Shrimp fajitas spice rubbed and oven roasted to perfection for a flavor bursting dinner on your table in 30 minutes – and all made in one sheet pan!
These Shrimp Fajitas are restaurant delicious without the wait, price tag or a pile of dirty dishes! They are a walk-in-the-door-last-minute-meal that is healthy, quick and easy but PACKED with flavor. The shrimp, bell peppers, onions and (optional) pineapple all roasts in one pan for easy prep and minimal cleanup. You can make shrimp fajitas, shrimp fajita salad, shrimp fajita burritos or a shrimp fajita bar all from this Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas recipe!
I get giddy over a plate of sizzling, piping hot fajitas placed directly in front of me at a restaurant. The juicy shrimp, steak or chicken the homemade warm tortillas, the hearty beans and rice, the enlivening salsa and lime and the cooling sour cream and guacamole. Who is with me?!
I love fajitas so much, I’ve already shared Chicken Fajitas, Steak Fajitas, Crockpot Chicken Fajitas, Sheet Pan Fajita Salmon, One Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta and even Chicken Fajita & Rice Soup – obsessed much?!! But what I love most about this succulent Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajita recipe is that it’s the quickest one of them all to make without any marinating – seriously, you will be SHOCKED at the flavor and ease of these fajitas! And did I say 30 minutes already?
You can serve these sensational Shrimp Fajitas in tortillas, in a salad or with rice and beans with all your favorite fajita toppings for a complete meal-in-one that’s different every time! It’s the latest addition to my arsenal of quick, easy dinners that taste completely gourmet without feeling like a chore to make – because easy CAN equal delicious IF you season everything correctly!
Shrimp Fajitas with Pineapple?
YESSSSS! I LOVE either sweet pineapple or mangos in all my tacos like Asian Caramel Pork Tacos with Pineapple Snow Pea Salsa or my Cilantro Lime Shrimp Fajitas with Mango Salsa so it’s only natural to add pineapple to these Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas because after all, fajitas are inherently a “build your own taco.”
The pineapple’s juicy sweetness is the perfect complement to the warm earthy, smokey Shrimp Fajitas -gah! – sooo good! – and it doesn’t require any more dishes! The roasting caramelizes the pineapple and enhances the natural sweetness – just when you think pineapple couldn’t get any better.
The pineapple can either be served as a side to your Mexican dinner or piled in your shrimp fajitas. You can also omit the pineapple completely but the only reason I would do this is if someone is allergic – otherwise you are missing out on some serious YUM.
Looking for more Taco Recipes?
- Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
- Blackened Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cucumber Salsa
- Baja Fish Tacos
- Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos
- Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos
- Buffalo Chicken Tacos
HOW do I DEFROST SHRIMP FOR SHRIMP FAJITAS?
You are going to want to use defrosted, raw shrimp for these Shrimp Fajitas. I like to buy my shrimp by the frozen bagful at Costco because they come shelled and deveined so all that’s left to do is thaw. Also, if you keep frozen shrimp on hand, then you can make these Shrimp Fajitas at a moments notice
There are two options for defrosting your shrimp:
- To quickly defrost, place the frozen shrimp in a fine-mesh sieve or colander. Place this sieve in a large bowl of cold tap water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, replace the water in the bowl with new cold tap water and resubmerge the shrimp. Let shrimp sit an additional 10- 20 minutes. At this point the shrimp should be completely defrosted.
- The easier way to defrost your shrimp – if you remember in advance – is to remove your frozen shrimp to a covered bowl and let them defrost in the refrigerator overnight.
Whatever you do, resist the urge to use warm tap water (and definitely NOT the microwave) as this will cause the shrimp to defrost and cook unevenly.
How to Make Shrimp Fajitas
Fajita Seasoning: When a recipe is this simple, it needs to be seasoned to perfection. A simple recipe should still taste multi-dimensional and flavor bursting, and never boring and bland. To create the most explosive Shrimp Fajitas, we start by making our own Fajitas Seasoning consisting of fiestalicious pantry staples of chili powder ground cumin, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, etc.
