Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

Serve this Sweet and Spicy Shrimp for appetizers or dinner with lots of cold wine or beer! Don’t forget bread on the side for dipping!

Don’t you love serving appetizers for dinner? Like when happy hour just turns into dinner…those are the good nights! For instance, when we serve these Fiesta Steak Tips with our cocktails, we really don’t end up needing much more. One of our new favorites is this Mushroom & Thyme Cheese Bread which is as delicious as it looks, trust me.

Sweet and Spicy Balsamic Glazed Shrimp with forks in a dish

A Glazed Shrimp & Peppers Dish

You know that perfect sweet and spicy combination that a lot of recipes have, like for example, our Sheet Pan Chicken Murphy? You get that rich, hearty, brown gravy covered chicken along with a spicy blast from peppadew peppers. It’s like a match made in heaven.

One of the best things about recipes like that is grabbing a big pieces of bread and dipping into the sauce. Really, I think I like that better than the actual food sometimes!

This Sweet and Spicy Shrimp is just like that, you literally can’t get enough of it. Wash this glazed shrimp down with a few cocktails or a glass of wine and I’m telling you, my night is complete.

Sweet and Spicy Balsamic Glazed Shrimp in a dish from the top

This shrimp recipe isn’t that blow your head off type spicy, either. Just a mild pepper flavor that goes perfectly with big juicy shrimp like we have here. A few black olives, some white wine and honey will tame down most of the heat, so don’t worry at all about this shrimp recipe being too spicy.

A nice, mild spice is what we like to call it. And I’m not a big spicy food guy at all, so you can definitely take my word for it.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp in a pan

How To Make This Glazed Shrimp Recipe

Start by cooking seasoned shrimp in a skillet. Add white wine, mustard, honey and balsamic vinegar to the pan to make the sauce. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes to thicken and then add the cooked shrimp back to the skillet.

Now add the peppers and olives to the pan, stirring to combine. Let the peppers simmer with the shrimp a few minutes to blend the flavors and then turn off the heat.

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp in a skillet with peppers

This shrimp appetizer can be on the table in just about 15 minutes, especially if you grab shrimp that’s already peeled and deveined. The job that no one likes doing, deveining shrimp.

Another reason why we often serve this recipe for dinner, too. It’s an easy seafood recipe that can be made in a matter of minutes. That’s always going to be a winner dinner at my house!

Shrimp recipe with forks in a blue bowl

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Sweet and Spicy Balsamic Glazed Shrimp with forks in a dish

Sweet and Spicy Shrimp

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This glazed shrimp recipe is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy! Serve this shrimp for appetizers or for dinner!



  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt, black pepper and paprika for seasoning the shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon
  • 1 tablespoon pepper juice from the jar
  • 1/2 cup banana peppers
  • 1/2 cup black or Kalamata olives


  1. Season the shrimp with the salt, pepper and paprika on both sides.
  2. Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side then Remove the shrimp from the pan to a plate to keep warm.
  3. Pour the wine into the skillet, scraping up the bottom of the pan as you whisk. Let the wine reduce for a minute, then add the balsamic vinegar, honey, dijon and pepper juice. Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp back to the skillet along with any juices from the plate. Stir in the banana peppers and olives and cook for another minute or two just to warm the shrimp up.
  5. Serve with bread for dipping.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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