Honey Garlic Shrimp

Easy skillet honey garlic shrimp is a quick 30-minute dinner recipe. The shrimp are coated in a honey garlic sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Serve it with veggies on the side along with brown or white rice for an easy meal.

honey garlic shrimp in a bowl.

This honey garlic shrimp recipe is a fast 30-minute dinner that’s light and flavorful. In other words, it’s a respite from the wintry and heavy, albeit delicious, comfort food dinners that I can’t seem to get enough of these days. 

But, I managed to pause the decadent dishes and fit this easy shrimp recipe into the rotation. And you know what? I feel very good about it.

If you’re craving something light, too, shrimp coated in a honey sauce with a kick of garlic might just be the answer.

close-up of the final dish.

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  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Minced garlic
  • Ginger paste or grated fresh ginger
  • Shrimp
  • Cornstarch
  • Unsalted butter
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sliced green onions or scallions
  • Sesame seeds

Tips: If you want some heat, add some red pepper flakes to the sauce. You can also swap the cilantro for fresh parsley if you like that better.

ingredients for the recipe.

How to Make It

First, make the sauce. You’ll use half of it for the shrimp marinade and half of it for the sauce. You only need to marinate the shrimp for about 15 minutes. While it marinates you can cook the honey garlic sauce.

the marinade and the shrimp marinating in a bag.

Mix the cornstarch in the sauce which will thicken it while it cooks. Heat it in a large skillet and then add the marinated shrimp. They cook fast – about two to three minutes per side for medium-sized ones.

Once the shrimp are cooked the sauce should be more like a glaze coating the shrimp. Add the sliced green onions and sesame seeds and it’s ready to serve.

three process photos showing how to cook the shrimp.

I love this dish with cooked white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice. I think quinoa would be a good side, too. Add some cooked broccoli, cauliflower, and/or bell peppers on the side if you want a little veggie goodness.

How to Store the Leftovers

Keep the honey garlic shrimp in an airtight container and it will keep well for a day or so in the fridge.

overhead shot of the rice in a bowl.

I know you’ll love the flavor in this easy honey garlic shrimp – I hope you give it a try soon!

Happy cooking,

honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli.

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Honey Garlic Shrimp

honey garlic shrimp in a bowl with rice and broccoli.

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Easy skillet Honey Garlic Shrimp is a quick 30-minute dinner recipe. The shrimp are coated in a honey garlic sauce and topped with sesame seeds. Serve it with veggies on the side along with brown or white rice for an easy meal.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 24 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and minced ginger.
  2. Place the shrimp in a large ziplock bag and pour half of the honey marinade into the bag. Seal the bag and toss the shrimp around to coat them in the marinade. Marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the cornstarch to the reserved marinade and stir well to combine.
  4. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Place the marinated shrimp in an even layer in the pan and discard the marinade in the bag.
  5. Add the reserved marinade to the pan and cook the shrimp for two to three minutes on each side or until they are pink and opaque.
  6. Add the chopped cilantro and toss to coat the shrimp. Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds and serve.


  • Calories: 336
  • Sugar: 25.1g
  • Sodium: 666.2mg
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.8g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 36.6g
  • Cholesterol: 289mg

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