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!

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

341 Comments

  1. Hi Sally,

    I have to make some fat free meals for a neighbor—would this recipe work and where could I find the fat content approximations. it looks wonderful; after cooking it this way my daughter-in-law just tried it with chicken and asparagus and loved it too!

  2. I reaaaaallyy enjoyed making this and my family enjoyed eating it ..it wS full of flavor. A quick and simple weeknight meal 
    I wish I could post a pic ..thanks for this recipe

  3. Thank you so much for this simple healthy recipe I made it tonight and my family absolutely loved it. It was so good. Instead of cooking it with olive oil though I used coconut oil and it smelled so heavenly and sweet (not too sweet though). Sooooo good. I made it with broccoli and jasmine rice. Thanks again! 

  4. Sally if you don
    If you don’t mind I have a question and a comment.

    If you use fresh shrimp it is not pink to start with, isn’t that the color you kinda want it to be when it is cooked?

    And Samantha, there is no such thing as dethawing. When something is frozen you remove the item from the freezer and Thaw it.

    Thanks for letting me vent!

    1. I usually don’t thaw the frozen shrimp. I put the shrimp in hot boiling water cook until it’s pink. Then I marotate it and cook it to my taste.  I wonder, if I have to Devine the shrimp first then cook it following this recipe.

  5. 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.

  6. I am a cook. I use this recipe to run into special. I could not keep enough in the kitchen. People just loved it! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe

  7. I just made this and it was SO easy to make     I LOVED it.     i will definitely make this again and again!  thank you

  8. I have tried this with raw and precooked shrimp. They lose a little of the flavor when you don’t marinade then while raw… But searing then off in the sauce in a hot pan gets the same effect as cooking then from raw.  Excellent, easy recipe. 

  9. This was very tasty and quick, this was also the first time I cooked raw shrimp! Go me! We used coconut oil and it smelled divine during cooking. I loved the garlic and the crispy brown caramelized sweetness on the shrimps edges 🙂

    The only think I will have to change for personal preference is to put less honey. The sauce was just a bit too sweet for me, actually the sweet might have evened out had I had some rice (thought I had some but didn’t so it was straight shrimp with the veggies side).

  10. I’m sorry if I missed this somewhere, I tried to read all the comments but I could have skipped over a few. Do you have an estimate of how many calories are in this meal the way that you prepared it?? (I realize it will vary slightly depending on what type of soy sauce, honey, etc. people used) Thank you for sharing! It was absolutely delicious!!! However, next time I think I will make a little more sauce to add at the end, my rice seemed just a little bit dry…but I also LOOVVEEEEE sauce!

  11. I was really disappointed with this. Shrimps seemed to boil in the sauce so definitely no crispy edges! Also it was far too sweet for me!

  12. I made this tonight for dinner (I’ve made it once before), it’s delicious!  Made it with broccoli and rice. Such an easy recipe. 

  13. My husband and I cooked this for dinner after I searched on Pinterest for “shrimp recipe”. It is the best shrimp we have ever cooked. I do believe better than most we have had in restaurants. We did follow the recommendations of adding red pepper flakes and cooking in a cast iron skillet. Thank you for sharing this easy and healthy, but yummy dinner!!! It will be a repeat for sure.

  14. I love this dish! Make it all the time. My husband says it tastes like restaurant quality food! Yay me. Thank you so much!

  15. OMG I will never be able to make this again!!!! Because, if I do, I will have to make it 3 times a week or more. This is one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth and I COOKED IT. I am not the worlds best cook, but this was so easy to make and quick. I am going to try chicken and maybe pork, and different vegies. If you are debating as to make this or not, DO IT, you will be so glad you did. I am so glad I found this recipe, thank you so much for posting it.

  16. Made this tonight!!!!! Awesome and easy! I used scallions and snow peas for my veggie…. so good.  Thank you! I keep shrimp in my freezer for those I don’t know what to make for dinner evenings.

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