This recipe for Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas will help to level up your Taco Tuesday. By using homemade taco seasoning, you get the best flavor.
Published August 28, 2023
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This post is all about how to make Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas that are delicious and simple to make. By using unpeeled shrimp, you keep the freshest taste.
Keep reading for tips and tricks on how to make this recipe and win over the pickiest of Taco eater.
There are 3 Important items that everyone needs to make these Fajitas.
#1 – The BEST Sink Colander
The most important thing you need for this recipe is a GOOD sink colander. One that keeps your food OFF the sink basin. There are many reasons why this is vital and best practice while cooking.
Your sink is gross.
For real. It is nasty and germy and filled with bacteria. Honest!
Unless you use an antimicrobial spray, bleach or similar and let the product sit for 10 minutes on the surface of your sink, the germs will not go away. Read the directions on your antimicrobial or bleach and follow them fully to completely disinfect your sink.
To keep your vegetables, fruit and pasta safe from contamination, I recommend using a sink colander that extends on the basin and NOT resting inside the sink. This is my favorite sink colander that extends to fit most sinks, is stainless steel and easily cleaned, and dishwasher safe.
#2 – The Only Cutting Boards you’ll ever need
You will love these dishwasher safe cutting boards. Not only do you have four to choose from, but they are color-coded for various types of foods. The colors are yellow, blue, red and green, and each has a symbol representing how to keep the foods separate while prepping.
I often mix them up, but they are great to have while prepping vegetables separate from meat or fruit. The different cutting boards also help to keep food flavors separate while prepping.
These have a great nonstick surface and made BPA free. These are also lightweight and dishwasher safe, providing the best cleanup possible. Click the link below to see my favorite set of 4 cutting boards.
#3 – Versitile Nesting Bowls
We use these bowls every day. For real. They are amazing for everything from pancakes to chips, making sauce and thawing shrimp.
Our family has had these for over 10 years and LOVE the fact that they have lids for each bowl.
The middle bowl has lid inserts that are shredders in 3 various sizes, perfect for shredding or slicing cheese, fruit or vegetables.
For this recipe for Gluten Free Shrimp Tacos, the medium sized bowl was used to hold the frozen shrimp while they thawed in the water. Having a lid is helpful as they can then sit on the counter while thawing. Click the link below to see this set of nesting bowls from Wolfgang Puck on Amazon.
Recipe for Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas
Ingredients for Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas
2 pounds unpeeled Shrimp
8-10 Sweet Peppers or 1 Bell Pepper
2 medium tomatoes
2-3 Tbsp Homemade Taco Seasoning
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
Gluten Free Tortillas
Gluten Free OR Homemade Refried Beans
Directions for Easy Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas
1. Open the bag of frozen raw, unpeeled shrimp and transfer them to a medium bowl. By using frozen, unpeeled shrimp, you get the best bang for your buck. Peeled shrimp is always more expensive, and peeling shell-on shrimp is quite easy to do.
2. Fill the bowl, covering the frozen shrimp, with water and rest on the countertop until thawed.
When thawed, peel the shrimp and make sure they are fully deveined.
The shrimp should already have a cut along the back or top of the shrimp. Simply peel off the skin, then with one hand hold the tail and gently pull the shrimp out of the tail.
Rinse and Prep the Fajita Ingredients
In a sink colander, rinse the tomatoes and peppers.
Transfer the rinsed tomatoes and peppers to a cutting board then cut and slice them thinly.
We had sweet peppers on-hand, so those were used with this recipe. however, a bell pepper can be used instead of the sweet peppers. About 10 little sweet peppers equal 1 bell pepper.
On the cutting board, cut the ends off and then peel the onion. Slice the onion thin and set aside.
Add 2 Tbsp Oil to a large saucepan and heat to medium high.
When the saucepan is warm, add the sliced onion and peppers and sauté until tender, around 5-7 minutes.
Slice the tomatoes thinly and then add them to the saucepan. Sauté the tomatoes for 1-2 minutes.
Measure and then add 2-3 Tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning and 1/4 cup Lemon Juice, mix well, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
By using Homemade Taco Seasoning, you have 100% control over ingredients. Corn Starch is Gluten Free, so using it in the seasoning blend instead of flour works amazingly well.
This recipe lasts many weeks of Taco recipes and tastes SO much better than the packages to buy in any store. Cheaper as well, if you are frugal, making your own is the way to go! Click HERE or the link below for my recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning.
Add and Sauté the Shrimp
Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the saucepan and cook until just pink, around 2-3 minutes. Stir the shrimp often in the sauteed peppers and onions to incorporate the seasonings onto the shrimp.
Warm the Gluten Free tortillas and then serve the tacos with Gluten Free Refried Beans and top with any other desired ingredients.
To warm the tortillas, simply warm a large skillet over medium heat or warm a griddle pan to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the tortillas on the warm surface and flip after 1 minute. Remove the warmed tortillas to a plate or tortilla holder. There are a few varieties of tortilla warmers, from 2-sided fabric tortilla warmers to hard sided tortilla warmers that are microwave safe.
One main feature of these two tortilla warmers is how they can both keep the tortillas warm. A warm tortilla is a soft and pliable tortilla and therefore less likely to break. Especially if you plan to use corn tortillas, which are notorious for breaking when cold. Use a tortilla warmer to keep them in perfect condition until needed.
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This post was all about making Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas, using sweet peppers and onions, Homemade Taco Seasoning, and using a tortilla warmer to keep those tortillas soft and pliable.
Gluten Free Shrimp Fajitas
- Large Saucepan
- Large Bowl
- Cutting board
- 1 Onion
- 8-10 Sweet Peppers or 1 Bell Pepper
- 2 pounds Shrimp raw, unpeeled
- 2-3 Tbsp Taco Seasoning homemade
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Tomatoes sliced
- Gluten Free Tortillas
- Gluten Free Refried Beans
- Open the bag of frozen raw, unpeeled shrimp and transfer them to a medium bowl.
- Fill the bowl, covering the frozen shrimp, with water and rest until thaw.
- When thawed, peel the shrimp and make sure they are fully deveined.
- In a sink colander, rinse the tomatoes and peppers.
- Transfer the rinsed tomatoes and peppers to a cutting board then cut, and slice them thinly.
- On the cutting board, cut the ends off and then peel the onion. Slice the onion thin and set aside.
- Add 2 Tbsp Oil to a large saucepan and heat to medium high.
- When the saucepan is warm, add the sliced onion and peppers and sauté until tender, around 5-7 minutes.
- Slice the tomatoes thinly and then add them to the saucepan.
- Measure and then add 2-3 Tablespoons of Homemade Taco Seasoning and 1/4 cup Lemon Juice, mix well, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the saucepan and cook until just pink, around 2-3 minutes.
- Warm the Gluten Free tortillas and then serve the tacos with Gluten Free Refried Beans and top with any other desired ingredients.
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