shrimp on a plate

If you love shrimp dishes, then you’re going to want to try this sweet and spicy grilled shrimp recipe. As the name suggests, this recipe incorporates both sweet and spicy flavors, which work incredibly well together. This would be an excellent dish to serve during to the family in the summer, or it would be great to make if you’re having a group of friends over.

Recipe developer Hayley MacLean is the brains behind this wonderful shrimp dish, and it’s sure to be a new favorite in your household. "My favorite part of this recipe is how bright and bold the flavors are," MacLean says about this dish. "The chili garlic sauce has such a great heat that is perfectly balanced by the earthy sweetness of the honey — it is the perfect combination!" Can we just say that her description is spot on? Not only is this dish incredibly flavorful, but it’s pretty easy to make and requires minimal ingredients. So, shall we get started on making this sweet and spicy grilled shrimp recipe?

Gather the ingredients to make sweet and spicy grilled shrimp

ingredients for grilled shrimp

Are you ready to get this cooking party started? If so, start by making a list of ingredients that you will need to throw the recipe together. For the sauce, you will need a little bit of chili garlic sauce and some honey. Of course, the primary source of protein in this recipe is the peeled and deveined shrimp, so be sure to have some of those. In terms of more basic ingredients, throw some salt and pepper in your cart. It’s always a good idea to check to see if you have any at home before you buy. Last but not least, you will need some fresh cilantro for garnish and lime wedges for serving.

Preheat the grill and mix the sauce

chili sauce in a bowl

Since you will need to use your grill for this recipe, it needs to get nice and hot. Much like when you use an oven for cooking, you will need to let the grill preheat. Set the temperature to medium-high and let it get nice and toasty.

In the meantime, mix up your sauce. Grab a large bowl and add the chili garlic sauce, honey, salt, and pepper. Mix everything well. "The marinade can be mixed using a spoon, fork, whisk, or any other mixing tool available," MacLean says. "The most important part is just making sure that the honey fully mixes into the chili garlic sauce, as it can tend to want to stick to the bottom!" Reserve about ¼ of the mixture in a separate bowl. Then, add the shrimp to the marinade and toss to coat.

Cook the shrimp on the grill

shrimp on the grill

By now, your grill should be nice and hot. Bring the bowl with the shrimp outside and place it on the grill grates. If you are worried about putting the shrimp directly on the grill, you could always use a skewer or even a grill basket to cook the shrimp.

Shrimp cooks pretty quickly, so you will only need to keep it on for about two to three minutes per side. "To check if the shrimp are done, the best way is to use a thermometer and check to see if the shrimp are cooked to 120 F," MacLean explains. "If no thermometer is available, making sure that the shrimp are completely opaque, pink, and tightly curled are the best indicators of doneness."

Remove the shrimp from the grill and serve

shrimp on a plate

After you finish cooking the shrimp, remove them from the grill. Then, use a brush to add the reserved marinade to the shrimp. This adds even more flavor and another great coat of sauce. Garnish with fresh cilantro if you wish, and serve with lime wedges. "These shrimp make a great main protein for a meal and would go great with some stir-fried veggies and steamed rice," MacLean says. "They are also great as an appetizer or snack served during get-togethers with family and friends. They cook up quickly and can be passed around a crowd easily." We absolutely love these ideas!

Leftover storage and suggestions

shrimp on a plate

Another amazing part about this recipe is that you can keep leftovers. Despite what most people may think, shrimp do keep well as leftovers in some cases, so if you have anything that remains after your meal, don’t throw it out! "Leftovers will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. I love using leftovers in meals like salads and grain bowls!" MacLean says. We love that you can stretch this out to two to three meals — it’s both a time and money saver. We hope you enjoyed making (and eating) this sweet and spicy grilled shrimp!

  • ⅓ cup chili garlic sauce
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges
  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chili garlic sauce, honey, salt, and pepper. Reserve about ¼ of the mixture to brush onto the shrimp after cooking. Add the shrimp to the remaining marinade and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Place the shrimp on the hot grill. Skewers or a grill basket may also be used for ease of cooking.
  4. Cook the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until opaque and cooked through.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the grill and brush with the reserved marinade (that has not touched raw shrimp). Garnish with fresh cilantro.
  6. Serve immediately with lime wedges for squeezing over the top.