These Shrimp Fajitas are easy to make in just 15 minutes – sizzling, caramelized shrimp cooked with seared bell peppers and onions in flavorful fajita seasonings. It’s like restaurant-style fajitas but even better! #shrimpFajitas These Shrimp Fajitas are easy to make in just 15 minutes – sizzling, caramelized shrimp cooked with seared bell peppers and onions in flavorful fajita seasonings. It’s like restaurant-style fajitas but even better!

Shrimp Fajitas are an easy and flavorful Mexican dinner packed with juicy blackened shrimp, bell peppers and onions. Seasoned with cumin powder, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper and cooked in one pan!

Shrimp Fajitas in a cast iron skillet

Shrimp fajitas are one of my top go-to weeknight recipes because it’s on your dinner table in 15 minutes and clean up is a breeze.

After making these Mexican shrimp many times, I have discovered the little secret that brings out the best flavor: coat the shrimp with Fajita Seasoning before adding to a skillet Skillet. It acts like a rub and creates much more flavorful shrimp!

Shrimp Fajitas served on tortillas

How Do You Make Shrimp Fajitas

  • Make fajita seasoning by mixing cumin powder, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Mix the thawed shrimp with half of the fajita seasoning.
  • Sautee onion and bell peppers.
  • Add the rest of Fajita seasoning and cook until onions have wilted and the bell peppers are tender.
  • Add in the seasoned shrimp and sauté until shrimp turn pink.

If you prefer to serve with warm flour tortillas, you can place the tortilla in a separate pan or microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Serve shrimp mixture in a tortilla with sour cream and chopped cilantro.

What Kind of Shrimp is Best for Fajitas

You need raw shrimp for this recipe. If you can find fresh shrimp, by all means this is the best option! In most cases, you’ll find frozen or defrosted shrimp at the supermarket. Here is a guide on how to buy shrimp.

This recipe works best with large or jumbo size shrimp that are peeled and deveined. If you can only find smaller or larger shrimp, be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the size.

Shrimp Fajitas topped with sour cream, cilantro and served on tortilla

Fajita Seasoning

Although you can always use store-bought fajita seasoning, I highly recommend Homemade Fajita Seasoning. Not only is it really easy to make, but it also tastes so much better!

To make fajita seasoning, you only need six ingredients: cumin powder, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix them together and store in an airtight container for up to one year.

Fajita Seasoning Substitute: While fajita seasoning is the traditional flavoring, you can experiment with Taco Seasoning and Cajun Seasoning to get amazing results too.

Top Tips for Making Best Shrimp Fajitas

  • Make sure to thaw your shrimp before cooking, otherwise, they will come out chewy.
  • Coating the shrimp with Fajita Seasoning and then cooking in oil will create more flavor than adding shrimp directly to the pan.
  • Heat the pan until it’s hot before adding shrimp.
  • Don’t over-crowd the pan with too many shrimp. Cook the shrimp in batches if need to.
  • Remove shrimp as soon as they turn pink and opaque. Overcooking will make them rubbery. A minute or two on each side in a hot pan is enough.

How Do You Know if Shrimp is Cooked

The secret to getting the perfect shrimp texture is not to overcook them. As soon as they turn pink and start to curl, you need to remove them from heat immediately.

It usually takes 3-4 minutes to cook medium-sized raw shrimp (about 2 minutes each side). If you use the pre-cooked shrimp, they may turn tough and chewy quickly when you cook them the second time.

Assemble Fajitas

  • Take a hot flour tortilla, top with the desired amount of shrimp fajita mixture using a large spoon.
  • Drizzle evenly with freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Add sour cream and chopped cilantro
  • (optional) Add hot sauce or avocado slices if desired.

These Shrimp Fajitas are easy to make in just 15 minutes – sizzling, caramelized shrimp cooked with seared bell peppers and onions in flavorful fajita seasonings. It’s like restaurant-style fajitas but even better!

Can I Bake Shrimp Fajitas? Yes,  baked shrimp fajitas are easy to make. all you need to do is to bake the vegetables with seasoning on a sheet pan for 10 minutes at 400°F, add the shrimp and bake for another 5-8 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and add to the pan as well.

These Shrimp Fajitas are easy to make in just 15 minutes – sizzling, caramelized shrimp cooked with seared bell peppers and onions in flavorful fajita seasonings. It’s like restaurant-style fajitas but even better! #shrimpFajitas
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Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp Fajitas that’s easy to make in just 15 minutes – sizzling, caramelized shrimp cooked with seared bell peppers and onions in flavorful fajita seasonings.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Shrimp and Veggie

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 mixed bell peppers, seeded and sliced (see note)
  • 8 flour tortillas, 8-inch size

Fajita Seasoning

  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Toppings

  • cilantro, chopped
  • salsa, optional
  • sour cream, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp and half of the fajita seasoning together. Set aside.
  • Place a medium-large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add the olive oil, onion, bell peppers and remaining fajita seasoning.
  • Sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions have wilted and the bell peppers are tender.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and sauté for 2-3 more minutes until cooked.
  • While the shrimp are cooking, place a second skillet over medium-high heat. Place a tortilla in the pan for 30 seconds to heat and then remove to a serving plate. Repeat for remaining tortillas.
  • Serve shrimp mixture in tortillas with optional salsa, sour cream and cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use larger or smaller shrimp for this recipe, just increase or decrease the shrimp cooking time accordingly.
  • Make sure to thaw your shrimp before cooking, otherwise, they will come out chewy.
  • Coat the shrimp with Fajita Seasoning and then cook in oil.  This will create more flavor than adding shrimp directly to the pan.
  • Heat the pan until it’s hot before adding shrimp.
  • Don’t over-crowd the pan with too many shrimp. Cook the shrimp in batches if need to.
  • Remove shrimp as soon as they turn pink and opaque. Overcooking will make them rubbery. A minute or two on each side in a hot pan is enough.
  • Make it Healthier: serve with whole wheat tortillas.
  • Make it Low Carb:serve it on lettuce with avocado.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Shrimp Fajitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 285mg95%
Sodium 1300mg54%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1410IU28%
Vitamin C 57.4mg70%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: TipBuzz
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Shrimp Fajitas
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