Honey Garlic Shrimp

Honey Garlic Shrimp

 The Spruce / Morgan Walker

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Marinade Time: 60 mins
Total: 86 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 1 pan

This sweet and spicy dish is the perfect weeknight meal. Not only does it come together in under 20 minutes, but the ingredient list is simple enough that it doesn't break the budget. It could easily be the star of dinner or a fun side dish or appetizer to bring along to parties. Serve the honey garlic shrimp over white or brown rice with a green vegetable or simple salad on the side for a well-rounded meal. 

While marinating the shrimp for an hour will suit just fine, the flavors are amplified and the spice from the red pepper flakes deepens when you marinate for eight-plus hours. 


  • 1/3 cup honey 
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, ground to a paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper 
  • 1 lb small uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil 
  • Chopped green onion, for garnish
  • White or brown rice, to serve

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Honey Garlic Shrimp Ingredients
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  2. In a medium bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, onion salt, and red pepper.

    Mix together marinade ingredients for Honey Garlic Shrimp
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  3. Place shrimp in a large bowl and pour half the marinade mixture on top. Toss well to coat the shrimp fully. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour or up to 12 hours. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.

    Combine Honey Garlic Marinade with Shrimp
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  4. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet or cast iron over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering.

    Heat oil in skillet for shrimp
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  5. Place shrimp in the skillet and cook one side until pink, about 1 minute. Then flip shrimp and pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Cook about 1 minute more then remove to a serving plate along with the sauce.

    Cook shrimp until pink
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  6. Serve over rice, garnished with chopped green onions. Serve with green vegetables on the side, if desired.

    serve honey garlic shrimp over rice
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Recipe Variation

  • Chicken can be substituted for the shrimp in this recipe. If using chicken, just thinly slice chicken breasts into tenders before marinating, and increase the cooking time to 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

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