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

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

288 Comments

  1. I know your question was left years ago I know your question was left a year ago but in some odd case that you get this when you go to the produce stand you don’t have to buy the full piece of Ginger it’s usually by the pound so you can just break off a tiny piece to use and then just grate it with la cheese grater or something similar hope this helps

  2. I just made this. Soooo good thank you! It was the first thing that popped up when I searched healthy shrimp recipes. The ginger for me is a must. Incredible dish!

  3. This was delicious! I offered my 7 year old a couple and she loved them so much. So the majority of them are going in her lunch for tomorrow. Mommy only got a couple. Lol

  4. I added some sesame oil to the marinade for added flavor. I also found that I ended up using all the marinade, including the “used” portion in the whole recipe. Since the shrimp is marinaded in that sauce it really didn’t hurt anything to just add it to the shrimp while it was cooking.

  5. 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!

  6. Ginger and garlic is now sold in pureed frozen cubes, located in the freezer section at Target and Trader Joe’s. Makes the recipe even easier/quicker!

  7. I was looking for something new that wasn’t chicken. This was delicious. I used the ginger in marinade and served dish with sushi rice and an Asian inspired salad. Will definitely make again.

    1. How would I adapt this recipe to make it with frozen pre-cooked shrimp? Would I just add the marinated shrimp to the stir-fry at the last minute to warm through?

      1. Where is the answer to the question about using precooked frozen shrimp? Posting questions without answers doesn’t help those of us who need to know.

      2. It’s in her notes.

        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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!!!

  10. Just made this for the first time. I specify first because it is DEFINITELY on the list to remake. I did only left the marinade to sit for around half an hour or so, so I feel the flavor in mine could be stronger. Future me will have to remember to get the marinade working faster! As I was cooking the shrimp too, the sauce at the end stayed very light in color compared to the photos and didn’t thicken like the pictures seem to imply. This was a little funky but I’m thinking there wasn’t quite enough marinade split between the raw shrimp and the bit you add toward the end, and I was afraid to overcook them. Regardless though the flavor was very good. I’d try to compare it with something more well known for anyone on the fence about making this but I’m honestly drawing a blank. I found it mild, not too sweet, not too salty, and very savory. Also garlicky because I automatically add more garlic than required. Love those bulbs. As for actually making the recipe, it was very easy. I threw the marinade together in about ten minutes, which would’ve taken less time if I was proficient in knife skills but I’m not. Cooking was also easy and quick, maybe another five. For this college student, definitely one to recommend.

  11. What would you suggest to do if you have twice the amount of shrimp? I bought a 2lb bag so I doubled the recipe but it came out very watery.

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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