Every once in a while you need an easy 20-minute recipe and this honey garlic shrimp recipe is the answer! When you’re craving a quick and easy seafood recipe for dinner, our recipe is super simple and takes just a few minutes of prep and cooking time. Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe in a cooking pan

Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe

How long it takes to cook the shrimp really depends on the size of the shrimp. But even if you’re cooking large shrimp, they cook quick and this recipe doesn’t take any longer to prepare. If you’re using larger shrimp, you might want to double the sauce because it’s really delicious.

Video: 20 minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe in a cooking pan

Tips for Making This Recipe

  • You can also customize this recipe to your liking. Do you really love garlic? Then it’s easy to achieve by just adding more garlic. Love the sweetness of honey? Definitely add a bit more honey for sweetness if you like.
  • This recipe only has a few ingredients, but each one adds great flavor and can easily be heightened. There are also many options for serving this delicious and tender honey garlic shrimp.
  • The classic and probably most common pairing is with white rice or with brown rice. But if you’re looking to expand your repertoire of grains, then definitely try couscous or quinoa.
  • If you’re wanting something lighter, healthier and less carbs then definitely try this recipe for honey garlic shrimp in a big salad! Fresh crispy greens like spinach, lettuce or kale would be a fantastic salad base to make this a superb seafood salad.
  • all recipe details are in the recipe box below.

How to Cook Honey Garlic Shrimp:

  • Sautee garlic in olive oil , then add raw shrimp
  • Cook Shrimp until pink and cooked through
  • Add sauce and cook until sauce thickens
  • Add cilantro or herbs and squeeze some lemon on top.
  • All recipe details are in the recipe box below

Honey Garlic Shrimp

The size of the shrimp will affect cooking time, so only a rough estimate was mentioned in step 2. Simply cook the shrimp until it goes from translucent to pink and opaque and firms up.
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  • 1/4 cup (60ml) honey
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) corn starch

For the Shrimp

  • 1 pound (455g)  shrimp , peeled deveined
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • green onions &/or cilantro , chopped for garnish
  • (optional) lemon wedges


  • Make the sauce: In small bowl whisk together the honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce and corn starch until smooth. Set aside.
    sautéed garlic in oil
  • Cook the Shrimp: Heat pan on medium-high heat. Add oil, then garlic. Cook until garlic is fragrant and translucent, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until pink and cooked through, usually about 3-5 minutes *see headnote.
    cook shrimp in pan with garlic
  • Stir sauce one more time to make sure corn starch dissolves and then add the sauce to the pan. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed, to taste.
    add honey garlic sauce to shrimp
  • Garnish with green onions or cilantro. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over right before serving. Serve with rice, pasta, couscous or quinoa.
    garnish honey garlic shrimp


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 251kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 285mg, Sodium: 1385mg, Potassium: 132mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin C: 5.6mg, Calcium: 170mg, Iron: 2.8mg

You’ll love our easy shrimp cocktail,  air fryer garlic shrimp and coconut shrimp with orange sauce. Here’s a great shrimp scampi recipe and fresh shrimp spring rolls! This post was originally published in 2016 and re-published in 2019 with an updated video and photos