Spicy Brown Butter Honey Shrimp

When you want something quick, filling, and full of flavor the best thing to do is make this Spicy Brown Butter Honey Shrimp. Shrimp takes almost no time to cook and this spicy brown butter sauce is about to be your new BFF. This sauce packs heat and beautiful levels of flavor for a mildly sweet and spicy balance. The ingredients in this sauce are very simple and you may already have many of the ingredients. 

For the spicy brown butter sauce here is what you will need:

Butter: the base of the sauce is brown butter. You will make this right in your skillet by melting it over medium-high heat and allowing it to release a nutty aroma as it turns brown in color. It’s important to watch your butter because it will burn really fast if left unattended. You will notice your butter melt, boil, start to foam, and then smell very nutty and turn brown in color. That’s how you know it’s done and can be removed from the heat. 

Olive oil

Honey: you can use any honey you like

Garlic: fresh garlic is best in this recipe. I recommend mincing it or chopping very fine.

Salt and pepper

Smoked paprika

Crushed red pepper

Worcestershire sauce

Lemon juice

Fresh parsley

Tips that will really help you master this recipe the first time:

  1. Don’t walk away from your brown butter!
  2. Have all of your ingredients ready because this recipe moves fast because the shrimp and sauce comes together very fast
  3. Adjust the crushed red pepper to your liking. Also, if you don’t have crushed red pepper you can use chili oil or sauce.

Spicy brown butter shrimp

How to make Spicy Brown Butter Honey Shrimp

Step 1

In a large skillet make your brown butter by melting the butter on medium high heat until the butter smells nutty and has a brown color. Pour the brown butter in a heat proof bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Add the oil to the skillet, add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, season with salt and pepper. Cook the shrimp in batches, if needed.

Step 3

While the shrimp is cooking make the sauce by adding the honey, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to the brown butter and mix well. Once the shrimp is cooked pour the sauce over the shrimp, toss the shrimp in the sauce, then reduce the heat to low heat as the sauce reduces and thickens. Remove from skillet from heat and serve immediately.

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Spicy Brown Butter Honey Shrimp

A delicious and quick shrimp cooked in a brown butter honey sauce

  • Author: Jaylynn Little
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: 45 Minute Dishes
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb medium raw shrimp (about 30 shrimp)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemon juice from half of lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet make your brown butter by melting the butter on medium high heat until the butter smells nutty and has a brown color, stirring occasionally. Pour the brown butter in a heat proof bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the oil to the skillet, add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, season with salt and pepper. Cook the shrimp in batches, if needed.
  3. While the shrimp is cooking make the sauce by adding the honey, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to the brown butter and mix well. Once the shrimp is cooked pour the sauce over the shrimp, toss the shrimp in the sauce, then reduce the heat to low heat as the sauce reduces and thickens. Remove from skillet from heat and serve immediately.

Keywords: Brown butter honey shrimp

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  1. I’ll be making it this weekend. What do you suggest to eat it with?

    1. I love this with rice and veggies!

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