Honey garlic glazed shrimp that is ready in 10 minutes in your cast iron skillet or grill, but delivers in flavor like a Boss!
If you love shrimp, honey and garlic, plus a little fiery attitude from red chili peppers, then this weeknight honey garlic shrimp is your thing.
All you really need to do is whisk up a few ingredients in a cup, slice up some red chili, mango and limes, and you are on your way to a perfect shrimp dinner in the blink of an eye.
I have to tell you, this is pretty much the perfect appetizer, but go ahead and steam some broccoli or brown rice, or make some of these stir fry noodles to make it a dinner.
Go for cleaned and deveined shrimp at the market, but keep the tails on. Makes it easier to enjoy as finger food but also looks prettier.
Don’t be stingy with the garlic, we are making honey garlic shrimp over here after all, so 3 large garlic cloves for every pound of shrimp is a good ratio. I’d say even more if you are one of us who can’t get enough garlic, more is good, but never less 😉
Let’s talk spice!
The combo of garlic and honey with the soy sauce is really lovely, but it needs to be spiced up a bit with some red chili pepper, both in the marinade and extra for serving.
Also, don’t forget that last fresh squeeze of lime, it is absolutely necessary to balance out that sweetness from the honey garlic sauce.
To take this to the ultimate level we served the final dish with fresh cut mango or salsa.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Mango Habanero Salsa
- In a small measuring cup whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, garlic and half of the red chile pepper.
- Peal and clean the shrimp If needed making sure to keep the tails on. Dry any access moisture and add them to a mixing bowl. Pour half of the honey garlic marinade over the shrimp and using a spoon make sure to toss and coat them all over in the marinade.
- Allow the shrimp to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes to rest and marinade.
- Heat up a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet on medium high flame.
- Remove the shrimp from the marinade and add them to the hot skillet, preferably without touching each other. Cook them for about 30 to 45 seconds the gently flip on the other side. Allow them to cook for about 20 seconds and pour in the reserved honey garlic marinade. Cook the shrimp for an additional 20 seconds or so until they curl up and the marinade has thickened up.
- Remove the skillet from the flame and toss the shrimp to coat all over in the honey marinade.
- Squeeze the half lime over the top and sprinkle with the remaining red chile slices.
- Sprinkle in the diced mango or mango salsa and garnish with the fresh cilantro and lime.