Easy Shrimp Fajitas


Looking for an easy weeknight dinner? This is for you. Don’t be fooled by the somewhat long list of ingredients- the actual procedure is really simple and straight forward. This fun weeknight meal takes about 30 minutes to make and is a crowd pleaser! I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like fajitas. It’s also great for leftovers the next day (top if over some greens for a lunch salad).

While you can just buy fajita seasoning mix, making your own is easy too. The recipe I created has convenience in mind- it’s made with common spices so you shouldn’t have to buy any. And if you do need to buy them- trust me, you’ll use those spices in a lot of different dishes, so they’re worth buying!

Watch a 4 minute video of me making this for some extra tips and tricks!

5 from 2 votes

Easy Shrimp Fajitas

Servings 4 servings
Total Time 30 mins

Sautéed Peppers & Onions:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 bell peppers of different colors, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced

Shrimp & Shrimp Marinade:

  • 1 pound shrimp, shell removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons fajita seasoning, see below
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Fajita seasoning (makes extra- about 2-3 times worth):

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Fresh Pico De Gallo:

  • 1 pint baby tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • A few tablespoons of fresh cilantro

Other Potential Add-Ons You May Want:

  • tortillas
  • shredded mexican cheese
  • guacamole
  • sour cream
  • Saute sliced onions and peppers in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add in olive oil and saute onions first. After a few minutes, add in peppers. Continue to saute for about 10-15 minutes, until onions and peppers are lightly browned.
  • When done, remove onions and peppers from pan and place in a serving platter or bowl. Add in a teaspoon of fajita seasoning, stir, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, marinate the shrimp. Place lime juice, olive oil, fajita seasoning, and garlic in a large bowl (large enough to hold all the shrimp). Add in shrimp and toss shrimp in marinade. Let sit in marinade for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • While shrimp is marinating, make pico de gallo. Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Saute shrimp in same large saute pan that you sauted the onions and peppers in (for less cleaning). Heat pan over medium heat and drizzle in olive oil to generously coat bottom of pan. Add in shrimp- the shrimp should not stack on each other! If they do, do the shrimp in multiple batches. Saute shrimp on one side until opaque and pink, about 3 minutes. Flip to finish cooking on other side, about another 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
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  1. We had these for dinner tonight and we will definitely be making them often. We eat a lot of Mexican food and we love this fajita seasoning mix! Not only are these shrimp fajitas delicious, but they also make a very pretty, festive dish when having company over. We have been enjoying your recipe posts and thanks for the clear instructions. Very helpful!! Delicious!! Looking forward to tomorrow’s leftovers for lunch!

    1. Thanks Teresa! Really appreciate your support <3!

  2. First time making fajitas and I’m someone who is (was!) a bit intimidated with cooking shrimp correctly. Discovered that this is a great recipe and the video sure helps to make everything clear. Really liked the spice mixture too — we did add more than the recipe called for. A bit disappointed that we have no leftovers :-).

    1. Glad it worked out Carol and happy to hear the video was helpful!

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