Browned Butter Honey Lime Shrimp with a subtle hint of Chili will become your new favourite shrimp recipe!
Shrimp that tastes like something straight out of a restaurant, this Browned Butter Honey Lime Shrimp feels gourmet with half of the effort and maximum taste! The bonus? It’s on your table in less than 15 minutes! No marinating required.
A revamped version of this Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon! If you loved that recipe, you will absolutely fall in love with this version.
Browned Butter Honey Lime Shrimp
Crispy, sticky and full of amazing flavour, it feels like yesterday I was browning butter, mixing it with honey and garlic, and blowing my mind with the mixture of flavours coming out of my skillet. This browned butter shrimp recipe is just as good as the original I posted last year!
It all starts with the most amazing sauce!
Browned Butter Sauce
With this recipe, I used the same ingredients I did for my original salmon and shrimp recipes, swapping out lemon for lime juice and adding a touch of soy sauce for a bit of saltiness and flavour. Searing them in batches ensures a nice and even sear with charred, sticky edges on juicy shrimp!
Your 5 ingredients away from the best tasting shrimp!
- Butter — use unsalted better control the amount of salt being added
- Lime juice — freshly squeezed tastes better than bottled
- Soy sauce — low sodium
I added a kick of red chili flakes for subtle heat but you can leave it out if you wish.
Skillet Or Non Stick Pans
I suggest using a REALLY WELL SEASONED SKILLET which will add that seared flavour to your shrimp OR a good quality non-stick pan. If you have a skillet and don’t trust it, don’t use it. The honey will stick to a non-seasoned skillet and you’ll be peeling shrimp off of the pan.
How To Make Browned Butter Shrimp
First, you’ll be browning your butter. Once the foam subsides and the colour begins to turn a beautiful golden brown colour, a nutty aroma will fill your kitchen, and you’ll be pretty proud of yourself if you’ve never done this before. As soon as its browned, throw in the rest of your ingredients and give it 30 seconds to infuse all of those flavours together. It’s magic, people. And guaranteed you’ll be browning your butter in every other recipe you have.
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Browned Butter Honey Lime Shrimp
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ground red chili flakes (add more to your taste)
- 21 oz (600 grams) shrimp peeled and deveined (tail on or off)
- Salt to season
- Lime wedges (to serve)
- Fresh chopped parsley to serve
- Heat butter in a non stick pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Melt, swirling pan and stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until the foam settles; the butter begins to change in colour to golden brown and has a nutty fragrance.
- Add the honey, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic and chili flakes; stir well to combine all of the flavours together and cook for 30 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
- Remove from heat. Pour out just over half of the browned butter from the pan (liquid only), leaving 2 tablespoons of the lime butter mixture in the pan, and reserve the rest for later.
- Add half of the shrimp to the lime/butter in the pan, season with salt and pepper. Sear for about 2 minutes each side, or until just cooked through and no longer opaque. Transfer to a plate, set aside.
- Wipe pan over with paper towel and add 2 more tablespoons of the lime/butter mixture to the pan. (You may need to add 1 teaspoon of olive oil or extra butter to the pan if your sauce has thickened too much.)
- Season and sear the remaining shrimp for 2 minutes each side, or until just cooked through and no longer opaque.
- Add the cooked shrimp back into the pan, and pour in the remaining lime/butter sauce; stirring through the shrimp to evenly coat. Season with salt if desired and garnish with parsley and extra chili flakes (if desired).
- Serve with steamed vegetables; over rice or with a salad