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Spicy Honey Garlic Shrimp

A spicy, smokey, and sweet honey garlic shrimp recipe that takes just minutes to make. An effortless meal packed with protein and flavor.
Course Main Course
Keyword butter, garlic, honey, seafood, shrimp, smokey, spicy, summer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the shrimp

  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled & deveined, tails on or off (21-25/lb)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • oil for searing (I used avocado)

For the sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp honey

Instructions

For the shrimp

  • Pat the shrimp dry and rub with the smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle on the flour and toss to coat.
  • Heat up a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat. If the oil doesn't "hiss" when you add the shrimp it isn't hot enough.
  • Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and lay the shrimp in the hot pan in a single layer. You'll need to do this in batches for a good sear. Sear about 2 minutes on each side or until just cooked through.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the pan to cool just slightly while you prep your sauce ingredients.

For the sauce

  • Heat the pan to medium/medium-low and add the butter.
  • Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and cook just until the garlic is fragrant and slightly softened.
  • Pour in the rice wine vinegar to deglaze the pan and then add the honey. Stir and let it thicken just slightly. The sauce will still be quite thin, yet sticky.
  • Add the shrimp back in and toss with the sauce to coat. Serve immediately.