30 Minute Teriyaki Shrimp

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Yesterday was the big birthday BBQ! We’ve been looking forward to it all summer. Kevin’s birthday celebration was complete with all the fixings from hamburgers & hot dogs to salmon, chips & corn salsa, caprese salad, 5 bean salad, corn & edamame salad, greek dip & pitas (with hummus, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, & olives), and pasta salad. Also an assembly line of dessert including ice cream cake, peanut butter pie (topped with crushed M&Ms this time), blondies, cookies, and fresh fruit. Not to mention 5 hyper dogs, 75% humidity, and 1 sweltering hot August sun. Franklin darted around the place for 3 straight hours, then passed out at 6pm.

While I’m currently in a food coma and left with more leftovers than my fridge can handle, let me show you a healthy and massively flavorful dinner recipe I prepared for date night the other week. It took me 30 minutes and leftovers hit the spot for lunch the next day. It’s the kind of carefree dinner you’ll want around for the rest of the summer, not to mention as the weeks get busier once Fall rolls around.

      Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The inspiration for the meal came from this 20 minute honey garlic shrimp–> which now has a recipe video so you can see how easy it is! The honey garlic shrimp meal– which only requires 5 ingredients btw– is so quick that I’ve been preparing it more times than I can count the past few months. I’ve even put the shrimp on caesar salads and eaten the leftovers cold straight from the fridge.

For a little change, I switched up the sauce for a homemade teriyaki sauce. Which is actually quite easy to make using just a few simple ingredients like soy sauce, cider vinegar, honey, and cornstarch to name a few. Basically all things you probably have in that kitchen cabinet right now. And the sauce doubles as the marinade, putting this at convenience level 10+++.

It’s the same sauce I use on this baked pineapple teriyaki chicken and blows any store-bought teriyaki out of the water.

Homemade teriyaki sauce for shrimp teriyaki on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Basically, the logistics:

Prepare sauce on the stove: 10 minutes.

Marinate shrimp in half the sauce: 10 minutes.

Cook the veggies, then the shrimp, then add the remaining sauce: 10 minutes.

How to make shrimp teriyaki on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Snap peas were the veggie of the evening, but you can use anything your heart desires. Even a stir-fry veggie medley with broccoli, peppers, and mushrooms. Just cook them first in a little sesame oil, then add the shrimp and remaining sauce. The sauce is wonderfully thick after it’s initially cooked, but once it heats up again over the veggies and shrimp it just becomes this sticky teriyaki glaze over the whole shebang. Lick-your-plate clean and most definitely need-rice-to-soak-it-all-up delicious.

Instead of shrimp, you can most certainly use chicken or beef– or both! Thinly slice either, then you’ll likely want to marinate it for a little longer than you would the shrimp. It will take a bit longer to cook as well. Shrimp cooks in about 3 seconds, so it’s usually my top choice on those nights where free time is fleeting.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

You won’t miss the takeout. Plus, this teriyaki shrimp tastes so much better and you can completely control the ingredients, sodium, nutrition, and even switch up the veggies and alter the amount of garlic and ginger. Make this dish truly your own and what you and your family will love!

30 Minute Teriyaki Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon (7g) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) room temperature water
  • 1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (42g) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vinegar (either rice wine or apple cider is great)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger (I use 2)
  • 1 and 1/2 lbs medium-large uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined1
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil or olive oil
  • 2-3 cups snap peas or any stir-fry veggie
  • optional: sesame seeds for garnish

Directions:

  1. Make the sauce: Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. It will be a milky liquid. This is for thickening the sauce. Combine the cornstarch mixture, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and ginger together in a small saucepan over low heat. Allow to simmer while whisking occasionally. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  2. Place shrimp into a heat-proof bowl, then pour half of the sauce on top. Give it a stir and set aside for 10 minutes, uncovered at room temperature. If cooking later on, you can marinate the shrimp for up to a day. Keep it covered and refrigerate. (I usually begin cooking rice to have on the side at this point, but that's optional.)
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the snap peas, then stir and cook until crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp, then the remaining half of the teriyaki sauce. Stir and cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You can remove the tail or leave it on. Whatever's easiest!

