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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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!!

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Honey garlic shrimp recipe

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 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.


Ingredients

  • 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 & deveined
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • optional: chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  1. 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.
  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
  3. 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 Glazed Salmon on sallysbakingaddiction.com

And try my 30 minute teriyaki version!

30 minute shrimp teriyaki on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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

345 Comments

  1. 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. Do you think it would be good with teriyaki instead of soy sauce? That’s all I have at the moment ☺ but once I get soy sauce I will definitely try it, sounds amazing!

    1. I do, but I think it would be quite sweet with the added honey as well. Maybe add a little honey at a time since teriyaki typically has sugar.

  3. Your Honey Garlic Shrimp is the first recipe I used from the Yummy web site. It was quick, simple and delicious. Thank you for posting this, I’m sure I’ll use it again.

  4. Love the pictures-love shrimp and had to make the recipe. Awesome delicious and oh so easy. I used chinese noodles. Will make again and again. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. This was exactly what I needed tonight; Fantastic!!! I also made a little extra, split it and tried marinating some chicken pieces- just to see if it worked.. (It TOTALLY does!)
    And even took your advice about the broccoli. This is like the golden ratio of sweet/salty/garlic (as if any amount of garlic is too much haha)
    Thanks for this!!!

  6. You can add 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to the marinade if you like things spicy. I tried something similar to this last night and it was delicious! Shrimp is low in calories.

  7. Made this tonight. Also added a pinch of cayenne. It was YUMAZING!!!!!! Going into our regular rotation for sure! Will also try it with chicken

  8. HOLY MOLY EVERYONE!! This recipe is AMAZING! I loathe cooking, but I’m on a training diet and I must cook. I found this recipe on Pinterest and the “20 Minute” thing got me. I got fresh shrimp from my local Texas HEB and I was amazed at how easy it was for a non-cook like me. I’m currently eating the leftovers for lunch and it still tastes just as delicious as it did last night. PLEASE try this recipe, you will not be disappointed! I will definitely make this again! Thank you for this recipe!!

  9. I would cut back on the honey…way to sweet…also used cooked shrimp, because that’s what I had in my freezer…just added at the last minute, to warm.

  10. 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. You maybe have too much sauce when cooking the shrimp? To get the crisp initially the shrimp should be “dry” not bathing in the sauce. Just a thought 🙂

    2. A good cast iron skillet heated to medium high would do the trick. Make sure skillet is hot when you put the shrimp in. It will give it that good sear you’re seeing.

  11. Followed your steps (marinated overnight ) and the shrimp was delish with veg fried rice and purple cabbage and button mushrooms. ..thanks for sharing

  12. Gonna try this tonight. I don’t have fresh ginger so I may try sprinkling in a little ground ginger. Think this will work?

  13. Just a note, soy sauce is not gluten free…you can buy a soy sauce that is, but generally it is made from wheat products. This looks delicious by the way!

    1. Hi Terri! I just double checked and this recipe is not labeled gluten free in my categories. Let me know if you give it a try though!

      1. I think she was confused because it says gluten free underneath “indegredients” on the Pinterest pin. Hope that helps. 🙂

      2. Odd! Those items are loaded automatically through coding, but I wonder if I can contact them to change it. Thanks so much for clearing that up!

  14. I made this tonight and OH MY! 5 stars x2. 
    I will say that I made a little extra sauce and when it was required to add to the skillet during cooking I realized I put too much. I let the shrimp cook longer than the directions so that the sauce could cook down. With that being said, this is a magical recipe because my shrimp were STILL NOT OVERCOOKED! Loved this! 

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