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 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

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. 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 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

364 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Love the sound of this and will be making the evening before Thanksgiving For our family. I am wondering if I could do the shrimp in the oven rather than in batches in a fry pan?

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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 🙂

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

    1. 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

  13. My husband and I are always looking for different shrimp recipes because we tend to make the same ones over and over. I found this, made it and we loved it. I added veggies in before I added shrimp and made some Basmati rice and it was awesome. My hubby says “it’s a do over”. Your recipes are always bullet proof and Iove that…thanks

    1. Hi Adrienne, 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

      1. Sally, Thank you for the wonderful website! I just calculated this dish for my Carb Manager….very helpful!

  14. Plan on making this tonight but I’m wondering if the minced garlic is fresh garlic or dried? If it’s fresh, can dried be substituted, what is the measurement adjustment?

    1. Hi Linda, if using refrigerated jarred minced garlic, use 1 Tablespoon. If using fresh garlic that you mince yourself, use 2 teaspoons. If using dried, though, I recommend 1 Tablespoon. If you don’t like a strong garlic flavor, feel free to use less.

  15. I made this tonight, and added diced fresh mushrooms in the marinade! I also added a dash of pepper when I sautéed it. I served it over white rice and it was to die for!

  16. This makes a remarkably quick, easy and delicious dinner. I halved the recipe for my husband and I, added a tablespoon of rice vinegar at the advice of my son, and added frozen stir fry veggies and a bit of leftover spaghetti noodles to it. Then a dash of sesame seeds when I plated it. Truly scrumptious!

  17. I made this and it was a HIT. I loved it, we all loved it. My heart issue diabetic husband is a challenge to cook for and i was worried about the honey, but i have a sugar free honey i used instead as well as lite soy sauce. I will use this recipe over and over again. Wow!! I turned the broccoli over in the sauce as well and what a success. This was a great meal and yes quick, easy an impressive to the taste buds. So tasty. i can’t wait to have company and cook it for them. Thanks for making me look brilliant and my dish, gourmet. Our secret!

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