Shrimp Fajitas hmmmm are so good. The sound of fajitas sizzling in a skillet is the stuff of dreams. Especially when they’re shrimp fajitas! Sweet shrimp are delicious when loaded into a warm tortilla along with sautéed onions and poblano peppers. A tangy lime crema and fresh chopped cilantro complete the perfect bite.
Summer time can be tricky, in terms of eating food. When it is hot outside you try to avoid heavy foods that are full of carbs that will slow you down. Also you don’t want to spend a lot of time in front of a stove. Or have the oven heating your house while you are baking. Shrimp Fajitas are the perfect summer dish for those hot summer days.
Shrimp Fajitas Recipe
The first step to creating the summertime dish is to prep the ingredients. First we take the onion and halve and thinly slice lengthwise. Next take your Poblano Pepper cut in half. Make sure to remove the stem and seeds, then thinly slice. Finely chop cilantro leaves and stems together. Now that the hard part is over we move onto seasoning the shrimp.
I like to use frozen shrimp, it’s cheaper and most of the work is already done. Defrost shrimp and pat dry. Take a medium bowl, and toss the shrimp with 1 teaspoon oil and 1¼ teaspoons taco seasoning.
Key to the perfect Shrimp Fajitas
The key to amazing Shrimp Fajitas is a sneaky little part of the recipe: it’s toasting the tortillas and making the crema. Heat a large skillet over high. Add 1 tortilla at a time to the skillet and toast on one side until warm, about 30 seconds. Make sure to watch it closely because you don’t want to make the tortilla too crispy. Transfer to a large sheet of foil, stacking and wrapping to keep warm as you toast remaining tortillas.
The part B to the to amazing Fajitas is making the lime crema. In a small bowl, combine all of the sour cream, 1½ teaspoons oil, and 3 teaspoons lime juice. Make sure to season to taste with salt and pepper.
Once you are done with warming the tortillas it’s time to cook the onions & peppers. Add some more oil to the same pan. Add peppers and cook for about 2 minutes. Next add onions and ½ teaspoon taco seasoning. Make sure to, stirring frequently you don’t want anything to burn. You will know that the onions are beginning to brown and peppers are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
Finally we cook the shrimp and corn. Add shrimp, corn, 2 tablespoons water, and half of the chopped cilantro to the skillet. Cook, stirring, until shrimp are curled and firm and corn is tender, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt and pepper. Now you have summer time Shrimp Fajitas.
Tips for cooking shrimp
HOW TO DEFROST SHRIMP
There are two ways to thaw shrimp safely: 1) Slowly in the fridge for about 24 hours per pound. 2) Quickly in a colander in the sink under cold running water. Never at room temperature. Never in warm water. RELATED RECIPE: Red Pepper and Shrimp Sauté with Couscous and Herb Vinaigrette
HOW LONG TO MARINATE SHRIMP
Depends on the marinade. If it’s acidic (lemon, lime, orange, etc.), 30 minutes or less should be fine. Any more than that and the acid will start to break down the delicate shrimp meat and make it mushy. If your marinade is non-acidic (olive oil, garlic, herbs) you could marinate for an hour or more. In either case, marinate in the fridge until you’re ready to get cooking.
Shrimp Fajitas with Poblano Peppers & Lime Crema
- large skillet
- 1 lime
- 2 pkts sour cream
- 5 oz corn
- 6 6-inch flour tortillas
- taco seasoning use ¾ tsp
- 10 oz shrimp
- ¼ oz fresh cilantro
- 1 poblano pepper
- 1 medium yellow onion
- kosher salt & ground pepper
- neutral oil
- Prep ingredients: Halve and thinly slice all of the onion lengthwise. Halve poblano pepper, remove stem and seeds, then thinly slice. Finely chop cilantro leaves and stems together.
- Season shrimp: Pat shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp with 1 teaspoon oil and 1¼ teaspoons taco seasoning (save rest for step 4).
- Toast tortillas: Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tortilla at a time to the skillet and toast on one side until warm, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a large sheet of foil, stacking and wrapping to keep warm as you toast remaining tortillas.
- Cook onions & peppers: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the same skillet over medium-high. Add peppers and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add onions and ½ teaspoon taco seasoning. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are beginning to brown and peppers are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp & corn: Add shrimp, corn, 2 tablespoons water, and half of the chopped cilantro to skillet. Cook, stirring, until shrimp are curled and firm and corn is tender, 3–4 minutes. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Make lime crema & serve: In a small bowl, combine all of the sour cream, 1½ teaspoons oil, and 2 teaspoons lime juice. (Add 1 tablespoons water if needed to loosen.) Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cut any remaining lime into wedges. Serve shrimp and veggies in tortillas with lime crema and remaining chopped cilantro over top. Serve with any lime wedges on the side.
Calories 740kcal, Fat 35.0g, Proteins 33.0g, Carbs 77.0g
Milk, Wheat and Shellfish. May contain traces of other allergens. Packaged in a facility that packages gluten containing products.