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3-ingredient Spicy-Sweet Barbecue Shrimp

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3-ingredient Spicy-Sweet Barbecue Shrimp

3-ingredient Spicy-Sweet Barbecue Shrimp

Jessica Braider
This recipe takes all of 5 minutes to prep, and cooking it is hardly any effort, so you can conserve your energy for herding children, changing the laundry, or something more glamorous like reading a magazine while enjoying a glass of Malbec. Shrimp are family and diet-friendly—they pack a lot of flavor and protein without too many calories, and if you buy US farmed shrimp they are healthy and sustainable, too (I avoid shrimp imported from Asia).
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. medium or large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade) see the Do Ahead for homemade directions
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha (Vietnamese hot sauce) or use your favorite hot sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and toss to coat. Marinate it for about 10 minutes until the oven is hot.
  • Using a slotted spoon, scoop the shrimp out of the sauce and spread it onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake the shrimp for 6 – 8 minutes, turning once, until they are just firm and cooked through. (Alternatively you can grill them for 2 – 3 minutes per side.)


Do Ahead or Delegate: Make the barbecue sauce if preparing your own or The Scramble’s version, make the marinade and marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Serve with plenty of freshly ground pepper and/or toss the shrimp with 2 – 4 Tbsp. sliced scallions before serving.
Tip: If you are thawing shrimp, you’ll know that they are adequately thawed if they bend easily and are slightly translucent.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 154, Total Fat: 2g, 3%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 2%; Cholesterol: 173mg, 52.5%; Sodium: 633mg, 26.5%; Total Carbohydrate: 9g, 3%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 23g
Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, Company/Entertaining, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fall, Gluten-Free, Grilling, Kid-Friendly, Low Fat, Main Dish, Nut-Free, Snack/Appetizer, Spring, Summer, Winter
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