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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. This is my second time to cook the recipe and is always satisfying. ^_^v

  2. I made this last night and it was delicious! I marinaded it around lunchtime and cooked it up in a jiffy for dinner. It was a hit with the whole family.  

  3. Making this right now and the shrimp was watery but i still added the marinate and it didnt come out like the photo. I’m hoping it will taste great tho.

  4. Tried for the first time-WONDERFUL. I only marinated the shrimp for 15 minutes. Looking forward to trying it again and allowing the shrimp to marinade fir hours to get full flavor. Thank you.

  5. Loved it!  Next time I will make even more sauce!

  6. Silly question…I just saw this on Pinterest and so excited to try it, but I have a question on the ginger part!  We don’t usually use a lot of ginger, well, barely at all, but I think this would be a great addition, but I hate to purchase a piece of ginger and only use a little bit, do you think you could use ground ginger and if so, how much do you think?  Thank you for the amazing recipe! 

    • I bye ginger in bulk and keep it in the freezer. Thaw slightly and cut off amount needed. When thawed completly it might get watery. This does not affect flavor. Can also be used to make used to make ginger tea.

      • If you have a Dollar Tree near you they sell the ginger.. I don’t use it a lot for 1 you can’t beat it

    • You can find minced fresh ginger in a glass jar or in a tube,it’s great to have and it keeps for a long time in the refrigerator

    • I freeze my ginger root and just grate it whenever I need some. Easy peasy. Sorry, I hate that expression too! 😉

  7. Thank you for your wonderful and yummy recipes – and the funny commentary. You are a gem! At 70 years of age I am finding myself looking for ways to reduce sodium from my diet.  When I first received the challenge from my doctor I winked and laughed, “no problem.” But it is.
    Food without salt is … what? Bland. Flat. Boring. And it’s not just that I can’t add a bit of salt to a recipe. It’s that olives, pickles, most sauces, (Worcestershire, oyster, soy, etc.) all good cheeses, and most condiments contain unacceptable levels of sodium. 
    I am trying to learn how to make foods taste good without salt. I pump up other flavors to compensate, like adding sweetness to bread, extra garlic and sweet/sour flavors to pickles. But I’m having a terrible time with salsa, which I have loved all my life, being a Southern Californian, and never realizing most salsa is laden with salt. And many other dishes that I haven’t been able to rescue. I would appreciate any thoughts or ideas.

  8. I accidentally bought cooked shrimp… ugh! Haha. Can I work around that situation lol. Or am I screwed… Thanks haha!

  9. What would you say is the maximum time to leave this marinate in the fridge?

  10. Do you defrost the shrimp before you marinate??

  11. I was wondering if I could use stir fry vegetables in frozen bag with it please let me know

  12. My 1st time making this and I’m so excited a new way to cook shrimp. But my question would be is it okay or would the marinate burn if I just dump it all in the sauce pan to cook to give it that added flavor or just make more marinate lol

  13. Hi, I am new to cooking and very inexperienced with shrimp, how can I make this with just pre cooked shrimp? thank you.

    • Just use the raw shrimp! It Cooks in less than 5 minutes, if you use precooked shrimp it will be rubbery and overcooked by time the sauce reduces. Don’t be scared, you can’t really poison yourself with raw shrimp!! Have fun in your new cooking adventure!

    • Shrimp is probably one of the easiest meats to cook, so you have chosen well as a beginner! Put them in the pan and flip them over after 2 minutes and cook for another 2 minutes. That pretty much goes for any way you cook shrimp (fried, steamed, panned in butter, etc.). The most common mistake is cooking them to long.

  14. I made this with precooked shrimp and it was delicious. I marinated for 30 min. They seemed to need a little zip so we dipped them in a horseradish sauce. Awesome!! We will be having this again.

  15. I loved it and the sauce over the rice was delish!

  16. love eating, it feels my mouth juicy..

  17. I added red pepper for a small kick!  My whole family loved it!  Thank You!

  18. These shrimp are always trending on your blog. 🙂 Looks delicious!

  19. What else would be good to lay over besides rice im making it with chicken and shrimp but dont really want to out over rice if i dont need to

  20. I used fideo instead of rice

  21. Made husband doesn’t care for seafood but when I made this with quinoa and cauliflower, he was licking his fingers!

  22. Tried this tonight. We enjoyed it. Will be making it again. Was going to take a pic but I tried it, liked it & started eating lol. 

  23. Made this tonight and it was delicious!

  24. I do not know why but for some strange reason I cannot see the video how long do you cook it in the pan for and how long do you marinate it I cannot see the recipe just the ingredient list

  25. I made this great dish tonight for dinner. The recipe was very easy and I had all ingredients on hand.  I like the flavor of the sauce and it gave the rice a good taste.  I’ll use the sauce recipe with other dishes in the future.

  26. How much shrimp is this recipe good for?

  27. Easy and tasted great. I marinated the shrimp for about 20 minutes, next time will try it for 8 hours to see it I can tell the difference. Probably not, I practically inhaled these!

  28. Made it for the first time last night and my family loced it. My baby girl had seconds on rice and she doesn’t even eat rice… One meal added to our menu

  29. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!! The marinade is soooo good! Thank you for sharing this one!

  30. Just ran across this on Pinterest and it looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try it

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