You’re going to love these Shrimp Fajitas. Just a brief marinade, a quick toss in the skillet, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality meal the whole family will love.
Served with your choice of corn or flour tortillas, they can be your easy weeknight dinner or special Sunday meal.
Today’s recipe takes the same idea up a notch with some seafood goodness.
Why You’ll Love These Fajitas
- Quick and Easy: One of the best parts about this recipe is its simplicity and speed. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a last-minute meal for guests. The shrimp cooks quickly, so you can have a delicious meal ready in no time.
- Flavor-Packed: Every bite of these shrimp fajitas is bursting with flavor. The combination of chili, cumin, lime, and garlic in the marinade perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the shrimp.
- Healthy and Nutritious: Shrimp is a great source of protein and is low in calories, making this dish a healthy option. Plus, the bell peppers and onions add vitamins and fiber, making it a well-rounded meal.
- Visually Appealing: The colorful bell peppers not only add crunch and flavor but also make this dish a feast for the eyes. It’s sure to impress anyone at the dining table with its vibrant and inviting appearance.
- Great for Entertaining: This recipe is not only great for family meals but also perfect for entertaining. It’s easy to scale up for larger groups and can be a fun, interactive meal where guests build their own fajitas.
- Shrimp – Go with fresh, wild-caught shrimp for best flavors. If using frozen shrimp, ensure they are fully thawed and patted dry before marinating.
- Lime Juice – Fresh lime juice is crucial for its bright, acidic flavor. It adds a zesty kick to the marinade and is also used as a garnish for added freshness.
- Garlic and Jalapeno – These add a spicy and aromatic element to the fajitas. Adjust the amount of jalapeno according to your heat preference.
- Fresh Cilantro – Cilantro adds a fresh and herby note. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, you can reduce the amount or substitute it with parsley for a milder flavor.
- Spices (Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Salt, Crushed Red Pepper, Black Pepper) – This combination of spices creates a classic fajita flavor. The chili powder and cumin offer depth and smokiness, while oregano adds an earthy note. The peppers bring heat and the salt balances it all.
- Onion and Bell Peppers – Use a variety of colored bell peppers for a nice looking dish. They also add sweetness and a crunchy texture.
Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe
1. Marinate the Shrimp: In a bowl, combine shrimp with olive oil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Allow to marinate 5-10 minutes.
2. Cook the Shrimp: Sauté until opaque and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
3. Sauté Veggies: Add onion and bell peppers to the skillet. Sauté for a few minutes, until they are starting to soften up a little, but still retain some crispness.
4. Finish: Add back in shrimp. Garnish with cilantro.
We usually just serve up our fajitas with a pile of corn or flour tortillas and some lime wedges for squeezing and sliced avocado.
Wanna know something that can really take your fajitas to a whole new level of delicious? Give them a drizzle of Peruvian Green Sauce. So good!
Leftovers and Reheating
If you happen to have leftovers (which we rarely do!), refrigerate them in an airtight container for 1-2 days.
Reheat in a lightly greased skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through.
Tips for the Perfect Fajitas
- Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh shrimp, crisp bell peppers, ripe limes, and vibrant cilantro will make your fajitas top-notch.
- Properly Prep the Shrimp: If you’re using frozen shrimp, make sure they are completely thawed before cooking. Also, pat them dry to remove any excess moisture. This helps in getting a nice sear on the shrimp.
- Marinate for Flavor: Allow the shrimp to marinate for at least 5-10 minutes to absorb all the flavors. However, don’t marinate for too long as the lime juice can start to cook the shrimp.
- Don’t Overcook the Shrimp: Shrimp cook very quickly and can become tough if overcooked. They are done when they turn pink and opaque. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Sauté Vegetables to the Right Texture: Cook the bell peppers and onions until they are just soft but still have a bit of crunch. This adds a nice texture contrast to the dish.
- High Heat for Cooking: Cook both the shrimp and vegetables on high heat. This helps in getting a good sear on the shrimp and a slight char on the vegetables, adding a smoky flavor.
- Serve Immediately: Shrimp fajitas are best served fresh and hot. Have your tortillas and sides ready so you can serve the fajitas as soon as they’re cooked.
Shrimp fajitas, ready in a flash. Cook them up, and watch the smiles light up around your table.
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Shrimp Fajitas, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 lime, juiced
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 small jalapeno, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- ¼ black pepper
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 3 bell peppers, sliced (use multiple colors)
- In a bowl, combine shrimp with 2 Tbsp olive oil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Allow to marinate 5-10 minutes.
- Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Add shrimp and sauté until opaque and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.
- Add onion and bell peppers into the skillet. Sauté for a few minutes, until they are starting to soften up a little, but still retain some crispness.
- Add back in shrimp. Garnish with cilantro.
- Serve with corn of flour tortillas and a side of lime wedges.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 274Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 239mgSodium 1699mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 28g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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