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Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Rated as 4.51 out of 5 Stars

"Colossal-size shrimp seasoned and fried crispy with honey, orange, garlic, and red pepper. You can dress this up with either orange, lemon, or lime zest and fresh thinly-sliced basil."
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35 m servings 289
Original recipe yields 8 servings (24 shrimp)


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  1. Wash shrimp well and submerge in cold water in a bowl; set shrimp aside.
  2. Place cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a large plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid, close the lid, and shake several times to mix. Place half the wet shrimp into the container, cover, and shake to coat shrimp with cornstarch mixture. Remove shrimp to a platter and repeat with remaining shrimp.
  3. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil is hot and shimmering but not smoking. Tap excess cornstarch from the shrimp and pan-fry in batches until shrimp are opaque inside and brown and crisp outside, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain cooked shrimp on paper towels while you fry the remaining shrimp.
  4. Clean skillet and pour in honey; bring to a boil over medium heat and stir in orange zest, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Serve hot shrimp on a serving platter drizzled with honey sauce to taste.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You want to make the cornstarch crispy and lightly brown without over cooking the shrimp. Shrimp should almost pop in your mouth when bitten into. You want the shrimp to be spicy but not overwhelming. Tasting the individual ingredients will make this appetizer very enjoyable!
  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients and sauce. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 289 calories; 2.3 51 17.6 160 551 Full nutrition

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This was sooooo good! I followed a reviewers advice to reduce the honey sauce by half - perfect amount. I was looking for more of a sweet and spicy sauce but between pure honey and orange zest...

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Too sweet! Not hot at all, I added a squirt of Sriracha but still never got hot. I used organic Arrowroot as ALL cornstarch is GMO. You will not get that crisp brown with Arrowroot, but it do...

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This was sooooo good! I followed a reviewers advice to reduce the honey sauce by half - perfect amount. I was looking for more of a sweet and spicy sauce but between pure honey and orange zest...

This recipe is very tasty. Next time we will definitely cut down on the honey, a full cup is way too much. We just drizzled the sauce on the shrimp and it turned out great.

This shrimp was delicious! I also cut the honey by half and used 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes instead of cayenne. The sauce came out really thick but that's probably because I accidentally let it s...

Wonderful recipe. Used regular honey and that was the only thing we did different. I made last week and my husband wanted me to make for Valentine's dinner. I told friends how wonderful it wa...

Have made this over and over. Followed other suggestions and halved the honey and added 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes along with the cayenne. I served it over basamati rice. I felt that it could ...

Five stars all around. I'd give it 10 Stars if I could. The sweet honey orange pairs nicely with the shrimp and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. I wanted a bold orange flavor so I omitted...

A fun recipe to try! When my boyfriend came up from downstairs to eat, he said it smelled like something gourmet was cookin’ in the kitchen! He was pleased with how it tasted—he enjoyed everythi...

Good! Based on previous reviews I halved the honey and added red pepper flakes.

SOOOO GOOD! I used regular honey and 1/2'd it, and there was still some left over, so just a heads up on that. The seasoning in the cornstarch mixture was perfect, IMO. These were exactly how I'...