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Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Maybe we need a super quick super healthy dinner this week because maybe we had too many fat slices of orange bundt cake followed by a fatter slice of lemon cake lately. That’s what happens when salt-rimmed margarita and guac filled Cinco de Mayo and cake cake cake on Mother’s Day all fall into one (delicious) weekend. All the cake was consumed with the biggest smile because hello! cake and margaritas! But it’s time for a healthy recharge right about now. You feel me?

Also maybe you want to see a video of this super healthy dinner? I just made one for you:

Guess what? We settled on a moving week! Which is super scary and stressful and awesome because (1) wow the beginning of June is very soon and (2) I have a work trip and 12837 things to do before that June week shows up. Can I be honest here? All of a sudden at age 30, I feel like an adult. Who owns a grown up home. With a kitchen renovation in the works. (Hold the phone, wait, what?) Still trying to process this. I mean at this point the new house is 50% dust, 50% moving boxes, and a bed. And it drives my anxious brain into overdrive.

Related: somehow the home we currently live in is exactly the same, but more like 50% dog hair tumbleweed, 50% moving boxes, and a bed.

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But you know what makes all of this chaotic transition really worth it? Despite the mess inside, our new home is finally amazingly and blessedly feeling real. It’s about 2 hours from where we currently live (HI country life!) so we can’t visit the house on a daily basis. But the trips we take and the time we spend there is pure contentment. And it just makes me so happy that… 5 years, 2 apartments, and a teeny rental home later… feeling settled and putting down roots is right around the corner.

This whole home owning adult thing? It’s pretty cool.

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Anyway. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been cooking up all of these wonderful and gorgeous meals lately because I’m a food blogger by day and food blogger by night. But my reality: I’m living in two places, the energy to cook wonderful and gorgeous meals = dwindling, and gray uncooked shrimp is actually very un-wonderful and un-gorgeous. Real life truth.

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The combination of honey and garlic is music to my tastebuds, but you know what’s even better than that? We have a 20 minute dinner on our hands tonight. That’s why I love cooking seafood for dinner so often: it’s quick. The shrimp takes a whopping 5 minutes to cook on the stove, while the marinating takes another 15. Ok ok so whisking the marinade together will take an extra 12 seconds, but whatever.

In the marinade we have 3 familiar favorites: honey, soy sauce, and garlic. For a little extra flavor, I added some minced fresh ginger, but that’s optional. I just reeeeeally love honey + garlic + ginger.

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I’d say the minimum marinade time is 15 minutes, but you can let the shrimp marinate all day long when you’re at work if that’s easier/if you can stomach the look of raw shrimp at 7am. The marinade serves 2 purposes. Not only will the shrimp take a soak in it, but it’ll be added to the skillet for a minute or 2 at the very end. Then you can serve it as a sauce over the shrimp/veggies/rice/whatever’s on the side. (Like what we do with the maple sesame salmon!) So not only is this dish healthy and quick with minimal ingredients, its convenience level is 10+++.

What might be my favorite of all is this little part: wonderful caramelized bits of honey and garlic stick to the pan and edges of the shrimp. Scrape it all up because YUM. ↓

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Easy healthy quick dinners = my saving grace right now!!

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • optional: 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined1
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • optional: chopped green onion for garnish


  1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl.
  2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or for up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, I steamed broccoli and microwaved some quick brown rice.)
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. (Discard used marinade2.) Cook shrimp on one side until pink-- about 45 seconds-- then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more.
  4. Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce and a garnish of green onion. The sauce is excellent on brown rice and steamed veggies on the side.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can remove the tail or leave it on. Whatever's easiest!
  2. Using leftover marinade is a debated topic. While you could boil it to rid any contamination, the flavor could possibly change. But do what you'd like. Usually I just make a little extra (like we do here) to use as the sauce.

adapted from Skinny Mom

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  1. It was great flavor. I used alreasy cooked frozen shrimp because that’s what was already available. Also used broccoli as a sode vegetable. Didnt garnish with green onion but maybe next time. Only had time to marinate for 15 minutes but next time I’ll plan for longer time. Was in a rush since it was almost time for my boyfriend’s lunch break from work. He approved too. Super tasty.

