Dinner/ Recipes

ten minute shrimp and goat cheese quesadillas

Adam is getting reconstructive shoulder surgery this morning! Poor guy! We would both appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I made these quesadillas for him yesterday because I’m a nice girlfriend and if I was about to go into surgery, warm creamy goat cheese and spicy shrimp would make me feel better. How could it not?

Apparently it was just what the doctor ordered because after one cheesy bite, he declared these quesadillas the “best he’s ever had” (and, he wants me to be sure to tell you that’s coming from a Texan—the man knows his quesadillas).

The combination of shrimp and goat cheese is simply unbeatable, and the fact that these come together in only 10 minutes is just icing on the cake.

Icing on the cake? More like cayenne on the shrimp.

I seriously threw these together when I got back from yoga class yesterday, when I was all sweaty and slimy and about to gnaw off my arm from hunger. It goes without saying that I like quick, flavorful meals….especially for lunch.

This was one of those meals!

Within ten minutes, I had thawed out some shrimp, heated up some frozen sauteed pepper and onion mix from Trader Joe’s, and had my cast iron ready for quesadilla love making. Did I really just say that?

Anyway, by the time poor Adam arrived the only thing that was left remained to do was fix myself up. But I was too hungry for that. It’s a good thing he loves me anyway (or he just really loves my quesadillas).

You really should make these as soon as possible. I’m already planning on making them again for lunch tomorrow—they are that tasty and delicious.

Goat cheese really does make everything better!

Shrimp and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

serves 2

Print this recipe!


4 flour tortillas

8 raw shrimp (frozen or fresh, deveined with tails off)

1/2 cup frozen sauteed pepper and onion mix

1/2 cup shredded pepperjack cheese

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

pinch of chili powder

pinch of salt

pinch of cayenne

salsa and avocado slices for serving


Heat up the frozen bell pepper and onion mix in a skillet over high heat for about a minute. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

In the same skillet, spray with cooking spray and crank up the heat to high. Add the shrimp and cook quickly for about thirty seconds. Add the cayenne pepper, salt and chili powder and toss to coat. Immediately take off heat (shrimp cook fast!).

Scatter pepperjack cheese and goat cheese on two tortillas and then top each with four cooked shrimp and a little bit of the onion and pepper mix. Lay other tortillas on top and cook each in a greased skillet over medium heat until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are golden brown and crispy.

Let cool and then cut into four slices with a scissors. Serve with avocado slices and salsa.


10 minutes

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  • Christie {Nourishing Eats}
    February 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Good luck to Adam today, I hope that the surgery goes well.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 18, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Thinking of you guys today! I think you should make some of your pot pie for Adam this weekend… I deem it perfect recovery food. Oh, and breakfast food, since I ate it for breakfast one day.

    I’m all over these quesadillas too! We love ’em and eat quesadillas at least once a week here.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    February 18, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Ohh – this looks fantastic. I would never think of this combo – but it sounds awesome!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I haven’t had quesadillas in way too long! Thanks for the recipe Jenna, I love the shrimp addition! Good luck to Adam today – I hope everything goes well! 🙂

  • megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Best wishes to Adam! I’m sure he’ll have a speedy (and tasty) recovery with your help! Goat cheese makes everything better!

  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen
    February 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Those look so good! Hope Adam gets well soon!

  • jenna laughs
    February 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I love quesadillas too, lady. I am always looking for new ways to make them. I have a seafood loving boyfriend, who is dating a girl who does not know how to cook it. If I made this for him, he would just die. I will have to try it! 🙂

  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    February 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

    these look amazing!! I love that goat cheese and shrimp combo! I think some guac or avocado would work nicely with this as well. Good Luck to Adam with the surgery.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Praying for Adam!
    Mmmm I want those quesadillas.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 18, 2011 at 5:44 am

    i adore shrimp in quesadillas…these sound phenomenal! and that’s coming from a Texan as well 🙂

    definitely praying for you guys…both for today and for the recovery to come!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 18, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I love all those flavors! Looks delicious!

    Keeping Adam in my thoughts today 🙂

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    February 18, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Sending prayers your way!!!

