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20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas are such an easy and flavorful meal packed with blackened shrimp, peppers and onion. This classic meal is perfect served up in tortillas with avocado and chopped cilantro!

20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas in a cast iron skillet.

My life is all about the easy meals lately. Actually with four kids I think it has always been about the easy meals! ? But I love how you can make an amazing dinner that doesn’t require a lot of work and effort and is packed with so much flavor. Fajitas are such a classic meal that are easy to make. You just can’t beat dinner on the table in just 20 minutes!

I used my favorite spice blend for fajitas on the shrimp. It adds so much flavor and blackens the shrimp as it cooks. I also love that this all cooks in one skillet making clean up such a breeze!

20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas in a skillet.

I served up my fajitas in tortillas with avocado and chopped cilantro. These are so flavorful from the spice blend that they don’t require a lot. They create such a simple meal that you will put on repeat especially on busy nights!

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20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

4.73 from 18 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas are such an easy and flavorful meal packed with blackened shrimp, peppers and onion. This classic meal is perfect served up in tortillas with avocado and chopped cilantro!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4



  • In a large bowl, add the shrimp, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat, add 1 Tablespoon olive oil, bell peppers, and onion. Saute until tender about 5-7 minutes. Slide to the side of the skillet.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes or until pink.
  • Serve in tortillas with optional toppings.


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Calories: 108kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 620mgPotassium: 300mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2194IUVitamin C: 119mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these last night with some shrimp left over from our NYE party, sooo good!! My hubby doesn’t like anything too spicy/hot and commented on how flavorful the shrimp were without any of the heat! These will definitely be on our dinner rotation from now on!
    Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I added 1 tbsp butter to the vegetable saute for a little more flavor in the veggies. Everything turned out awesome

  3. 3 stars
    This looks like a good recipe….but WHY would the tails still have the shell left on them? That cannot be eaten!

  4. This looks wonderful! I am going to try it this weekend with some family guests. One question though… These look like they are served with the tails on… are they? If not, when do you remove them?

  5. Grea t recipe only your prep times are off. Tak s more than 5 minutes to prep peppers and onions unless you have someone else doing it who is a trained chef. Was worth the effort but needed a bigger pan to do it In one pan. Telling when the shrimp was done was difficult to see when it turned pink with all the ingredients sasoning on it. Will do it again

  6. Question about backened shrimp fajitas. are you starting with raw shrimp and what do you mean when you say cook shrimp until no longer pink?

      1. If you use cooked shrimp how do you warm them up without cooking them more? Thank you

  7. 5 stars
    We loved these- not too spicy,and quick to make. We had the recipe on a bed of salad as we are doing Keto. Thank you!

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe! The combination of spices is absolutely perfect! I turned the recipe into kabobs and threw them on the grill. They were fantastic and cooking time was fast.

  9. 3 stars
    Why don’t you remove the tails from the shrimp? Surely you don’t eat them!?! If someone isn’t used to cooking or preparing shrimp, they may mistakenly believe that the tails are to be eaten.