Quesadillas are a popular way to serve shrimp and other seafood. A wide range of recipes are available, utilizing ingredients such cheeses, peppers, tomatoes and others.

Shrimp quesadillas are simple to prepare and require few ingredients. They are very versatile and their flavor can be modified by substituting or adding ingredients.


Depending on recipe variations or local preferences, quesadillas may contain additions such as avocado, cilantro, onion, peppers, tomatoes, sea salt, sauces, or other additions.

A key ingredient of shrimp quesadillas is cheese. There are several types that work well most recipes, allowing the cook to customize their creations and substitute when necessary.

The classic quesadilla recipe contains Mexican style “melting cheese”, although Monterey jack, cheddar, American, and other type are also good choices.

Types of Tortillas

Tortillas are thin, round, flat, unleavened bread made from corn or flour. Corn tortillas are usually 6 inches in diameter and are packaged as partially-cooked products.

Flour tortillas have slightly more calories than corn versions, but are better suited for making quesadillas. Flour tortillas come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses.

Shrimp Quesadillas Recipe


4 flour tortillas
8 oz. steamed or boiled shrimp (peeled)
8 oz. cheese (Mexican melting cheese, Monterey jack, cheddar or American)
butter or olive oil
2 jalapeno peppers or 1 avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


1. Split cooked shrimp lengthwise and de-vein if necessary. Slice cheese and any optional ingredients into small thin pieces.

2. Heat a skillet, adding just enough butter or olive oil to prevent tortillas from sticking.

3. In the heated skillet, add 1 tortilla, then position shrimp, cheese, (optional) peppers or avocado slices and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Cover with second tortilla.

4. Cook until bottom tortilla begins to brown. Carefully flip and brown remaining side.

5. Remove from pan and cut into 4 sections. Serve immediately.

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