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My Favorite Easy Seafood Tacos with Lime and Cotija

These are my favorite seafood tacos and they're SO easy to make! Shrimp and scallops get tossed in a simple spice rub, and then topped with lime and cotija!

Course Main Course, Seafood, Tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA


  • 3/4 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used jumbo shrimp!)
  • 1/2 pound scallops
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • juice of ½ a lime
  • shredded romaine for serving
  • crumbled cotija cheese, for serving
  • 1-2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • sour cream for serving
  • chopped cilantro for serving
  • lime wedges for serving
  • your favorite tortillas


  1. Pat your shrimp and scallops dry with paper towels. Add to a medium bowl. In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and salt until combined. Add spice mixture to the seafood and toss to coat.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the olive/avocado oil. Once hot, add the shrimp and scallops in a single layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Add the butter and lime juice and stir to combine.

  3. Add the seafood to your favorite tortillas, and top with romaine, crumbled cotija, diced tomatoes, sour cream, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime!

Recipe Notes

*I like to thin my sour cream out with a little whole milk or cream and lime juice. Sometimes I add a little lime zest and salt too! Totally optional, but delicious.