Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

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Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you’ll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp was a last minute swap for the Orange Peel Shrimp we were going to make last weekend (based on my P.F. Chang’s Orange Peel Chicken recipe). Instead it turned out I hadn’t bought the tomato sauce for the recipe so I hopped onto AllRecipes to see what quick shrimp dishes I could make.

Lo and behold Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp. It is so easy to make, the ingredients are all ones I have in stock at all times and it tastes…. AMAZING. Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

This may actually permanently replace Orange Peel Shrimp in our house!

How to make Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp:

  • Add Sriracha instead of crushed red pepper, the creamy sauce will blend more thoroughly than the chili flakes.
  • Add some steamed carrots to the pan, they would go great with the sauce.
  • Roast up some vegetables on the side (375 degrees, 2 parts canola oil to 1 part soy sauce until browned).
  • You can absolutely use chicken or pork in place of this shrimp.
  • If you want a thicker coating dip the shrimp in flour, then egg and finally coat in cornstarch.

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

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Tools Used in the Making of this Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp:
Honey: The best deal on honey you’re going to find online that you know for sure is real honey, only $4 a pound. Or buy it in the store for even less!
Citrus Zester: This zests the rind and removes the peel without the pith in perfect strips too, I LOVE this tool.
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
Large Frying Pan: I use this Cuisinart for most of my non cast iron cooking unless I am going with a stainless steel option, then I choose my All Clad.

Recipe

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Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

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  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 orange zested into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds shrimp 18-20 count peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • green onions for garnish
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the garlic, soy sauce, honey, orange zest, orange juice and crushed red pepper flakes to a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the shrimp to the cornstarch and coat well.
  3. Heat your oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.
  4. In batches, cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side until brown and crisp.
  5. Drain onto a plate (don't use paper towels or it'll steam on the paper towels).
  6. When you've finished frying the shrimp drain the oil.
  7. Add the sauce back to the pan and add the shrimp on top.
  8. Toss to combine and cook for 15-20 seconds or until the sauce has thickened (this will not take long, all the cornstarch on the shrimp will thicken it quickly).
  9. Serve immediately, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from AllRecipes

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!
Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

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  1. This is delicious! Highly recommended. For anyone using a regular 12 inch frying pan to fry the shrimp, I recommend increasing the amount of oil to 3/4 cup. Using half a cup resulted in the last batch of shrimp having barely any oil to fry in.

  2. I plan to make this recipe soon. 
    My question is this, what does the corn starch do to the shrimp upon frying them? 

  3. This was excellent! I didn’t want it to be too sweet, so I used much less honey. I also added more orange juice and walnuts. The walnuts gave it another texture. Everyone loved it!

    Rating: 5
  4. I did add some Mochiko rice flour to the cornstarch to give it a little more depth- I also drained the shrimp when they were done cooking on top of my grease splatter mesh (instead of a plate) to avoid any additional steaming. Amazing!  I followed your marinate to a tee and it turned out perfectly. Lots of flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  5. Followed the advice of using sriracha instead of pepper flakes and also the suggestion to use flour, egg and cornstarch for a deliciously thick and crunchy exterior.

    Everyone who tried this was impressed, as was I. Thank you for sharing.

  6. I absolutely love Panda Inn’s Sweet and Pungent Shrimp, this looks identical to theirs. I can’t wait to try it.

  7. I am dying to make this recipe, but was wondering if I could double the sauce ingredients in this recipe. Do you eat these alone or service with rice, I’ve printed the recipe, so I will wait for a response before cooking it. But just reading the recipe alone, I would give it a 5 star rating.

    1. Yes, you can double the sauce if you’d like. We love this with rice, but you can serve it with a vegetable or even by itself. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. The hardest part was shelling and deveining the shrimp. Probably will pay more for the pre-processed shrimp next time. Needed about double the oil, but add it as needed or the first batch will be deep fried… after you’ve tried it once you can adjust the sweetness, orange and heat. A bit too much on the first two and not enough on the last for me but my husband thought it was perfect! Thx so much for yummy yummy yummy

    Rating: 5