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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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This honey garlic ginger glazed salmon + broccoli is on the table in only 35 minutes. Same flavors as today too!

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And try my 30 minute teriyaki version!

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  1. Hi Sally,

    I have to make some fat free meals for a neighbor—would this recipe work and where could I find the fat content approximations. it looks wonderful; after cooking it this way my daughter-in-law just tried it with chicken and asparagus and loved it too!

  2. Can you use key west pink raw shrimp?

  3. I reaaaaallyy enjoyed making this and my family enjoyed eating it wS full of flavor. A quick and simple weeknight meal 
    I wish I could post a pic ..thanks for this recipe

  4. This was delicious! Easy to follow recipe. I added the shrimp to lettuce cups with quinoa. Thanks for posting! 

  5. Thank you so much for this simple healthy recipe I made it tonight and my family absolutely loved it. It was so good. Instead of cooking it with olive oil though I used coconut oil and it smelled so heavenly and sweet (not too sweet though). Sooooo good. I made it with broccoli and jasmine rice. Thanks again! 

  6. Sally if you don
    If you don’t mind I have a question and a comment.

    If you use fresh shrimp it is not pink to start with, isn’t that the color you kinda want it to be when it is cooked?

    And Samantha, there is no such thing as dethawing. When something is frozen you remove the item from the freezer and Thaw it.

    Thanks for letting me vent!

    • I usually don’t thaw the frozen shrimp. I put the shrimp in hot boiling water cook until it’s pink. Then I marotate it and cook it to my taste.  I wonder, if I have to Devine the shrimp first then cook it following this recipe.

  7. LOVE this recipe! Hate that a video automatically starts when I come to this page for the recipe though. 🙁

  8. Thank you for sharing this recipe! You have made me wife of the year. Wonderful flavors & so easy to make. Next time we will try it with chicken.

  9. I am a cook. I use this recipe to run into special. I could not keep enough in the kitchen. People just loved it! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe

  10. I just made this and it was SO easy to make     I LOVED it.     i will definitely make this again and again!  thank you

  11. Delicious and very easy to make!!

  12. I have tried this with raw and precooked shrimp. They lose a little of the flavor when you don’t marinade then while raw… But searing then off in the sauce in a hot pan gets the same effect as cooking then from raw.  Excellent, easy recipe. 

  13. This was very tasty and quick, this was also the first time I cooked raw shrimp! Go me! We used coconut oil and it smelled divine during cooking. I loved the garlic and the crispy brown caramelized sweetness on the shrimps edges 🙂

    The only think I will have to change for personal preference is to put less honey. The sauce was just a bit too sweet for me, actually the sweet might have evened out had I had some rice (thought I had some but didn’t so it was straight shrimp with the veggies side).

  14. I’m sorry if I missed this somewhere, I tried to read all the comments but I could have skipped over a few. Do you have an estimate of how many calories are in this meal the way that you prepared it?? (I realize it will vary slightly depending on what type of soy sauce, honey, etc. people used) Thank you for sharing! It was absolutely delicious!!! However, next time I think I will make a little more sauce to add at the end, my rice seemed just a little bit dry…but I also LOOVVEEEEE sauce!

  15. Can I use coconut oil in place of olive oil?

  16. I can’t wait to try this tonight!!!

  17. Isn’t it great to find yummy recipes that are also healthy? Thanks for this one!

  18. I wanted to lick that shrimp right off my screen!

  19. Can I use cooked shrimp?

  20. I was really disappointed with this. Shrimps seemed to boil in the sauce so definitely no crispy edges! Also it was far too sweet for me!

  21. I made this tonight for dinner (I’ve made it once before), it’s delicious!  Made it with broccoli and rice. Such an easy recipe. 

  22. This is a great recipe that I have made several times.  Could you use agave instead of honey?

  23. My husband and I cooked this for dinner after I searched on Pinterest for “shrimp recipe”. It is the best shrimp we have ever cooked. I do believe better than most we have had in restaurants. We did follow the recommendations of adding red pepper flakes and cooking in a cast iron skillet. Thank you for sharing this easy and healthy, but yummy dinner!!! It will be a repeat for sure.

  24. I love this dish! Make it all the time. My husband says it tastes like restaurant quality food! Yay me. Thank you so much!

  25. Love this recipe! So delicious! 

  26. Made this for dinner tonight. Enjoyed every bite! Easy to make & DELICIOUS. Thanks for sharing

  27. OMG I will never be able to make this again!!!! Because, if I do, I will have to make it 3 times a week or more. This is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth and I COOKED IT. I am not the worlds best cook, but this was so easy to make and quick. I am going to try chicken and maybe pork, and different vegies. If you are debating as to make this or not, DO IT, you will be so glad you did. I am so glad I found this recipe, thank you so much for posting it.

  28. Made this tonight!!!!! Awesome and easy! I used scallions and snow peas for my veggie…. so good.  Thank you! I keep shrimp in my freezer for those I don’t know what to make for dinner evenings.

  29. Love this recipe – how many calories are in this dish? 

  30. Made it tonight- awesome!! A new go to! 

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