20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

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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!

20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas opened up to show the ingredients inside.

20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

4.73 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 1 medium sized onion sliced
  • optional toppings: avocado chopped cilantro, sour cream


  • 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 shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Serve in tortillas with optional toppings.


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Serves: 4

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Grilled the veggies in a grill pan till smokin hot and a bit charred. Added shrimp. And warmed tortilla on the grill. So good.

  2. 5 stars
    This was so good. A little on the “warm” side, but we like that.
    I did remove tails with shell before cooking shrimp.

  3. 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!

  4. 5 stars
    I added 1 tbsp butter to the vegetable saute for a little more flavor in the veggies. Everything turned out awesome

  5. 3 stars
    This looks like a good recipe….but WHY would the tails still have the shell left on them? That cannot be eaten!

  6. 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?

  7. 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

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