Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

This honey garlic shrimp is one of the most popular recipes on this website because it’s not only lip-smacking delicious, it’s a very quick and easy dinner recipe. Ready in 20 minutes, this healthy dinner will join your regular dinner rotation. Serve with brown rice and vegetables, grill on skewers, or serve over salad.

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

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: we’re getting ready to move and my energy to cook wonderful and gorgeous meals = dwindling. So maybe you’re like me and need a super quick and healthy dinner this week? A healthy recharge, a quick & easy meal, lip-smacking saucy shrimp? I have it all for you today.

The combination of honey and garlic is music to everyone’s 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

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

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

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!!

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Honey garlic shrimp recipe

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking

Description

This honey garlic shrimp is one of the most popular recipes on this website because it’s not only lip-smacking delicious, it’s a very quick and easy dinner recipe. Ready in 20 minutes, this healthy dinner will join your regular dinner rotation. Serve with brown rice and vegetables, grill on skewers, or serve over salad.


Ingredients

  • 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 & deveined
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • optional: chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions

  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 marinade.) 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.

Notes

  1. Shrimp: You can remove the tail or leave it on. Whatever’s easiest! I recommend using fresh shrimp, but you can use frozen. Thaw before marinading and cooking. If using frozen cooked shrimp, thaw, marinate, and cook as directed. You’ll really just be heating the shrimp up in the sauce.
  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
  3. Adapted from Pop Culture

Keywords: shrimp, dinner

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!

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

329 Comments

  1. I can’t seem to find if this recipe indicates which containers are used for one serving size? Thank you! It looks amazing!

  2. I came home from shopping at BJs one day And was tired but hungry .
    Had all the ingredients in my kitchen…
    Tried this recipe for the first time and LOVED it! Quick, Easy and Satisfying!! Thank you! Will be making this recipe a lot!!

    1. My new favorite shrimp recipe. I substituted coconut aminos garlic flavor for the soy sauce as that’s what I had on hand. Excellent!

  3. This dish is a 10 too bad there’s only 5 stars!! Excellent dish and so easy and fast to make and tastes so yummy , this is my 4th time making it !! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!!

  4. I love this recipe! It is so quick to make and delicious! I always turn to this recipe for a quick weeknight recipe that is always a crowd pleaser. Wilmington, DE

  5. I haven’t even made it yet, but I will post my results when I do. I can see already how easy and delicious it will be. I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT IT!! I will be making it tonight for dinner. Thank you for the idea. I look forward to seeing more recipe ideas from you.

  6. I am trying to find gluten free recipes for company that I have coming. This looks so delicious and I would love to make this. Is this gluten free ? I know nothing about this !!

    Thanks !

    Char

    1. If you use tamari instead of soy sauce, and watch out for cross-contaminating anything (ie- don’t use the same mixing spoon from something else that has gluten), you’ll be all set. Most grocery chains have tamari now, usually in the Asian section. It’s sometimes called gluten free soy sauce.

      1. Just saw your reply !! Sorry ! Thanks so much for the information ! I will make this gluten free for her. I made it as the recipe states for my husband and I and it is so delicious !! Thanks !!

  7. I made this tonight (June 10) This has to by far be my favorite shrimp recipe. It was awsome and then some. Wow! I made a lot of the marinade amd had some leftover. I dipped slices cucumbers in it. The best!!!‍♀️

  8. I made this tonight for my husband and son. They both gave this rave reviews. Thanks for the great recipe, Sally. I look forward to making the garlic honey ginger salmon next.
    -Sheila

  9. Just make sure the ingredients you choose are gluten free and you’ve got it!! Super easy as it’s just a few ingredients.

  10. This was a huge hit in my home! My husband loves seafood, me not so much! We didn’t grow up eating a lot of seafood. I can cook collard greens and anything that involves a gravy. I am not good with seafood. This was so simple and so good. Our son licked his plate!!!! Thank you

  11. This is quick and what a wonderful meal. Will make this often, family and company included.

  12. Made this 2 weeks ago and already have it back on the menu for this week! Love this quick and easy recipe!

  13. Love it. Add a little bourbon to the sauce for extra flavor and helps get the honey in solution.

  14. Sally, you’ve done it again! Another AMAZING recipe!!! I’ve made your m&m cookies and your soft chocolate chip cookies, too, and you are such a wonderful cook and baker! My family and I loved this so much. I made this exactly as written and it’s definitely a keeper!

  15. OH MY!!! It was absolutely delicious!!! My husband is not a fish fan and he gobbled everything down and went back for seconds!! ☺☺

  16. Made this tonight and it was a hit with the family! This will definitely be getting made again! Thank you so much!!!

  17. Made this tonight and it was delicious but i feel like my sauce came out too thin. Any suggestions for thickening it up next time? Thanks!

  18. This recipe came just in time. 100° heat is not conducive to long drawn out cooking. Can’t wait to buy some shrimp & make this. THANKS!

  19. I have to be careful about my sodium intake so greatly reduced the soy sauce and used some bits of BBQ’ed chicken from last night. I also used additional (not a lot) bit of garlic. And instead of pepper flakes or such, I added a squirt of sirachi (sp?). It was delicious and I can just imagine how super it would be with shrimp‼️

    Thnx

  20. Even my husband, who generally doesn’t like shrimp, went back for more! I added red pepper flakes because we love the sweet & spicy combo. Next time I will cut the honey *very slightly* but overall, this was a hit at my house!

  21. I adore seafood , especially I love shrimps. To my mind grilled shrimps is the most delicious dish forever. I prefer to eat shrimps with sea kale and spicy sauce. I found the best grilled shrimps recipes here club.cooking/recipe/grilled-shrimp/

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