Easy Shrimp Fajitas is one of our all-time favorite dinners. This tasty skillet fajita recipe is tender shrimp cooked with plenty of fresh crisp peppers and sweet onions tossed in an easy homemade Mexican seasoning and piled high in tortillas. This flavorful meal makes the perfect weeknight dinner, the whole family will love!

Shrimp Fajitas topped with avocado and serve with lime wedges

I love any type of fajitas, but these Shrimp Fajitas might just be my all-time favorite fajita recipe! This recipe makes for the perfect light (yet filling) dish that can quickly be cooked on busy weeknights, yet it’s totally worthy enough to serve when hosting friends for dinner. These Shrimp Fajitas are packed with flavor, made with tons of healthy ingredients, and they’re FAST to whip together. The seasoning mix is super tasty, but so easy with very few ingredients!

Ingredients

  • Shrimp: of course this is a given! I like using a medium-sized shrimp for this recipe. You can leave the tail on or take it off. We prefer to take the tail off because it makes the fajitas easier to consume when wrapped in a tortilla.
  • Peppers: Red, green, and yellow bell peppers are the ones I chose to use, but feel free to use any combination of peppers you want. You could also add some poblano peppers into the mix for a different flavor. And if you like more spice, add in 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to the spice blend and/or a finely diced jalapeño to the veggies.
  • Onion: Any thinly sliced onion variety works great. Use as much or little as you prefer.
  • Seasoning: This homemade fajita seasoning is absolutely wonderful and what makes these shrimp fajitas so tasty! I like making my own to control the ingredients and flavors.
  • Tortillas and toppings: This is the fun part! Get creative and use all your favorites.

How Do You Make Shrimp Fajitas?

Making fajitas has never been easier or more delicious with these flavorful skillet shrimp fajitas! You can have these mouth-watering shrimp fajitas on the table in less than 30 minutes, including prep! The shrimp doesn’t even need to be pre-seasoned or marinated, so that’s more time saved!

  1. Cut peppers and onion.
  2. Cook peppers and onion in a bit of oil in a skillet.
  3. Mix seasoning while veggies are cooking.
  4. Add shrimp and seasoning to cook with the peppers and onion.
  5. Warm tortillas while the dish finishes cooking. Fill the tortillas up with the shrimp, veggies and other favorite toppings!
cooking bell peppers in an iron skillet

How Do You Cook Shrimp Fajitas In The Oven?

You can totally cook your shrimp fajitas in the oven, if you prefer. Use two sheet pans instead of the skillet. Mix the homemade fajita seasoning.

  1. On one sheet pan add the bell pepper and onion slices. Drizzle veggies with a bit of olive oil and add about half of the seasoning mix. Toss on the sheet pan until veggies are coated and then spread into an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes at 400ºF on the top oven rack.

  2. On the other sheet pan add the shrimp, a drizzle of olive oil, and the rest of the seasoning mix. Toss until shrimp is evenly coated and then spread in an even layer on the pan. Remove the veggie pan, toss veggies, and return to the bottom rack. Place shrimp pan on the top rack. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

How Do You Know When Shrimp Is Cooked?

Shrimp cooks really fast, so be sure to keep a close eye on it once you get it cooking!

  • When shrimp is raw the flesh is a grayish color. As it cooks, it turns to an opaque whitish pink color.
  • The shrimp should curl up into a loose “C” shape when properly cooked. If they have curled up into a tight “O” shape, then the shrimp is most likely overcooked. (An undercooked shrimp will still have some grayish spots on them and form more of a flexible “U” shape.)
cooking shrimp, peppers and onion in an iron skillet

Tips

  • I recommend buying shrimp that’s already been peeled and deveined to make this dish go faster with less prep.
  • If you are using frozen shrimp, make sure to let them completely thaw out before cooking.
  • You can use either medium-sized or large shrimp for this recipe.

