with you on soft shells vs the hard ones. Right now I’m on a shrimp kick, so I’ll be whipping these up next!

  • Angela
    May 13, 2018

    Oh my, the flavor on that shrimp sounds amazing! We are huge taco fans and this is going on the list for our next taco night!

  • michele
    May 13, 2018

    This sounds really good. Im eating a lot healthier and this fits in the required foods list! Cant wait to try it because it sounds like it has soooooooo much flavor!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    May 14, 2018

    I love shrimp tacos — and that sauce has only perfected them!! What a great recipe to try this week!!

  • [email protected]'s Dinnertime Dish
    May 14, 2018

    I love shrimp tacos! These look absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try them!

  • Ashlyn
    May 14, 2018

    Shrimp tacos are something I crave all the time and these sound amazing! I’m right there with you; I definitely prefer the soft shell over hard shell any day!

  • Jennifer Stewart
    May 15, 2018

    You are speaking my language and on Taco Tuesday as well!! I love shrimp and they are so healthy!!