Better-Than-Restaurant Quality Skillet Fajitas

Monday, July 1, 2019 Food

What do you usually think of when you think of fajitas? Steak or Chicken ? Well Today we are going to try something else.

 LET’S MAKE DELICIOUS FAJITAS IN A SKILLET !

It’s all in the seasoning for these fajitas! Toss shrimp in some chili powder and red pepper flakes, and then quickly cook them in a skillet with some veggies. Better-than-restaurant quality fajitas are yours in no time! You can do this indoors or outdoors on your grill. I like using my pellet grill or my weber kettle grill

 

WHAT KIND OF SHRIMP FOR FAJITAS?

I have no idea how they size shrimp. There are large shrimp that seem medium compared to other shrimp in the store. I’ve never really seen small shrimp, so I’m not sure who is making this scale.

Anyway, for fajitas, I like large shrimp, which usually come 31-35 shrimp per pound. Ultimately you want three to four per fajita serving, and not just one huge shrimp in each tortilla.

If you can buy good shrimp that has been peeled and deveined already, go for it! I usually like to peel and devein my shrimp on my own

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HOW TO SEASON SHRIMP FOR FAJITAS

Shrimp have a mild flavor, and you need to punch them in the tails with spice to be able to hold up to other fajita ingredients. The spice mix for this recipe is no joke. It’s packed with flavor. Use it liberally on the shrimp! They should be well-seasoned when you cook them. If you want to downgrade the heat a bit, leave out the red pepper flakes, and make sure to use a mild chili powder.

HOW TO COOK FAJITAS IN A SKILLET 

This recipe works great in a skillet or over a hot grill. They cook fast and easy either way. I prefer a cast iron skillet, which sears the shrimp nicely.

  1. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables first and cook them for five to six minutes, until they are almost cooked. If you add your shrimp and veggies at the same time, the shrimp will be overcooked by the time the veggies are done.
  2. Once they are almost cooked, scooch them over and add the shrimp.  Shrimp cook very fast. In three to four minutes, they will be ready.

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HOW TO COOK 

This recipe is for cooking the shrimp in a cast skillet on the stovetop: Just cook the veggies first over medium-high grill heat, and then move them to one side and toss in the shrimp!

But if you have access to a grill, this is a nice way to cook these, especially in the summer months. I like to use a grill pan on the grill to make sure the shrimp don’t fall through the grates. The timing is roughly the same.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH FAJITAS

I can make a good meal out of three to four of these fajitas, but if you wanted to serve something else alongside these, you could go with chips and guacamole or queso, rice and beans, or even a simple chopped salad.

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STORING LEFTOVERS

I’m not a huge fan of storing cooked shrimp. They are just never as good as on day one. But, if you do find yourself with leftovers, they will keep fine for a few days in the fridge.

Just don’t microwave these. They just get too rubbery and lose flavor. And your microwave will never recover from the smell. Instead, reheat them gently on the stovetop in a skillet. 

 

 

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