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

4.74 from 23 votes

All-Purpose Spicy Shrimp Skillet

By: Layla
Prep5 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Total10 minutes
Servings 2



  • 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.

  • 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).
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I made these delicious Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa & sour cream cilantro sauce with the shrimp. Get the recipe here!
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  1. This is so delicious! Today we tried it with turkey breast tenderloin cut up in bite sized pieces….delicious also. Such a versatile recipe. Thanks!

  2. This is now my favorite recipe for shrimp. My husband and I loved it! Like a few others, I did add a bit more garlic and added red crushed pepper. Did not add lime. I used large sized shrimp. DELICIOUS.

  3. I just made this tonight. I added another clove of garlic and some red pepper flakes and had it over some leftover buttered noodles and broccoli. It was very good. Only thing I’ll do different next time is a little more red pepper flakes. Great easy quick recipe.

  4. Delicious! Made just as the recipe said except cooked the shrimp in butter instead of olive oil. Served with saffron risotto and was perfect!

  5. Hi! I haven’t made these YET, but tomorrow night it is ON!!
    ONE question tho….you’ve got olive oil twice, 1 & a half tablespoon then 1 more tablespoon!? Is that correct? If SO, where does the second amount GO?
    Thank you from Vegas!!

    1. The first is for the marinade and the second is added to the skillet when cooking

  6. This is A good simple recipe although i did double up on the seasons and also added a pinch of sugar. This recipe is not spicy so i did cut up a whole Jalapeno and sauteed in a pan then added the shrimp. I served over a bed of rice.

  7. I only had 8 shrimp so I guessed on changing the amounts and mine weren’t so spicy but still very good.

  8. A recipe that i can share again and again , all are happy when i made it last night. thanks for making a chef.


  10. Delicious and QUICK!!!

    After shrimp was cooked, I add some heavy cream, salt, and pepper to my skillet. Reduced it, and spread over the shrimp.

    I will definitely make this again

  11. great recipe! Turned out
    Amazing!! Thank you

  12. 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!!

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

  14. 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

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

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

  16. 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!

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

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

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

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