These sweet and spicy buffalo shrimp are the perfect party appetizer, they’re the first snack to go at any gathering!

Ultra crispy shrimp tossed in an easy 3 ingredient buffalo sauce, how can you go wrong with that? I serve these buffalo shrimp at all of my holiday events, and everyone always asks me for the recipe!

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Buffalo Shrimp served with a ranch dipping sauce.

When it comes to holiday entertaining, I’m all delicious yet super easy options. Let’s face it, when you’re having a party, the last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen all night while everyone else is having a good time! These buffalo shrimp are always a crowd pleaser, but take just 5 minutes of prep time. Pop your shrimp in the oven, whip up a quick sweet and spicy sauce, then serve! I like to add some carrots, celery and a creamy dip for a complete experience.

Buffalo Shrimp with carrots, celery and ranch dressing.

How to make buffalo shrimp

This recipe starts with Gorton’s Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp. They’re super delicious and convenient, I always keep a few boxes in my freezer. The shrimp go on a sheet pan and are baked to golden brown, crunchy perfection. While the shrimp are cooking, I whisk together buffalo style hot sauce, melted butter and honey.

Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp box.

When the shrimp come out of the oven, they look fantastic as is, but once they’re coated in the buffalo sauce, it’s a whole new flavor sensation.

Cooked Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp on a sheet pan.

When I eat buffalo sauced foods, I always want a creamy dip to temper the heat. These shrimp are not particularly spicy, but I still serve them with either ranch or blue cheese dressing. These buffalo shrimp are the perfect solution for  holiday entertaining. I always keep the ingredients for this recipe on hand so that I can whip up a batch of shrimp at a moment’s notice.

As great as these shrimp are for an appetizer, they also make a quick and easy dinner option! Be sure to check out the Gorton’s website for more great holiday recipes that your friends and family are sure to love.

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5 from 3 votes

Buffalo Shrimp

AuthorSara Welch
Buffalo Shrimp
These sweet and spicy buffalo shrimp are the perfect party appetizer, they're the first snack to go at any gathering!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 6


  • 2 9.2 ounce boxes Gorton's Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp
  • 1/2 cup buffalo style hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • for serving: carrots and celery, ranch or blue cheese dip


  • Bake the shrimp according to package directions.
  • While the shrimp are in the oven, prepare the buffalo sauce. Whisk together the hot sauce, butter and honey until smooth.
  • After the shrimp come out of the oven, pour the sauce over the shrimp and toss gently to coat.
  • Serve immediately with a side of carrots and/or celery and ranch or blue cheese dip.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 1257mg | Potassium: 96mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 18.5mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 1.9mg

This shrimp recipe is sponsored by Gorton’s Seafood. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Dinner at the Zoo possible!

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  1. So easy to make! That’s my kind of party food especially if I’m hosting the party. I’m sure it’s very tasty, which the guests will no doubt love!

  2. I haven’t heard of buffalo shrimp. Why not though, there’s buffalo cauliflower, lol. No kidding! ::) My kids would like this shrimp.

  3. 5 stars
    My husband and sons would love this. We love shrimp and buffalo wings and this recipe is both of them in one! I will make these on the weekend! Yum!

  4. This looks really amazing and it’s definitely something that people will love! I love how easy it is to prepare. Perfect for parties or game day!

  5. Now this is a fun shrimp idea. We’re big fans of shrimp and I think adding some sweet and spicy flavor would be perfect!

  6. This looks so delicious! What a great dinner idea. It is so different than my normal go-to dinner dishes, and my husband would love it.

  7. 5 stars
    This is the best appetizer idea I’ve ever heard of! I love the buffalo sauce over the fried shrimp. It’s the perfect game day food for any seafood lover.