These honey garlic shrimp are glazed in the most delicious sweet and savory sauce. Healthy, quick and easy to make, all you’ll need is one skillet, 5 ingredients, and 20 minutes for this shrimp recipe!
A Quick and Easy Shrimp Recipe
I really love me a super versatile protein. If it’s quick, easy, and only uses a few ingredients – you’ll see me doing my happy dance. Did someone say one skillet for cleanup? That’s the trifecta! This is seriously the most flavorful and easiest weeknight meal you could make.
Shrimp are an awesome, but often overlooked dinner protein. They make any meal seem more upscale and they cook up so quickly. This makes them perfect for impressing the fam on a busy weeknight.
Honey Garlic Shrimp Ingredients
Seriously, five ingredients! And, aside from the shrimp – I’ll bet you’ve got it all in your pantry on the daily. Simply grab yourself the fresh shrimp and get to making these yummies!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
- raw shrimp
- vegetable oil
How to Make this Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe
Prep: Peel and devein the shrimp but leave the tail on.
Marinade: Combine the honey, soy sauce, and minced garlic in a small mixing bowl. Whisk your ingredients until they are thoroughly incorporated and then set them aside. Place your shrimp in a Ziploc bag and add HALF of the prepared sauce to the shrimp. Close the bag and massage the sauce all around the shrimp. Set the bag and the shrimp aside for 20 minutes.
Cook: Add vegetable oil to a skillet and set it over medium-high heat to warm up. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and add it to the hot oil. You may have to do this in two batches. Discard the marinade.
Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until they are cooked through. Add the remaining sauce and stir around. Cook for 1 more minute or until sauce just begins to thicken.
Remove from the heat and serve.
How Long Do You Cook Shrimp?
Cooking time can vary a bit depending on the size of your shrimp. I find that cooking the shrimp for just 1-2 minutes per side is perfect. Shrimp are done when they no longer appear pink but instead have taken on a bit more of an opaque color. Since we’re talking about such a quick cook time, you will want to keep a constant eye on them to ensure you don’t overcook them.
Tips for Perfectly Cooked Shrimp
The secret to perfectly seared shrimp is to be careful that it doesn’t over cook. I avoid this by intentionally searing my shrimp in batches. Just spread them in one even layer on the skillet, sear them, and then flip.
I also suggest using a well seasoned skillet as opposed to a non-stick pan. The skillet adds to the delicious seared flavor.
What to Serve with Honey Garlic Shrimp
For the most simple meal, I throw these over top of a bed of lettuce and call it a day. If you’re wanting something a pit more substantial, opt to serve them over a bed of basmati rice or even cauliflower rice.
I also love to serve them with some stir fried veggies or on top of a bed of zoodles (aka zucchini noodles).
Another fun idea is to stick some cute toothpicks in them and serve them up as an app.
Honey Garlic Shrimp
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or Tamari
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail-on
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- In a small mixing bowl combine honey, soy sauce, and minced garlic; whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
- Place shrimp in a Ziploc bag and add HALF of the prepared sauce to the shrimp; close the bag and massage the sauce all around the shrimp. Set aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add vegetable oil to a skillet and set it over medium-high heat to warm up.
- Remove shrimp from marinade and add to the hot oil. You may have to do this in two batches. (Discard marinade)
- Cook shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
- Add reserved sauce; stir around and cook for 1 minute or until sauce just begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and serve.