Garlic Shrimp with Smoked Paprika and Honey Recipe

Scrumptiously savory shrimp recipe with a sweet flavor. Food is ready in just 15 minutes to please your seafood cravings without taking a whole lot of time!

Garlic Shrimp with Smoked Paprika and Honey Recipe
Shrimp Sweet Seafood Quick and Easy Savory

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Origin of the dish

Garlic Shrimp with smoked paprika and honey is the best and easiest way to cook shrimp. This recipe includes just 5 ingredients – shrimp, smoked paprika, honey, garlic and olive oil. You are good to serve and enjoy the best seafood dish. It is as simple as pan frying the peeled and deveined shrimp and tossed over a flavorful sauce of sauteed garlic with smoked paprika and honey.

In terms of garlic shrimp's origin, is not specifically known, however dishes like Gambas al Ajillo, a Spanish term for Garlic shrimp, is a dish famous in the part of South and Center of Spain. It is so popular that it is commonly eaten as a meal in itself.

When is it typically served?

Garlic Shrimp with smoked paprika and honey is commonly served in special family dinner or family gatherings as an appetizer. It is also usually served as a precursor to the main dish served in the table. It is very common in a Spanish, Philippines, and American restaurants. Since shrimp is a protein-rich food, dietitian always advice to balance your meal so this protein food would best pair with complex carbs-rich foods like brown rice or beans and potatoes.

Kitchen Utensils You Need in Making Garlic Shrimp

You will be needing the following kitchen tools and equipment in Garlic Shrimp with smoked paprika and honey:

  • Frying pan
  • Cutting knife
  • Scissors used to peel and devein the shrimp
  • Chopping board
  • Spatula
  • Small bowls
  • Serving plate

Primary Ingredients for this Garlic Shrimp Recipe: Shrimp, Smoked Paprika, Garlic and Honey.

Cooking this dish takes only these four main ingredients, and we all know how common these ingredients are and it would not be difficult to buy these at the malls or supermarket. Shrimp is popular all over the world but is mostly famous in the United States. It can easily be cooked; however, this recipe could take a bit of time if you prefer cooking it peeled and deveined. But no worries, since there are stores who sell peeled and deveined shrimp then you are free to cook it however you like without any hassle – fried, grilled, sauteed, poached, in soups, salad or even pasta. Smoked paprika, garlic and honey are three of the common ingredients used in making sauce. And I couldn’t agree more on how perfect this combination is. Gives your dish a glazy flavorful taste that your appetite could ever crave.

Interesting Facts

  • Shrimps are the best source of lean protein and is very low in calories.
  • United States harvests more than 650 million pounds of shrimp a year.
  • Shrimp is also one of the few protein animals that contain selenium and astaxanthin, which are helpful antioxidants.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you buy fresh shrimps, it should be cooked within 24 hours since it is extremely perishable.
  • Cooked shrimp can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days while frozen shrimps can be kept in the fridge for up to six months.
  • Since shrimp is a good source of protein, serve it with a side of greens and whole grains to enjoy a complete and balanced meal.
  • If you don't like to mess with peeling and cleaning fresh shrimps, you can opt for those shrimps that are already peeled and ready to cook.


  • 500g shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika, smoked
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking oil


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan and pan-fry the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes each side. Then set aside.

  2. Using the same pan, saute the garlic until light brown. Add the paprika an honey. Simmer for 2 minutes. Then add the pan-fried shrimp.

  3. Stir well until completely coated. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the top with finely chopped spring onions. Serve and enjoy!

A quick and easy way to cook shrimp! Are you in a bit of hurry due to an empty stomach? Or you just had a surprised visitors and you don’t know what to serve them? Or you just want to prepare a dish to get the best impression from your in-laws? Then, worry no more. This dish is the answer to your problems. Cook in just 15 minutes. And what’s better? It consists of 5 ingredients only. Everything in this dish is just a yey-yey!