Honey-Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Background and History

Honey-garlic shrimp is a delightful dish that combines the sweetness of honey with the savory flavor of garlic, creating a perfect balance that enhances the natural taste of the shrimp. This dish is rooted in Asian cuisine, where the combination of sweet and savory is often explored. It has become a popular choice in many households due to its simplicity, quick preparation time, and delicious results. Honey-garlic shrimp is versatile, making it suitable for a quick weeknight dinner or a sophisticated addition to a dinner party menu.


4 people


  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes


  • 1 lb (450g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Chopped green onions and sesame seeds for garnish


Prepare the Marinade

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger (if using). Set aside.

Marinate the Shrimp

  • Place the peeled and deveined shrimp in a large resealable bag or a shallow dish.
  • Pour half of the honey-garlic marinade over the shrimp, reserving the other half.
  • Marinate the shrimp in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes for best flavor (optional but recommended).

Cook the Shrimp

  • Heat olive oil and sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the marinated shrimp to the skillet, discarding the used marinade.
  • Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn pink and are cooked through.

Add the Reserved Marinade

  • Reduce the heat to low and pour the reserved marinade over the cooked shrimp.
  • Simmer for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the shrimp.


  • Remove from heat and transfer the shrimp to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
  • Serve immediately with rice, noodles, or a side of steamed vegetables.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 25g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 800mg


  • For an added depth of flavor, you can include a tablespoon of rice vinegar or a splash of lime juice in the marinade.
  • This dish can be made with chicken or tofu as an alternative to shrimp for a different protein option.

Allergy Warning

  • This dish contains soy (in the soy sauce) and shellfish (shrimp). It is not suitable for individuals with soy or shellfish allergies.

Enjoy your honey-garlic shrimp as a flavorful and quick meal that’s perfect for any occasion!

What goes well with garlic shrimp?

Garlic shrimp pairs well with a variety of sides such as steamed rice, garlic butter pasta, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad. It also complements a light, crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

What makes shrimp taste better?

Marinating shrimp in a mixture of flavors such as garlic, lemon juice, herbs, and spices can enhance its natural taste. Cooking shrimp quickly at high heat helps retain its tenderness and juiciness.

What is shrimp with garlic sauce made of?

Shrimp with garlic sauce typically includes shrimp, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and sometimes ginger, chili flakes, or sesame oil, creating a savory, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce that coats the shrimp.

What is the nutritional value of honey shrimp?

Honey shrimp is generally low in calories and high in protein. A typical serving (about 4 ounces) contains approximately 220 calories, 25g of protein, 10g of fat, and 12g of carbohydrates, primarily from the honey.

Which shrimp is healthy?

Wild-caught shrimp from clean, sustainable sources are considered the healthiest. They are often lower in contaminants and raised without the use of antibiotics compared to some farmed varieties.

Why is shrimp good for?

Shrimp is a good source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and essential nutrients like vitamin B12, iodine, and selenium. These nutrients support heart health, brain function, and overall wellness.

Is shrimp good for diet?

Yes, shrimp is a great addition to a balanced diet. It is low in calories and fat while being high in protein, making it a satisfying and nutritious option for weight management and muscle maintenance.

Is shrimp a lucky food?

In many cultures, shrimp is considered a lucky food, often eaten during celebrations and festivals. For example, in Chinese cuisine, shrimp symbolizes happiness and good fortune due to its vibrant color and festive appearance.

Is shrimp high in protein?

Yes, shrimp is high in protein. A 4-ounce serving of shrimp provides about 25 grams of protein, making it an excellent source of this essential nutrient.

Is shrimp low in fat?

Yes, shrimp is low in fat. A 4-ounce serving contains approximately 2-3 grams of fat, most of which are healthy unsaturated fats, contributing to its overall health benefits.

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