Rating: 4.57 stars
105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 72
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

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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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Wash shrimp well and submerge in cold water in a bowl; set shrimp aside.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

289 calories; protein 17.6g; carbohydrates 51g; fat 2.3g; cholesterol 159.9mg; sodium 550.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (76)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2012
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 it was way more sweet and not enough spicy so I doubled the cayenne. Next time I will reduce the orange zest, keep the cayenne amount the same, and add additional spice with beautiful flecks of crushed red pepper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2016
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 does get crunchy. Changes: more sriracha as cayenne will not dissolve in the honey less honey and a splash of OJ to help thin or more citrus. It is a good base recipe. Read More
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105 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 72
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2012
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 it was way more sweet and not enough spicy so I doubled the cayenne. Next time I will reduce the orange zest, keep the cayenne amount the same, and add additional spice with beautiful flecks of crushed red pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2012
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 simmer too long. I didn't really measure the lemon juice, but I should have because it was a little sweet and the right amount of lemon would have made it perfect. I also put the shrimp into the pan with the sauce and completely coated them instead of drizzling the sauce. I would definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2018
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 the lemon juice and replaced it with fresh squeezed orange juice from the orange used for zesting. That turned out to be a good decision. It had an amazing fresh orange taste. Mmmm! Rather than shake the shrimp in a bag, I hand rolled the shrimp in the cornstarch mixture to ensure a good heavy coating. I ended up with over 3/4 of the mixture leftover. If you don't want to be wasteful, I recommend cutting the cornstarch mixture in half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2013
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 was and they all want the recipe. Make this.... the flavor AMAZING you won't be disappointed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2016
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 use vegetables and thought of my Orange Shrimp that I get a the local Chinese place. I steamed some fresh broccoli in the microwave (florets in a glass container with lid and a few TB of water for about 3 minutes) and served that with the shrimp. It adds a lot to the meal. I've also made it with cut up pieces of chicken thighs since my sister is allergic to shrimp. That was great too!! This is a keeper and I've been asked many times for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2018
Serve the sauce as a dipper on the side to ensure crispy shrimp from beginning to end of meal! Also allows for the diner to be in control of sauce/ spice/ added calories. Add spices (paprika, garlic, crushed red pepper etc) and citrus supremes to sauce for added depth of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2013
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 everything about it! As the person who prepared it I made a couple changes: I used olive oil in place of canola oil (out of sheer laziness it was within arms reach though it definitely has a higher smoke point!). I used regular honey though I read tupelo honey is the standard by which all other honeys are measured so if you can get your hands on some you might have an even tastier dinner.:) I agree with the others who halved the honey mixture (which I zapped in the microwave) and I would definitely increase the cayenne if you want any heat. I d also say you could probably get away with half the cornstarch mixture but since it s pretty cheap I suppose it s better to have an excess than run out and have to make a little more. Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2016
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 does get crunchy. Changes: more sriracha as cayenne will not dissolve in the honey less honey and a splash of OJ to help thin or more citrus. It is a good base recipe. Read More
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