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Ten Minute Sweet and Spicy Shrimp – Grilled on a Traeger

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Ten minute sweet and spicy shrimp is one of my absolute favorite things to make on my Traeger. You should have most of the ingredients on hand, and it’s a PERFECT recipe to make after a long day of work (or play).

Back when I worked in Alaska one of my favorite things to do was set crab and shrimp pots. I was working in a very remote portion of the state, so it was very rare to see any people other than our guests, and none of the waters we fished experienced pressure from commercial fisherman. That meant we had an abundance of fresh Dungeness crab and prawns all the time.

This sweet and spicy grilled shrimp recipe takes just ten minutes to make on the grill. All it takes is a simple sweet and spicy shrimp marinade and then some high heat on your smoker or barbecue for a few minutes, and you're done! #traegerrecipe #bbqrecipe #seafoodrecipe #seafood #shrimp #bbq #traeger

I wish I would have had this recipe back then, because as good as those fresh prawns were, this recipe would have made them even better.

Unfortunately I didn’t have fresh prawns when I made this, but I was able to get some decent sized shrimp that worked just fine.

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp – What You’ll Need

This recipe only takes about ten minutes to grill. To add some amazing flavor to the shrimp we marinate it first. You can put the shrimp in the marinade for up to 12 hours, but I’ve found that even just 20 minutes in the marinade is plenty of time to add some awesome flavor.

For this sweet and spicy grilled shrimp recipe you’ll need the following ingredients (measured amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the post):

The big key to this recipe is the honey. If you don’t have it on hand you can order from Amazon – it’s 100% worth it. But if you don’t want to buy the honey I understand. You can sub regular honey and add a 1/2 to 1 tsp of cayenne. The flavor will be a little different if you go this route, but still super tasty.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Marinade

In a sealable container combine the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Add in the shrimp and make sure all of them are coated before placing in your refrigerator. As previously mentioned, the shrimp can marinate for up to 12 hours if needed.

shrimp going in the sweet and spicy grilled shrimp marinade

Ten Minute Sweet and Spicy Shrimp on the Grill

Setup your grill or smoker to cook at 500 degrees. While the grill is coming up to temp put the shrimp on skewers. This makes it easier to flip them when it’s time.

ten minute sweet and spicy shrimp skewers on a grill

Alternatively you can cook the shrimp in a large cast iron skillet, but I’ve found that cooking them on the skewers gave them a little bit better flavor because the marinade caramelized a little more on the surface of the shrimp.

When the grill is up to temp place the skewers directly on the grill grates and let them cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip them and let them cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.

sweet and spicy grilled shrimp on a plate

That’s it, they’re done! So technically it’s not ten minute sweet and spicy shrimp, but oh well 😂 .

There are a lot of different ways you can serve this – I ate them right off the skewers – but I’m sure they’d be awesome on a bed of rice or next to some veggies too. I hope you give this ten minute sweet and spicy shrimp recipe a try! Don’t forget to let me know if you do by leaving a comment down below, or by tagging me on social media!

ten minute sweet and spicy shrimp
Yield: 2 lbs

10 Minute Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinade Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

This might be my new favorite recipe on the grill. These sweet and spicy shrimp have just a little bit of kick, but not so much that you can't mow through a whole pound of them no problem.

Savory, Sweet, with plenty of heat - this grilled shrimp recipe recipe has it all.

Ingredients

Shrimp Marinade

  • 1/4 Cup Mike's Hot Honey Extra Hot
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, fresh - grated
  • 2 lbs Large Shrimp or Prawns, peeled and deveined

Instructions

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients and let the shrimp marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 12 hours.
  2. Grill the shrimp on skewers at 500 degrees. After 3-4 minutes flip the skewers and grill for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Notes

If you don't have the spicy honey you can sub regular honey and add cayenne pepper

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 694Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 962mgSodium: 6073mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 107g

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2 Replies to “Ten Minute Sweet and Spicy Shrimp – Grilled on a Traeger

  1. Hi Nick,
    Great photos!

    Two questions:
    1) If using raw honey, would you lightly cook the marinade ingredients first, then cool it?
    2) Would you brush on remaining marinade while cooking for extra glaze or was it a sufficiently thick marinade?

    Thanks for your continued posts.

    1. You know I’m not sure about the raw honey – good question. I haven’t used raw honey in a marinade before and I’m not up to speed on the food safety standards there.

      I liked the subtle flavor the marinade left on the shrimp, but you could reserve a small amount when you make it and set off to the side to brush on at the end. It certainly wouldn’t hurt!

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