These shrimp fajitas are tender Mexican seasoned shrimp cooked in a skillet with plenty of peppers and onions. An easy dinner that’s just as good as what you’d get at a restaurant!

Whenever we head to a Mexican restaurant, I always order the shrimp fajitas. I just can’t resist that sizzling platter of shrimp and veggies. Now you can have that same Mexican shrimp in the comfort of your own home!

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These shrimp fajitas are tender Mexican seasoned shrimp cooked in a skillet with plenty of peppers and onions.

There’s nothing better than a delicious shrimp dish to commemorate warmer weather. That’s why I just had to make these shrimp fajitas. Tender shrimp cooked to perfection with all the flavors of your favorite Mexican restaurant dish.

How Do You Make Shrimp Fajitas?

These Mexican shrimp take just minutes to make and are packed with flavor. Fresh slices of onion and bell pepper are sauteed to perfection before being combined with plump, juicy shrimp. A delicious blend of spices are then mixed and sprinkled over the entire dish as it cooks.

Bell peppers and onions in a skillet.

You definitely want to use the biggest shrimp you can find for your skillet fajitas. It’s up to you whether or not the tails are removed. I like to leave them on for a nicer presentation, but not everyone enjoys the extra step when eating the dish.

Blackened bell peppers and onions in a pan.

Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers are the sweetest which is why I use them, but green bell peppers will also work just fine.You could also add some poblano peppers into the mix for a different flavor. If you like a spicy shrimp fajita, add minced jalapeno to the recipe. These Mexican fajitas can be served in tortillas with a variety of topping such as

A skillet of shrimp fajitas with peppers, onions, lime wedges and fresh cilantro.

How Do You Cook Shrimp Fajitas in the Oven?

If you prefer cooking your Mexican fajitas in the oven, it’s definitely doable. All you have to do is skip the skillet and use a sheet pan instead. You’ll want to mix all the ingredients together that you would have used for the skillet fajitas and spread it across a sheet pan and bake until done.

How Do You Know Shrimp is Cooked?

Despite the type of shrimp you buy, you’ll want to make sure your shrimp is cooked properly for safety’s sake. All shrimp should appear pink with red tails. They should appear slightly white as well but too much white means you’ve overcooked your shrimp.

Shrimp fajitas inside of flour tortillas.

It will be impossible to stay away from making these shrimp fajitas. They’re so easy and quick, and not to mention delicious, that I have no doubt I’ll be getting requests for them all year round. I’m not complaining, I love them and so does the family!

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5 from 64 votes

Shrimp Fajitas

AuthorSara Welch
These shrimp fajitas are tender Mexican seasoned shrimp cooked in a skillet with plenty of peppers and onions.
These shrimp fajitas are tender Mexican seasoned shrimp cooked in a skillet with plenty of peppers and onions. An easy dinner that's just as good as what you'd get at a restaurant!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sliced bell peppers red, orange, yellow or a combination
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed if desired
  • lime wedges for serving optional
  • flour tortillas and fajita toppings of your choice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the peppers and onion to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and charred on the edges. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and sprinkle the seasoning blend over the shrimp and vegetables. Stir to combine.
  • Cook for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Sprinkle the cilantro over the top and serve. Garnish with lime wedges if desired. Serve the flour tortillas and toppings on the side and have everyone assemble their own fajitas.


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2750IU | Vitamin C: 101.8mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Awesome!! Tasted sooo good! And was sooo easy!! I also added cotija cheese and Herdez guacamole salsa and they put it over the top! My kids even said, “this taste better than Chiles” (our favorite restaurant here in West Palm Beach.. Thank you for this and sharing it..

  2. 5 stars
    This was awesome and pretty quick. Put some lime juice and guac on the tacos, topped it with the cilantro and it was the best!

    Thank you for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This is as good or better than you would get in a restaurant! The spice mix is flavorful, and you can zip things up with hot sauce if desired. Great recipe, thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe. I didn’t have onion powder or chili powder. I added serrano peppers and garbanzo beans, instead of tortillas. I served this on a bed of sage quinoa and spinach. I love it!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these last night, and they were amazing. I did cook them on a skillet at 400 for 9 minutes, and they were perfect. I am definitely making again

  6. 5 stars
    Wonderful! Tasted better than a restaurant. I’ve been intimidated to cook shrimp in the past, but this was so easy!

  7. 5 stars
    This is by far the BEST recipe for shrimp fajitas! I love all the flavor without salt (except for a pinch). I even love the smell from prepping this…YUM! Great recipe. I can’t wait to look through the rest of this blog.

  8. 5 stars
    Love love love. I’ve made this a few times now, again this weekend for a family gathering and everyone complemented. The only change I make, I toss the shrimp with the seasoning before I cook it. This locks the flavor on the shrimp. I plan on making this many more times. Yummy! Thank you Dinner at the Zoo!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow! Best shrimp fajitas I’ve ever had, anywhere, period! Followed the recipe as written. Not a big pepper fan, but used baby yellow, orange and red peppers and now I’m a fan. Topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, scallions, sliced avocadoes, sour cream, cilantro and our favorite TRUFF hot sauce. I went to bead dreaming of this meal!

  10. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday. One batch as written, and a second batch with chicken instead of shrimp. This was a huge hit with my family!! Highly recommend!

  11. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and really delicious! I did serve it with all the toppings which made the kids very happy!

  12. 5 stars
    First let me say I am THE worst cook. Seriously — I burn tomato soup that just needs to be poured out of a can. I followed this recipe exactly (except for peppers since I’m not a fan), and I LOVED it!! SUPER easy, quick and yummy! I do not like spicy food, and this had great flavor without any kick. So if you prefer spicy, you may need to add a little more heat.

  13. 5 stars
    I’m usually a fly by the seat of my pants cook when it comes to fajitas and tacos but I tried this tonight for my soft taco fix and it’s great! I used extra shrimp to make up for not having quite enough vegetables and it was all eaten. Every bit! Thus will be my new go to for taco night. Thanks!