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A bowl of lime shrimp atop coconut cauliflower rice on a lace tablecloth.
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5 from 3 votes

Garlic Lime Honey Shrimp

This sensational honey shrimp recipe is a little bit spicy, tart, sweet and so easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 238kcal


  • cutting board and sharp knife
  • lime juicer
  • medium-size mixing bowl
  • small mixing bowl
  • sauté pan
  • wooden spoon or spatula


  • 12 raw shrimp - large
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. salted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger - grated
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro - finely chopped
  • cayenne pepper - a tiny sprinkle


  • Finely chop 1 tbsp. cilantro, grate 1 tsp. fresh ginger and mince 3 large garlic cloves. Set aside.
  • Mix 1 tbsp. honey and 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Toss 12 large shrimp in a bowl with 1 tbsp. olive oil and tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper. 
  • Add 2 tbsp. butter to a sauté pan, melt and add minced garlic and ginger. Sauté for 1 minute over MEDIUM heat. Add shrimp on top of garlic and ginger and sauté for 3 minutes, without moving them. Then, flip and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat to MEDIUM-HIGH and pour lime-honey mixture over shrimp. Add cilantro. Make sure shrimp are spread out in the pan so the lime can evaporate and the honey can caramelize around the shrimp. Sauté for 3 more minutes and serve.


Make sure to use raw, peeled shrimp. Not cooked.
If you use cooked shrimp, they will be rubbery and over-cooked. Be sure your shrimp is raw and peeled with only tails left, or feel free to remove the tails as well.
Feel free to add more cayenne pepper to make it spicer.
This recipe is a teeny bit spicy, but I personally like my shrimp on the rather spicy side. I add about ⅛ tsp. of cayenne pepper to give it a nice kick.
I used coconut cauliflower rice in the photographs for this recipe.
Nutrition information is an estimate.


Serving: 5large honey shrimp | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 868IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg