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

255 Comments

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

  2. Ignacio Garcia says:

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

    1. That sounds delicious. How much bourbon did you add in? Thanks!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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!

    1. Hi Megan! 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch will help thicken the sauce.

  8. 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!

  9. This was amazing! So glad I didn’t leave out the ginger. Adding it to my personal recipe book.

  10. Just made it and it was fantastic. Easy to make and it tastes good.

  11. Cecilia O'Hara says:

    This was amazing!! Everyone loved it, thank you!

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. We absolutely love this shrimp recipe. Our go to with fried rice. Thanks a million for posting it

  15. 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/

  16. so tasty rice recipe i loved it, so keep posting.

  17. I’ve made this recipe a few times now- I try to make it once a week!
    Is there a way to thicken up the sauce just a little bit?

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy it enough to make weekly! When you pour the second half of the sauce into the pan in step 3 you can try whisking some corn starch into it before you pour it into the pan to thicken it up.

  18. I just made it tonight for myself and my sister’s kids who I was babysitting. All three of us ate up that dinner so quickly. Great job on this recipe.

  19. Made exactly as the recipe called, simple and easy.

  20. Charles E Johnson says:

    I just made this recipe and added crushed red peppers. It tastes so good..

  21. This is great! I did add just a tsp. of sesame oil with butter in pan before cooking shrimp, and added toasted sesame seeds at the end.
    Thank you so much!

  22. Delicious! My son asked for thirds! I added a little cornstarch to the sauce. Roasted some brussel sprouts and drizzled the sauce on

  23. Cammie Kristy says:

    Just made this for my husband and we loved the sauce. It wasn’t thick so I will try cornstarch next time!

  24. Made this tonight……excellent and super easy to make. I’m already looking forward to making again. I love this website and the wonderful recipes.

  25. Great recipe! I only had half the amount of honey left in my pantry, so I added about 1.5 tsp of brown sugar. My husband and I like spice, so I added a little bit of crushed red pepper flakes as well. I will definitely be making again!

  26. Regina Laubscher says:

    THIS recipe was outstanding and easy easy easy…. I do like the idea of adding a little cornstarch to marinade and some crushed red pepper……

    I have given this recipe to my girls and am taking the cooked recipe to a friends house tonight.

  27. Terrie Waterstraut says:

    I made this tonight for dinner, along with stir-fried rice. It was delicious, and soooo easy and quick. I’ll definitely be making this one again. Thanks for another great recipe!

  28. The first savoury recipe of yours that I made and I have made it many times since. The shrimp taste fabulous! I use them as the protein for my homemade Lo Mein 🙂

  29. Yum! Used some chicken too, for the one non-shrimp eater at the table. We all really liked this. Thank you!

  30. This was absolutely amazing!! My husband said he wanted to lick the plate!

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