My new go-to weeknight dinner, 25 Minute Fajita Shrimp Rice Bowls. Spicy, garlic butter shrimp, pan-seared with bell peppers and onions, and served up bowl style with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette. All put together with rice, summer corn, salty cheese, and creamy avocado. These colorful and fresh shrimp fajita bowls are simple to make and full of wonderful Mexican flavors. A fun any night-of-the-week dinner!
It has been so long since I last shared a shrimp recipe, but with the summer season here, seafood sounds much more exciting these days!
When it comes to creating recipes and enjoying new dishes at home. I cook for my mood. Seafood reminds me so much of sunny, warm tropical days. This is probably why you see me create more seafood recipes throughout the summer.
Which brings me to today’s recipe! Many of you may remember my chicken fajitas bowls from last summer. While here is the shrimp variation, and you know what? It might just be better.
Here are the details
Step 1: make the dressing
Because this comes together quickly, I like to prep all of my ingredients beforehand. I always start with the dressing. Since our flavors are spicy all around, I went with a simple cilantro honey lime dressing.
To make my dressing you’ll need olive oil, honey, salsa verde, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Simply mix everything together and then season to taste with salt. Easy!
Step 2: season and cook the shrimp
Cook the peppers. I love to use mini peppers if you have some on hand. They’re really delicious and pretty cute + fun too!
Cook up the peppers in a large skillet with an onion. Then pull the vegetables out of the skillet and start cooking the shrimp.
For the shrimp, I use peeled, deveined shrimp tossed with olive oil and fajita seasoning. While the shrimp is cooking, add the salted butter and chopped garlic, then throw in some fresh time.
Adding the garlic butter really ups the yumminess of the spicy seared shrimp.
Step 3: assemble
To complete each bowl layer your shrimp and peppers, then some fresh cooked rice, grilled corn, black beans, crumbled or shredded cheese, and then, chunks of avocado, green onions, and cilantro. Then top with the dressing.
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25 Minute Fajita Shrimp Rice Bowls:
Calories Per Serving: 571 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons fajita or taco seasoning
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- chili flakes
- 1 yellow onion, sliced
- 3 bell peppers, sliced, or 12 mini bell peppers
- 3-4 cups cooked rice
- 3 cups grilled corn kernels
- 2 cups black beans, warmed
- 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
- avocado, green onion, and cilantro, for serving
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- 1. In a large skillet, combine the olive oil, shrimp, fajita seasoning, salt, and pepper. Set the skillet over medium heat. Cook on both sides until seared, 2-3 minutes per side. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the butter, garlic, thyme, and chili flakes. Cook 1 minute, then remove everything from the skillet.2. In the same skillet, add the onions and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Toss in the bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the peppers are tender, another 5 minutes.3. To make the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Season with salt.4. Spoon the shrimp and peppers over the bowls of rice. Add the corn, beans, and avocado, then pour over the vinaigrette. Crumble the cheese over each bowl. Top with green onions and cilantro. Enjoy!