  • dee
    February 18, 2011 at 5:51 am

    good luck to Adam today…

    this recipe of yours is definitely a must try.

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl
    February 18, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I love the creaminess goat cheese adds! A perfect twist for my typical Thursday Taco Night!

  • jane
    February 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

    are you still writing a book? you never talk about it anymore

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    February 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Mmm this is excellent pre-surgery foood!! Wishing Adam the best!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary)
    February 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I’ve really been on a goat cheese kick lately… anytime I can squeeze some in, I do. These quesadilla’s sound great Jenna. Using the pepper and onion mix from TJ’s really saves a lot of time making this a great lunch recipe. Sweet!

  • cathyb.@brightbakes
    February 18, 2011 at 6:17 am

    All the best for a successful surgery for Adam! And since i just picked up some goat cheese last night at TJ’s…well…lunch is figured out for today… 🙂
    cathy b.
    P.S. Am lovin’ the “boy-friendly” meal ideas…so fun to be able to have so many guy-approved recipes to try on my Mister!

  • Heather
    February 18, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Prayers coming your way!!! And yum! I can’t keep goat cheese in the house. It never lasts more than a day or two.

  • Sophie
    February 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Hope that everything goes well!

    Those look amazing! I have some shrimp and goat cheese that need to be eaten, so I’m making these pronto.

  • Jenny
    February 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I’m so glad you posted this!!!!!!!!! I am in love with quesadillas and I might just have to make this tonight!!!! YAY!

  • Kristine
    February 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Sounds delicous…..except for the goat cheese! I love ever other cheese but goat cheese tastes like a farm smells LOL just can not stomach it
    Good luck with the surgery today

  • Hannah (Culture Connoisseur)
    February 18, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Wow, he’s one lucky man eating like a king every night! If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach I’m sure you’ve stolen it!

  • brandi@BranAppetit
    February 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Keeping you guys in my thoughts and prayers today – I’m sure the surgery will go perfectly!

  • Paj
    February 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I love all the ingredients on their own, but I’m in the (maybe old fashioned) camp that seafood and cheese don’t really belong together.

    Hope the surgery goes well.

  • kate@ahealthypassion
    February 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    YUM I love quesadillas but have never tried goat cheese shrimp combo sounds delish though!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 18, 2011 at 6:41 am

    I never thought to put shrimp in a quesadilla before! What a good idea 🙂

  • Beth
    February 18, 2011 at 6:44 am

    This look AMAZING! I love goat cheese. I’ll have to whip these up soon. Good luck to Adam on his surgery. Hope all goes well and that he has a speedy recovery 🙂

  • Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    February 18, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Hope everything goes well for Adam today and that he has a smooth recovery!

    These quesadillas look amazing and SO tasty!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephanie @ Living and Loving
    February 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Praying for Adam this morning!!

  • Angharad
    February 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Best wishes to Adam for his surgery. That does not sound like a fun Friday morning activity! Maybe you should make him migas for when he wakes up…

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    February 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I love quesadillas for the same reason I love oatmeal, pasta, salads…the possibilities are endless! So many flavors, toppings and textures to mix and match. This combination sounds fantastic Jenna :).

  • Rosebud
    February 18, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Best of luck, guys!

  • Karen
    February 18, 2011 at 7:16 am

    So sorry to hear of the surgery…all the very best to Adam!

  • Kristen
    February 18, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Um- wow..those look absolutely delightful. Since my husband is a hater of goat cheese (i don’t understand him) and he’s not home for dinner tonight, I might have to make these today!

    Good luck to Adam- I hope the surgery goes well.

  • Kath
    February 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Best wishes to Adam. Poor guy is always hurt!

    Your ‘dillas look great.

    And did you change the color of your theme background!?

    • jenna
      February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am

      nope–not that I know of!

      • Baking 'n' Books
        February 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm

        Actually I was going to ask you that too! It comes up as a really light, faint color versus pure white. Really pale gray or pink or something. Nice though!

  • Tess
    February 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Sending prayers to Adam and you for a successful surgery and speedy recover! God bless you guys.

  • Erin Kloosterman
    February 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I love your recipes and your pictures. Thanks for writing!

  • cat
    February 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

    omg those look delish a must try yea goat cheese . thumbs up!

