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Quick and Easy Hot Honey Shrimp

Hi there, welcome to Djalali Cooks. Today’s recipe is one of those great recipes that can be served in a variety of ways. Serve it as an appetizer for your holiday or game day spread. Serve over rice or rice noodles for a heartier meal. Or make it the protein topping for a rice bowl with veggies and rice. This Quick and Easy Hot Honey Shrimp recipe takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, so it’s a great recipe to turn to when time is super short. Let’s get right to it!

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Hot Honey Sauce

Sweet honey and spicy cayenne come together with lime zest, ginger and garlic to season buttery shrimp, garnished with jalapeño slices.

First let’s make the hot honey sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, garlic, ginger, lime zest, cayenne pepper, kosher salt and black pepper. We will cook the shrimp in the butter, and the jalapeños will go on as garnish. Along with lime wedges and a thinly sliced scallion.

The mixture will be thick and it won’t seem like it will coat the shrimp. But it will because the shrimp has natural juices that will help emulsify the hot honey sauce as we stir the shrimp in the sauce.

For the shrimp, leave the tails on or take them off, it’s up to you. Add the peeled, cleaned and patted dry shrimp to the bowl of hot honey sauce. Stir the sauce up from the bottom to help coat the shrimp. Keep tossing the shrimp in the sauce until the shrimp are coated.

Cook the Shrimp

This recipe is by Melissa Clark and in her recipe she bakes the shrimp on a sheet tray at 500 degrees for 5 minutes. I wanted to do this in a pan on the stove top.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and let the skillet heat for a few minutes before adding the butter. Then add the butter to the skillet. When the butter gets foamy, add the shrimp along with the hot honey sauce to the skillet.

Cook the shrimp, stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes. Just until the shrimp begins to curl and they are pink and opaque. Use a large spoon to transfer the shrimp to a serving platter. Pour any remaining sauce over the shrimp.

Quick and Easy Hot Honey Shrimp

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Hot Honey Shrimp are addictive. I didn’t intend to eat half a pound of shrimp on my own, but there I was. Barely leaving anything for later. They are not super spicy, they’re not super sweet. The dish is beautifully balanced and the bouncy, tender texture of the shrimp is a great match for the fresh flavor. I do love the hot honey combination; have you tried my Hot Honey Chicken? If you’re like me and sweet heat is your favorite combo, give it a go. Take care and be well, xo Kelly

Key Equipment

Quick and Easy Hot Honey Shrimp

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Dinner, Main Course, Appetizer American
By Adapted from Melissa Clark Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cooking Time: 5 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes

Sweet honey and spicy cayenne come together with lime zest, ginger and garlic to season buttery shrimp, garnished with jalapeño slices.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1/8 tsp. Ground Cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp. Grated Lime Zest
  • 1/4 tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, grated on a Microplane or finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 lb. Cleaned Large (16/20) Shrimp, patted very dry with paper towels
  • 1 tbsp. Cold Butter, cubed
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • 1 jalapeño, very thinly sliced, for serving
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped, for serving

Instructions

1

In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, garlic, ginger, lime zest, cayenne pepper, kosher salt and black pepper.

2

The mixture will be thick and it won't seem like it will coat the shrimp. But it will because the shrimp has natural juices that will help emulsify the hot honey sauce as we stir the shrimp in the sauce.

3

For the shrimp, leave the tails on or take them off, it's up to you. Add the peeled, cleaned and patted dry shrimp to the bowl of hot honey sauce. Stir the sauce up from the bottom to help coat the shrimp. Keep tossing the shrimp in the sauce until the shrimp are coated.

4

Place a skillet over medium-high heat and let the skillet heat for a few minutes before adding the butter. Then add the butter to the skillet. When the butter gets foamy, add the shrimp along with the hot honey sauce to the skillet.

5

Cook the shrimp, stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes. Just until the shrimp begins to curl and they are pink and opaque. Use a large spoon to transfer the shrimp to a serving platter. Pour any remaining sauce over the shrimp.

6

Garnish the shrimp with sliced jalapeños, scallions and lime wedges. Give them a squeeze of lime juice. Serve on their own or over rice or noodles.

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  • Mari
    October 27, 2022 at 10:25 am

    I seem to say this a ot at this site, but that looks so good. As the only shrimp lover in the family, that will last more than one meal for me, and I won’t mind at all. What is really nice about this entree is that it can be eaten year round. My mom only served shrimp on Christmas Eve, and I can still hear her cussing as she cleaned and prepared the shrimp. They weren’t as user friendly back then as they are now. For some reason she thought shrimp was only to celebrate Christmas. It certainly was a good way to start the festivities, but shrimp is perfect any time. You don’t even need a special occasion, because serving shrimp makes it a celebration. The fall season is really taking off. We have Halloween next week, and elections the next week. Sunshine today and it is cold, but I’ll take it. Happy Thumping Thursday to Kelly, Alex, Terry, and the three rascals. The running joke around here is that the birds already have their costumes for Halloween. 🍁🎃🦜👻

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 27, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Lucky you, the only shrimp eater in the family! I am sure you will enjoy these, Mari, especially if you have them over rice noodles or rice with veggies for a complete meal. I feel like Christmas is already upon us as I have started to see commercials for Christmas shopping and sales. I am not ready for it! But I guess I should just get over it because it comes earlier every year. Have a great Thursday, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    October 27, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Yumm this looks really good I might have to cut the heat a bit for gma but can’t wait to give this a shot ❤️🤗 mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 27, 2022 at 11:50 am

      They aren’t that spicy, just leave off the jalapeños, that should be ok for Grandma. Hope you enjoy it, Mom! xo Kelly

  • Kenzie
    October 27, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Big fan of shrimp (or prawns as we call them). Perfect for the bbq on Xmas day here as it is the start of summer. I think this recipe might be a sure fire winner with the family.

    • Kelly Djalali
      October 28, 2022 at 8:11 am

      A Christmas Day BBQ sounds so great! I think this recipe for prawns will be a big hit with your family, Kenzie! xo Kelly