Firecracker Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 22, 2023
These delightful firecracker shrimp are coated in a sweet and spicy glaze. The marinade comes together in moments for sizzling shrimp skewers. —Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin


  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. In a small bowl, combine the apricot preserves, oil, soy sauce and pepper flakes. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers.
  2. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes on each side, basting frequently with apricot mixture.

Firecracker Shrimp Tips

What can you serve with firecracker shrimp?

Serve firecracker shrimp as a bowl, salad, wrap or in tacos (like this pineapple shrimp taco recipe!). It tastes delicious served by itself, too.

What are some variations of this firecracker shrimp recipe?

Try adjusting the spice level by increasing the amount of red pepper flakes (or decreasing the amount if it's too spicy). You could also kick things up a notch by adding ghost pepper flakes, chili sauce or jalapenos.

How do you store firecracker shrimp?

Like other shrimp recipes, you can store firecracker shrimp for up to 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 shrimp: 27 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.