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Honey Butter Garlic Shrimp

Honey Butter Garlic Shrimp is the most delicious 30-minute dinner that’s packed with flavor and comes together effortlessly! It has a bit of sweetness and a little bit of spicyness that is absolutely addicting. Enjoy it with some rice or in lettuce wraps to turn it into a meal.

What is Honey Butter Garlic Shrimp

Imagine crispy shrimp pieces coated in a heavenly garlic and herb butter sauce with a tiny kick of heat and sweetness. Although this recipe is made using shrimp, you can use chicken breast or chicken thigh too if you have a shellfish allergy. Make it a full meal by serving it on top of some steamed rice or serving it in some lettuce wraps. This recipe has now become a family favorite and I hope it will in your house too!

How to Make It

If it only takes 30 minutes to make, it has to be super easy I promise!

Make sure to use large shrimp that is peeled and deveined. You can keep the tail on or remove it – it’s a personal preference!

  1. Coat the shrimp in cornstarch and shallow fry it in vegetable oil until golden on both sides. Remove the shrimp and drain the oil from the pan.
  2. Using the same pan, add a splash of olive oil and some butter, alone with honey, rice vinegar, chili flakes, and of course lots of garlic! There is no better combo than honey + butter + garlic, hence the name of the dish. This is going to create a delicious sweet and savory glaze for the shrimp to dance in.
  3. Once the sauce is simmering, add some more butter because the goal is creaminess!
  4. Toss back in the shrimp and coat it evenly.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!

If you like it more spicy, add more chili flakes or even sriracha! If you like it more sweet, add honey on the heavier side. Customize it to your taste.

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Honey Butter Garlic Shrimp

If you only have 30 minutes or less to make dinner and are craving seafood, honey butter garlic shrimp is the go to meal. It's a bit sweet and has a bit of a kick making it the best of both worlds. Try it once and it'll become a staple in your home!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 pound large raw shrimp deveined
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • vegetable oil for shallow frying shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • chopped cilantro or green onions for garnish


  • In a bowl, add the shrimp along with the cornstarch. Mix so that each shrimp is coated evenly in the cornstarch.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and shallow fry the shrimp on each side so it's golden. Do not overcrowd the shrimp. Fry in batches.
  • Remove the shrimp and set aside. Drain any excess oil from the pan and put it back on the stove.
  • Over medium heat, add the butter, olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, honey, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and rice vinegar. Mix all together and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add 2 more tablespoons of butter and mix together.
  • The sauce will thicken up and then it's time to toss back in the shrimp. Take it off the heat and toss the sauce with the shrimp.
  • Garnish with lots of cilantro and/or green onion and enjoy!
Keyword 30 minute dinner, easy recipe, seafood, shrimp
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
    • Keisha
    • December 1, 2021

    5 stars
    10 out of 10

    • Jen a
    • December 3, 2021

    5 stars
    This was delicious !

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