Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

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


  1. Sally, your dish looks absolutely delicious.  I have a silly question.  Why must you discard the used marinade?

    Thanks for all your great recipes!

    1. Using leftover marinade is a debated topic. While you could boil it to rid any contamination, the flavor could possibly change. Usually I just make a little extra (like we do here) to use as a sauce.

  2. Oh Sally I feel you! We moved into our house about a year ago (scary!) and there’s nothing like having your own home that you own (well, you and the bank ;)). This adulting thing can work out okay 🙂
    And once you’re moved in and all settled and the dust is driven out by dog hair (also feel you on that front) you’ll look back with a satisfied smile because it is all worth it 🙂
    I can’t wait to try this recipe for my seafood loving man soon!

  3. Sally, I always feel you when you do healthy stuff! (And also, admittedly, everything else because, um, I’m breathing. Lol).
    Feeling like an adult: Crazy, isn’t it? Doesn’t it feel like you were in college just two blinks ago? And now you’re married, have an amazing career and own your own home. For reals though, you are kicking butt at this whole “Being an Adult” thing. 😉
    Sally, I read this article about Katy Perry once (very recently) where she said that she just finally starting feeling like she could relax–she had made it. That’s you, you know? I’m really proud of you; I just wanted to say that. 
    After reading your blog for three years or so, it’s so crazy to see how far you’ve come. Time to relax and settle into your HI country home. You’ve made it. 😉 xo

    1. Thanks for all the support and encouraging words over the years 🙂 Whether that’s life or food related, it’s all appreciated so much you have no idea. And YES I feel like college was yesterday when in reality: I graduated 9 YEARS AGO! Whoa, scary.

      1. Sally, you work so hard and you’re so kind. 🙂 Who wouldn’t want to support you? 🙂 The way I see it, if we wish for more kindness in the world, we have to support it. That’s how I see supporting you. <3 I graduated from college in 2007… so same here! Let's be scared of how long ago college was together. Lol.

  4. Perfect timing! I just got some frozen/cooked large shrimp at the store yesterday and was going to grill up some steaks tonight (gotta celebrate the sunshine when we have it lately!). Can’t wait to try this and yes, Sally, very true…nothing better than honey and garlic together! My taste buds thank you in advance! And btw…..all of the dust and travel, and feeling out of sorts WILL be all worth it very soon! You will be celebrating a LOT very soon.

    1. Sharon, another reader just suggested this shrimp on the grill! So maybe you can try them that way! I’d maybe skewer them if you’d like. If you try it– any way– let me know!

  5. I just acquired some Wild Argentine Red shrimp and trying to find different ways to use it. Thanks for a quick and easy meal. This looks delicious and we love Asian inspired meals.

  6. OMG!!! This sounds delicious can’t wait to try this.  Good luck with your move.  Congratulations on the house.  

  7. Would love to make this but I’m allergic to shrimp or any shell fish, can I use this with other meats if so what do you recommend?.

  8. Sally, good luck with the move, just remember to breathe (at least occasionally!). I love reading your blog. Questions: I don’t use soy sauce a lot, do you have a brand you like? Also, ginger is not always on hand, how do you feel about using powdered ginger? Thanks for all your tips, etc. You’re a rockstar!

    1. Hey Carol! Thanks so much for the advice. I really like Kikkoman brand soy sauce. I always, always buy reduced sodium. Powdered/ground ginger would be just fine. Maybe 1/4 teaspoon whisked in with the marinade.

  9. I’m ready for a dinner like this! Had way too much sugar this Mother’s Day weekend, having treated my mom for ice cream on the Saturday and having consumed 21928 tiny desserts during our Mother’s Day BBQ. I LOVE shrimp for the reasons you said; cooks so quickly and comes together so easily. I’ll try this recipe sometime this week as a “detox” from sugar if you will! And then of course I’ll be right back into the baking mode with some scones and muffins. Oh well – balance is everything 🙂

    1. Did you make all the tiny desserts for the BBQ Hayley? Sounds so fun! We had a BBQ too. Felt good to cook out on the grill again!

      1. Haha I made most of them yes! And most of them were from your website or cookbook too 🙂 

  10. Wahhhhhhh, I keep getting reminded you’re moving awayyyyyyy!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 we need to get together ASAPPPPP (we talked about this week? Still good? Too busy? Lemme know– I’m flexible) <3

    Anywayyyy, shrimp is an absolute fav here. So so easy, and I love that eating it cold is just as good as eating it hot. I love wrapping cold shrimp up in a corn tortilla!

    1. Still on for a lunch date, yes. I’ll shoot you a text later this morning 🙂

      Funny you mention cold shrimp because I had this leftover shrimp (cold) on a salad the other day and it may have been even better than hot!

  11. Another keeper! I was at a loss for what to make for dinner on a busy Monday….this recipe came in the nick of time.  I made it tonight just as instructed and it was delicious! And so easy! My husband said it was a killer!  Thanks Sally!!!! 

  12. Sally, good luck on the move! I know how stressed you are right now, believe it or not in a few quick weeks it will be over. Time really does fly, and that you have no control over. Just take one day at a time, and makes your daily lists of things to do. It will all work out. You say you are moving 2 hours away? Could you possibly be coming Berks County way??
    10 years ago, I moved an entire house and my 2 teenagers from Philly to Berks and I survived! Lol
    I hope you are coming in this direction!!!☺️

    1. Thanks Merle! I’ve been talking to my friends and family a lot about it and they’re giving the same advice: one day at a time! I’ve moved a billion times before and it just seems so much *bigger* now. Must be because it’s the home I finally own. I won’t be coming to Berks County, but Kevin did some accounting/auditing work up there last spring. Seriously quite the drive!

      1. I totally understand.  You are an adult now, for real! goes so fast.  I’m told I’m an adult, but in my head I’m still 18! 
        where ever you are landing, I hope it’s everything you have dreamed of and more! good luck always!

  13. My son loves, loves shrimp and has a BIG  sweet tooth too:) This one fits the bill! May be I’ll add 1 teaspoon of oil to the marinade and broil them instead! 
    Good luck with your moving! 

  14. Ohh Sally, I love love shrimps and I love love honey + garlic + ginger too! My boyfriend can’t eat more than 2 shrimps or he’ll become as swollen as a balloon. Too bad for him, but hey, more for me, right? ^^” I swear, I can
    eat this complete recipe in one sitting by myself. Not even ashamed to share it with the world/you 😛 Can’t wait to make these this weekend. Will tag you on IG 😉

  15. Okay, I can’t do the shrimp or any seafood for that matter. (Sorry!!) BUT my hubby loves it….and the kids do too…so maybe just maybe….but I am definitely trying the marinade on chicken and will grill it – win win, right?? Excited for you on your new house! That’s awesome – and I love the peacefulness of country living. I could not live in town! We have a beautiful view of fields and our pond and I wouldn’t give that up for anything!! Are the baby questions coming yet?? Haha 😉 You know they’re next – and what great parents you guys will be!

    1. Can’t wait for quiet country life! And baby questions have been coming like rapid-fire. We’re excited to start a family soon. 🙂

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