Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Rice

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Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice is what needs to be for dinner at your house tonight! These colorful bowls of goodness are full of spicy shrimp and peppers. Once you add some fresh lime juice, the flavors go over the top! If you are looking for a light and delicious dinner idea then this is one you must save!

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Shrimp Fajita Bowls

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

Looking for a different way to serve fajitas? Then why not make fajita bowls!

Just as the name implies, the elements of a fajita is served up in a bowl instead of being wrapped up in a tortilla.

These shrimp fajita bowls are so quick and easy to make – you’ll have dinner on the table in around 30 minutes!

We’ve served up the delicious spiced shrimp and veggies with cilantro-lime rice, but if you want to cut down your carbs, you could always served cauliflower rice instead.

You can add other sides to the bowl too such as Spicy Mango Salsa or Pico de Gallo, as well as chopped avocado or guacamole.

Bell Peppers and Onions cooking in a skillet

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Long-Grain Brown Ricecooked, to make the Cilantro-Lime Rice that this dish is served with.
  • Fresh Produce – Limes, Cilantro (Fresh Coriander), Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers, Red Onions
  • SeafoodShrimp
  • Ground Cumin
  • Chili Powderuse mild or hot depending on your personal tastes and spicy heat preference!
  • Garlic Powder

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Shrimp Fajita Bowls

Recipe Tips

  • Prepare rice according to package instructions. 1 cup uncooked rice yields approximately 3 cups cooked. Use chicken, vegetable, or other broth or stock in lieu of water for more flavor.

How Do I Make Shrimp Fajita Bowls?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Recipe for Shrimp Fajita Bowls

Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice is what needs to be for dinner at your house tonight!


For the Cilantro-Lime Rice

  • 3 cups long-grain brown rice, cooked
  • 2 large limes, juice, and zest
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves (fresh coriander), chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Bowls

  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (+ more, if needed)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb (450g) shrimp (prawns), peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Additional cilantro and lime wedges, for serving


  1. Add the cooked rice, lime juice, lime zest, ground cumin, and cilantro to a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  2. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet or frying pan set over medium heat. Add the bell peppers and red onion. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables soften and develop a bit of color.
  3. Transfer the veggies to a plate and add the shrimp to the skillet. (Add a little more olive oil, if necessary). Sprinkle with ground cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook for 3-4 minutes until the shrimp turns opaque. Do not overcook. Add the veggies back to the pan and toss to combine.

    Shrimp & Veggies in Pan
  4. To serve, divide the seasoned rice between four serving bowls and top each bowl with the cooked vegetables and shrimp. Garnish with additional cilantro and lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

    Recipe for Shrimp Fajita Bowls

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 285mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g

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