Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

This sheet pan hot honey roasted shrimp and broccoli is a lifesaver during the weekday—it’ll be on the dinner table in 30 minutes.

Spicy Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli on a white plate with a fork.
Sally Vargas

A sheet pan is one of my favorite tools for getting an unfussy dinner on the table on a harried weeknight.

This simple sheet pan dinner is packed with spicy, savory, and sweet flavor and couldn’t be easier to make. Roast shrimp and broccoli florets in the oven, drizzle them with a sweet and spicy hot honey, and you have the ultimate 30-minute meal. Pair it with white or brown rice, quinoa, or even orzo for a complete meal!

This sheet pan dinner is also totally customizable. Swap the broccoli out for cauliflower florets, chunks of bell peppers, or halved Brussels sprouts, if you have these vegetables in your crisper drawer instead. Or try replacing the shrimp with bite-sized cubes of chicken breast or thinly sliced sausage. It’s a meal you can make your own!

A Perfect Sheet Pan Dinner for Busy Weeknights

Toss a mix of vegetables and protein on a sheet pan, roast everything together in the oven, and in no time, you’ll have a wholesome meal. Here, tender shrimp is roasted with broccoli florets.

Cutting the florets in a similar size to the shrimp ensures it’s a dish that’s easy to eat, while a garlicky hot honey glaze brings the entire dish together. It’s a dinner that’s bursting with texture and flavor. The broccoli gets tender and charred, while the shrimp is ultra-juicy and sweet.

Spicy Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli on a white plate with a fork.
Sally Vargas

What is Hot Honey?

If you’re not familiar with hot honey, allow me to introduce you. Hot honey is simply honey that’s infused with chili peppers.

Sometimes a splash of vinegar is added to thin the mixture and add a little tang, and sometimes hot sauce is used instead of chili peppers, but the results are the same: Honey that’s both sweet and spicy.

This condiment has gained popularity in recent years and there are a handful of brands available at specialty markets and grocery stores like Whole Foods. My favorite brands are Red Clay and Mike’s Hot Honey.

It’s also easy enough to make at home yourself by simply warming honey and red pepper flakes together on the stove to infuse the honey with spice. This recipe includes instructions on how to do it, so you have the choice to make it yourself or pick up a bottle from the store.

What to Do with Hot Honey

Hot honey is a versatile condiment that has endless uses. If you start with a store-bought bottle of hot honey, you’ll have plenty left over to play around with in the kitchen. While the recipe below makes just enough for this dish, it might be worth doubling or tripling the batch, so you do have some extra.

Try drizzling it on everything from pepperoni pizza and fried chicken to roasted Brussels sprouts and corn on the cob. It’s even a surprisingly delicious addition to a cocktail like a hot toddy or Old Fashioned, or as a topping for vanilla ice cream. Store hot honey in an airtight container at room temperature in your pantry for up to one month.

Sheet Pan Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli on two white plates.
Sally Vargas

The Best Shrimp to Use

Fresh or frozen shrimp can be used for this recipe. Unless I can get really fresh shrimp from my local fish market, I usually buy frozen uncooked shrimp at the grocery store.

More often than not, the “fresh” shrimp at the grocery store is previously frozen and thawed, so buying frozen means you can thaw it as needed and the shrimp will end up being much fresher than what they’re selling behind the counter.

Transfer the quantity of frozen shrimp you need to a covered bowl or zip-top bag the night before and let it thaw in the refrigerator until you’re ready to start dinner.

I prefer large shrimp (31/35 size) for this sheet pan dinner, though shrimp that’s a little smaller or a little larger will work well, too, if that’s what’s more available to you.

  • Smaller shrimp will only take 4 to 6 minutes to cook
  • Larger shrimp will take 8 to 10 minutes.

Typically, shrimp that’s already peeled and deveined is a little more expensive than shrimp you need to peel and devein yourself. I find it a quick and easy process, so I generally opt to do it myself to save a few dollars. If you'd like to learn how to do it, check out this guide. However, feel free to buy them ready to go if you prefer.

Serving and Storage

Like I mentioned, my favorite way to serve this roasted shrimp and broccoli is over white or brown rice. However, it’s also great over quinoa, couscous, or orzo, or served with a side salad. Or simply serve it all by itself—it can hold its own!

The dish isn’t super saucy, but rather sticky and glazed from the hot honey. I love finishing it off with a big squeeze of lime juice, which adds a bit of freshness to every bite, and an extra pinch of red pepper flakes, for just a little more spice.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Avoid microwaving and instead rewarm in a skillet over low heat until just warmed through.

Sheet Pan Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli on two white plates.
Sally Vargas

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Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • For the rice
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • For the hot honey
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • For the shrimp and broccoli
  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hot honey, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined (31/35 size)
  • Red pepper flakes and lime wedges, for serving (optional)

Method

  1. Arrange the oven rack and preheat the oven:

    Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Make the rice:

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the rice and continue to boil until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain the rice well through a fine-mesh strainer, return the rice to the now-empty pot off the heat, cover, and let steam for 10 minutes. 

  3. Make the hot honey:

    While the rice is boiling, make the hot honey. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat add the honey and red pepper flakes. Heat the hot honey, stirring occasionally, until just warmed through, about 5 minutes. Set aside to infuse while you roast the broccoli.

    Making hot honey in a skillet to make Sheet Pan Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli.
    Sally Vargas
  4. Season and roast the broccoli:

    Place the broccoli on an unlined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, season with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Toss to coat and spread broccoli out into an even layer. Roast for 10 minutes.

    Overhead view of broccoli florets on a sheet pan.
    Sally Vargas
  5. Finish making hot honey and season the shrimp with salt and pepper:

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, using a whisk, combine 2 tablespoons hot honey, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the minced garlic.

    Season the shrimp with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Carefully add shrimp to baking sheet with broccoli:

    Add the shrimp to the baking sheet, drizzle with the hot honey mixture, and toss to combine with the broccoli. Spread out into an even layer and return to the oven. Continue to roast, stirring both the broccoli and shrimp halfway through, until the shrimp are pink and just opaque and the broccoli is tender and charred in spots, 6 to 8 minutes more.

    Roasted broccoli on a sheet pan to make Sheet Pan Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli.
    Sally Vargas
    Broccoli and shrimp on a sheet pan to make Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp and Broccoli.
    Sally Vargas
  7. Drizzle remaining hot honey, garnish, and serve:

    Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon of hot honey over the shrimp and broccoli before serving over rice. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes and a squeeze of lime juice, if desired.

    Sheet Pan Hot Honey Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli on sheet pan with limes.