  2. Sally, Sally, Sally! You are the best! This recipe was amazing! Only my second time making shrimp. I let the shrimp marinate all day. Came home and dinner was ready in 3 mins!! (I had made the rice and broccoli yesterday) I can’t wait to make this again! 

  3. I love making this recipe by my sauce never carmalizes or get soaked up into the shrimp. It remains soupy. Do you know what could be causing this?

    • I had the same thing happen – watery sauce! Any one have ideas as to why? Thanks!!

      • Same thing happened when I made it so I mixed some cornstarch and water, I would say about a tablespoon of each, and stirred it in. Came out wonderful!! I added a tad more honey as well.

      • I’ve found if you use frozen shrimp the water from the shrimp will dilute the sauce in other recipes, if you used frozen try thawing first, or try draining the shrimp and paper towel pat them before adding 🙂

      • Linda, Thank you for suggesting the cornstarch. This is the 2nd time that I made this and I tried the cornstarch this time. 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water. It was perfect. This is an awesome recipe.

    • I’m going to make tonight and I’m going to double the sauce. I’ll probably add a table spoon of cornstarch into what I don’t use as a marinade….that will thicken the sauce a bit. I’ll add it in with the shrimp after the shrimp has caramelized a bit, or remove the shrimp and throw the sauce in to the pan for a few minutes to serve with the shrimp.

  4. Super amazing and so fast! Definitely a keeper!

  5. I love simple recipes.. tried it yesterday and it was delicious.. I’ll do it again for sure.. thanks

  6. Made this for lunch today… sooooo good! Defrosted and then marinated shrimp over night, cooked brown rice and steamed broccoli…yuuum!
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Is there any nutritional information on this?? 

    • I plugged this into my fitness pal app to calculate the calories and servings based on the ingredients I had. Mine came out to be 4 servings @ 188 calories per serving (Shrimp & marinade only).
      I calculated the broccoli separate, 1 cup was 31 calories for me. Then I used 1 serving (mung bean) glass noodles about 1.6 oz instead of brown rice as I can’t choke it down if I wanted to that added another 170 calories total was 389 calories which kept me under 400 which is perfect for dinner.

  8. Anyone have any idea what the calorie count is on the shrimp alone for this meal? Thanks!

  9. Great recipe the sauce was watery so I added 2 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch which was way too much. So I added some teriyaki sauce I had and it was awesome. 

  10. I made this for dinner tonight and it was pretty good. My three year old love it which is a plus! I used frozen shrimp so I made sure to thaw it and pat dry. I marinated the shrimp for an hour. I didn’t use the ginger because I couldn’t find any. The sauce was very watery, so next time I’ll add some cornstarch. I think I will also use regular soy sauce instead of the low-sodium, or I’ll use less honey because it was a little too sweet for my liking. I served it over stir fry flavored rice with a side of steamed broccoli.

  11. Do you know how many calories are in this meal?

  12. I made this recipe a w days ago. It was great. This was my first time , ever , making shrimp. I used the frozen small shrimp, I defrosted them first, and patted them dry. I marinated them for about an hour or so. I also used teriyaki sauce as well as soy sauce, along with the honey and garlic. Thank you so much. Much appreciated.

  13. Does anyone know how many weight watchers smart points this would be?? 

  14. This was truly one delicious recipe. I will keep this bookmarked!

  15. Has anyone used this as a meal prep for a week’s worth of lunches? If so, did it taste good throughout the whole week?

  16. Oh my goodness! We made this last week and are doing it again TODAY! Adding the optional fresh ginger was absolutely INCREDIBLE! We cooked the broccoli until JUST tender (a little crisper than a stir fry) and it was a perfect consistency with the tender shrimp. I’ll also tell you it makes a great leftover lunch dish…if you have any leftovers!!

  17. Made it last night and thought it was awesome.
    Very simple yet very tasty. Thank you

  18. Has anyone used cooked shrimp instead of raw?

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