This Garlic Honey Shrimp recipe is insanely easy to make and loaded with flavor! It's made in one skillet, with only 8 ingredients, and ready in under 20 minutes!! These shrimp are sticky, sweet, subtly spicy and definitely belong on your table!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
Prepare the garlic honey sauce: In a small bowl whisk together: garlic, honey, soy sauce, ginger, cayenne, lime zest. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.
Marinate shrimp: Place shrimp in a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon oil. Toss to coat and then pour HALF of the honey mixture on top, reserving the other half of the honey mixture for later. Toss shrimp to coat. Transfer shrimp to the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 8 hours.
Cook shrimp: Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to the skillet discarding their marinade. Cook the shrimp undisturbed for 45 seconds - 1 minute. Flip shrimp and continue to cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Pour in the reserved honey mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp are caramelized and cooked through, about 2 additional minutes. Remove shrimp from pan.
Deglaze: Add the mirin to the pan and scrape up browned bits from bottom of the pan. Cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat and add the shrimp. Tossing the shrimp in the sauce to coat.
Serve: Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with juice from lime wedges if using and top with optional garnishes. Enjoy!
Shrimp: You can use any size raw shrimp you would like in this recipe. However, you will need to adjust the cooking time up or down accordingly. I used 16/20s. Frozen shrimp work as well, they just need to be thawed first!
Dry shrimp: Make sure you thoroughly dry the shrimp prior to cooking. Wet shrimp will steam, instead of sear.
Cook in batches: Do not crowd the pan when cooking the shrimp, or they will steam instead of caramelize and brown. Cook the shrimp in two batches if necessary.
Turn shrimp individually: Use tongs to flip the shrimp over individually. This will help the shrimp get a perfect sear!
Deglaze with flavor: Deglazing the pan is a must! Those browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan have so much flavor. If you don’t have mirin, you can substitute brandy, sake, or even white wine.
Garnish with lime: Fresh lime juice really brings out all the flavors and makes the shrimp shine!!
Serving size: The recipe as written serves 2-4 depending on your appetite. Two servings if you are serving this as a main, and four if you are serving it as an appetizer. But, honestly, it depends on how much you love sticky shrimp. However, the recipe can be scaled up or down depending on your needs.
Recipe serves: 4 as an appetizer; 2 as a main.Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 4 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.