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Our date night dinner was actually one of silence because neither of us could put our forks down or inhale a breath of air between saucy bites.

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Easy, healthy, and on the table in about 30 minutes! Quick homemade teriyaki shrimp recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

46 comments

  1. Omg Kevin’s birthday bash food sounded incredible!! If you need somewhere to send leftovers, I’d be happy to help 😉 Love this simple and delicious recipe, teriyaki is such an awesome flavor with shrimp.

  2. Happy Birthday Kevin!!!! Sounds like a winning Birthday with lots of yummy food from Sally (surprise….surprise….) But I confess, I’m a little jealous of all the leftovers in your fridge. They are wonderful. Food is wonderful. Teriyaki is a big hit with my family and we are sick of hot dogs (yes, even the organic turkey ones) And my daughters nickname is Shrimpy. She was a shrimp (I spent 50 bucks on the costume) for her 1st Halloween and has been Shrimpy ever since. Plus, she loves fishing and loves touching raw shrimp to catch the big fish in Florida. I know. Gross. But she likes it. 

  3. Ah, Yeah!!!! Another amazing recipe to make me super hungry and really inspired! This looks like a new favorite, Sally!

  4. Wow all your BBQ food sounds so good!  I love being able to host a party and make most of the food myself for guests.  And I love stir fry recipes, so easy on a busy weeknight too.  I never understand why people buy sauces when it’s so so easy to make your own!  

    • I did have a lot of help with the savory food but all the desserts were made the day before in my kitchen. I was exhausted!! And this sauce is so simple and I love that it isn’t too sweet or salty like some store-bought can be.

  5. Wow! Anything with shrimp (or prawns as we call them!) catches my eye, and teriyaki sauce has just made this recipe catch both my eyes and my heart. I make teriyaki chicken at home every now and then but never made it with prawns, I can see this changing very soon!

  6. Was just checking out this recipe because it looks so delicious! There is no black pepper listed in the ingredients, but you say to add black pepper after the ginger in the instructions? Just wondered how much pepper to add? Thank you!

  7. Belated Happy Birthday to Kevin, sounds like you had a true feast to celebrate! 🙂

    Thanks for the easy and uncomplicated recipe, Boyfriend loves teriyaki, can’t wait to give this recipe a try, especially love that it’s week night friendly (=ready in a few minutes) 🙂

  8. Wow, you must have been cooking and baking for DAYS!!  You made an incredible amount of food but it sounds so delicious.  I think you have posted the shrimp recipe before, and it made my mouth water then too.  For sure I have to make it now.  Sounds like you had a great party, and happy birthday to Kevin.  

  9. Happy Birthday Kevin! 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that y’all had such a good time, complete with a dessert assembly line (is there anything better?) and corn & edamame salad. I seriously need both of those things. Like right now. Haha.
    Thanks so much for sharing about your date night a few posts back, Sally. I told Erik about your post and we talked about how it was such a good reminder to unplug. To make time for just the two of us. We’re thinking about actually going out for a date this weekend. Instead of working. Can you imagine such a radical idea?? Heh heh. Once again, kudos on the impossibly beautiful photos. #FoodPhotographerGoals. Happy Monday, Sally! xo

    • My sis-in-law makes that corn & edamame salad. There’s a grain medley that she uses– I think it’s from Trader Joes. She’s made it for like 5 different occasions this summer. It’s so good! And I highly recommend date nights. It’s been so nice to unplug, especially for people whose jobs are solely based online and/or social media. It’s so hard to get away from it! But these nights are the exact refresher we both need. Have fun this weekend!!

