Glazed Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Mix up meal time with sweet and tangy Glazed Honey Garlic Shrimp, which can be made on the stovetop or on a grill. Serve over steamed white rice for a classic pairing or tuck them into homemade tortillas for the ultimate shrimp tacos!

Several skewers of honey glazed shrimp garnished with sesame seeds atop coconut rice on a plate with cucumber salad.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken, meet your seafood counterpart, Glazed Honey Garlic Shrimp.

While you’re firing up the flames on the grill (or grill pan), check out this flavor lineup: honey, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin, and my secret ingredient for adding a touch of tang, balsamic vinegar. 

This sweet and sour blend does double duty in this recipe as both a marinade and a glaze, and the result is an enticing stack of sticky shrimp skewers that are easy enough for a quick weeknight meal and impressive enough for a weekend party.

Ingredients

Various sizes of glass bowls with the ingredients to make shrimp skewers with honey-garlic glaze, including minced garlic, hoisin sauce, salt and pepper, olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, deveined shrimp and soy sauce.
  • Shrimp: This recipe calls for medium shrimp. You can use fresh or frozen, but using frozen shrimp that are already peeled and deveined will save you time in the kitchen. Using fresh shrimp? See below for my tips on deveining.
  • Olive oil: For the best flavor, I recommend using extra virgin olive oil. My favorite brand is Kosterina.
  • Soy sauce: I opt for low-sodium soy sauce 99% of the time to make sure the flavors are just right without being too salty.
  • Honey: Helps create a caramelized glaze that’s perfectly sticky-sweet in texture and flavor.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Balances out the sweetness of the honey by adding a slightly tangy note to the marinade.
  • Hoisin sauce: Contributes a complex, savory and slightly sweet flavor to the glaze.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with its aromatic and pungent flavor. You’ll need about 4 garlic cloves to yield 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • Pepper: Adds a subtle kick and enhances the overall flavor. For even more spice, swap in crushed red pepper flakes.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Honey Garlic Shrimp

As I mentioned before, what sets this recipe apart from the rest is the honey garlic glaze. It’s sticky, sweet, savory, with a hint of tang, and loaded with flavor that completely transforms simple shrimp into a lick-the-plate kind of dinner that everyone at the table will love. My kids ask for this weekly, and it’s a hit even with the pickiest eaters!

  1. Make the marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, hoisin, garlic and pepper.
  2. Marinate the shrimp. Place the shrimp in a large sealable plastic bag. Pour half the sauce into the bag and set aside the remaining half. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. While the shrimp marinate, soak the wooden skewers in water. This prevents them from burning.
  4. Skewer and get grillin’! Slide several shrimp onto each wooden skewer. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  1. While the shrimp are cooking, make the glaze. Transfer the remaining half of the honey-garlic sauce to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened into a glaze.
  2. Glaze and devour! I like to sprinkle them with sesame seeds for a simple garnish.

How to Devein Shrimp

If your shrimp aren’t already deveined, it’s a simple process to do it yourself. First, remove the shell by starting at the top and peeling around until you reach the tail. Then, using a sharp paring knife or kitchen shears, make a shallow cut along the back of the shrimp, just deep enough to expose the dark vein.

Gently pull out the vein with the tip of the knife or your fingers. Rinse the shrimp under cold water to remove any remaining bits. That’s it! You’ve successfully deveined your shrimp and they’re ready to use.

Sides and Meal Variations

I love to pair these skewered shrimp with creamy coconut rice and my favorite cucumber salad. Here are a few more of my favorite sides to serve with this recipe:

    But don’t stop there! You can transform this single recipe into a variety of shrimp meals. Here are a few of my favorite variations:

    • Tacos: Take the shrimp off the skewers and pile them into warm flour tortillas with pineapple salsa.
    • Salad: Add atop your favorite mixed greens with a light vinaigrette.
    • Grain Bowl: Serve over a base of quinoa or farro, and add bok choy or your favorite roasted veggies.

    These sides and variations not only keep the recipe exciting but also make it easy to tailor meals to different tastes and occasions.

    Do I have to use the skewers?

    Nope! While skewers make grilling and serving a breeze, they’re not mandatory. If you prefer, you can cook the shrimp directly on the grill or in a grill pan. Just be sure to oil the grill grates or pan to prevent sticking. Cooking times remain the same—about 3 to 4 minutes per side until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.

    Two dinner plates with glazed honey garlic shrimp on beds of white rice and cucumber salad. Two small bowls containing sesame seeds and cucumber salad are nearby.

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    Glazed Honey Garlic Shrimp

    Mix up meal time with sweet and tangy Glazed Honey Garlic Shrimp, which can be made on the stovetop or on a grill! Serve with steamed white rice and your favorite roasted veggies, or wrap in a tortilla for the ultimate shrimp tacos.
    Author: Kelly Senyei
    5 from 6 votes
    Several skewers of honey glazed shrimp garnished with sesame seeds atop coconut rice on a plate with cucumber salad.
    Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 38 minutes
    Servings 6 servings

    Ingredients 

    • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
    • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

    Equipment:

    • Wooden skewers

    Instructions 

    • Place the shrimp in a large sealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, hoisin, garlic and pepper. Pour half of the mixture into the bag with the shrimp and set the remaining half aside. Seal the bag then shake it lightly so that the shrimp are thoroughly coated. Refrigerate the shrimp for 1 hour.
    • While the shrimp marinate, soak the wooden skewers in water.
    • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Slide several shrimp onto each of the wooden skewers then place the skewers on the grill and cook the shrimp until pink throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side. While the shrimp cook, transfer the remaining half of the honey-garlic mixture to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook it just until it has thickened into a glaze, about 5 minutes. Set the glaze aside.
    • Remove the shrimp skewers from the grill or grill pan and brush them with the prepared glaze. Serve immediately.

    Kelly’s Notes

    • While skewers make grilling and serving a breeze, they’re not mandatory. If you prefer, you can cook the shrimp directly on the grill or in a grill pan. Just be sure to oil the grill grates or pan to prevent sticking. Cooking times remain the same—about 3 to 4 minutes per side until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
    • For the best taste, enjoy this recipe right away. If you have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat gently in a pan over medium heat or in the microwave for 1 minute.
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    Nutrition

    Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 190mg, Sodium: 1342mg, Potassium: 125mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin C: 3.6mg, Calcium: 120mg, Iron: 2.2mg

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      1. Hi Barbara! Because Hoisin is a very distinctive flavor, there is no real replacement. But, in a completely inauthentic way, you could sub BBQ sauce instead.

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