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. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Made this for the first time today…delicious! As others mentioned, I also added red pepper flakes for a little kick. This is going to be a regular here. Thank You!

  2. This was fabulous considering the ease of its making. I served it with mango rice and yummers! I could see using this marinade for a chicken as well. Definitely a 5-star.

  3. Just made this. It was great!

  4. delicious recipe, sweet and healthy, everything that comes from bees is highly nutritious, thank you for sharing this type of recipe.

  5. Fabulous. I used Ginger paste instead of fresh. Served with Jasmine rice. Will make again.

  6. Just made this for dinner and it was DELICIOUS!!!

    Served with brown rice and a side salad..

    Definitely making this again.

    Thanks for the recipe!!

  7. Making this for the 2nd time. Absolutely a winner in our house. So delish! Added the red pepper flakes for a little extra something something too. Nice flavors. Trying the cast iron skillet tonight to see if I can get it a little extra charred like the picture.

  8. Love this recipe on the stove but do you think it would work if grilling on skewers?

    1. Yes!! I’ve used this for kebabs on the bbq and they’re great. Make sure you cook it all the way through though.

  9. Kora Rosales says:

    This was really good! Made it for my family and they all loved it. Def made the shrimp taste so much better. Recommend highly 😀

  10. Hi there, LOVE the sound of this recipe and so excited to try it!
    Could I add peppers, onions and sweetcorn instead of broccoli? Also will prawns work instead of shrimp?
    I’m really excited to try this but want to be safe with the variations!

    1. I can’t see why not! Let me know how you like this dish.

      1. Amazing thank you! I will definitely let you know 🙂

  11. Any idea of the nutritional facts for this recipe?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kristen, 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

  12. Shelter-in-place Sam says:

    Just made this. LOVED it. Will definitely make again and again, and…

  13. You’ve gotta add some citrus to this Marinade. Orange or lemon. I prefer orange with salmon and lemon with the shrimp

  14. Just made this. My family and I love it. Will definitely make again and again.

  15. Could I make this with cut chicken, in addition to shrimp? My family likes shrimp, except my son. Thanks.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Yes, this works well with chicken also!

  16. This is a great recipe. My son loved it!

  17. Just made this for the first time and it’s delicious!!! Will definitely be making it again

  18. I made this tonight, and it was delicious! My husband and I and our 20 month old loved it. We had it with broccoli, sautéed bell peppers and mushrooms, and couscous. Our toddler asked for “more!” at least twice

  19. Is it okay if I accidentally add the oil in the sauce during marination? I was so distracted. :/

    1. Duh, I did the same. 🙁 It’s still marinating for me – how did yours turn out?

      1. I did it and it ended up great

  20. I’m trying this tonight. Sounds wonderful! My husband and I like spicy. Would you sauté the shrimp with the red chili peppers and oil or add it to the marinade? Probably a dumb question. Lol

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Johncee, either way works. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  21. Tried it tonight and it was a big hit with the family. So delicious!! Definitely will be making this one of my go-to meals. Thanks!!!

  22. Made this tonight & LOVED IT! I Added a tsp of mild salsa Verde for kick vs red pepper/hot sauce. Yummy! Didn’t have green onion and that would have been yummy too. Added a taste of fresh parmesan. Took me a while to peel and Devin the shrimp but the rest is quick. My tip, soak your shrimp in cold milk (I had oat milk) as you peel all the shrimp. It helps shrimp be less “shrimpy” depending on where they came from.

  23. This was very good! Just made it for dinner. My husband loved loved loved it, I’m inexperienced with making seafood of any kind. But this was amazing. Will definitely make it again. ❤️

  24. My first time cooking prawns and this recipe was so easy and delicious! I will definitely be making again

  25. I don’t have fresh ginger. Can I use dry,. If so how much should I use.

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Becky, Ground ginger will work just fine. Try about 1/4 teaspoon whisked in with the marinade.

  26. Whoa! Supes easy and scary good. Proceed with caution! 🙂

  27. I made this recipe yesterday. Was so delicious definitely making it again. The whole family loved it.

  28. absolutely delicious!!! perfect as is…I did it with shrimp and I also plan to do it with chicken. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe.

  29. Ann and Kevin says:

    This was great easy recipe. We whipped up marinade before leaving for work and added shrimp. Delicious easy dinner after long work day. It was great with asparagus. Might try marinade with added citrus to thin it a bit.

  30. Carol Manning says:

    We loved this recipe! Super easy and delicious. I served it on top of quinoa and surrounded by baby peas.

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