Sweet Chili Shrimp (grill or stovetop)

Quick and easy Grill or Stovetop Asian Sweet Chili Shrimp marinated in a tangy sweet heat sauce that doubles as the glaze for an incredible 10 minute prep (plus marinating), 5 minute cook meal!  This marinated shrimp makes an amazing simple Sweet Chili Shrimp Stir Fry or Sweet Chili Shrimp Appetizer or get fancy and turn it into Sweet Chili Shrimp Tacos or even Sweet Chili Shrimp Salad!   Trust me, with one bite you will be looking to turn this Sweet Chili Shrimp into anything and everything!   

Sweet Chili Shrimp with lime garnish.


So I am a little obsessed with Asian Sweet Chili Sauce – so much so that I’ve even made Sweet Chili Chicken Enchiladas (who does that?! but they are soooooo good).  To me the dynamic sauce is the perfect balance of tangy sweet heat derived from red Thai chilies, sugar, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger – a dynamic flavor combo all in one bottle!

I especially love combining sweet chili sauce with honey and lime juice to amp the flavor profile.  Add in some soy sauce and we have a delectable combination that makes my mouth cry (that’s for you Dorothy 🙂 ).

Sweet Chili Shrimp with lime garnish in a pan.

And you will be crying tears of joy when you see just how easy this Stovetop  or grilled Sweet Chili Shrimp is!  and even harder when you taste the juicy, sweet chili infused morsels that taste authentic but with minimal ingredients you can find a your local grocery store.

Showing how to make Sweet Chili Shrimp by cooking the shrimp in a pan.

To make, simply whisk all your Asian Sweet Chili marinade ingredients together and reserve some of the marinade for the glaze.  Marinate shrimp 30-60 minutes then pat dry and saute for about 3 minutes.  Remove shrimp, add your glaze and simmer to thicken then add your shrimp back to the pan.

Showing how to make Sweet Chili Shrimp with lime garnish in a pan.
Close up of Sweet Chili Shrimp with lime garnish in a pan with a wooden spoon.

THE quintessence of EASY!

And of delicious…

Sweet Chili Shrimp – serve with some rice and veggies and you have a new favorite easy, quick dinner that tastes way better than takeout.

And will make your mouth cry.

Sweet Chili Shrimp with lime garnish over white rice.


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quick and easy Asian Sweet Chili Shrimp (grill or stovetop) - this is by far my favorite shrimp recipe! The tangy sweet heat sauce is incredible and its SO easy! 10 minute prep, 5 minutes to cook!

Asian Style Shrimp

Servings: 4 servings
Total Time: 13 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes

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  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon butter (stovetop version only)

Asian Sweet Chili Marinade


  • Reserved marinade (in directions)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • sriracha to taste
  • sesame seeds
  • cilantro


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the Asian Sweet Chili Marinade Ingredients. Measure out ¼ cup and add this to a large freezer bag along with shrimp (the remaining Marinade will become your Glaze). Marinate 30-60 minutes.
  • STOVETOP DIRECTIONS: Discard Marinade and pat shrimp dry. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook just until opaque, about 3 minutes. Remove shrimp to a plate.
  • Whisk ¼ cup water and 2 teaspoons cornstarch to the reserved Marinade/Glaze. Add to saucepan and simmer until thickened. Add shrimp and toss to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in sriracha for more heat if desired. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro (optional).
  • GRILL DIRECTIONS: Drain and discard marinade. Thread shrimp onto skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak skewers for at least 30 minutes in water).
  • Grease grill and heat to medium high heat. Grill shrimp for 3-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp has become pink and firm being careful to not overcook.
  • Whisk ¼ cup water and 2 teaspoons cornstarch to the reserved Marinade/Glaze. Add to saucepan and simmer until thickened (you can do this on your grill). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in Sriracha for more heat if desired.
  • Generously brush shrimp with Glaze or use as a dip. Garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro optional).


*Total prep time does not include marinating as this will vary between individuals.

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  1. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! You are so right, my mouth is crying!! I love Asian sweet chili sauce, I use it as a dip for shrimp all the time! And I’ve stocked up on shrimp after a recent sale so I’m all set to make this! 🙂 This a perfect hot weather meal !

    • Jen says

      I love Asian Sweet Chili Sauce as a dip too – it goes with so many things, especially shrimp! Glad to hear you are stocked up with shrimp and ready to go – hope you love this one Dorothy! Have a great weekend!

  2. Malinda @Countryside Cravings says

    Gosh this looks killer and love how quick and easy this is!!! I have just discovered, as in last week, this sweet chili sauce and I have to agree it is very good!!

