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Indulge in a sizzling seafood delight with these Easy Shrimp Fajitas. This flavorful dinner option combines succulent shrimp, colorful vegetables, and a variety of herbs and spices.
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Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or just a fajita fan, you are going to love these Shrimp Fajitas! Big, succulent jumbo shrimps, tender veggies, and an array of spices all cooked together and wrapped in a tortilla – it just doesn’t get much better. Plus, you’ll love the simple ingredient list and the quick cook time! The shrimp needs a little time to marinate, but after that’s done, everything cooks up in less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients in Shrimp Fajitas
- Shrimp – fresh shrimp is always a plus, but we also regularly use frozen shrimp for convenience. I like to get the jumbo, peeled, deveined shrimp with tails off for easy preparation. Make sure to thaw the shrimp according to package directions
- Bell Peppers – I like to use red, yellow, and orange bell peppers in my fajitas.
- Onion – Use a red, white, yellow, or sweet onion.
- Fajita Seasoning – you can make your own fajita seasoning with cumin, paprika, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, sugar, and salt. Or, just use the premade mix from the store.
- Oil – use a neutral oil like canola oil or vegetable oil. You can also use olive oil.
- Flour Tortillas – make your own tortillas or use your favorite store-bought brand. Warm tortillas are recommended!
What to Serve with Shrimp Fajitas
Our fajitas are never complete without a tantalizing array of toppings. We love to enhance the flavor with dollops of creamy guacamole, the vibrant freshness of cilantro, and a squeeze of zesty lime wedges. And that’s just the beginning! Your spread could also include a medley of salsa, pico de gallo, black beans, sliced avocados, sour cream, crema, cheddar cheese, or hot sauce. To create a satisfying and well-rounded meal, we accompany our fajitas with sides of Restaurant Style Mexican Rice and Restaurant Style Refried Beans, adding an extra touch of authenticity to the dining experience.
When it comes to preparing shrimp for your fajitas, you have three cooking methods at your disposal, each offering its own unique flair. First up, grilling the shrimp imparts a smoky char that adds a depth of flavor, perfect for those who appreciate a touch of outdoor cooking. Alternatively, searing the shrimp in a hot skillet creates an element of caramelization, locking in the shrimp’s natural juices and creating a succulent texture. Lastly, for a fuss-free, less mess option, oven-baking the shrimp offers a convenient alternative, ensuring even cooking. If you’re a fan of the oven method, then be sure to check out our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. In the recipe card below we give instructions for the skillet method. Whichever method you choose, be prepared for shrimp that is tender, flavorful, and ready to wrap up in a fajita!
Make sure to give the marinade at least 1 hour to work its magic! For optimal results, thaw shrimp completely before marinating so it can better soak in the blend of spices and seasonings.
Frequently Asked Questions about Shrimp Fajitas
The marinade in our recipe consists of chicken broth, oil, lime juice, and seasonings. You can use a homemade fajita seasoning mix or buy it premade in packets.
Taco seasoning tends to have more chili powder and oregano and fajita seasoning has more cumin. Taco seasoning is also usually spicier, but you can make your fajita seasoning as spicy as you’d like.
It is up to you! We sometimes have our fajitas with shredded cheddar cheese or oaxaca cheese, but they don’t need it to be delicious!
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How to Make Shrimp Fajitas
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp thaw completely if using frozen
- 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning divided, see note below for instructions to make your own
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces diced green chiles
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- juice of half a lime
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 red onion
- flour tortillas
- Add shrimp, 1 Tablespoon of fajita seasoning, chicken broth, green chiles, garlic, and lime juice to a ziplock bag or airtight container. Toss to combine. Let marinate for at least 1 hour.
- While shrimp is marinating, thinly slice peppers and onions.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain marinade off the shrimp and place the shrimp in the skillet. Cook until just pink.
- Add peppers and onions and cook until the veggies soften. Stirring often.
- Serve on flour tortillas with your favorite toppings.
- Nutrition facts do not include tortillas or toppings.
- To make sheet pan shrimp fajitas, place marinated shrimp and sliced veggies on a baking sheet and bake at 450 for 8 minutes. Then broil for an additional 2 minutes.
- Not a shrimp fan? Replace the shrimp with a pound of thinly sliced chicken or steak.
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning:
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
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