A tasty mixture of spicy shrimp, sautéed onions & bell peppers, garlic, and melted cheese crisped in a tortilla. These quesadillas are simple and a delicious way to enjoy shrimp! 
The Best Ever Shrimp Quesadillas Calling all shrimp lovers! These DELICIOUS shrimp quesadillas are a must try. We’ve made them countless time and will continue to make them forever. They’re super quick and easy to make, packed with flavor and highlight shrimp in a festive and spicy way.

It’s all made in one pan in under 20 minutes tops. First the onions, bell peppers, and garlic are sauteed for a just a minute. Next, the shrimp and seasoning is added and cooked for just another minute or two (side note, shrimp cooks in literally minutes, which is why I LOVE cooking it).

Now, all that’s left is to add some shrimp mixture in a tortilla, top with cheese, and toast until crispy. The outcome is crispy quesadillas filled with cheesy shrimp and a mouth-watering flavor combo that is out of this world!
The Best Ever Shrimp Quesadillas Serve the quesadillas with sour-cream, your favorite salsa or guacamole. I served them with my cilantro sour-cream sauce. They store very well in the fridge and can be re-heated in a pan to melt the cheese and crisp the tortilla. The Best Ever Shrimp Quesadillas

4.78 from 61 votes

Shrimp Quesadillas

By: Layla
Prep5 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Total15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, or 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon EACH garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt, black pepper
  • 1-2 cups melting cheese, mozzarella, cheddar, Mexican blend or Monterey Jack
  • 6-8 Medium flour tortillas


  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or pan. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the pan. Cook for 1 minute or until tender.

  • Add the shrimp and taco seasoning and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until shrimp begins to turn pink.

  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and rinse and whip down the pan with a paper towel. Return the pan to the heat and spray cooking spray or brush with about 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

  • Place a tortilla in the pan and sprinkle cheese on one side of the tortilla. Spoon about 5-6 shrimp or enough to cover with another sprinkle of cheese. Fold tortilla in half. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Repeat for reaming tortillas.

  • Serve with Sour cream, salsa, or guacamole.
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  1. I loved this recipe. The ingredients came together so easy ( except for one item). I have problems with my hands, so peeling and deveining raw shrimp is hard for me to do. Is there any way to use frozen cooked shrimp in this recipe without messing it up?

    1. You can buy frozen shrimp that is peeled and deveined. That’s what I do!

  2. My husband & I enjoyed this recipe. We live in Amelia Island, one of the best shrimping areas in the country. I used Mayport shrimp & made the seasoning as per the recipe. I added cilantro, & green salsa. My husband suggested cutting the shrimp, I think the jury is still out on that one. Enjoy!

  3. Made this tonight for dinner and WOW! I used Carb Balance Tortillas because I’m watching my carb intake . I also used the seasoning mixture and it was perfect. The whole family was impressed with this , even my pick eater . It’s a keeper, already added to my Favorites and look forward to making it again . Amazing recipe and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    1. This is so delicious but unfortunately it took forever to create. I used 5 garlic cloves and 7 jumbo Florida pink shrimp from the Keys, I cut them in 3 pieces each. I used corn tortillas to make it gluten free. I only need to fry the tortillas 1 minute for each side. The pan burnt and I had to turn the stove to medium low. I have so much left over, I will make it tonight, but this time Iwill just brush the tortillas on one side so there is no burning, hope this helps

  4. Excellent, Easy and delicious! No need to rinse pan, the pan adds flavor to the tortillas! 👍👍👍👍 Thank you for this recipe! 😊

  5. I haven’t made this yet because I can’t figure out how to “whip down the pan”. You might want to proofread your instructions.

    1. Jan, I am so sorry your education did not include learning context clues. Good luck in your future endeavors, you may need it with your lack of common sense.

      I digress, the recipe is simple and lovely. I will definitely be using this site for recipes in the future. I will also keep in mind that the creator is human and bound to err on occasion. Thank you for sharing, Layla.

      1. Maybe Jan was just making a little joke. I laughed when I read her review.

      2. Your rudeness is showing! Basic manners, including “If you can’t say anything nice – don’t say anything”

    2. Lady STFU. Now proofread THAT. You must be a miserable Karen.

  6. In this day and age when we are constantly be told to watch what we eat and for those of us who are trying to be mindful of this, it is inexcusable to not publish nutritional facts.

    1. You actually seem angry. You know that if it’s THAT important to you, you can find a website or app that allows you to put the ingredients in and give you the info you need.

  7. I am not a great cook, so really appreciate simple, fast recipes like this one. It was delicious and a hit with the whole family. I love the homemade seasoning; it was all in the pantry and added a little more zip than the pre-made taco seasoning. This will be a new go-to for me. Thank you!

  8. Your article is amazing. The best thing is that you focus on every small detail, which I tried to do in my home. This was delicious. I also like your details and information about the shrimp quesadilla recipe, like what you can eat with it. Your work is amazing. 

  9. Super easy and so delicious. My family loved them! They are going in the rotation!

  10. I must have missed it but what is the nutritional on these? Thanks!

    1. Your article is amazing. The best thing is that you focus on every small detail, which I tried to do in my home. This was delicious. I also like your details and information about the shrimp quesadilla recipe, like what you can eat with it. Your work is amazing. 

  11. These were excellent. Only modifications were to add some black beans, I only had large shrimp that I chopped a bit. Used the fresh made taco seasoning. Quick and delicious.