We just got a grill last October, and now that I have one I have been using it all the time! We have been experimenting with cooking entire meals on the grill, and one of our most recent creations is Honey Sriracha Shrimp. Charles picked up shrimp at the grocery store – he wandered off when we went shopping and went off script with his grocery selections. Since shrimp were not on the list, I didn’t have a plan for preparing them. So I made up a quick sauce on the fly using ingredients that I had in my fridge and pantry. Not only does this sauce come together in just a minute, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now.
I love the combination of honey and sriracha. The sweetness of the honey balances out the spicy heat of the sriracha. I make my sauce with equal amounts of honey, sriracha, olive oil, and lemon juice. It is more spicy than it is sweet, but it isn’t a hot heat that builds with every bite, it is pretty mild. If you want to tone down the spice level you can just add an extra tablespoon of honey.
While Charles loves shrimp, it isn’t my favorite. I used the sauce to marinate some chicken, and it was excellent. When I use the sauce for chicken I marinate it for an hour. When I use it for shrimp I only let the shrimp marinate for about 5 minutes, otherwise, the shells of the shrimp lose their firmness and become hard to peel.
We served the Honey Sriracha Shrimp (and chicken) with grilled corn, and grilled potatoes. It was a complete meal made on the grill and it took only about 45 minutes to prepare from start to finish. Using the grill instead of the oven helps to keep my home nice and cool during this hot summer weather. (The recipes for the corn and potatoes are coming to the blog soon).
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha
- 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
- a dozen Shrimp or 3 Chicken Breasts
- Stir the olive oil, honey, sriracha, and lemon juice together.
- For shrimp, place them in the sauce for 5 minutes prior to grilling. If you are making chicken, soak the chicken in the sauce for 1 hour before grilling.