Quesadillas de Camarones (Shrimp Quesadillas)

by Erica Dinho on January 28, 2011

quesadilla de camarones

Quesadillas are a popular dish here in the States. I see them on lot of restaurant menus, and for me, it is an incredibly simple, quick, versatile and delicious dish to make at home too.

Why not make these Shrimp quesadillas for dinner tonight? I used corn tortillas for my quesadillas, but people usually make them with flour tortillas. So, you can use the tortillas of your choice.

Buen provecho!

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  • Olive oil
  • 12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1finely chopped green onion or scallion
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl and add the lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, chile powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and onion powder. Mix well and place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp. Cook about 5 minutes or until they are cooked.
  3. On a work surface, spread 2 of the tortillas. Sprinkle the cheese over the bottom of each tortilla. Add the shrimp evenly on top of the cheese, sprinkle with scallions, then top with cilantro. Top with another tortilla.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray over medium heat. Carefully place 1 quesadilla in pan and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Using a spatula, gently flip the quesadilla and cook an additional 2 minutes until lightly browned and cheese is melted. Repeat with second quesadilla.
  6. Serve warm with salsa.
  7. Shrimp Quesadilla

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Arlene January 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

A sandwich by any name is my favorite meal. These look wonderful.


2 Sharon January 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Your quesadillas look heavenly! Great photos and they sound delicious! I would so love a piece right about now ;).


3 Barbara January 28, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Oh yes, we love quesadillas here at my house! I must admit I’ve never made one with shrimp. It looks delicious!


4 Belinda @zomppa January 28, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Light and perfect. Love the combo of heat with shrimp.


5 Victor January 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Simple and delicious. Love the flavor combo.


6 A Canadian Foodie January 29, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Simple. Delicious. Nutritious. Fast – OH, you have done it all so seemingly effortlessly. Why not make them tonight?


7 Chris January 30, 2011 at 11:20 AM

These would be the perfect summer appetizer or even a light lunch! Nicely done, Erica.


8 Faith January 30, 2011 at 2:30 PM

I love shrimp and this looks like a great new way to enjoy it! Beatiful quesadillas, Erica!


9 tasteofbeirut January 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

These quesadillas would be inhaled at my house! Love the spices and citrus notes and the simplicity of this dish. Perfect for a quick evening meal.


10 zerrin January 30, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Your qusadillas look fantastic! We have something similar to this called borek, but never seen a filling with shrimp before. Sounds so intriguing. I must give it a try.


11 rebecca subbiah January 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM

genious idea love it

so pleased your feeling well, bet your a great mummy

hugs Rebecca


12 Mely (mexicoinmykitchen) January 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I will love to have some of those quesadillas. They look so good, kind of in the crispy side.

Have you tried muenster cheese for your quesadillas. Give it a try it taste great mixed with some Monterey cheese on quesadillas.


13 Kim January 31, 2011 at 1:48 AM

Quesadillas are one of my go-to lunches during the week. I’ve never tried one with shrimp and will have to do that soon. Looks great!


14 Oysterculture February 1, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Some of my favorite fixings right here.


15 Maria February 7, 2011 at 7:53 PM

They look so light and flavorful! I would love some of those shrimp quesadillas right about now!


16 norma February 14, 2011 at 9:49 AM

I have finally returned and I hope you are doing well.

These look really tasty.


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