Of all of the flavors in the world, honey is one of my all time favorites. Its sweetness, its rich fullness and the fact that it will never spoil even after being left in a cabinet for ages all make for a reliable seasoning. Today I’m posting a recipe for Honey Brined BBQ Shrimp that will change how you feel about honey.
Brining shrimp in honey is an easy process and one that does not require an extended period of time to marinate. Shrimp absorb flavor easily and are delicious when paired with a light sweet flavor like honey. Once marinated, these guys cook quickly. The sugar from the honey caramelizes on the shrimp and the barbecue sauce add some tanginess and spice. You don’t have to work hard for great flavor, you just have to know how to bring it to life.
Growing up near the New England coast has left me spoiled. I’ve LOVED shrimp from an early age and every time I visit home, I crave some fresh Maine shrimp deep fried to golden perfection. Of course, NYC isn’t know for its fresh bounty of seafood. I’d…ummmm…actually stay away from anything caught in the Hudson River too. I try to buy fresh wild caught as much as possible, but sometimes frozen is the more convenient choice. I try to be conscious of how sustainable my food is and a lot of frozen seafood comes from unsustainable practices. So just take a second look at the packaging to see where and how it was caught.
These shrimp pair well with most go withs. I ate them with rice, but they’d be perfect in tacos or on grits or polenta. Either way choice, the sauce is what will make the meal! We drizzled most of it on top of our shrimp so that the rice would soak it up. Ugh! So good!
So if you’re looking for a quick and easy take on shrimp, then look no further than my Honey Brined BBQ Shrimp. I promise you’ll love it! What’s your favorite shrimp recipe? Let me know in the comments section below!
Honey Brined BBQ Shrimp
- 1 1/2 Pounds Shrimp Deveined
- 2 Tbsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 3 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Shallot Minced
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tsp Lemon Zest
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Butter
Thaw and peel shrimp. Set aside.
Combine salt, honey, vinegar, and olive oil in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Combine shallot, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, paprika, thyme, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce and butter in a sauce pot. Cook until mixture has reduced and thickened.
Add shrimp to pan and cook for several minutes per a side or until shrimp has turned pink.
Toss in sauce to coat, then enjoy!