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Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw

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Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw – the perfect balance of spicy, savory, sweet and sour, and ready in less than 30 minutes. Weight Watcher 6 points, low-carb, whole30, paleo and gluten-free.

Tons of flavor in this quick, shrimp dish! The perfect balance of spicy, savory, sweet & sour – and ready in less than 30 minutes.

I seasoned the shrimp with turmeric, cumin and red pepper flakes, then gave it a quick saute with garlic and finished it with some fresh lime juice and cilantro.

 Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw – the perfect balance of spicy, savory, sweet and sour, and ready in less than 30 minutes. Weight Watcher 6 points, low-carb, whole30, paleo and gluten-free.

To balance out the heat (it’s mild, although you can make it spicier or leave milder to your taste) I served this over a quick slaw with sweet mango, red cabbage and lime juice.

Red Cabbage-Mango Slaw

My husband gave it two thumbs up! This dish is perfect for most diet restrictions: gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 and of course weight watcher friendly!

Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw

4.89 from 9 votes
Tons of flavor in this quick, shrimp dish! The perfect balance of spicy, savory, sweet & sour – and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 7 shrimp, 1-1/4 cup slaw


  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 limes, divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 ground black pepper
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded (12 oz total)
  • 1 8 oz mango, julienned
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro, divided
  • 28 (1 lb) peeled and deveined extra large shrimp
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  • Combine 1 tbsp olive oil, juice of 1 lime, 3/4 tsp of the salt and pepper.
  • Toss with the cabbage, red onion, mango and 1 tbsp fresh cilantro.
  • Combine shrimp with the remaining salt, turmeric, crushed red pepper flakes and cumin.
  • In a large deep nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat, add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, and cook half of the shrimp 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side, until shrimp is cooked through and opaque.
  • Set aside, add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of oil and remaining shrimp and cook until shrimp is cooked through and opaque adding the crushed garlic the last minute.
  • Return all the shrimp to the skillet, stir to combine with garlic.
  • Remove from heat, squeeze lime over shrimp and toss with cilantro.
  • Divide the salad (about 1 1/4 cups) and shrimp between 4 plates.

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Serving: 7 shrimp, 1-1/4 cup slaw, Calories: 228 kcal, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 25 g, Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 172 mg, Sodium: 472 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 11 g


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55 comments on “Turmeric-Garlic Shrimp with Cabbage-Mango Slaw”

  1. I made this recipe exactly as written, no substitutions. It was fantastic! Full of flavor, yet still light and fresh. One tip, though. If you handle the shrimp after they’ve been tossed with the turmeric, it will stain your nails yellow. So maybe use tongs for that.

  2. We love, love, loved the slaw! Very colorful. Beautiful presentation. We were still hungry after a single portion, so I would add rice, beans, or something else on the side. The shrimp were good. I think better would be scallops or a white fish. But delish.. I may do the slaw with a fire shrimp recipe on top. Or, add a minced habanero pepper to the whole thing. We’ll definitely keep this in our rotation.

  3. It was really delicious! It felt a bit fancy and summery, like an interesting dish we might get on vacation at a beach resort. We paired it with frozen egg-rolls.  Quite beautiful on the plate. Hubby and I each ate 2 servings.

    Next time, I will make th me cabbage slaw a littler earlier in the day and refrigerate so I can clean-up my little chilling mess, then do the shrimp just when we are ready to eat. Done this way it would be a great light meal for guests.

  4. This was fantastic! So fresh tasting and really easy.  We had it with a side of black beans.  I love that it would taste good hot or cold leftover for lunch.  It was surprisingly filling too.  

  5. I made this for dinner this evening with some brown rice and it was excellent – really fresh and tasty!

  6. Refreshing and delicious! I love recipes like this that are flavorful but don’t require a laundry list of ingredients and an hour of prep work. The mango slaw is a revelation on its own – I would pair it with any summery main but the shrimp definitely works well. Thank you!!

  7. As I had leftover red cabbage, this was a great use for it. I love shrimp in most any form so that also made it a good choice. A nice light summer dinner was had with this recipe.

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  9. Do you think I could make this with cod fish instead of shrimp? It looks yummy, but I don’t have shrimp in the house.  Thanks!

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  12. Made this twice already and again tonight. Never change a thing but I’m serving with corn tortillas tonight so we can change it up a bit and make it tacos!

  13. Mmmm!!! This was absolutely delicious, so fresh tasting and flavorful.  I would LOVE to see more variations of recipes like this.  Thank you!!

  14. Just made this, replaced the mango with pineapple as I had one that needed using, served it along with brown rice and plantain and it was utterly delicious! Another SkinnyTaste home run 😉

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  17. Delish! The presentation was fabulous, and we particularly enjoyed the slaw. I wasn’t sure how to julienne the mango so I you tubed it. LOL I will probably make a paste from the spices next time. Just because I like to mix things up sometimes. Thanks for another winner!

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    1. My plan was to serve it with Black rice, but I forgot that until I read your post! My husband is a 6’5 construction worker and he had a salad before then a double portion of the shrimp with a single portion of the cabbage and is a happy man!

  19. How many calories for just the shrimp without the slaw? I don’t have cabbage but I want to make the shrimp tonight. 

  20. Fantastic! Used a “Power Slaw” mix for the vegetables and giant Tiger Prawns from Costco. This came together in a snap. 

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    Colorado Bloom

    I really want to try this recipe but I really don't care for cilantro at all. Is there a reasonable substitute for this dish?

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    Ashley Altizer

    I can't wait to try this recipe! I have made so many of your recipes off your blog and cookbook and am never disappointed. My favorite so far were the chocolate stout cupcakes! I always find it difficult to work with mango, do you have any secrets for easy mango prepping or do you buy it already peeled and sliced?

    1. I’ve actually purchased a bag of frozen mango from the store for my smoothies n let some thaw to use for this recipe. Worked perfectly!

  23. I made this last night. It was absolutely delicious but MAN it gave me the most horrendous, uncontrollable gas!! I had to open every window in my house. I think it was the shrimp, it did not agree with me. The dish was so good it was almost worth it though. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Made this dish last night and it was really yummy! I forgot to pick up a red onion so that was omitted this time. I'm sure it will be even better when I add it next time. I'm looking forward to throwing the leftovers over some fresh spinach for lunch later today.

    1. Forgot to mention that I left the cilantro at the grocery store for people who like it. We're just not fans of that stuff.

  25. Do you think regular (I guess you'd say white) cabbage would work with this? I don't like the red one at all

  26. I love, love, love shrimp in any form. Now this had me salivating. My default cabbage is the white one but this recipe makes a good case for trying out the red one. Awesome!