Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas are sizzling hot from the oven with succulent shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and a side of Roasted Jalapeño Crema. Throw everything on a sheet pan, whip up a simple homemade sauce, and you will have a tasty meal in less than 30 minutes!
What's for dinner? Oh, just some seasoned shrimp, tender bell peppers, and onions on a warm, fluffy tortilla with a side of roasted jalapeno avocado cream sauce!
A sizzling skillet of fajitas is a head turner at every Mexican restaurant. Well tonight, it is on the menu... at home! If you are intimidated at the thought of replicating this Tex-Mex classic, don't worry!
I am going to show you how to make a restaurant-quality meal from the comfort of your own kitchen.
But I promise that it is NOT as complex as it sounds. It's actually not complex at all. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas are easy to prepare and have a no-fuss cleanup.
How are fajitas traditionally served?
Fajitas are a beloved Mexican dish often served in Tex-Mex restaurants. The term originated among Mexican ranch workers living in West Texas.
These workers were sometimes partially paid in meat. They were given a less desirable cut of the butchered steer. Traditionally, the term fajitas referenced this meat known as skirt steak.
However, today fajitas have evolved into the concept of any cooked marinated meat that is served on a tortilla. Hence the delicious creation that is this Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas with Roasted Jalapeño Crema.
Often fajitas are served on a sizzling hot plate, loaded with veggies.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Shrimp: Fresh raw shrimp, peeled and deveined.
Fajita seasoning: A tasty combination of chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. I make my own but you can use store brought too! My chicken taco seasoning works well here too!
Bell peppers: Slice thinly for even spreading and cooking.
Jalapeños: Roasted, then used for the sauce.
Onion: Traditional fajitas use white onions, however you can choose yellow or red if you prefer. White onions have a more robust flavor that pairs well with the other shrimp fajita ingredients.
Olive oil: Drizzled over ingredients in the pan so they crisp nicely.
Jalapeños: The roasted flavor is the essence of this sauce.
Avocado: Provides a nice, thick consistency.
Sour cream/Greek yogurt: For added creaminess.
Garlic: Adds flavor and body to the sauce.
Cilantro: For an enhanced herby quality.
Salt: Just enough to taste.
Lemon: For that tangy bright flavor.
how to make sheet pan shrimp fajitas
Before cooking, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Next pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel in order to soak up any excess moisture. Then add it to a large bowl.
Combine the fajita seasonings (chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and smoked paprika) in a bowl. After whisking the spices, add them to the shrimp. Then season with salt and pepper as desired.
Next spread the shrimp out onto a baking sheet and add sliced peppers, jalapeños, and onions. Drizzle olive oil on top and cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
preparing Roasted Jalapeño Crema
Once the pan is out of the oven, remove the jalapeños from the baking sheet and add them to a food processor along with avocado, sour cream, garlic, cilantro, salt, and lemon juice. Then just, pulse until smooth.
Finally, serve alongside warm tortillas.
Tips for Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas with Roasted Jalapeño Crema
If you want to tone down the spiciness of the Roasted Jalapeño Crema, add less jalapeños initially and then taste test.
If using precooked shrimp, roast the peppers alone for the first 10 minutes to avoid rubbery shrimp. In the meantime, let the shrimp marinate in the fajita seasoning.
Lemon would be a good substitute in the sauce if you don't have limes!
All of the ingredients shrink in the oven so don't worry if the pan looks a little overcrowded.
If you are concerned about carbs, eat the fillings and sauce and opt out of the tortillas for a low carb meal!
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Prep Time: 10 minutesmins
Cook Time: 15 minutesmins
Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
1lbShrimp, peeled and deveined
2Bell peppers, sliced
Flour or corn tortillas
Roasted Jalapeño Crema
½cupSour cream or Greek yogurt
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and add to a large bowl. Combine seasonings in a small bowl - chili powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. Whisk together and add to shrimp. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
Spread shrimp out onto a baking sheet and add sliced peppers, jalapeños, and onions. Drizzle olive oil on top and cook in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove the jalapeños from the baking sheet and add them to a food processor along with avocado, sour cream, garlic, cilantro, salt, and lemon juice. Pulse until smooth.