Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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. ↓

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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!

Garlic Honey Glazed Salmon on sallysbakingaddiction.com

And try my 30 minute teriyaki version!

30 minute shrimp teriyaki on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 20 minutes! Honey garlic shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com



  1. Catherine on June 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I know your question was left years ago I know your question was left a year ago but in some odd case that you get this when you go to the produce stand you don’t have to buy the full piece of Ginger it’s usually by the pound so you can just break off a tiny piece to use and then just grate it with la cheese grater or something similar hope this helps

    • Kari on July 18, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      They make minced garlic & ginger in a jar in the produce section.

  2. Thomas on June 17, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I just made this. Soooo good thank you! It was the first thing that popped up when I searched healthy shrimp recipes. The ginger for me is a must. Incredible dish!

  3. Tamra on June 18, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    This was delicious! I offered my 7 year old a couple and she loved them so much. So the majority of them are going in her lunch for tomorrow. Mommy only got a couple. Lol

  4. Angela M on July 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Tried it last night, I used the ginger also. It was so delicious and its literally a 20 minute meal!

  5. LeVena on August 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    It was soooooo good. The sauce was WONDERFUL

  6. Susan on August 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    What is the calone count per serving? Thanks

  7. Jeanette Armstrong on August 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I added some sesame oil to the marinade for added flavor. I also found that I ended up using all the marinade, including the “used” portion in the whole recipe. Since the shrimp is marinaded in that sauce it really didn’t hurt anything to just add it to the shrimp while it was cooking.

  8. Phyl on August 12, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Can you make ahead? I have a seafood contest . …..

  9. Shalene Villarreal on August 21, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Can you replace the soy sauce with Hoisin sauce? I forgot to buy soy sauce lol. Thanks!

  10. Laura on August 28, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    My husband is a food snob and is the chef in our family. I made it tonight and we both loved it. We had all of the ingredients on hand too. It was simple, fast, and delicious! I never comment but I I just had to because it was so good. I will definitely make this again!

  11. Wendy Brown on September 5, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Ginger and garlic is now sold in pureed frozen cubes, located in the freezer section at Target and Trader Joe’s. Makes the recipe even easier/quicker!

  12. Mia on September 11, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I was looking for something new that wasn’t chicken. This was delicious. I used the ginger in marinade and served dish with sushi rice and an Asian inspired salad. Will definitely make again.

  13. Colleen Moulison on September 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This looks like a great recipe. Should I thaw my shrimp first? The package says not to thaw before cooking.



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