How to make Vegan Shrimp Tacos | The Vgn Way

We’re always looking for quick and easy recipes to make that are flavorful and filling and these vegan shrimp tacos fill the bill and will not disappoint.

Tacos are such as easy and versatile food item; especially in the middle of the week when leftovers are abundant to make a number of variations on the classic. Most days tofu is our filling of choice but for our first taco recipe, we wanted to add a different vegan twist by adding Vegan King Prawn shrimp as the centerpiece.

What Are Vegan Shrimp Made From?

What is vegan shrimp, you ask? The main ingredient in this vegan shrimp is Konjac (pronounced kon-jack) with the addition of some starches, spices and paprika for color. Konjac is the shortened name of an East Asian root vegetable that produces an edible tuber. Other common names for it are devils tongue, voodoo lily and elephant yam. But don’t let the nicknames intimidate you from trying it. We purchased this shrimp substitute product by the brand Vegan King Prawn and we really like it. The texture and the taste of it are honestly very shrimp-like. So, say hello to all your favorite shrimp dishes and make this a freezer staple you always have on hand when that craving hits.

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5 from 11 votes


Servings: 2 servings


  • 1  package  Vegan King Prawn
  • 1 package Corn tortillas – we use Mission, Street Tacos – Mini Corn Tortillas
  • 1 bag Coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup Neutral oil  – such as EVOO or canola for frying
  • 1 Lime

Shrimp Breading

  • cup Gluten-free flour
  • 2  teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2  teaspoon Onion powder
  • ¾  teaspoon Salt
  • ¾  teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Vegan egg  – we use Bob’s Red Mill replacer

Vegan Buttermilk

  • 1 cup Plant based milk – we use unsweetened almond milk
  • teaspoon Apple cider vinegar

Vegan Mayo Sriracha

  • ½ cup Vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • ¼ cup ketchup


  • In a container with a lid combine the ingredients for the buttermilk
  • Add vegan shrimp to buttermilk mix and let it sit for 10 minutes
  • Combine the ingredients for the breading
  • In a small pan heat oil on medium heat
  • One by one take vegan shrimp from the buttermilk and add them to the breading, coating them completely, then add them to the heated oil.
  • Fry vegan shrimp until crispy and golden brown about 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove and place on a paper toweled plate to drain excess oil. Prepare vegan Sriracha mayo.
  • Add shrimp, coleslaw mix to tortillas, topping them with vegan mayo sriracha.
  • Add a squeeze of lime
  • Enjoy!

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  1. June 9, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    5 stars
    I’m so happy you told me what vegan shrimp is, because I was definitely going to ask! I have several friends/ family that are vegetarian and vegan, so I’m sending them this recipe right now!

  2. June 8, 2020 / 9:11 pm

    5 stars
    These vegan shrimp tacos look delicious! I never knew vegan shrimp existed, a perfect alternative for taco Tuesday.

  3. June 7, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    5 stars
    So excited to find this recipe! I’ve never tried vegan shrimp but it looks so good!

  4. June 6, 2020 / 10:53 am

    5 stars
    I don’t know if I’m more in love with the taste or the variety of names for konjac (which I’ve never heard of before this post).

  5. June 6, 2020 / 9:27 am

    5 stars
    You introduced me to something new with the vegan shrimp!! Adding this recipe to my Rolodex.

  6. Capri
    June 5, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    5 stars
    Voodoo Lily, Elephant Yam. I am here for it! I’ve never seen vegan shrimp but now I am excited to find it and try this recipe! It looks delicious!!

  7. Desirée
    June 4, 2020 / 11:29 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve never been able to find vegan shrimp around here! Now I’ll be on the lookout!

    • thevgnway
      June 4, 2020 / 11:58 pm

      Hi Desirèe,

      We get our at Loving Hut, its a national vegan restaurant chain that also sells lots of vegan products.

  8. June 4, 2020 / 11:27 pm

    5 stars
    I think it’s amazing that there are so many vegan options out there. This looks so delicious!

  9. June 4, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    5 stars
    I know what I’m cooking tonight 😍

  10. June 4, 2020 / 12:14 pm

    Vegan shrimp….. definitely trying this to see what it tastes like

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