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.

Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli

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.

Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice

Raw shrimp in a glass bowl

Honey garlic shrimp in a skillet

Honey garlic shrimp in a skillet

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. ↓

Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli with a fork

Easy healthy quick dinners = my saving grace right now!!

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Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli

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


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.


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)
  • 1 Tablespoon jarred minced garlic or 2 teaspoons fresh*
  • optional: 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 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 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.


  1. Garlic: If using refrigerated jarred minced garlic, use 1 Tablespoon. If using fresh garlic that you mince yourself, use 2 teaspoons.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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 ginger glazed salmon on a white plate with a fork and broccoli

And try my 30 minute teriyaki version!

teriyaki shrimp with pea pods in a skillet


  1. The shrimp is so good! I steamed some broccolini and red bell peppers for a few minutes, then threw them in with the shrimp after turning, along with halved cherry tomatoes and poured over the remaining marinade. Served over brown rice. Delicious!!

  2. Delicious, but a bit too sweet. We used dried garlic granules, powdered ginger and added salted peanuts at the end, and Sriracha. Wonderful over rice, with steamed broccoli. Will definitely make it again, but with a little less honey.

  3. this was Very good! made a little extra sauce to serve over rice, excellent.

  4. We love this dish, I make it often for me and my daughter! I’ve thought the sauce was a bit thin but I see I should just add corn starch so I’ll do that next time. So easy, so tasty, so healthy!

    1. Just add more honey..

    2. Dish sounds yummy, what’s the macro count

  5. Delish!!! I added Broccoli to my shrimp and sauce. Also, I used a little Cajun seasoning to bring a little spice and heat.

  6. Great flavors!
    We love sauce so….
    I doubled the sauce in a pot so I would have some to pour over rice and shrimp. I just seared the shrimp after marinating without adding the sauce. It was super delicious.

  7. Not sure why this recipe is do highly rated. It is quick, which is nice. I put it over sushi rice. I just think there are far more authentic and flavorful (and as quick) shrimp recipes. My family rated it “ehh..mediocre..don’t make again.” And that is with fresh garlic and ginger.

    1. Agreed. Easy but not great.

  8. This is my new favorite dish. I am a sucker for honey and garlic so this checks all the right boxes. The flavors are so good. Best shrimp I’ve made! I used a 90 second microwave brown rice package and worked out really well!

  9. Me and my hubby loved it.
    I did season my shrimp with goya seasoning.
    I also added a shallot to the sauce and snap peas to the shrimp. Served it with brown basmati rice and broccolini. I will be making this again.

    1. Adelle Santwire says:

      This was really delicious! Added a teaspoon of corn starch to the extra sauce and tossed it in the last 30 sec. of sauteeing. Made a bacon fried rice to serve with the shrimp. Will make again!

  10. I loved it and so did my boyfriend. Made with broccoli and brown rice. He is making it for himself tomorrow!

  11. I sautéed with coconut oil which was divine (think coconut fried shrimp)

  12. Easy recipe. I added a little red crushed pepper flakes and threw in some fresh green beans.

  13. I love this recipe. I have made it plenty times before, and it is so satisfying to me. Thank you!

  14. Good! I had no honey or soy sauce, so I used agave nectar and coconut aminos, same amounts. Sautéed frozen cauliflower rice, frozen green beans, and a fresh bell pepper in sesame oil, coconut oil and togarashi spice. Added the marinated shrimp and like others added a bit of corn starch to thicken sauce. Added salt and pepper throughout cooking.

  15. I used Lawrey’s pineapple teriyaki marinade instead of soy and added the honey and garlic. Also added lemon when serving which really added another dimension to the sauce. It was so so good!!

  16. Richard Eathorne says:

    Can’t seem to find the nutrition list–calories, carbs, etc.?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Richard, We don’t usually include nutrition information as it can vary between different brands of the same ingredients. Plus, many recipes have ingredient substitutions or optional ingredients listed. However, there are many handy online calculators where you can plug in and customize your exact ingredients/brands. Readers have found this one especially helpful: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp We hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

  17. Very good recipe. A little too sweet for my taste. Next time I plan on trying some red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.

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