Skillet Shrimp Fajitas with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Introduction

Skillet Shrimp Fajitas with Cilantro-Lime Cream offer a vibrant and zesty twist to the classic fajita experience. Combining succulent shrimp, colorful bell peppers, and a refreshing cilantro-lime cream, this dish is a celebration of Mexican flavors with a modern, skillet-friendly approach.

Background and History

Fajitas, a Tex-Mex creation, originated in the cattle ranches of West Texas, where throwaway cuts of beef, specifically skirt steak, were grilled and served in tortillas. The evolution of fajitas now includes various proteins, and this shrimp version showcases the versatility and creativity within Mexican cuisine.

Serves

4 servings

Time

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

For Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp (1 lb, peeled and deveined)

Fresh or frozen, ensure they are thawed if frozen.

Bell Peppers (2, assorted colors, thinly sliced)

Adds color and crunch.

Red Onion (1, thinly sliced)

Sweetness and depth to the dish.

Fajita Seasoning (2 tbsp)

A blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and paprika.

Olive Oil (2 tbsp)

Used for sautéing.

Flour Tortillas (8)

For serving.

For Cilantro-Lime Cream:

  1. Sour Cream (1/2 cup): Creamy base for the sauce.
  2. Fresh Cilantro (2 tbsp, chopped): Adds a burst of freshness.
  3. Lime Juice (1 tbsp): Provides a zesty kick.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste: Adjust according to your preference.

Instructions

Season and Cook Shrimp

In a bowl, toss the shrimp with fajita seasoning. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat, and sauté shrimp until pink and opaque. Remove and set aside.

Sauté Vegetables

In the same skillet, sauté sliced bell peppers and red onion until softened and slightly caramelized.

Prepare Cilantro-Lime Cream

In a small bowl, mix sour cream, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper to create the cilantro-lime cream.

Assemble Fajitas

Warm tortillas. Fill each tortilla with sautéed shrimp and vegetables. Drizzle cilantro-lime cream on top.

Nutrition Facts

(Per serving – based on 4 servings)

Calories: 350

Total Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 120mg

Sodium: 650mg

Total Carbohydrates: 35g

Protein: 20g

Notes

Customize with your favorite toppings such as guacamole, salsa, or shredded cheese.

Substitute tortillas with lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

Allergy Warning

Check for shellfish allergies with shrimp. Adjust ingredients accordingly for dietary restrictions.

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