Hot Honey Garlic Shrimp

Honey bottle next to bowl of hot honey garlic shrimp

Get ready to embrace the irresistible combination of sweet and heat with this hot honey garlic shrimp recipe. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s also a quick meal that can be done in under 30 minutes. And this could be served as an appetizer or over rice and make it a full meal.

Each plump shrimp is coated in a spicy honey and aromatic garlic & ginger sauce. It’s a little sticky and sweet treat for your taste buds. I made these on the grill but this recipe works just as well on an indoor cooktop. And even better, these work well for a quick meal or a special occasion.

Hot honey garlic shrimp on a bed of white rice.

Equipment/Ingredient Recommendations

  • Carbon Steel Skillet – This pan has become a real workhorse in my kitchen. All the benefits of cast iron but more convenient.
  • Quaility Honey – This stuff rocks and beats any honey you can get at the grocery store.
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce – It’s kinda crazy how salty soy sauce can be. This is always my go to soy sauce.
Shrimp being coated in the sauce in a pan

Pro Tips – Honey Hot Garlic Shrimp

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times on this blog. The fewer the ingredients the more the technique matters. Here are some tips to get the most out of this recipe.

  • Pat the shrimp dry – Wet shrimp will not get you a good sear. Pat them dry before seasoning and putting them to the heat.
  • Shrimp cook quickly – Depending on the size of the shrimp they will cook in about 5 minutes. Anything more and you will have little rubber hooks to eat instead of nice plump shrimp.
  • Don’t burn the sauce – Have all the ingredients ready to go before cooking. The sauce has quite a bit of sugar and you definitely don’t want to burn it.
Further away shot of hot honey garlic shrimp in a black bowl next to honey bottle.

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Hot Honey Garlic Shrimp

A quick and easy and flavorful dish in under 30 minutes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot honey, hot honey garlic shrimp, shrimp
Servings: 2
Cost: $15


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 ounces low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 ounces honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil optional but highly recommended
  • salt and pepper
  • green onions garnish
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil avocado, canola, vegetable


  • Set up grill or pan for medium high heat.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides
  • Once the grill/pan is preheated, add the oil and shrimp. Cook for 4 – 5 minutes, make sure that both sides of the shrimp get cooked.
  • Once the shrimp is done cooking, remove them to a bowl and place the pan back over the heat. Add the soy sauce, sriracha, honey, lime juice, garlic, ginger and toasted sesame oil and cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Place the shrimp back in the sauce and toss to coat. Garnish and serve immediately. Enjoy!