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Popcorn Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These healthy popcorn shrimp tacos combine classic flavors in a new way! It’s one of my family’s favorites. To make them low-carb, use lettuce instead of tortillas. —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, optional
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (41-50 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and sliced


  • In a small bowl, combine coleslaw mix, cilantro, lime juice, honey, salt and if desired, jalapeno; toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375°. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Place flour in a separate shallow bowl. In a third shallow bowl, mix panko, garlic powder and ground cumin. Dip shrimp in flour to coat both sides; shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in panko mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  • In batches, arrange shrimp in a single layer in greased air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Turn; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown and shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes longer.
  • Serve shrimp in tortillas with coleslaw mix and avocado.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
2 tacos: 456 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 213mg cholesterol, 414mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Marisol
    Jul 16, 2020

    The slaw was good, but I would pick jumbo shrimp over medium. It was a painstaking task having to coat the shrimp, either I had to do it one by one or in 5’s. I think just buying the breaded shrimp is easier.

  • darlyn29
    Jun 26, 2020

    Great recipe for taco night! If I run short on time I make these with frozen panko crusted shrimp but taking the time to crust your own as the recipe suggests makes for a much better crunch. Excellent recipe to keep on hand!