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Spicy Mexican Shrimp

A quick and easy Mexican Shrimp recipe that’s ready in just 20 minutes! It’s a one-pot dinner dish with plump juicy shrimp, cooked in a spicy Mexican shrimp seasoning, serve with cilantro lime rice or in tacos.

Spicy Mexican Shrimp

Pump up the flavor volume for your next Taco Tuesday, with this easy spicy Mexican shrimp dish. Made in under 30 minutes, this one-pot dish is perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

Serve it with your favorite rice, or in tortillas for a tasty spin on taco night. If you love Mexican food, then you will love my take on this spicy shrimp dish.

Mexican Shrimp Dishes

This dish packs a ton of flavor, however, it is not an authentic Mexican recipe. It’s my take on a kid-friendly version of Camarones a la diabla. My oldest LOVES heat so I usually dice up jalapenos and serve them as a garnish at the dinner table.

If you want to bump up the heat index in this recipe, please feel free to add in your favorite hot peppers! My oldest likes to add habaneros, fresh jalapenos, or even ghost pepper sauce.

The Best Side Dishes

  • cilantro lime rice
  • tortiallas
  • jasmine rice
  • grilled corn
  • brown rice

There are so many delicious sides to serve Mexican Shrimp recipes with. I love to keep it simple yet flavorful by serving up some easy side dish recipes. My kid’s absolute favorite is this simple Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

Mexican Seasoned Shrimp

Store these Mexican seasoned shrimp leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. This recipe is great for meal prepping and can easily be customized. I mean, it’s not like we want to eat the same thing every day, right?

Add alternative side dishes to serve with the spicy shrimp, and mix up the toppings you use. Keep it fresh and tasty by mixing up what you pack.

The Best Toppings

  1. cilantro
  2. diced tomatos
  3. sour cream
  4. hot sauce
  5. black beans

Lets talk toppings! When it comes to choosing toppings for this delicious shrimp recipe you can’t go wrong with fresh right? Slice up some fresh bell peppers, onions, maybe some grilled corn, and go to town.

Mexican Shrimp Seasoning

This simple Mexican shrimp seasoning is fully customizable. Don’t see a spice you like in your Mexican dish? Add it in!

Adjust the measurements to each ingredient or omit whatever you like. This recipe is of course, a helpful outline for you to use to get started.

After all, the fun part of cooking and baking is finding out what flavors work and what flavors don’t work. Never feel like you are stuck making something one way unless you find it’s spectacular the way it is. *wink*

Spicy Mexican Shrimp Seasoning

  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground cumin
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper

Mix up your very own homemade taco seasoning using just a few spices you might already have in your cabinets. In a small bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.

How to make Mexican Shrimp

Lay the shrimp on a plate, then pat the shrimp dry. Add it to a large bowl, then season the shrimp with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and a salt and pepper sprinkle.

Toss the shrimp using a large spoon or spatula to evenly coat the shrimp with the spices and set aside. It doesn’t have to be perfectly coated with seasoning, but you want all of that delicious seasoning to coat every part of that shrimp.

How to cook Mexican Shrimp

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat until it’s nice and frothy. Add the shrimp to the pan and cook in a single layer until pink. It should be around 2 minutes per side.

Add the agave syrup or honey if you prefer, along with the lime juice, and stir to combine. If you do not have lime juice on hand, you can use lemon juice instead.

Cook the shrimp in the sauce and spices for 1 to 2 more minutes, or until the sauce has caramelized. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine. Remove the spicy Mexican shrimp from heat and serve immediately.

Dinner Recipe Ideas

Looking for more dinner recipe ideas? Try some of my popular quick and easy dinner recipes on my blog. Like my Garlic Butter Shrimp Tacos, or my Chicken Tacos with Homemade Guacamole! These easy recipes are perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

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Spicy Mexican Shrimp

This quick and easy Mexican Shrimp recipe that's ready in just 20 minutes! It's a one-pot dinner dish with plump juicy shrimp, cooked in a spicy Mexican shrimp seasoning, serve with cilantro lime rice or in tacos.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ Tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp dark agave syrup
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Pat the shrimp dry. Season with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and a salt and pepper sprinkle. Toss to evenly coat the shrimp with the spices and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook in a single layer until pink, around 2 minutes per side.
  3. Add the agave syrup and the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  4. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes or until the sauce has caramelized. Adjust salt and pepper and stir to combine. Remove from heat and serve.

Notes

  1. This recipe packs a punch of flavor! It’s slightly sweet thanks to the agave syrup and slightly spicy thanks to the chili powder. Overall it has a great balance of flavors.
  2. You can sub the agave for honey, the end result is just as good.
  3. If you prefer dishes that are less spicy start with ½ Tsp chili powder and add more if you feel like it needs it at the end of the cooking.
  4. This is delicious to serve as a taco filling or over some cilantro rice.

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