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Honey Garlic Shrimp (Quick & Easy)

Elevate your weeknight dinner with this 30-minute honey garlic shrimp. Why order takeout when you can make a delectable dish in half an hour?

Sauteed shrimp are tossed in a sweet-savory garlic sauce. It’s as tasty as it sounds.

Shrimp with honey garlic sauce served on a white plate.
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With this simple recipe, you can make restaurant-quality food at home.

I guarantee everyone will love it!

Why You’ll Love This Honey Garlic Shrimp

This dish will quickly become a go-to in your kitchen. Here’s why:

  • It’s quick and easy. This dish comes together in a snap, with just 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s the perfect solution for a busy day when you still want a special meal.
  • It’s sweet and savory. The honey and garlic create a perfect harmony of sweet and savory flavors. They glaze the shrimp with a sweet, sticky sauce.
  • It’s so versatile. Serve it however you like! Honey garlic shrimp pairs beautifully with pasta, rice, or even on top of a fresh salad.
Shrimp in honey garlic sauce seasoned with pepper flakes.


These simple ingredients come together to create something truly special.

  • Large shrimp – Ensure they’re peeled and deveined for easy eating.
  • Olive oil – This helps cook the shrimp to perfection, adding a subtle richness.
  • Garlic – Minced finely, it infuses the shrimp with a punchy, aromatic flavor.
  • Soy sauce – It brings a deep, savory umami that grounds the dish.
  • Honey – This is where the sweet magic happens, giving the sauce its sticky allure.
  • Freshly grated ginger – It adds a zingy freshness that cuts through the sweetness.
  • Rice vinegar – A splash brightens up the dish with a mild acidity.
  • Cornstarch – It thickens the sauce, making it cling beautifully to the shrimp.
  • Red pepper flakes – Optional, but they’re recommended for a hint of heat that sparks up the dish.
  • Sesame seeds and green onions. Also optional, but they add a nice crunch and a pop of color.

How to Make Honey Garlic Shrimp

This dish is as delicious as it is easy to whip up. Here’s how:

1. Whisk the sauce. Mix the soy sauce, honey, ginger, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.

2. Cook the shrimp. Toss the shrimp with olive oil to coat them nicely. Sizzle them in a hot skillet over medium-high heat until they’re pink and just cooked. Set aside.

3. Simmer the sauce. Pour the sauce into the pan, and cook until it thickens up.

4. Combine and serve. Toss the shrimp back in the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve and enjoy!

Honey garlic shrimp served on top of white rice in a bowl.

Tips for Success

Nailing this recipe is easy with a few key tips:

  • Get ahead of yourself. Measure everything out before you start cooking. This dish comes together quickly once you begin.
  • Select your shrimp wisely. Medium to large shrimp work best for this recipe. You can use frozen for convenience but thaw them properly.
  • Don’t forget to devein. Removing its digestive tract is a must for clean eating. With the shrimp’s back up, slice gently along the dark vein, then scrape it out.
  • Fresh is best. Fresh garlic adds a punch of flavor that’s unmatched. Pre-minced garlic can work, but fresh is always best.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp! Overcooked shrimp can become rubbery. Cook just until they’re pink and opaque.

How to Store and Reheat

Enjoy honey garlic shrimp the next day with these simple storage tips.

To Store: Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge. They’ll stay good for 3 to 4 days.

To Reheat: For best results, warm the dish in a skillet until heated through. Just remember, too long on the heat, and they might turn rubbery.

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Shrimp tossed in a pan with honey garlic sauce.

Ways to Serve Honey Garlic Shrimp

Here are some fun and tasty ways to turn this dish into a complete meal:

Roasted Asparagus – It’s a green, crunchy side that pairs perfectly.

Rice – It makes a great base for soaking up the delicious sauce.

Roasted Cauliflower – Combine the shrimp with roasted cauliflower for a low-carb, high-flavor dish.

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Honey Garlic Shrimp (Quick & Easy)

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Skip takeout and make this tasty honey garlic shrimp at home! In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy meal on the table.


  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 4 tablespoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

  • 4 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

  • Sesame seeds for garnish, optional

  • Green onions, chopped for garnish, optional


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, ginger, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes (if using). In a separate bowl, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Heat the remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through.
  • Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside. Add the sauce mixture to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Return the shrimp to the pan and toss with the sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions (if using), and serve immediately with rice or noodles.


  • Thaw your shrimp if frozen.
  • You can marinate the shrimp in the sauce mixture for 15-30 minutes before cooking for extra flavor.
  • For a richer flavor, use brown butter instead of olive oil.
  • This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to feed more people.
  • Serve with broccoli, steamed vegetables, or your favorite side dish.
Honey Garlic Shrimp

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