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Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl (Keto, Stovetop Option)

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This Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl is a speedy weeknight dinner, ready in under 30 minutes from prep to finish. It is also keto, paleo and low carb.

I have to admit, I couldn’t quite understand what all the air fryer fuss was about. I started seeing them everywhere (I live in a food bubble of course), people talking about them, even asking if I had one or any recipes, so I just had to see what all the fanfare was about. And, yes, there should be a fanfare around air fryers – they’re kind of the best thing.

Typically, I resist anything that does the cooking for me because I like being involved. While I love the instant pot, I get a little freaked out once the lid goes on and I don’t have access to the food (control freak much??). I like seasoning, tasting along the way. I mean how else is one supposed to eat a meal before the actual meal? Are you with me?

Anyway, this is different. I have complete control over what goes on in the air fryer, I can shake, season and even taste if I want to! And yes, I want to.

But let’s get to what you came here for – Air Fryer Shrimp Fajitas. This dish could not be any easier. I’d been making it on the stovetop for a long time but it turns out, the air fryer way is quite fantastic, especially if you’re looking to keep things simple and clean-up minimal.

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl

  • Is Keto, low-carb, paleo
  • Perfect weeknight meal
  • Flavorful and light
  • Customizable for those without dietary restrictions
  • Healthy and delicious

What Makes this Shrimp Fajita Bowl Keto?

Cauliflower rice! And not the soggy kind, but a nicely roasted kind. I like tossing the cauliflower in the oven with a little olive oil and two cloves of garlic, to infuse the cauliflower rice and evaporate any of the excess water. Now if you don’t want to go that route, of course, you can defrost it the way you normally do and cook it either in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Is This Recipe Spicy?

The dressing slightly spicy and I make a separate one for my children that doesn’t include any chipotle powder and just use regular chili powder to keep the spice down. But if you like yours spicy, feel free to add more and even cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

What You Need To Make Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl

  • Large shrimp
  • Lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Salt
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Red, yellow or orange bell pepper
  • Chipotle powder
  • Olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Avocado
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Cilantro

Let’s make it

Step 1. Add shrimp, lime zest, 1/2 tsp juice, salt, chili powder, and olive oil to a container or bag and toss well until shrimp is evenly coated with the mixture. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you move on to the next step.

Step 2. Preheat oven to 350. Pour out an entire bag of frozen cauliflower rice (usually about 4 cups) on a parchment paper-lined roasting sheet and toss with 2 smashed garlic cloves and 2 tbsp olive oil. Don’t add any salt at this point as the salt will release too much liquid and make the rice mushy. Roast cauliflower rice for about 10-15 minutes on the top rack, stirring once or twice. When the cauliflower rice has finished cooking, season with a generous pinch of salt or as much as you like.

Step 3. Pre-heat Air Fryer to 390 degrees. Add shrimp and cook for 8 minutes, tossing once or twice halfway.

Step 4. Meanwhile slice onion and bell pepper into thin strips and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 tsp salt.

Step 5. Once shrimp have finished cooking, remove and cover. Next add the peppers and onions to the air fryer, arranging them evenly on the bottom. Air fry the onions and peppers for about 8-10 minutes (depending on how done you want them), shaking once halfway.

Step 6. in a small bowl, combine chipotle powder, olive oil, smoked paprika, 2 tsp lime juice and salt and whisk well.

Step 7. Arrange cauliflower rice, shrimp, onions, and peppers, along with cubed avocado and sliced baby tomatoes in a bowl, drizzle with dressing, and top with fresh cilantro.

FAQs and Tips

Can You Make Making Air Fryer Shrimp Fajitas On The Stove Top?

You can easily make Shrimp Fajitas on the stovetop. There are a few options. You can follow the same steps for marinating and grill the shrimp for 3 minutes per side, on either a grill or grill pan. Remove shrimp and cover and in the same pan add the onion and pepper and cook for 4-8 minutes until soft. I like keeping the shrimp separate but if you want to cook the shrimp and onion and pepper together, you certainly can.

Can You Use Any Kind Of Bell Pepper?

Most certainly. Yellow is what I went for but if you like the red or orange variety, that works too. Green is a bit too bitter for my liking but if you like it, feel free to use it.

If You Don’t Want The Shrimp Fajita In A Bowl

If you’re not following a keto or paleo lifestyle, you can easily create a rice bowl. I’ve made this dish with leftover rice pilaf and even in corn tortillas and it’s delicious.

What Is the Best Way To Store Leftovers

If you have leftovers, you can refrigerate and reheat the next day. Shrimp will keep in the refrigerator for two days.

Best Toppings + Serve With Suggestions

I like using avocado, tomato and fresh cilantro but some additional serve with suggestions:

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl (Keto, Stovetop Option)

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl (Keto, Stovetop Option)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
This Air Fryer Shrimp Fajita Bowl is a speedy weeknight dinner, ready in under 30 minutes from prep to finish

Ingredients

  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 1/2 tsp lime juice divided
  • 1 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 7 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1-pint baby tomatoes, halved
  • handful of cilantro

Instructions

1. Add shrimp, 1/2 lime zest, juice, salt, chili powder, and olive oil to a container or bag and toss well until shrimp is evenly coated with the mixture. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you move on to the next step.

2. Preheat oven to 350. Pour out an entire bag of frozen cauliflower rice (usually about 4 cups) on a parchment paper-lined roasting sheet and toss with 2 smashed garlic cloves and 2 tbsp olive oil. Don't add any salt at this point as the salt will release too much liquid and make the rice mushy. Roast cauliflower rice for about 10-15 minutes on the top rack, stirring once or twice. When the cauliflower rice has finished cooking, season with a generous pinch of salt or as much as you like.

3. Pre-heat Air Fryer to 390 degrees. Add shrimp and cook for 8 minutes, tossing once or twice halfway.

4. Meanwhile, slice onion and bell pepper into thin strips and toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 tsp salt.

5. Once shrimp have finished cooking, remove and cover. Next add the peppers and onions to the air fryer, arranging them evenly on the bottom. Air fry the onions and peppers for about 8-10 minutes (depending on how done you want them), shaking once halfway.

6. Combine chipotle powder, olive oil, smoked paprika, 2 tsp lime juice, and salt and whisk well.

7. Arrange cauliflower rice, shrimp, onions, and peppers, along with cubed avocado and sliced baby tomatoes in a bowl, drizzle with dressing, and top with fresh cilantro.

Notes

Feel free to use tortillas if you're not following a low carb or keto lifestyle. You can also substitute the cauliflower rice for rice pilaf, which makes if also very flavorful.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 496Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 1281mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 8gSugar: 7gProtein: 31g

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Gorgeous recipe as always! Which air fryer do you have? And do you like it? I am finally going to buy one.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      March 11, 2021 at 1:45 am

      Thank you so much, Linda! I’m obsessed with it! It’s so easy to use and convenient. I’m actually surprised at how often I used it! I have the Ninja Max XL. I love the drawer it has which is perfect for shaking the food to ensure even cooking!

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