Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

Recipe by  

"Colossal-size shrimp seasoned and fried crispy with honey, orange, garlic, and red pepper. You can dress this up with either orange, lemon, or lime zest and fresh thinly-sliced basil."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 24 shrimp Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. Wash shrimp well and submerge in cold water in a bowl; set shrimp aside.
  2. Place cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a large plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid, close the lid, and shake several times to mix. Place half the wet shrimp into the container, cover, and shake to coat shrimp with cornstarch mixture. Remove shrimp to a platter and repeat with remaining shrimp.
  3. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the oil is hot and shimmering but not smoking. Tap excess cornstarch from the shrimp and pan-fry in batches until shrimp are opaque inside and brown and crisp outside, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain cooked shrimp on paper towels while you fry the remaining shrimp.
  4. Clean skillet and pour in honey; bring to a boil over medium heat and stir in orange zest, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Serve hot shrimp on a serving platter drizzled with honey sauce to taste.
Kitchen-Friendly View


  • Cook's Note:
  • You want to make the cornstarch crispy and lightly brown without over cooking the shrimp. Shrimp should almost pop in your mouth when bitten into. You want the shrimp to be spicy but not overwhelming. Tasting the individual ingredients will make this appetizer very enjoyable!
  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients and sauce. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 11, 2012

This recipe is very tasty. Next time we will definitely cut down on the honey, a full cup is way too much. We just drizzled the sauce on the shrimp and it turned out great.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 15, 2015

Sounded good but idk, just didn't cooperate with my taste buds I guess.

Jul 14, 2012

This was sooooo good! I followed a reviewers advice to reduce the honey sauce by half - perfect amount. I was looking for more of a sweet and spicy sauce but between pure honey and orange zest it was way more sweet and not enough spicy so I doubled the cayenne. Next time I will reduce the orange zest, keep the cayenne amount the same, and add additional spice with beautiful flecks of crushed red pepper.

Aug 20, 2012

This shrimp was delicious! I also cut the honey by half and used 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes instead of cayenne. The sauce came out really thick but that's probably because I accidentally let it simmer too long. I didn't really measure the lemon juice, but I should have because it was a little sweet and the right amount of lemon would have made it perfect. I also put the shrimp into the pan with the sauce and completely coated them instead of drizzling the sauce. I would definitely make this again.

Feb 14, 2013

Wonderful recipe. Used regular honey and that was the only thing we did different. I made last week and my husband wanted me to make for Valentine's dinner. I told friends how wonderful it was and they all want the recipe. Make this.... the flavor AMAZING~ you won't be disappointed.

Jan 13, 2014

Great dinner and easy! I did as many other did and 1/2 the honey and added red pepper flakes. It turned out perfect! I will be making this again.

Mar 03, 2013

A fun recipe to try! When my boyfriend came up from downstairs to eat, he said it smelled like something gourmet was cookin’ in the kitchen! He was pleased with how it tasted—he enjoyed everything about it! As the person who prepared it, I made a couple changes: I used olive oil in place of canola oil (out of sheer laziness…it was within arms reach…though, it definitely has a higher smoke point!). I used regular honey, though I read “tupelo honey is the standard by which all other honeys are measured” so if you can get your hands on some, you might have an even tastier dinner. :) I agree with the others who halved the honey mixture (which I zapped in the microwave) and I would definitely increase the cayenne if you want any heat. I’d also say you could probably get away with half the cornstarch mixture, but since it’s pretty cheap, I suppose it’s better to have an excess than run out and have to make a little more. –Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Jul 06, 2012

SOOOO GOOD! I used regular honey and 1/2'd it, and there was still some left over, so just a heads up on that. The seasoning in the cornstarch mixture was perfect, IMO. These were exactly how I'd hoped they'd be...we were very happy w/ dinner tonight! Def be making these again~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 289 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 160 mg
  • 53%
  • Fat
  • 2.3 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 17.6 g
  • 35%
  • Sodium
  • 551 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche-Estillo Sarita

Watch how to make this Latin American favorite.

Coconut Shrimp

A beer batter keeps the coconut on these crispy shrimp during cooking.

Thai Shrimp Spirals

This delicious appetizer is crunchy and full of flavor.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States