Sweet & Sticky Shrimp Skewers

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
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Sweet and Sticky Shrimp is a super easy appetizer or dinner that you can grill or broil. Once you’ve tried these shrimp skewers, you’ll need more than just one pound of shrimp!

Sheet pan of Sweet & Sticky Shrimp skewers

Sometimes we do things for other people that we don’t like…or at least that is what Jorge keeps trying to convince me. ;-) So in good faith, I made him shrimp. I figure if I make him shrimp, he might turn the other way next time there is a shoe sale. It’s a win-win.

Sheet pan of Sweet & Sticky Shrimp skewers

I wish I liked shrimp. I really, really do. Because those people who like shrimp? They LOVE it. They talk about it like it’s the best dang protein ever and gobble up those little cocktail rings full of pink shrimp. Then they try to push them on everyone else and say “OMGawd, this is the best shrimp EVER. TRY IT.”  I of course turn them down and try to explain that shrimp just isn’t my thing.

Sheet pan of Sweet & Sticky Shrimp skewers

But Jorge, like most of America, is in the cool club and loves shrimp. So today at the store, shrimp was on sale. I picked some up for that shrimp lovin’ man of mine and boy was he excited. I marinated them in a sauce that my Granny makes and uses on salmon. I changed it up a little bit by adding some lemon zest and cilantro at the end, but I mostly followed her measurements.

Best part about these shrimp skewers for me — they are a breeze to prep and you can grill them or broil them.

Best part about this recipe for Jorge — they are delicious & he ate a pound in one sitting. Enough said.

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Yield: 1 lb shrimp

Sweet & Sticky Shrimp Skewers

This sweet and sticky shrimp skewers recipe with herby cilantro is an easy Asian-style dinner you can grill or bake.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Additional Time30 minutes
Total Time41 minutes


  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • cup hoisin sauce
  • cup honey
  • juice of 2 Lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • chopped cilantro as garnish


  • In a large bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Toss Shrimp in sauce and allow to marinate (in an airtight bowl, in the fridge) for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • For the Grill: Heat grill for medium-high heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Lightly oil grill with non-stick spray. Grill for 6-7 minutes, flipping half way through, until shrimp are cooked through. Top with freshly chopped Cilantro and serve immediately.
  • For the Oven: Turn on the broiler. Grease a baking sheet so they won’t stick (or cover with non-stick aluminum foil for easy cleanup). Spread shrimp in an even layer. Broil for 6-7 minutes, flipping half way through, until shrimp are cooked through. Top with freshly chopped Cilantro and serve immediately.


Serving: 1, Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 240mg, Sodium: 1528mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 38g


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18 Responses
  1. Sue Sheriff

    Basically I don’t know ,how to make a sticky shrimp but now I am perfect to make sticky shrimp like yours.It seems that I shall make it by follow your recipe. Finally ,thanks a lot.

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  3. ErinsFoodFiles

    We’ve been in a dinner rut lately, but these look really simple, and perfect to throw on the grill!

  4. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I’ve been wondering what to do with the shrimp in my freezer! This looks perfect!

  5. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    hahah Im totally part of the crowd that pushes the shrimp! I cant understand why my husband hates it?! :P This sounds amazing!!

  6. Marcie@FlavortheMoments

    This looks so delicious and flavorful. I love how quick shrimp dishes are to prepare, so this is a keeper!

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I love the citrusy sweet flavor of these shrimp – they look delicious! Pass a plate this way!

  8. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen}

    I’m definitely in the love shrimp camp!! I feel like growing up on the Gulf Coast it’s mandated that you like shrimp (and all seafood for that matter!) These sound delicious and a good way to switch things up!!

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      …I grew up along the gulf coast, Houston to be exact. And my whole shrimp loving family is from Louisiana. The Shrimp gene must have skipped me! ;-)

  9. Leah | So, How's It Taste?

    Those look so good! I’m definitely in the obsessed with shrimp camp. They go so well with anything and bonus, low calorie!

  10. Kelsey @aslolife

    This looks amazing! For some reason, I’ve never liked shrimp at all, but always drool over shrimp recipes…I need to make some soon and hopefully my recipe lusting will translate into actual shrimp love!


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