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What to Serve with Shrimp Tacos

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Wondering what to serve with shrimp tacos? There are so many great side dishes that you may want to make more than one! From Cilantro Lime Rice to Spicy Coleslaw, you can’t go wrong with any of our delicious side dish options.

My grilled shrimp tacos are one of my favorite meals to make. Fresh shrimp seasoned to perfection, grilled until slightly charred and juicy, then served topped with fresh tomato and avocado salsa? It’s the perfect meal for summer.

And that tasty meal can be made even better with a number of delicious sides! So, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite sides for shrimp tacos. 

A close-up view of the tacos showing all the ingredients.

Can You Grill Shrimp Without Peeling?

You can if you want, but I prefer to peel it first.

Removing the shell before adding the seasoning allows that flavor to really soak into the meaty part of the shrimp. 

Should You Soak Shrimp Before Grilling?

That is totally up to you. Some people like to soak their shrimp in a brine before cooking it to prevent the shrimp from drying out as it cooks.

I don’t find this necessary. I cook shrimp without soaking and it comes out plenty tender and juicy every time! 

How Long Does it Take to Grill Shrimp?

Grilling shrimp is so quick and easy! Once it’s prepped and seasoned, it needs just 2-3 minutes on one side, then another 30 seconds to a minute on the other side. 

What to Use to Season Shrimp

While shrimp can be seasoned plenty of different ways, I love to season it using my homemade fajita seasoning, which is made with a combination of chili powder, paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, chipotle pepper, and optional sugar.

Another option is homemade taco seasoning which is similar to fajita seasoning with a couple of ingredient variations.

What to Serve Shrimp With Tacos

Now, onto the side dishes! Pick one, two, or a few for a well-rounded, mouthwatering summer meal! 

A close-up view of the finished Mexican rice in white bowl for serving.

This Tex-Mex inspired rice is a simple side dish that’s bursting with flavor. It takes just 30 minutes to make and is the perfect pairing with shrimp tacos. 

This simple rice dish is made with instant rice that’s loaded with onion, pepper, and corn, flavored with chicken broth and salsa, then finished with cheddar cheese.

It’s quick, easy and tastes like you got it at your local Mexican restaurant! 

A close up view of the finished avocado tomato salad.

This tomato avocado salad is the perfect summer salad to pair with anything grilled. It’s filled to the brim with fresh produce, healthy, and so tasty!

To make this salad, combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the dressing.

In a large mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, avocado, onion, and parsley, then drizzle that with the dressing.

This fresh salad will have you going back for seconds every time. 

Top down view of egg rolls sprinkled with parsley

These spiced up egg rolls are a Southwestern twist on a Chinese takeout classic. They’re simple to make and loaded with so much flavor! 

To make this recipe, combine chicken, Colby jack cheese, black beans, corn, jalapeño, cumin, chili powder, and salt in a bowl.

Fill your egg roll wrappers with a couple tablespoons of the filling, wrap them up into that classic egg roll shape, then fry in hot oil until deliciously crispy and golden.

Close up view of cilantro lime rice in a bowl.

This Instant Pot cilantro lime rice is one of my favorite shrimp taco pairings. It’s fresh, flavorful, and cooks perfectly in the Instant Pot in just 12 minutes. 

This easy recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients including long grain white rice, olive oil, cilantro, freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest, and a touch of salt.

It’s exactly the extra kick of flavor that plain rice needs!

Side view of pasta salad with tomatoes and olives in a bowl.

This rigatoni pasta salad is loaded with all of the classic Mediterranean flavors such as fresh tomatoes, salty kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onions.

It’s finished with a tangy Greek dressing for the best flavor!

I make this pasta salad with rigatoni pasta, but feel free to use whatever small pasta shape you like best.

Whip this recipe up in a quick 30 minutes, and serve with all of your favorite summer meals.

Top down view of salsa and chips on a wooden board.

This easy recipe for restaurant-style salsa will have you putting salsa on everything! It’s the perfect texture, has amazing flavor, and can be whipped up in just 10 minutes!

This is a great side dish made with fresh roma tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, white onion, and both jalapeño and serrano peppers for that kick of heat. 

