Spicy Honey Lime Shrimp Recipe
Irresistible seared shrimp glazed in a mouthwatering garlicky, sweet and spicy sauce. The perfect 15 minute, one pan meal for a hassle-free weeknight dinner! Serve this shrimp recipe with pasta, rice, or veggies to round out the meal! And seriously, this sauce is finger lickin’ good, and great on chicken or pork too!
HONEY LIME SHRIMP RECIPE
Ah, weeknight dinners. The bane of every busy person’s existence. We need to eat, and want to eat something delicious and wholesome, but don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen.
I hear you; I’m with you. Solidarity sisters and brothers!
Shrimp are naturally quick-cooking, which makes them an easy choice for a weeknight recipe. Just 15 to maybe 20 minutes in the kitchen, and dinner is ready!
HOW TO MAKE HONEY LIME SHRIMP RECIPE
- Season shrimp
- Sear shrimp in skillet
- Remove shrimp to plate
- Add sauce ingredients and cook a minute or so
- Add shrimp back to the skillet and stir to coat
COOKING TIPS FOR THIS SHRIMP RECIPE
- Dry the shrimp – patting the shrimp dry on both sides ensures not only that the seasoning will stick to the shrimp, but that you’ll get a great, golden brown sear when cooking.
- Don’t overcook – shrimp cook very quickly, and can taste rubbery if overcooked. For me, 2 minutes per side was perfect, but watch your shrimp to make sure they’re pink and have curled up into “C” shapes, that’s when they’re done.
- Adjust the seasonings – if you want things spicier, add a more sriracha to the sauce, or increase the amount of cayenne. If you prefer a milder version, omit the sriracha and/or the cayenne. Use this recipe as a guide, but make the recipe to your tastes.
VARIATIONS OF HONEY LIME SHRIMP
- Citrus – try swapping out the limes for lemons for a slightly different, but still delicious, flavor.
- Grilled – if you’d prefer, skewer the seasoned shrimp and grill, basting with the sauce.
- Marinated – combine all ingredients (except butter) and marinate shrimp for 30 minutes, up to 24 hours. Heat butter in skillet and cook shrimp.
Additionally, this sauce is amazing on chicken and pork as well!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH HONEY LIME SHRIMP
I like to serve this shrimp recipe with some vegetables, like broccoli, snap or snow peas. Over rice is also a great option.
Here are some of our favorite side dishes to have alongside.
MAKING THIS SHRIMP RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME
I don’t recommend making this entire dish ahead of time, as I feel it tastes best when made fresh.
However, you can combine all ingredients, except butter, and marinate the shrimp overnight.
When ready to cook, heat 1 Tbsp butter in a pan over MED HIGH heat and cook marinated shrimp.
STORING HONEY LIME SHRIMP
Leftovers should be refrigerated in an air tight container and should be consumed within 3-4 days.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR THIS RECIPE
- Cast Iron Skillet – you want a skillet than gives a great sear, and cast iron is king in that department! Not the one pictured in the photos, but a good solid piece that will last you for years!
- Stainless Steel Skillet – if you’d prefer not to have to lift the heavy cast iron skillet, this stainless version is a great option.
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Spicy Honey Lime Shrimp Recipe
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 - 1 1/2 lbs peeled and deveined shrimp (16 or 20 count per pound is optimal)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce (reduced sodium)
- 3 - 5 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 1 tsp sriracha sauce
- 1 - 2 limes juiced
- Heat skillet over MED HIGH heat. Add oil and butter. Season shrimp with salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne.
- Add shrimp to the skillet in a single layer (you may need to cook the shrimp in batches, depending on the size of your skillet). Cook, 2 minutes per side, until pink and golden brown. Transfer cooked shrimp to a plate.
- Reduce heat to MED. Whisk together sauce ingredients in a small bowl, then add to the hot skillet.
- Stir and let cook a minute or so, until bubbling. Add shrimp back to pan and stir to coat.
- Serve with lime wedges and minced cilantro if desired.