  10. This looks fantastic and simple. Is that brown rice you served the shrimp with? I love brown rice but everytime I try to make it, I burn it. Every. Time. I imagine it’d be good over barley or quinoa too, though. Btw saw all the snapchats (and desserts!) from your BBQ yesterday. It looked like dessert heaven. Someone (Franklin) certainly looked like he was having a good time 🙂

    • It was a red/brown rice medley that I saw and had to try. Any grain would work and I think quinoa soaking up all the sauce would be incredible!

      Franklin was going bonkers with all the people and dogs all day! It was hysterical.

  11. these shrimp look so juicy and crisp! and i love that you make your own teriyaki; there was another blogger (can’t remember who, i think i saw the post last year) who claimed that teriyaki was hard and required too many ingredients. it’s so quick and cheaper than storebought though!

  12. Happy belated birthday to Kevin! Sounds like you had quite the spread of food! My kinda birthday 🙂 !!

    These teriyaki shrimp look amaaazing! I’m totally wanting to reach into my screen and grab a big forkful! Looking forward to trying this one. Pinned, of course.

    Have a great week, Sally!

  13. Hi, Sally! My boyfriend and I just moved into our first apartment this past week, and we made this as our first meal. It was very delicious! I have to say, we bought your first cookbook as our first cookbook, and we’ve been cooking our way through it. (I feel like those who cook their way through Julia Childs’ cookbook.) Every recipe has been very tasty- they do not disappoint!! We even text each other when you post a new recipe to facebook, because we get excited to try it. Thank you so much for all of the fantastic recipes and wonderful memories in the kitchen!!!! Xoxox

    • Thanks so much Alyssa. For the very kind comment and for letting me know you made this shrimp already! I’m glad you two liked it. Happy you love seeing my recipes on Facebook. I try to share as much as I can, whatever’s in season!

  14. Happy birthday to Kevin! So glad to hear it was a hit – all that food sounds amazing! This dish looks so delicious and perfect for those busy nights. Teriyaki sauce is my weakness and I love this easy version! 🙂

  15. Wow! Amazing. The shrimps looks so delicious that I can’t wait to have it. Will try this recipe today itself.

  16. Sally-I will be making this for dinner! It seems quick and tasty and I am sure it will be yummy!

  17. Happy birthday to Kevin! I love how quick and simple these shrimp are!

  18. Happy birthday Kevin! It sounds like you all had a wonderful celebration!
    This quick weeknight dinner is sure to become a favourite with my seafood loving fiance 🙂 I can’t wait to whip it up for him tomorrow night after yoga 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration Sally!

  19. You looked so busy creating all those fun treats for the BBQ! Glad the party went well, leftovers are the best! I just re go into shrimp and this teriyaki dish looks great! The sauce, yummy!!

  20. Can we make this with frozen shrimp? 

  21. Hi Sally!  I made this last night and it was delicious…BUT super watery!  I used frozen shrimp that I thawed and marinated for a few hours in half of the sauce.  Any idea what happened?!  The flavors were great…I just wanted something that looked more like yours!  Thanks. 

    • Was the sauce itself watery? Or just when you went to add the shrimp? I wonder if you could blot the shrimp as dry as you can before cooking them.

  22. Sally, can I use ginger-garlic paste instead of fresh? It’s all I have at the moment.

  23. I made this last night and it was a huge hit. My boyfriend couldn’t eat it fast enough! We are huge fans of shrimp so the more shrimp recipes the better.

  24. Delicious, Thank you!

  25. Ooooo, yum, this looks divine!! Shrimp is totally a favorite around here, so I can see this one being a winner! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

  26. Hi Sally, is it ok if I use distilled vinegar? or does it have to be apple cider/rice wine? thank you

  27. I am Cake Artist & a Chef from India !
    Cant wait to try these yummy yummy Shrimps , I must say the pictures look are soo yummy ..I was on a diet & suddenly I feel so hungry just looking at these shrimps . Love ur Blog

  28. Another big hit! I sauteed some broccoli ahead of time because I wanted it a little softer without overcooking the shrimp. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly and the whole family loved it! Thanks!

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