Baja Shrimp Tacos – just saying the name can make your mouth water!

baja shrimp tacos

Spice up your taco night with these fiery Baja shrimp tacos, bursting with Mexican flavors and a seafood kick! Quick-cooking and bursting with taste, shrimp make for an unbeatable protein choice. Ready to rival any restaurant taco, these can be whipped up in your kitchen for a crowd-pleasing feast in no time!

Why is it Called Baja Shrimp?

The term “Baja” points directly to the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, a place known for its vibrant street food scene and fresh seafood. The coastal vibes and the laid-back yet adventurous spirit of Baja cuisine are encapsulated in every bite of these shrimp tacos. The “Baja” in the name is a nod to the origin and style of cooking that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients and bold flavors.

What Flavor is Baja Shrimp?

Baja Shrimp Tacos are a masterpiece of culinary balance. The shrimp themselves are usually marinated and grilled, bringing a smoky sweetness to the table. They’re then nestled in a soft tortilla and adorned with an array of accompaniments – think crunchy cabbage, zesty lime, creamy avocado, and a spicy sauce. The result? A bite that sings with the flavors of the sea, a hint of char, and a melody of freshness, tang, and heat.

Baja Shrimp Taco Nutrition

Don’t let the word “taco” fool you into thinking this is just another fast food. Baja Shrimp Tacos are not only delicious but also pack a nutritional punch. Shrimp is a great source of protein and essential nutrients like iodine, without the high-calorie count. Pair it with whole-grain tortillas, fresh veggies, and a dollop of guacamole for a well-rounded, nutritious meal. Just be mindful of the sauces and extras, as they can add hidden calories.

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Printable Baja Shrimp Taco Recipe

Baja Shrimp Tacos

Sweet and tender shrimp coated in a chili-lime marinade makes for a delicious weeknight taco. Don’t forget to top your tacos with our tangy avocado crema.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 people



For the Shrimps and Marinade

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Lime Zest
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 each Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 20 turns Black Pepper, freshly cracked
  • 1 pound Large Shrimp (about 30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice

For the Avocado Crema

  • 1 each Large Avocado
  • 1/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 each Jalapeno chopped, deseeded

For the Tacos:

  • as needed Shredded Green Cabbage as needed
  • as needed Cotija Cheese, crumbled as needed
  • as needed Lime Wedges as needed


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients and mix until well combined. Add the shrimp to the marinade and mix until well-coated. Allow the shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.
    1/2 cup Olive Oil, 2 tsp Lime Zest, 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin, 2 each Garlic Clove, finely chopped, 1 tsp Kosher Salt, 20 turns Black Pepper, freshly cracked, 1 pound Large Shrimp (about 30 per pound), peeled and deveined, 1 tsp Chili powder, 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • Combine all of the cream ingredients in a blender pitcher. Blend until smooth and reserve in the refrigerator. If you don’t have a blender, you can combine the ingredients in a bowl and use a whisk or fork to mash the avocado and make the sauce.
    1 each Large Avocado, 1/4 cup Sour Cream, 2 tbsp Lime Juice, 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, finely chopped, 1 tsp Kosher Salt, 1 each Jalapeno
  • Preheat the Typhur Dome air fryer to 400°F / 205°C. (Around 5 minutes)
  • Add the shrimp to the cooking tray and return to the Typhur Dome.
  • Cook the shrimp at 400°F / 205°C for 5 minutes.
  • Using a pair of tongs, transfer the shrimp to a serving tray or plate.
  • We like to serve our spicy shrimp in a warm corn tortilla with shredded cabbage, cotija cheese, avocado cream, and a squeeze of lime juice.
    as needed Shredded Green Cabbage, as needed Cotija Cheese, crumbled, as needed Lime Wedges

(Nutrition information is calculated automatically by Spoonacular API and should be considered an estimate.)