Carne Asada Steak and Shrimp Recipe

Today we wanted to share one of our favorite recipes for carne asada steak and shrimp.

This is not only an easy recipe but so delicious that no one will ever know that it didn’t take you very long to make this recipe. You marinate your steak and vegetables such as peppers and onions.  Then right before or during the cooking process you add the shrimp.  

This steak and shrimp pair very well with rice and beans.  But also pairs very well with some warm tortillas or even some corn chips. Typically, we serve this steak with shrimp, sauce and vegetables on top with rice and beans on the side.  

This recipe couldn’t get much easier.  All that you’re doing is prepping your vegetables by cutting them up into strips ahead of time.  Then making the marinade and marinading the steak and vegetables for at least a day or a couple days.   

Carne Asada Steak and Shrimp

The easiest and most delicious carne asada recipe!

Author Sunup to Sundown


Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika

Other Ingredients

  • 4 sirloin steaks or steak of your choice
  • 1 bag of frozen or fresh shrimp of your choice
  • 2-3 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • rice, cooked of your choice
  • beans, cooked of your choice
  • salsa, sour cream, and guacamole to taste


  1. Slice bell peppers and onions. 

  2. Prepare steaks in marinade dish and top with bell peppers and onions. 

  3. Prepare and pour the marinade over the steak and vegetables. 

  4. Place in the refrigerator and marinade for at least 24 hours and up to a couple of days, turning or moving the contents ever so often. 

  5. Prepare rice and beans or other side dish to be hot when steaks and shrimp are done. 

  6. Remove steaks from marinade and set aside. 

  7. Heat pan and pour marinade and vegetables into pan.  Cook on medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes.  

  8. Meanwhile cook your steaks to your preference.  

  9. Add your shrimp to the pan with the marinade and vegetables when you have just a few minutes remaining until your steaks are complete.  Add sooner if they are frozen shrimp as they will take longer.  

  10. Plate up your steak, add shrimp and vegetables and marinade sauce on top.  Serve with rice, beans, and any other sauces or sides you prefer. 

This carne asada recipe can be made with other meats but in our opinion, it’s really been best served with beef or another red meat.  But it would also be great with venison, elk, buffalo, pork, goat or whatever meat you prefer.  This recipe also allows you to use up vegetables that might be going bad.  We always get bell peppers with good intentions of using them for recipe but sometimes we don’t end up making it in the end.  Therefore, this is a great way to use up a couple bell peppers, an onion, and any other vegetables alongside this main dish.  You could even use some frozen peppers and onions!

This recipe is very versatile and can be paired with another starch such as potatoes, pasta, quinoa or couscous.  By making this diluted marinade, it allows you to be able to reduce and cook it down and it doesn’t become too salty and is the perfect amount of flavor.   

We encourage you to try this recipe for yourself. If you make any changes to the recipe, please let us know.  We’d just love to hear about this most asked for recipe by our friends and family.  Please let us know if the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!  We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.

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