Honey BBQ Shrimp |

I was a little hesitant to try this recipe because I was worried it wouldn’t taste like the sauce we had right from the marinade. I was wrong, this sauce is so tasty, and the flavor from the honey and soy sauce is just amazing. Honey BBQ Shrimp is a great dinner recipe, and a great way to make your shrimp taste even better.

Honey BBQ Shrimp | Recipe

Honey BBQ is one of those combinations that seems so simple it must work. Sweet honey and savory BBQ sauce are a great pairing, but ribs can be difficult to cook and can result in dry meat. Why not use honey as a “glaze” for the ribs?


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Honey is one of my all-time favorite tastes in the whole universe. Its sweetness, rich richness, and the fact that it will never deteriorate, even if kept in a cupboard for years, all combine to make it a dependable seasoning. Today I’m sharing a recipe for BBQ Shrimp with Honey that may be served throughout the winter or summer. You may like my Oven Baked Garlic Rosemary London Broil, Ham Mac and Cheese, or Creamy Sausage and Gnocchi if you like this dish.

a skillet with Honey BBQ Shrimp.

Honey BBQ Shrimp: How to Marinate

Shrimp marinating in honey is a simple process that does not take a long time to complete. Shrimp are flavorful and excellent when served with a mild sweet taste, such as honey. To marinate, mix the shrimp, honey, vinegar, and olive oil in a ziploc bag and marinate for 30 minutes to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

These guys cook fast once marinated. The honey’s sugar caramelizes on the shrimp, while the barbecue sauce adds tang and spice. You don’t have to put in a lot of effort to get excellent taste; all you need to know is how to bring it to life.

a detail shot of Honey BBQ Shrimp in a skillet.

Shrimp Peeling Techniques

While you may purchase peeled and deveined shrimp at the supermarket, you may need to peel your own shrimp on occasion. It’s a simple procedure that takes just a few minutes of your time.

To begin, peel the shrimp from the legs to the tail on the underside. You may stop after the final section that covers the tail’s end. Make a tiny incision in the shrimp lengthwise from the head to the tail with a paring knife. Remove the black vein in the shrimp with the knife. Your shrimp have now been peeled and deveined. This post is an excellent resource with excellent instructive pictures.

Honey BBQ Shrimp in a silver skillet.

What kind of shrimp should I buy?

As someone who grew up in New England, I like smaller shrimp since they have the greatest texture and flavor. If you’re purchasing frozen shrimp, choose for small-medium sized raw uncooked shrimp. Large shrimp may be used in this recipe, however the marinating and cooking durations may vary owing to their greater size. The texture of larger shrimp is harsher than that of tiny shrimp (but don’t worry, they’re still tasty!)

What is the best way to defrost frozen shrimp?

  • Frozen shrimp should be kept in their original container in the freezer.
  • Put the appropriate quantity of shrimp in a ziploc bag and place in the freezer.
  • Place the ziploc bag in a cold basin of water and immerse it. To keep the bag immersed, you may need to weigh it down with another dish or a kitchen item.
  • In 10-15 minutes, the shrimp should be thawed. The shrimp should be used the same day.

a close up detail shot of Honey BBQ Shrimp.

Required Ingredients

  • 12 pound thawed shrimp
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Honey
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 14 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Shallot Minced
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 14 teaspoon ground thyme
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • a third of a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Butter

Needed Equipment

  • Bowl for mixing
  • Spoon Made of Wood
  • Saucepan
  • Skillet
  • Knife of a Chef
  • Board for cutting


Marinade: The shrimp may be marinated for up to 24 hours. Keep the shrimp refrigerated in an airtight container.

Honey BBQ Shrimp leftovers may be kept in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat the shrimp, either microwave them until warm or put them in a pan over low heat and cook until warm.

a skillet and saucepan of Honey BBQ Shrimp.


Honey BBQ Shrimp

Honey BBQ Shrimp


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With this Honey BBQ Shrimp recipe, you can make a wonderful barbecue meal. Indoors on the cooktop or outside on the grill in the summer!


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30 minute prep time

Time to cook: 20 minutes

50 minutes total




Course Description:

American cuisine



4 servings

calorie count: 519 kcal




Bowl for mixing


Bag in a Ziploc




Pan for frying




StandardMetric in the United States



  • 12 pound thawed shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 12 c. honey
  • 3 tbsp Vinegar (Red Wine)
  • 14 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 14 teaspoon thyme
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • a third of a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter





  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the salt, honey, vinegar, and olive oil. Toss in the shrimp to coat. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to marinate. (This may also be done in a ziploc bag.)

  • In a sauce saucepan, mix together the shallot, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, paprika, thyme, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and butter. Cook until the mixture has thickened and decreased.

  • Take the shrimp out of the marinade. Place the shrimp in a pan and cook for several minutes on each side, or until pink.

  • Toss in the sauce to coat, and serve!



Do you like this dish? It was first published on my other blog, The Brooklyn Cook.



calorie count: 519 kcal 40g carbohydrate 35 g protein 25 g fat 6g Saturated Fat 1 gram of trans fat 444 milligrams of cholesterol 3244mg sodium 305mg potassium 1 gram of fiber 37 g sugar 434 IU Vitamin A 11 milligrams of vitamin C 275 mg calcium 5mg iron




Honey Barbecue Shrimp



This dish is one of my all time favorite shrimp recipes. It’s not too traditional, but the combination of honey, soy sauce and garlic is one of my favorites. I also make this one with butternut squash, which gives it a different flavor. To make this honey BBQ shrimp, you will need to boil the shrimp with garlic and soy sauce, then add honey and serve over a bed of butternut squash.. Read more about summer grilled shrimp recipes and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes good with BBQ shrimp?

A sweet and sour sauce.

Why do they call it BBQ shrimp?

BBQ shrimp is a type of dish that typically consists of shrimp cooked with barbecue sauce and served on a bed of rice.

How long can I marinate shrimp?

You can marinate shrimp for a maximum of six hours.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.