5-Ingredient Sweet Honey Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Chelsea, adapted from Taste of Home


  • 1 pound regular-sized shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Optional: Salt, pepper, lemon wedges

Optional dipping sauce**

  • 1 cup coleslaw dressing found near chilled dressings/dips in the grocery store
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Honey BBQ Sauce


To Grill

  1. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. Season each side with salt and pepper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the salad dressing, honey and garlic. Whisk together and set aside 1/3 cup.
  3. Pour the rest of the mixture into a large resealable plastic bag and add the shrimp. Tightly seal the bag and gently turn the bag to make sure all of the shrimp is covered in the marinade.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate reserved marinade for later.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium heat and drain the shrimp, discarding the marinade.
  6. Thread the shrimp onto skewers.
  7. Grease the grill by coating a paper towel in olive oil and holding the paper towel with tongs and rubbing over the grill grate.
  8. Grill the shrimp (uncovered) over medium heat for 1 and 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes per side. Baste constantly with the reserved marinade mixture.
  9. Remove and serve with dipping sauce and fresh lemon if desired. (Dipping sauce: whisk the ingredients together.)

To cook in a skillet

  1. Follow directions 1-4 above to marinate the shrimp.
  2. When ready to cook, warm a skillet over high heat with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. When the pan is hot, add half of the shrimp (discard marinade) in a single layer and cook until the edges turn pink -- about 1 minute.
  3. Remove from the pan from the heat and using tongs, flip each shrimp. Let stand for about 30 seconds. The shrimp should turn pretty opaque. Transfer that shrimp to a plate and repeat to cook the rest of the shrimp.
  4. Once all the shrimp are cooked, return both batches to the skillet along with the remaining 1/3 cup marinade mixture and toss to combine. Cover skillet and let stand off of the heat until shrimp are cooked through about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Serve with dipping sauce or lemon wedges as desired.

Recipe Notes

**You can also whisk together 2 tablespoons honey with 2 tablespoons of the Italian dressing and use that as a dipping sauce!