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Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

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You’re going to want to make this shrimp fajitas recipe for dinner tonight! Not only is this meal nutritious and delicious, but it’s also totally easy to make, making it a great option for weeknight dinners. Shrimp is seasoned with a homemade fajita blend and cooks with bell peppers, onions, and garlic for max flavor. Then everyone can build their own fajita and add toppings to their hearts content (truly the best part of meals like this!).

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Platter of shrimp fajita ingredients

Estimated reading time: 9 minutes

What You’ll Love About Shrimp Fajitas

  • Quick and easy weeknight meal
  • Delicious and flavorful
  • Nutritious and healthy
  • Easy to let everyone make their own
  • Just 15 minutes prep time
  • Just 10 minutes cooking time
  • Made with basic ingredients you can find at any grocery store

Ingredients

  • Homemade fajita seasoning – sea salt, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper
  • Bell peppers – You can really use any type of bell peppers, I typically go with a red and yellow bell peppers for some variety and color, but you could use green bell peppers or a variety.
  • Onion – Use a white, yellow, or red onion. I typically recommend a yellow onion, but you can use any variety, whatever you prefer or have.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor or frozen garlic cubes for a shortcut.
  • Tomato – The tomatoes are for a topping so you have a few options. Depending on the season, you could chop up a classic tomato or use a grape or cherry tomatoes if they are out of season. You could also use a pre-made pico de gallo as well.
  • Lettuce – Use a crunchy lettuce like romaine or iceberg. Slice it as thinly as you can.
  • Lime – The lime adds delicious citrus flavor, but you could also omit it if you prefer.
  • Shrimp – Look for raw shrimp that is peeled, deveined, and has no tail for easiest eating. Buy the best shrimp you can.
  • Oil – This is for cooking the shrimp so any vegetable oil like canola, olive oil, or avocado oil will work.
  • Tortillas – Traditionally, fajitas are used, but if you prefer, use warm corn tortillas instead.
  • Toppings – I like to include lettuce, tomato, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime juice, but you can use any of your favorite fajita toppings.
Ingredients to make shrimp fajita recipe

How to Make Shrimp Fajitas

This is an overview on how to make shrimp fajitas, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Prep ingredients. Slice bell peppers into thin strips, slice onions into half moons, and mince garlic cloves.
Prep toppings. Thinly slice lettuce, chop tomatoes, cut limes into wedges, and place onto a serving platter. Because the shrimp cooks so quickly, you want to have everything else ready to go.
Shrimp fajita toppings on a platter
Cook fajita veggies. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions to large skillet and cook until softened.
Skillet with fajita veggies
Cook shrimp. Add garlic and shrimp to skillet and sprinkle with seasonings. Cook until shrimp are cooked through. Warm tortillas while shrimp are cooking.
Shrimp and seasonings in a skillet with fajita veggies
Assemble fajitas. Layer shrimp and pepper mixture into flour tortillas and add your favorite toppings as desired.
Platter of shrimp fajita ingredients

Topping Ideas for Fajitas

Keep this fajita shrimp recipe simple with a few of the standard toppings, or add some more with these ideas:

  • Corn Salsa
  • Creamy Quesadilla Sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped onions
  • Pickled red onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Pickled jalapeño peppers
  • Diced avocado

FAQs

Are shrimp fajitas healthy?

I love looking at this question in a bit of a different way – using my background in Nutrition and Intuitive Eating. Instead of jumping to negative conclusions, I tend to look at the food in a bigger view, so here’s what I see in this meal: protein (shrimp), produce (toppings), carbs/energy (tortilla), and flavor (all of it!).

Can I make this into a shrimp fajita bowl?

Absolutely! Skip the tortillas and serve everything over some white, brown, or cauliflower rice for a burrito bowl meal.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat shrimp and pepper mixture in a hot skillet for a few minutes, just until heated through. Be careful to not overheat as the shrimp will get rubbery. Microwaving is not recommend!

Shrimp fajitas in flour tortillas on a plate

What to Serve with Shrimp Fajitas

Wondering what sides go best with fajitas? Here are a few ideas:

How to Feed Shrimp Fajita Recipe to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal (even picky eaters!), which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the shrimp fajita mixture in a pinch bowl (small bowl for tasting) if it’s a new or learning-to-like it food and let everyone build their own fajitas. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter if they don’t do tortillas.

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You’re going to love this easy shrimp fajitas recipe! Nutritious, delicious, full of flavor, and all ready in less than 30 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 bell peppers (1 yellow, 1 red)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 heart romaine lettuce
  • 1 lime
  • 16 oz. raw shrimp (peeled and deveined, no tail)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 8 flour fajita-size tortillas
  • toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce or salsa

Instructions

  1. Prep ingredients:
    In a small pinch bowl, stir together sea salt, cumin, oregano, and smoked paprika.
    Slice bell peppers in thin strips.
    Slice onion in half moons.
    Mince garlic cloves.
  2. Prep toppings: Thinly slice lettuce, chop tomatoes, cut limes into wedges and place onto a platter for serving.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced peppers and onions to skillet. Cook, stirring every minute or so for about 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add garlic and shrimp to skillet and sprinkle with seasonings. Cook for 4-5 minutes, just until shrimp are cooked through. Cooking time will vary slightly based on size of shrimp.
  4. Wrap tortillas in a kitchen towel and warm gently in the microwave.
  5. Assemble fajitas. Layer shrimp and pepper mixture into flour tortillas and top with toppings as desired. 


Notes

  • Nutrition facts estimate do not include toppings.
  • Shred your own cheddar if you can! 

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Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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