Sunday, May 7, 2023

Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

This easy recipe makes fantastic and flavorful shrimp fajitas.  This recipe works well in a fajita bowl with rice and sauce or wrapped in a flour or corn tortilla.  This is a recipe that you can prepare quickly, usually in about 15 minutes or so.


  • 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 3-4 bell peppers of different colors, sliced
  • a handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Tortillas for serving (we use the "Carb Smart" from Mission)

Fajita Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika (you can use sweet paprika instead, but I prefer the smoky flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all fajita seasoning ingredients.
  2. Add the shrimp to a shallow bowl and sprinkle with half of the seasoning.  Mix well to coat, then set aside.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and bell peppers and sauté for 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Add the remaining seasoning and mix well, remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
  5. Heat the remaining oil and add the shrimp.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  6. Return vegetables to the skillet and mix to combine.  Garnish with fresh, chopped cilantro and serve with warm tortillas.
  7. Top the tortillas with cheese, sour cream and guacamole or eat it as is...whatever you prefer.
  8. ENJOY

Drink Pairings:

Wine: A nice white Sangria goes perfect with this meal.  (I will be sharing a white Sangria recipe in the future)

Beer: If you are local to this area (northeast Ohio) then I recommend Lockpuerto Cerveza from Lockport Brewing.  Enjoy this Mexican-style dark lager with or without a lime.  If you can't get Lockport beers then I recommend that you move closer.  If that isn't possible, then I would go with a Negra Modelo. 

Cocktail: The Tequila Sunrise cocktail pairs very well with this dinner, especially if you are enjoying it "al fresco" on your patio or deck.  To make a Tequila Sunrise cocktail you only need three ingredients, tequila, grenadine, and orange juice.


  1. Add the tequila and then the orange juice to a chilled highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Top with grenadine, which will sink to the bottom of the glass, creating a layered effect.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.








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