  • Moni'sMeals
    February 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

    He will do great! I know a few people who have had the same surgery and they are so much better. 🙂

    Now this is my style of a meal. Thanks~

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen
    February 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Best wishes to Adam!!

    These quesadillas are GENIUS jenna! will make over the weekend!!

  • Mary Catherine
    February 18, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Hi Jenna! Did you get rid of your Norpro doughnut pan? I thought that was the one you said you had… Debating the Norpro vs. Wilton!

    Also, what pastry bag do you use? My plastic baggies keep exploding on me…!

    • jenna
      February 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

      Nope, I use one from Sur la Table. I don’t remember the specific pastry bag I have but it’s cloth and from Sur la Table, too. Wilton, maybe?

  • Laura @ prettylittlewords
    February 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Yummm, I will have to make these this weekend! I like adding some TJ’s grilled asparagus in the mix too.

    Best wishes to Adam!!!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    February 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Quesadillas have saved my life numerous times. As has goat cheese 🙂
    My prayers go out to Adam. I hope he feels better soon and isn’t in too much pain!

  • Jess
    February 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I love making different types of quesadillas, so easy and tasty.
    quick veggie quesadilla.

  • Amber K
    February 18, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m praying for the doctors and for Adam and for all to go well. Also praying for a swift and easy recovery!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    February 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    looks delicious! hope adam recovers quickly 🙂

  • Ella
    February 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Jenna I had a nasty fall that dislocated my shoulder skiing at tahoe in 2009 (not using a video camera during it tho 🙂 and didn’t have surgery to repair the torn labrum until 18 months later. I tried to rehab it conservatively but had a subluxation, like another minor dislocation. I’m glad to hear that Adam is taking care of it now… Good for him and good luck to him! Hopefully he won’t get nauseous from the pain meds like I did and not be able to eat – my worst nightmare!!

    • ella
      February 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      ps – what kind of surgery is it, if he/you don’t mind me asking? Bankartt repair?

  • Ann
    February 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Goat cheese makes the world go round. I sound like a broken record with my comments, but these are going on the list! I bet they would make delicious cocktail party appetizers cut into mini wedges.

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I hope Adam’s or “Almanzo’s” recovery is quick! I personally think quesadillas can fix most anything. I once only ate quesadillas for almost every meal for a week and you know what? I never got tired of them and they made me happy. Case in point your quesadillas with shrimp and goat cheese = awesome!

  • Baking 'n' Books
    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Yikes – I didn’t know it was that serious! Did he tear his RC?

    Confession: Never had quesideillas before. And I don’t think I spelled that right and am too lazy to scroll up to check. But if cheese and tortillas are involved, I’m sure they would devoured.

    Are you still doing yoga everyday? How was the Challenge?

  • kate
    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love me some ‘dillas every once in a while!

  • annie
    February 18, 2011 at 10:37 am

    soo delicious! shrimp and cheese are good in everything!

  • Emily @ Savory and Savage
    February 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Good thoughts and prayers already sent out for a quick and successful surgery for Adam!

    The quesadillas look amazing – but, bummer for me, I can’t eat shrimp – I will have to think of a good substitute.

  • MMiller
    February 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My prayers go out to Adam for a successful surgery! I am sure he will recover well with you taking care of him! I laughed when you said you cut your quesadillas with scissors! I can totally see that; but I use a pizza cutter and it is so simple! I can’t wait for them to cool enough to handle them…they go on a paper plate and are just run over with a pizza cutter and served!

    I can see Adam not wanting to recover too quickly with you caring for him…he won’t want it to end!!

  • Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    February 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Sending well wishes your way for Adam. I hope everything goes smoothly and that recovery is speedy! Dinner looked great! I think I just might have some shrimp in my freezer. Hmmm…. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Steph
    February 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way- hope recovery time is quick!

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    February 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Hope everything goes well for Adam! And these look wonderful.

