All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp Skillet

Spicy pan seared shrimp marinated in spicy sauce, is ready in just a few minutes. Perfect in tacos, quesadillas, in salads or with veggies. All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp SkilletHere we have a super simple skillet shrimp. Just a few ingredients and all done in the comfort of your skillet. This shrimp works great in tacos, quesadillas, wraps, on rice, with veggies, or on a chopped salad.
All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp SkilletIt can be marinated overnight or used as soon you marinate it. I used jumbo shrimp but any type of shrimp will work well for this.Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sourcream Cilantro Sauce (2 of 26)

Now the secret to getting this shrimp perfectly cooked and perfectly is by heating your skillet until it’s very hot. I like to use a cast-iron for this because it retains the heat but any heavy-duty skillet will work well. Just be sure to heat it on high for at least 2 minutes before adding the shrimp. The heat will cook the shrimp and give them a nice exterior while keeping all the juice locked into keep them nice and moist.All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp Skillet

4.54 from 15 votes

All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Layla


  • 20 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • squeeze of lime optional


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili and onion powders, and salt. Add in shrimp and toss to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for for at least 10 minutes or up to 24 hours.

  2. Heat a large heavy-duty or cast iron skillet on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and shrimp. Cook shrimp in a skillet on medium-high heat until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and finish with a squeeze of lime (optional).

I made these delicious Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa & sour cream cilantro sauce with the shrimp. Get the recipe here!
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sourcream Cilantro Sauce (20 of 26)All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp


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    Lonely chef

    great recipe! Turned out
    Amazing!! Thank you


    Juat made these for tacos tonight. Yummmmm!!!!


    Wouldn’t say this is spicy by any means but it is SUPER tasty!! Only change I made was an extra clove of garlic. Will be making again!!


    Made this last night!! YUMMY ! Easy, quick, and very light!

    lawrence Larkin

    I am old and only cook for myself. this recipe was incredibly boring.
    I might double all the ingredients and try again. Better yet make bang
    bang shrimp. very easy and fun. lot better idea

    Avril Calvert

    best ever! Too many ads to put in any more comments – very Irritating.


      FiXing to try this teci. Looks good i think. So many adv its hard to make sure i am doing the right thinG.


    I would love to try many of your recipes.


    I made this tonight – with a 10 minute marinate time. Really great! I served the shrimp over shredded romaine lettuce. (working on keeping carbs down) It was easy and the flavor was great!
    I did add a second clove of garlic… minced. Will definately make it again!


    Im young and made dinner for my family with this recipe, everyone loved it so I might make it again 🙂


    Made it in 10 mins.My hubby enjoyed.Thanks a lot.Easy and fast.

    Marty in Kennerdell, Pa

    This is an awesome quick and easy recipe and meal. I absolutely love it !!!!!


    Would love to know what brand that cast iron skillet is.