Serve on your homemade tacos, add to quesadillas or burritos, or enjoy as an appetizer with your favorite tortilla chips

Wooden bowl filled with crunchy cabbage salad.

Crunchy Asian noodle salad is the best fresh, colorful, crunchy, and versatile side dish.

It’s ready to serve in a matter of minutes and requires just a few basic ingredients.

I like to keep things simple with a pre-made coleslaw mix, then I toss that with matchstick carrots, celery, crispy wonton strips, chopped green onions, sliced almonds, and a tangy, salty, and sweet homemade dressing. Simple and so tasty!

Close up view of a serving platter filled with ramen noodle salad.

This ramen noodle salad is the pasta salad of your dreams. It’s so quick and easy and loaded with the perfect blend of flavors and textures. 

To make this salad, combine toasted ramen noodles with a colorful combination of green and red cabbage, carrot, cilantro, green onions, peanuts, and sesame seeds.

Toss all of that with a homemade peanut dressing and dig in.

This works perfectly as a side dish, but is definitely good enough to be the feature! 

The final photo showing the dip surrounded by fresh peppers and tomatoes.

Is there anything quite as tasty as a classic corn and black bean salsa?

The sweet pop of the corn kernels, the salty black beans, the burst of fresh tomato, the kick of spicy jalapeño…okay, you get it. It’s just really good.

This corn and black bean salsa is so colorful, so delicious, and loaded with all the freshest ingredients. Make it as-is or customize it with other mix-ins of your choice. 

An angled photo of the watermelon salad in a small serving bowl loaded with onions, feta, and fruit.

This easy watermelon salad is the perfect sweet and savory summer side dish.

It’s made with fresh watermelon mixed with salty feta, purple onion, kalamata olives, fresh mint, lemon juice, oil, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. 

This flavorful side dish is perfect for summer BBQs, picnics, and of course, tacos! And, the best thing? It comes together in no more than 15 minutes! 

Angled view of a bowl of Serrano salsa next to limes.

This serrano salsa is the perfect blend of savory flavors. It’s vibrant, perfectly spicy, and delicious served with your favorite tortilla chips.

To put together this fresh salsa, combine tomatoes, serrano peppers, lime juice, onion, garlic, cilantro, and a few classic seasonings in a food processor.

Blend until your desired texture is reached, then dig in.

A unique spicy coleslaw recipe made with four ingredients and loaded with flavor. It's simple to prepare and is used to top your favorite sandwich or taco.

Turn your shrimp tacos into spicy shrimp tacos when you add some of this coleslaw! 

This spicy coleslaw is a unique recipe with immense flavor. It’s perfect served as a side dish or as a topping for shrimp tacos.

The mouthwatering fresh crunch it adds to any recipe is hard to beat.

This recipe starts with a pre-made coleslaw mix that’s mixed together with sliced jalapeño, white onion, green bell pepper, chipotle powder, chili powder, lemon juice, and mayonnaise. Ready in a total of 20 minutes!

The final photo of the salsa, served in a large white bowl.

This pineapple jalapeño salsa is the best sweet and spicy combination. It’s quick to make, uses just five ingredients, and is bursting with tropical flavors. 

To make this salsa, simply slice the pineapple into cubes, slice the jalapeños, and combine in a large bowl with red onion, parsley, and salt.

Mix to distribute, then enjoy with tortilla chips or on your easy shrimp taco recipe!

Top down view of Mexican street corn pasta salad in a bowl.

Our easy shrimp tacos recipes taste amazing with a serving of Mexican street corn pasta salad!

Made with tender elbow noodles, grilled corn, queso fresco, jalapeños, cilantro, and a creamy sauce, this pasta salad might steal the show on taco night.

Not only is it perfect side dish for shrimp tacos, but it’s a great addition to all fish tacos!

Top down view of a bowl of coleslaw.

The best shrimp taco recipe is topped with an amazing slaw! This creamy slaw is a cabbage slaw that’s packed with fresh flavor and plenty of crunch. 

It consists of a cabbage slaw mix, fresh cilantro, green onion, and a creamy mayo based sauce with fresh lime juice. This fish taco slaw gives shrimp tacos a cool, cilantro lime topping that puts them over the top.

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