How To Warm Tortillas

Whether you’re using flour or corn tortillas, you’ll want to warm them up following these instructions. It will help them to fold and hold ingredients without breaking. It will also make them more flavorful and the overall dish tastier. Here’s a few ways that you can warm the tortillas:

  • Wrap a stack of 5 tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time until warmed through.
  • Place on a gas stovetop over a medium/low flame — place the tortilla right on the flame on the stovetop and flip after 10-15 seconds.
  • Cook in a hot, dry skillet, griddle, cooktop, or grill grates — flip after 10-15 seconds.
shrimp fajitas, tortillas and llime wedges

What Do You Serve With Shrimp Fajitas?

The classic way to serve Shrimp Fajitas is wrapped in tortillas with rice and beans on the side. I always make a batch of my Mexican brown rice whenever we’re enjoying Mexican food. It’s so good and simple! Grilled corn on the cob would be an awesome side with this meal too. If you like sauces, the cilantro ranch sauce or this avocado cream sauce from these salmon tacos would be amazing!

Topping Suggestions:

shrimp fajita topped with avocado slices

What I love best about this recipe is that it’s just so easy to make with minimal ingredients! These sizzling Shrimp Fajitas are on my regular dinner menu rotation, and they’re always a hit.

Helpful Tools

Large Cast Iron Skillet – You can really use any large skillet for fajitas, but I prefer using a cast iron skillet because the heavy bottom retains heat. This ensures even cooking and cooks the peppers and shrimp quickly. Lodge is a great budget-friendly brand.

Wüsthof Two Piece Prep Set (Knives) – This is the knife set that I use most often and I can’t say enough great things about these high-quality knives.

More Delicious Mexican Meals

Chickpea Avocado Tacos

Mexican Breakfast Tacos

Shrimp Tacos With Pineapple Salsa

Mexican Casserole

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Skinny Enchilada Casserole

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seasoned shrimp in flour tortillas on a plate
Shrimp Fajitas topped with avocado and serve with lime wedges
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5 from 11 votes
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Fajitas
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 286mg95%
Sodium 894mg39%
Potassium 327mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1372IU27%
Vitamin C 123mg149%
Calcium 182mg18%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:4 people
Shrimp Fajitas
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
 

Easy Shrimp Fajitas are one of our all-time favorite dinners. This tasty fajita recipe is tender shrimp cooked with plenty of fresh crisp peppers, and sweet onions tossed in an easy homemade Mexican seasoning and piled high in tortillas. This flavorful meal makes the perfect weeknight dinner, the whole family will love!

Ingredients
For the veggies:
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small white or red onion, sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste
For the shrimp:
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed if desired
Optional for serving:
  • lime wedges
  • flour or corn tortillas
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • avocado, salsa, cheese & hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet or pan over high heat. Add the peppers and onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and charred on the edges. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. You can remove the peppers and set aside or leave them in the pan and add in the shrimp. Sprinkle the seasoning blend over the shrimp and vegetables. Stir to combine. Cook for about 4-5 min or until shrimp are done. They will be pink and opaque when fully cooked. You do not want to overcook the shrimp.
  4. Serve with tortillas and any other toppings you desire. Drizzle over fresh lime and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Oven Shrimp Fajitas: Prepare two sheet pans, one for the veggies and one for the shrimp. Mix the homemade fajita seasoning in a small bowl.

  1. On one sheet pan add the bell pepper and onion slices. Drizzle veggies with a bit of olive oil and add about half of the seasoning mix. Toss on the sheet pan until veggies are coated and then spread into an even layer. Bake for 10 minutes at 400ºF on the top oven rack.

  2. On the other sheet pan add the shrimp, a drizzle of olive oil, and the rest of the seasoning mix. Toss until shrimp is evenly coated and then spread in an even layer on the pan. Remove the veggie pan, toss veggies, and return to the bottom rack. Place shrimp pan on the top rack. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

 

Nutritional information does not include tortillas or optional toppings.

Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.

Author: Kim
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy fajitas, shrimp fajitas

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