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Hot Honey Shrimp Is Spicy, Sweet and Speedy

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Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

If you love sweetness checked by a little heat, then a jar of honey spiked with chiles is a very good thing.

It’s a little like hot pepper jelly, that old Southern staple, except the honey gives a more floral, caramelized character, whereas the jelly is just hot and sweet.

But the overall effect is the same: The chile keeps the honey from becoming cloying, the honey tones down the brashness of the chile, and together you get something that’s a lot more complex than the merging of only two ingredients would suggest.

You can buy jars of so-called hot honey (usually honey mixed with cayenne, with a little vinegar for tang) at large supermarkets.

But it’s also incredibly easy to make yourself. Just mix together a good full-flavored honey with whatever chile-based product you have on hand (ground chile powder, crushed chile flakes, dashes of chile sauce), adding the hot stuff slowly and to taste. And if you overdo it, a little more honey will smooth things out. You’re looking for a balance of zingy and mellow, sweet and fiery.

~ Melissa Clark ~

Hot Honey Shrimp

The shrimp are also excellent tucked into a baguette for a shrimp sandwich.

Chilled Shrimp With Lobster Butter

Steam some lobsters and enjoy them, then harvest the shells to roast down and bubble with a pound or more of unsalted butter, like a stock made with fat instead of water.

Southern Shrimp Scampi

This is a dish that cooks quickly and rises or falls on good-tasting shrimp. It is worth buying shrimp with the shells on and peeling them yourself.

Spiced Salt-Baked Shrimp

The presentation is spectacular for a dinner party. Let the salt cool completely before you toss it out.

Pasta With Mussels in Tomato Sauce

My rule of thumb is to check for doneness a minute before the suggested cooking time on the package; noodles should be cooked al dente.

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