These 7-minute sweet and spicy shrimp make a great appetizer that's super easy to make. The shrimp are drizzled with a sweet and spicy sauce that has a warm background flavor from honey and fresh ginger.
For another delicious and easy shrimp recipe also check out these smoked paprika shrimp!
What's in the recipe?
You only need a few common ingredients for this spicy shrimp recipe. The sauce for the shrimp is made with honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and grated fresh ginger root.
Note: I don't recommend substituting dried ginger in this recipe because it will not produce the same results. The freshness and fragrance of fresh ginger is important for the sauce.
What size of shrimp is best for this recipe?
I like to use jumbo shrimp for this recipe but you can use large or extra large as well.
- Jumbo shrimp have 21 to 25 shrimp per pound.
- Extra large shrimp have 26 to 30 shrimp per pound.
- Large shrimp have 31 to 35 shrimp per pound.
How to make it:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. Whisk all sauce ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.
Step 2. Cook shrimp in a non-stick or cast iron pan on medium-high heat. Transfer to a large bowl.
Step 3. Pour sauce ingredients into the hot pan and cook until starting to thicken.
How to serve the shrimp:
Pour the sauce over the cooked shrimp and serve immediately. If you let the sauce cool for too long, it will start to get sticky and will firm up. But you can easily reheat it to loosen it up again.
How spicy is the sauce?
The sauce for these shrimp is very spicy from the crushed red pepper flakes. If you prefer it milder, just use less red pepper flakes.
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Full Printable Recipe
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp
- measuring cups and spoons
- ginger grater
- small liquid measuring cup OR bowl
- paper towel
- cast iron or non-stick pan
- kitchen tongs
- rubber spatula
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root (I don't recommend substituting powdered ginger)
- 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 6 ounces raw jumbo* shrimp (8 to 10 shrimp), thawed, peeled and deveined
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- Add honey, pepper flakes, grated ginger, rice vinegar and soy sauce to a small liquid measuring cup or bowl. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
- Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick pan until shimmering.
- Add the shrimp and cook until pink on the outside and opaque in the center (1 to 2 minutes per side).
- Transfer the cooked shrimp to a bowl and set aside.
- Pour the sauce ingredients into the pan you cooked the shrimp in (no need to clean the pan in between). Cook the sauce until starting to thicken (about 2 minutes).
- Pour the sauce over the shrimp and serve immediately.**
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