Pineapple: If you are not using pineapple, then use a regular size baking sheet, otherwise you are going to want to use a large jelly roll pan. Toss pineapple with ½ tablespoon olive oil and ½ tablespoon brown sugar and push to one side of the pan and spread into an even layer.
Veggies: Next, add onions and bell peppers to pan and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Fajita seasoning. Toss until evenly coated then spread evenly on baking sheet next to pineapple.
Bake: We bake our pineapple, onions and bell peppers for 10 minutes without our shrimp because the veggies take longer to cook. You will see many recipes that bake the shrimp and veggies at the same time – but this is no bueno. You will end up with either crunchy bell peppers and raw onions or you will have overdone shrimp.
Shrimp: Meanwhile, add your shrimp to a large bowl along with 1 tablespoon olive oil and remaining Fajita seasoning. Stir until evenly coated.
Combine: After veggies/pineapple have baked 10 minutes, remove from oven and place shrimp evenly on top of veggies. Bake for 6 minutes then broil for another 2 minutes or until shrimp is opaque and cooked through.
If you have never roasted shrimp, it is one of my favorite methods to produce perfectly even cooked shrimp and the hands-off method is foolproof, the shrimp cook more evenly and it’s ridiculously easy. Into the oven goes raw shrimp, out comes hot, juicy, fragrant cooked shrimp exploding with flavor.
Broil: The broiling not only helps cook the shrimp but finishes the veggies off with a nice char in some places for that authentic fajita taste and feel. If you want more of a char on your veggies, then consider removing your shrimp and continuing to broil but I don’t find that necessary.
Tips and Trick to Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- You can substitute shrimp with chopped chicken. The chicken will require 15-20 minutes to cook, so add it in the beginning with the onions/bell peppers.
- Use defrosted shrimp (see above section on how to defrost shrimp).
- You can swap out the veggies for your favorite quick cooking veggies such as mushrooms and zucchini or simply add more veggies in addition to the bell peppers. If you are adding additional veggies then you will want to add more seasoning and olive oil as well.
- You don’t have to add the pineapple to you fajitas – just serve it as a delicious side.
- The spice level as written should be perfect for most people but if you know you love spicy then feel free to add some cayenne pepper. If you know you DON’T like heat at all then reduce or omit the chipotle chili powder.
- Don’t forget the lime! The lime brightens and enlivens the earthy fajita flavors.
How should I serve Shrimp Fajitas?
Soooo many possibilities when it comes to how to serve these sizzling Shrimp Fajitas!
- Shrimp Fajitas: Serve the shrimp, veggies and pineapple wrapped in a warm tortilla with sour cream, salsa and fresh lime,
- Shrimp Fajita Salad: Toss the shrimp, bell peppers and pineapple with some lettuce and black beans and drizzle with Tomatillo Avocado Ranch. This would also be delicious with pepitas or sunflower seeds and pepper jack cheese.
- Shrimp Fajita Quesadilla: sandwich the shrimp and veggies in tortillas and smother with cheese and bake, grill or melt cheese on the stove. Serve with a healthy dose of sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
- Shrimp Fajita Burritos: Wrap the shrimp, veggies and pineapple in a large tortilla along with rice, black beans, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole.
- Shrimp Fajita Burrito Bowl: Pile the shrimp, veggies and pineapple on a bed of rice with black beans, lettuce and tortilla chips with condiments of choice or Tomatillo Avocado Ranch.
What should I serve with Shrimp Fajitas?
I love to serve my Shrimp Fajitas with all the condiments – salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, lime as well as sides of Cilantro Lime Rice or Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Rice as well as Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Lime Butter, a simple green salad or Southwest Salad. But really, all you need is the Shrimp Pan Shrimp Fajitas for a meal in one!
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