What do you get when you combine shrimp with sweet hoisin sauce, apricot preserves, garlic, and ginger and cook it on a hot grill? This irresistably delicious grilled apricot and hoisin shrimp recipe! This easy hoisin shrimp recipe is full of rich flavor and perfect for a quick and tasty dinner.
One of my favorite hoisin sauce recipes, it uses raw shell-on shrimp which are ideal for grilling since the un-peeled shell adds flavor and protects the shrimp from overcooking. If you’re intimidated by deveining the shrimp, I can assure you that it is easy and worth the end result!
This recipe is inspired by my peri-peri prawns, another fantastic recipe, also on my blog. This easy hoisin shrimp would go great with this stir fry bok choy or other stir fry veggies, like green beans or broccoli, and a side of white rice garnished with sliced green onions.
This delicious and easy hoisin shrimp dish is perfect for warm weather grilling season, or anytime you don’t feel like cooking a complicated dinner when you’re hosting guests.
The instructions combine hoisin sauce with apricot jam, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and shrimp and finishes with toasted sesame seeds and green onions for a garnish that is both beautiful and tasty.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s straightforward and fast
- It has easy to find ingredients
- The whole family will love it
- Versatile and customizable
Equipment Needed to Make This Recipe
- Outdoor Grill – use an outdoor grill to get the best charring on this easy hoisin shrimp. The fire will slightly caramelize the sugar in the apricot jam and hoisin sauce, giving you extraordinary flavor
- Wok – instead of grilling this easy hoisin shrimp, you can opt to stir fry them in a giant wok. Stir fry hoisin shrimp will have a slightly different flavor but is equally as delicious as the grilled version
How to Make This Recipe
Marinate and season shrimp for several hours ahead of time to get the best flavor.
Popular Substitutions for This Recipe
- Gluten-free – make this recipe gluten-free by using tamari sauce instead of soy
- Oil – instead of vegetable, use sesame oil to add some extra flavor to your hoisin shrimp
- Shrimp – choose another protein to instead of shrimp, like chicken
Variations to This Recipe
- Make this recipe in a wok on the stove instead of using a grill to turn it into an easy stir fry. Mix all the sauce ingredients except for the oil in a small bowl and add to the shrimp. Heat oil separately from the rest of the sauce before adding your marinaded hoisin shrimp to the hot pan. Use a slotted spoon to stir the shrimp around quickly in the wok until they turn bright pink and are cooked.
- Add veggies to this easy hoisin shrimp to bulk it up and add nutrients. Try broccoli, carrots, or green beans.
Add half of the sauce to the shrimp before cooking and reserve the rest to use to baste the shrimp while it cooks on the grill.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
Store leftover hoisin shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How Long Will This Food Last in the Refrigerator?
Leftovers are best if eaten within a day or two of being prepared.
How Do I Reheat This Dish?
Reheat this easy hoisin shrimp in the microwave using short bursts so as not to over cook the shrimp.
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This Grilled Hoisin Shrimp recipe is utterly irresistible. Full of rich flavours this recipe can be made in under an hour.
- 600g (1.3lbs) raw shell-on shrimp
- 9g (1 tbsp) sesame seeds
- 30ml (2 tbsp) oil
- 15ml (1 tbsp) garlic, crushed
- 2.5cm (1 inch) ginger, grated
- 30ml (2 tbsp) soy sauce
- 125ml (½ cup) hoisin sauce
- 125ml (½ cup) apricot jam
- Clean the Shrimp: With a sharp knife, score down the back of the shrimp all the way down to the shell where its legs are, i.e. butterfly the shrimp. Remove the thin, digestive tract with the tip of the knife. Repeat with the rest of the shrimp. Rinse the shrimp under running water and pat dry with paper towels. Arrange in a single layer on a baking tray and set aside.
- Toast the Sesame Seeds: Pour the seeds in a dry pan over medium heat. Keep stirring until they are golden and fragrant, for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- Place the oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and apricot jam in a small pot. Give it a stir and let the mixture bubble for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let the marinade cool down.
- Preheat the grill to its highest setting.
- Baste the shrimp abundantly with the hoisin marinade. Transfer the tray to the grill as close to the heat as possible. It took my shrimp about 5 minutes to cook. The shrimp should be completely pink and slightly charred.
- Transfer the shrimp to a warmed serving platter and scatter the toasted sesame seeds over them. Serve immediately with leek and mushroom noodles. Enjoy!
- If you’re not in a rush, you can marinate the shrimp for up to 4 hours. Simply place all the shrimp in a large bowl and pour the cooled hoisin marinade over them. Mix well until all shrimp surfaces are covered. Leave in the fridge until ready to grill.
- Decorate with snipped chives to make the prawns even prettier!
- For great results, you can cook the shrimp on the barbecue.
- Don’t forget the finger bowls!
- If you’re wheat and gluten intolerant, use tamari instead of soy sauce.
- There will be some marinade left. You can make double the amount of prawns to use it up.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Chinese
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