Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple-Avocado Salsa

Turn an appetizer portion of coconut shrimp into a full meal of tropical tacos with fresh salsa and a sprinkle of spiced cashews.

overhead view of five shrimp tacos with salsa on parchment paper
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
20 mins
8 tacos and 2 cups salsa


  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks, chopped

  • cup finely chopped avocado

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)

  • 1 recipe hot Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp (see recipe)

  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed

  • ½ cup Air-Fryer Spiced Cashews (see recipe)

For the Air-Fryer Spiced Cashews

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 2 cup raw cashews


  1. For salsa, in a small bowl combine pineapple, avocado, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and hot sauce (if using).

  2. Divide hot coconut shrimp (about two each) among tortillas. Spoon salsa over shrimp and sprinkle with spiced cashews. Serve immediately. If you like, serve with additional hot sauce. Serves 4.

Make the Air-Fryer Spiced Cashews

  1. Preheat air fryer to 300°F. Whisk together 2 Tbsp. olive oil, the brown sugar, lime zest and juice, garlic salt, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne (if using). Add cashews; toss to coat. Pour mixture into air-fryer basket. Air-fry 12 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once halfway through cooking.

  2. Spread cashews on a baking sheet or large plate. Let stand 20 minutes to cool and crisp up. Store cashews in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Serves 8.


Crispy shrimp tacos layered with tropical pineapple-avocado salsa are the cure for midwinter blahs.


The air fryer is aces at toasting nuts to golden crunchy perfection. Give them time to cool before digging in - they become crunchier as they stand.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

579 Calories
23g Fat
64g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 579
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 35.7mg 179%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 4.2mg 23%
Potassium 810mg 17%
Folate, total 75mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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