Quick & Healthy Dinner: 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

This 20 minute honey garlic shrimp is a reader favorite recipe. It’s extra quick, very simple, and delivers big flavor. Served with brown rice and vegetables or over a salad, this healthy dish is sure to join your regular dinner rotation.

Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli

Are you looking for a super quick, yet flavorful dinner this week? We have it right here for you. This saucy shrimp owes a lot of its flavor to a bold marinade of honey, soy sauce, and garlic, which is music to everyone’s taste buds. For a little extra flavor, we add some minced fresh ginger, but that’s entirely optional.


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Tell Me About This Honey Garlic Shrimp

  • Flavor: The marinade is loaded with flavor, but our favorite part of this dish is the beautiful caramelized bits of honey and garlic stuck to the pan and edges of the shrimp. Scrape it all up to serve because you don’t want to miss those flavorful bites.
  • Ease: Regardless of your skill level, this is a very easy dinner recipe. Prepare the marinade, use half for marinating the shrimp, then use the rest as the sauce for cooking the shrimp. It’s convenient that the marinade is also the sauce– we do this for our maple sesame salmon dish too.
  • Time: The shrimp takes 5 minutes to cook on the stove, while the marinating takes another 15. You’ll have this unbelievably tasty and simple meal on your table in about 20 minutes.

Honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice

Choosing the Right Ingredients for Honey Garlic Shrimp

  1. Shrimp. You can use fresh or frozen raw shrimp. Thaw the shrimp completely before starting. Be sure to peel and devein the shrimp first. You can leave the tails on or remove if desired. If using already cooked shrimp, see recipe note below.
  2. Honey + garlic + soy. This marinade/sauce is packed with so much glorious flavor and is inspired by some wonderful flavors often used in Asian cuisine. (We also LOVE this honey soy sauce glazed salmon from Omnivore’s Kitchen.)
  3. Green onions. This optional garnish adds freshness and a nice color contrast.

Overview: How to Make 20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through it so you understand each step before you get started.

  1. Make your marinade. 
  2. Marinate the shrimp. Combine marinade and shrimp and marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 8-12 hours. We usually only marinate it for about 15 minutes and during this time, you could prepare your side dishes such as steamed vegetables and instant brown rice.
  3. Cook the shrimp. Cook shrimp in a little olive oil, then flip and pour in the remaining sauce until cooked through.
  4. Garnish. Top with green onions and serve.

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Honey garlic shrimp in a skillet

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

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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

Description

This 20 minute honey garlic shrimp is a reader favorite recipe. It’s extra quick, very simple, and delivers big flavor. Served with brown rice and vegetables or over a salad, this healthy dish is sure to join your regular dinner rotation.


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (we usually use reduced sodium)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 Tablespoon jarred minced garlic)
  • optional: 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • optional for garnish: chopped green onion

Instructions

  1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. You will use half for the marinade in step 2 and half for cooking the shrimp in step 3.
  2. Place shrimp in a large sealable container or zipped-top bag. Pour 1/2 of the marinade/sauce 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, we usually steam broccoli and microwave 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/sauce and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1-2 more minutes.
  4. Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce and a garnish of green onion. The sauce is excellent on brown rice and steamed vegetables on the side.

Notes

  1. Thicken the sauce? Some readers add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to the second half of the sauce that will be used for cooking in step 3. This thickens the sauce so it isn’t as watery. To do this, use a fork to mix 1 teaspoon of cornstarch with 1 teaspoon warm water. Once cornstarch has dissolved, stir this into the sauce before using it in step 3.
  2. Garlic: If using fresh garlic that you mince yourself, use 2 cloves which is about 2 teaspoons minced. If using refrigerated jarred minced garlic, use 1 Tablespoon.
  3. Shrimp: You can remove the tail or leave it on. We recommend using fresh shrimp, but you can use frozen. Thaw before marinating 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.
  4. Consuming leftover marinade is a debated topic. While you could boil it to rid any contamination, the flavor could possibly change. Do what you’d like. In this recipe we only use half of the sauce for the marinade so we have more for cooking. (We discard the used marinade in step 3.)
  5. Adapted from Pop Culture

Keywords: shrimp, dinner

247 Comments

  1. Valerie Best says:

    Sally, what a fantastic recipe! Not only was this a tasty meal, but so quick and easy to fix. This recipe is a perfect hectic, week-night meal. I added a tablespoon of cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce just a bit so it really clung to the shrimp. I’ll definitely be repeating this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Made this last night and it was really delicious! My shrimp didn’t really get the awesome caramelization on it like your pretty pics did. Any suggestions on how to get that?

    1. Turn the heat up a little higher– that will help!

  3. Thank you for sharing this recipe! You have made me wife of the year. Wonderful flavors & so easy to make. Next time we will try it with chicken.

  4. Made this for dinner tonight. Enjoyed every bite! Easy to make & DELICIOUS. Thanks for sharing

  5. This was absolutely delicious!  I doubled the recipe (2 teenagers – lol) and they were still fighting over the final servings!  A definite keeper. 🙂

  6. This was amazing!! My husband loved it! Added about a teaspoon of sriracha for some heat. Would also be great with chicken. Will make again!

  7. Loved it!  Next time I will make even more sauce!

  8. Made this tonight and it was delicious!

  9. I made this great dish tonight for dinner. The recipe was very easy and I had all ingredients on hand.  I like the flavor of the sauce and it gave the rice a good taste.  I’ll use the sauce recipe with other dishes in the future.

  10. This an absolutely wonderful recipe. From start to table 25 minutes. The second time I made it I had the shrimp marinating 6 hours. We all liked it. Yummy!

  11. 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!

  12. Kathi Sheridan says:

    This was fantastic! The ginger, in my honest opinion, is a must!! The shrimp were so flavorful and juicy. The sauce is gooey and addictive!
    My BF is not a big Broccoli fan but pour this sauce over it and he has been converted!!
    I will be making this recipe for years to come!
    Thank you!
    KS

  13. A-mazing!!! The sauce is just so great. Love everything about this recipe. I’m not into ginger so I left that part out. But so quick and easy. Can’t wait to make this again!!!

  14. Quick, easy and delicious! Can’t get better than that!

  15. This was a hit in my house! I served with steamed broccoli and fried rice. Next time I’ll double the shrimp as I have hungry boys who absolutely loved it. I also added a cornstarch/water slurry to thicken it up. Sooo yummy! My boys are already requesting it again

  16. This was my first time ever cooking shrimp and I am thrilled with the result. Many thanks!

  17. My daughter and her boyfriend made this last night and it was delish! A definite hit and I will try making it with chicken breast strips as well. Extra sauce on the brown rice and broccoli was the ultimate!

  18. Made this for dinner and the flavor was great. Quick recipe too.Will make again.

  19. Thanks so much for putting this recipe up for all of us! It was one of quickest, most enjoyable dishes I have had in a long time. I am only sorry it went so fast couldn’t even get a picture, can’t wait to make it again! Thank You again!

  20. I sub coconut aminos to make it gluten free. It’s so tasty. Thank for this easy peasy and delicious recipe that makes week night cooking a breeze.

  21. 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!!

  22. Best dinner and delicious sauce!!! We make it all the time.

  23. Best shrimp dish we’ve tried. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  24. 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!!

  25. Megan Ruth Rowlinson says:

    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

  26. Debbie Grantner says:

    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!!!‍♀️

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. How many calories does this dish have?

    1. Hi Sharon! I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

  30. Carolyn McMillin says:

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

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