So fast and easy to prepare, spicy garlic shrimp are destined to be the hit of any meal. Shrimp recipes only take a few minutes to cook so they are the perfect addition to any last-minute dinners or appetizers.
Who doesn't like a recipe that offers tons of flavor without tons of work? Whether you're feeding a crowd at a party or just looking for a simple dinner at home, spicy garlic shrimp fits the menu.
Packed with bold flavors, there are tons of tasty ways to enjoy spicy garlic shrimp. Simply pop one into your mouth for a flavor-filled appetizer or serve them as part of the main dish. To serve as a main dish you can add them to a plate of pasta, your favorite fried rice, or a plate of vegetables.
Best of all, these spicy shrimp will be ready in less than 30 minutes. That means it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen making dinner at home.
Spicy Garlic Shrimp Ingredients
- Jumbo shrimp
- Fresh garlic
- Serrano pepper
- Fresh ginger
- Sweet chili sauce
- Lime juice
- Orange juice
- Optional garnishes: sesame seeds, sliced green onions
While shrimp can have a wonderful texture and flavor, the key is not to overcook them. When cooked, the shrimp will turn from a dull gray color to a vibrant pink and white color. Because shrimp cook so quickly it is easy to overcook them, so make sure you keep your eyes on the shrimp.
If you’ve never tried cooking with fresh ginger, give it a try with this dish as fresh ginger really adds to the flavor. Another important flavor component is the sweet chili sauce, which adds to the tanginess and sweetness of the sauce.
With a bag of shrimp in the freezer, you can always have a delicious meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Easy to cook and seasoned in a multitude of ways, a bag of shrimp should certainly be a freezer staple.
How to Make Spicy Garlic Shrimp
FIRST STEP: Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet pan over medium heat.
SECOND STEP: Salt and pepper shrimp before adding them to the hot pan.
THIRD STEP: Cook one side of shrimp for 1 minute, flip over, and cook the other side for 1 minute. Take out of the pan. They don’t have to be completely cooked at this point. Set aside.
FOURTH STEP: Place an additional 2 Tablespoons of butter into the pan and melt.
FIFTH STEP: Stir in garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and orange juice and let cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
SIXTH STEP: Transfer shrimp back into the pan and coat shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional minute or until cooked through.
SEVENTH STEP: Take off heat and serve warm with rice or noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, optional.
The serrano peppers are only used to infuse spice and flavor into the sauce so they don’t need to be seeded. However, if you are planning on eating the peppers you should take out the seeds.
The recipe calls for jumbo shrimp, but you can also use any size shrimp that you prefer. If you are using a smaller-sized shrimp, you may need to adjust the cooking time. Jumbo shrimp usually take anywhere between 4 to 6 minutes to cook, but a smaller-sized shrimp will take less time to cook.
The Serrano pepper can be substituted with a jalapeño pepper or chili pepper.
If you use unsalted butter, rather than salted butter, you may want to add a pinch of salt into your sauce.
Storing this Recipe
IN THE FRIDGE: Once you have cooked your shrimp, it will last for an additional three to four days in the refrigerator. Make sure that it is stored in an airtight container to preserve the freshness of the shrimp.
IN THE FREEZER: It’s best not to re-freeze shrimp that have been cooked.
Spicy Garlic Shrimp
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined with tails on or off
- 3 Tbs salted butter divided
- 1 clove fresh garlic minced
- 1 serrano pepper ~¼ cup, sliced and seeds removed if sensitive to spice
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or chopped
- ⅓ cup pre-prepared sweet chili sauce
- 1 Tbs lime juice ~½ of one lime
- 1 Tbs orange juice
- Optional garnishes: sesame seeds sliced green onions
- Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet pan over medium heat.
- Salt and pepper shrimp before adding them to hot pan.
- Cook one side of shrimp for 1 minute, flip over and cook the other side for 1 minute. Take out of pan. They don’t have to be completely cooked at this point. Set aside.
- Place an additional 2 Tablespoons butter into pan and melt.
- Stir in garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and orange juice and let cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer shrimp back into pan and coat shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional minute or until cooked through.
- Take off heat and serve warm with rice or noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, optional.
- If you like spicy food, leave the seeds in the serrano pepper. Otherwise, remove them for a milder taste.
- It’s easy to overcook the shrimp and this will make them rubbery. Cooked shrimp will very quickly turn from a dull gray color to a vibrant pink and white. As soon as this happens, remove them from the pan.