  • French Heart
    February 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    So sorry to hear that Adam has to have surgery, hope he is better than new in no-time. Think this recipe could do the trick…..hmm….light a candle at the Mission…then, Whole Foods.
    🙂 Get better soon! PS: I hear that NOTHING is more healing than a new puppy. Just sayin’

  • Ida
    February 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I hope Adam’s surgery goes well! At least he’ll have some great recovery food to come home to.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    February 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Jenna, major hugs, thoughts, prayers, and well wishes for Adam. By now it’s done. You are playing nursemaid to a likely very drugged up and semi coherent Adam. I hope he remembers these quesadillas…b/c they look stellar! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down)
    February 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Ah…I am totally melting. You had me at goat cheese. 😀

    Prayers and thoughts are with Adam! I hope all goes well!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher
    February 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This is going on my meal plan for next week. Yum!

  • Lauren@hungryspinner
    February 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Love this!! such a good gf! 🙂 Now im craving some quesadillas. Hope everything goes smoothly with Adam!

  • Katie
    February 18, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Just want to say I love your print the recipe feature.

  • Maria
    February 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I hope everything went well today! Sending my best!

  • Mari
    February 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hope Adam’s surgery went well today!

    When I saw this recipe this morning, I just knew I had to make is asap–as in tonight. So after my puppy and I enjoyed our long walk this gorgeous spring-like day (mid-70s in PA!), I went to the grocery store to pick up the tortillas and shrimp since I had everything else.

    Oh my goodness they were good! My hubby said they were fantastic and probably one of the best meals I’ve ever made. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll definitely be making these again. Your blog is so inspiring!

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    February 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I hope Adam’s surgery went well today. The best way to cure broken limbs is to eat good food. True story, I had 10 extra lbs to prove it after I broke my arm snowboarding last year. These look delicious!

  • Cyndi
    February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Adam must rest and heal!!!

    Hope he takes it one step at a time and doesn’t push the recovery – too fast will set him back and he doesn’t want to be there.

    Good healing.

  • Kiran
    February 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Get well soon Adam and take care 🙂

  • jen
    February 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hope his surgery went well!

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    February 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Jenna and Adam,
    I hope the surgery went well. The quesadillas look mouth-watering! The goat cheese and pepperjack mixture sound like a nice combo, very California?

  • Ashley
    February 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I wanted to post this on the earlier post but I didnt want to come across as buttering you up haha. Not sure if you watch Grey’s Anatomy…..but I’m pretttty sure you’ve seen the movie Bottle Shock, since you live in Northern Cali, but have you been told that you look just like Rachael Taylor???? So pretty!!!!

  • Cara
    February 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    YUM! I love quesadillas, and with shrimp and goat cheese I can only imagine they would be about 1 billion times better! Wishing Adam a fast recovery!

  • jenny eats nutella from a spoon
    February 19, 2011 at 1:59 am

    arg, i just finished a bag of shrimp yesterday. but this reminds me i have to buy more goat cheese 🙂

  • Nancy in Naples
    February 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

    We made them last night and they were GREAT!!!! I uttered the very same words about Goat Cheese making EVERYTHING taste better 🙂

  • Gabrielle
    February 19, 2011 at 5:34 am

    All the best and hoping for a speedy recovery!!

    I never would of thought to out shrimp (or what we call prawns) in to a quesadilla, but now i really want to try it 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    February 19, 2011 at 9:24 am

    you: 10 minutes
    me: 1 hour or more. or a lifetime to actually get this together.
    looks great though!

  • Juana
    February 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    This is my new go-to dinner party recipe! Anything with goat cheese and shrimp is an automatic win, but wow…these are amazing!

  • Kim
    February 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Looks delicious! Man, I love goat cheese.
    I hope Adam’s feeling better.

  • Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven
    February 24, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I took inspiration from this recipe and made shrimp and goat cheese pizza! not bad!

  • PacePal
    February 25, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I made these last night after a hard workout. With a fresh green salad, this was the perfect quick and easy dinner. The addition of goat cheese=deliciousness.

  • Current Instincts
    February 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Quesadilla love making sounds awesome.

  • Kristen
    February 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Yuuuuuuum!!! 2 of my favorite things making another fave!


  • Rachel
    March 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Ooh, those look super tasty and surprisingly easy to make! I’ll have to try them, but will substitute corn quesadillas for flour because of my gluten sensitivity. Thanks for the recipe!

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