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Malinda! And welcome to the world of Sweet Chili Sauce – I am so excited for you 🙂 it makes everything better and the creative possibilities are endless!

  3. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says

    I have never tried Asian sweet Chili Sauce — is there a brand you prefer? I love trying new things. Dorothy’s mouth can cry — mine is going to chuckle with every bite. Great recipe, Jen thank you for sharing. I’m pinning so I can try it.

    • Jen says

      Hi Marisa, welcome to the world of Sweet Chili Sauce – you are going to love it! I like Mae Ploy brand and should be widely carried, even in Wal-Mart. enjoy! I’m excited for you 🙂

  4. Janet says

    Would love to make this tonight! I was just wondering – is the 1/4 cup of measured-out Marinade the reserved marinade to use as the glaze? Or is it the amount used to actually marinade the shrimp in & discard? Sorry if this is a dumb question – just a little confused – 1/4 cup just doesn’t sound like enough marinade for 1 1/2 lbs. of shrimp? Thanks very much!

    • Jen says

      Hi Janet, not a dumb question at all! Yes, the 1/4 cup is the marinade – a little goes a long way 🙂 Hope you love it!

  5. Holly says

    Can we no longer choose any picture to pin? Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Holly! If you have the pinterest plugin on your browser you can pin any picture 🙂

  6. Cathy says

    I made the shrimp with the sweet chili lime sauce and it was delicious and very easy. I will definitely make it again.

    • Jen says

      YAY! Thank you so much Cathy, I am so happy you enjoyed it and its a repeat!

  7. Sean Fitzzaland says

    I ran out of olive oil could I substitute coconut oil?

  8. melissa says

    Outstanding! I made this toinite and added some snow peas. This is so much better than any carry out. We will definitely be adding this to our recipe cycle.

    • Jen says

      Awesome, I am so happy you enjoyed it Melissa and it sounds perfect with snow peas! I just made this this shrimp the other day as well and made them into tacos – can’t wait to share the recipe with you!

  9. Liana says

    I feel like I need to add some sort of vegetation to this, or a veggie side dish. What would you add veggie-wise?

    • Jen says

      Hi Liana, you could really add anything! An assortment of stir fried veggies – broccoli, carrots, snow/snap peas/ bell peppers – all together or separate would e delish, or my personal fav – bok choy. An Asian Cucumber Salad, or Asian salad would also be tasty!

  10. Tyler says

    Amazing! It was the first meal I’ve ever cooked on my own for my family and they couldn’t get enough, they keep begging me to make it again! Thank you it was amazing, not to mention super easy for my teenage brain to follow!

    • Jen says

      yesssss! I love that you made this for your family (how awesome are you?!) and that it was such a hit! Thank you so much Tyler! I hope you continue to have fun cooking!

  11. Vera says

    I love sweet chili sauce and this marinade is delicious! I have used your recipe several ways for shrimp: (1) as is; (2) added some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat; (3) I found a sweet chili sauce that had lemongrass added to it, and I must say all three versions were winners. My next experiment will be trying your original recipe as a marinade for sliced pork medallions. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome! I love hearing your different versions – and the marinade for sliced pork sounds amazing!

  12. Nancy says

    Oh My!!! I just made the shrimp recipe. So delicious….I’ve been living in a box, since I usually just saute shrimp when I make it. I saved some of the glaze back for dipping. I will make this recipe again…this recipe would be awesome at a party…Thank you again for the recipe….

    • Jen says

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Nancy! I’m happy you are no longer living under a rock when it comes to shrimp 🙂 and hope you have fun exploring my other shrimp recipes! I love the idea of serving this shrimp at a party – yum!

  13. David says

    I tried this for dinner and it was awesome everyone loved it I served it with linguine instead of rice amazing

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much David, I’m so pleased to hear it was such a hit!

  14. Connie says

    This is so incredibly good. It’s a quick recipe bursting with flavor. I’ve tried several of your recipes and they have been outstanding. Thank you, Jen!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that, thank you so much Connie!

  15. Karen Teeling says

    What are the nutritional values?!?!

  16. Amanda says

    Turned this into tacos and it was a big hit. Used some jasmine rice, shrimp, topped with some sautéed pineapple and red peppers and then some cilantro for me (because the rest of my family is anti-cilantro haha) Stuffed it all into some fajita size tortillas. Minus the marinating it all came together quickly! Easy weeknight meal.

    • Jen says

      What a fabulous idea Amanda and perfect pairing with the pineapple – yum!