Honey Garlic Shrimp with Aleppo Pepper

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
July 29, 2023 | Updated on October 13, 2023

Honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper is a sweet, spicy, savory, saucy mixture of marinated and then sautéed shrimp. This protein comes together quickly and easily for rice bowls, tacos, burritos, pasta, and more!

For more delicious shrimp recipes, try Honey Walnut Shrimp, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Crispy Shrimp Burger and Chimichurri Shrimp next.

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This 20 minute honey garlic shrimp is the base for some of the best dishes imaginable. If you’ve been in a cooking rut lately, this easy shrimp recipe is exactly what you need. It packs a punch thanks to fresh garlic and aleppo pepper. Get ready for the best honey garlic shrimp!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Flavorful – Juicy marinated shrimp is sautéed in a sticky, sweet sauce enhanced with aleppo peppers for bold flavor.
  • Simple – Sauté fresh garlic, and then gradually add peppers and shrimp. Everything cooks in one pan in just a few minutes.
  • Great for Meal Prep – Honey garlic shrimp stores well, is easy to reheat, and pairs well with a variety of sides. Use it as a protein for your meal prepping.
honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper in a skillet surrounded by sauce on a plate

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Honey Garlic Shrimp

This easy shrimp recipe is taken to a whole new level when you add a quick homemade honey garlic aleppo sauce.

Shrimp Marinade

  • 16/20 count Shrimp – Peel and devein the jumbo shrimp but keep the tail on.
  • Garlic cloves – Grated.
  • Avocado oil – This has a neutral taste and helps to evenly coat the shrimp with the grated garlic and salt.
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt – Season to taste.

Honey Garlic Aleppo Sauce

  • Avocado oil – Use this to sauté the ingredients.
  • Salted butter – For buttery flavor.
  • Fresh minced garlic – Skip the bottled/jarred stuff and use fresh garlic instead. The flavor of caramelized garlic is phenomenal and adds dimension to the dish.
  • Honey – This adds a sticky sweet quality to the sauce.
  • Aleppo pepper – These chili flakes have a distinct tangy flavor with a hint of spice.
  • Water – This keeps a smooth consistency.
how to make honey garlic shrimp sauce process. Oil, butter, and garlic in a skillet.

How to Make Honey Garlic Shrimp

Marinate the shrimp for 15 minutes and then build your sauce for a mouthwatering dish.

Shrimp

Add shrimp, oil, and salt to a medium bowl and mix well to coat the shrimp. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate.

Honey Garlic Aleppo Sauce

  1. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, and butter. Once butter melts add garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, until fragrant, Careful to not allow garlic to brown.
  2. Add aleppo pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp then add honey and water. Lightly stir, careful to not flip the shrimp. After two minutes season to taste with salt. Serve with crusty bread or rice.
how to make honey garlic shrimp sauce. Garlic and aleppo sautéing in oil, butter, and minced garlic.

Tips and Tricks

  • For the best results, use medium to large shrimp for this honey garlic shrimp recipe.
  • Have all your ingredients ready to go before you heat the pan. This recipe comes together quickly and if you are searching for an ingredient, something may burn.
  • Watch the pan closely because this recipe cooks fast. Don’t let the butter or garlic burn.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp or it will become tough and rubbery. It takes only two minutes to cook.

Variations

  • Grilled – Put marinated shrimp on skewers and cook them on a preheated grill, for 2-3 minutes on each side. Drizzle the sauce on afterward.
  • Bacon Wrapped Honey Garlic Shrimp – Make this a keto-friendly appetizer by wrapping it with bacon.

How to Serve Honey Garlic Shrimp

  • Bowl – With a base of brown rice or white rice, add broccoli or asparagus.
  • Tacos – Wrap these tender shrimp in tortillas during your next Taco Tuesday.
  • Pasta – Add your favorite noodles to make this a meal.
  • Stir Fry – Enjoy takeout from the comfort of home by serving this with fried rice.
12 pieces of honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper in a skillet surrounded by sauce

Storage

Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Gently reheat it in the microwave for no more than 2 minutes or it will be overcooked.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes well with honey shrimp?

Serve honey garlic shrimp with rice, roasted veggies, noodles, or salad.

What’s the tastiest way to cook shrimp?

The best way to enhance the flavor of shrimp is to marinate them.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes. Just thaw the shrimp before marinating. To defrost, let it thaw overnight in the fridge. Alternatively, place the frozen shrimp in cold water for about 15 minutes and pat dry before seasoning.

honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper in a skillet surrounded by sauce on a plate

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honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper in a skillet surrounded by sauce on a plate

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Aleppo Pepper

Honey garlic shrimp with aleppo pepper is a sweet, spicy, savory, saucy mixture of marinated and then sautéed shrimp. This protein comes together quickly and easily for rice bowls, tacos, burritos, pasta, and more!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Shrimp 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Sauté pan

Ingredients

Shrimp Marinade

  • 1 pound 16/20 count shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on
  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated
  • teaspoons quality olive oil
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt, season to taste

Honey Garlic Aleppo Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced, not bottled
  • tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon aleppo pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt, to taste, if needed

To Serve

  • crusty baguette
  • jasmine rice

Instructions

Shrimp

  • Add shrimp, oil, garlic, and generous amount of salt to a medium bowl and mix well to coat the shrimp. Set aside for 15 minutes to marinate.

Honey Garlic Aleppo Sauce

  • Heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, and butter. Once butter melts add garlic and lower heat to a simmer. Sauté garlic for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Take care to not allow garlic to brown.
  • Add aleppo pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Flip shrimp then add honey and water. Lightly stir, (take care to not flip the shrimp while on it's second side). After two minutes adjust salt to taste (if needed). Serve with crusty bread or rice.
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