Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Learn how to make a healthy honey garlic shrimp stir fry with less sugar and sodium, but more flavor. Serve it on steamed rice with broccoli, and you’ll have dinner ready in 20 minutes! {Gluten-Free adaptable}

Chinese honey garlic shrimp served with steamed rice and broccoli

If you are looking for a super quick, satisfying, and healthy dish for a weekday dinner, this honey garlic shrimp is a perfect choice! Simply use a couple ingredients that you already have in the kitchen, lots of garlic and ginger to add depth of flavor, and plenty of honey. You will have your main dish ready in 20 minutes. The shrimp is briefly marinated, then cooked in butter with the sweet-savory sauce. I serve it with steamed rice and blanched broccoli. YUM!

Cooking notes

My version contains way less sugar and sodium than most of the recipes out there. The recipe is super simple, but I want to share a few quick tips on how to make the tastiest honey garlic shrimp that is healthy at the same time.

1. How to make juicy and flavorful shrimp without overcooking

I used the Asian kitchen secret – briefly marinating the shrimp in Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and cornstarch. The wine and soy sauce will add a great flavor to the shrimp. And the cornstarch will form a thin slurry and protect the shrimp from the hot pan. So even when you cook the shrimp a bit longer than you should, they won’t dry out and will stay juicy.

Chinese honey garlic shrimp served with steamed rice and broccoli close up

2. You don’t need a wok

I’ve tried making this dish in a wok and in a nonstick skillet. I can’t really taste the difference. I’ve come to realize that when you properly marinate the shrimp and make a good stir fry sauce, a normal frying pan will make a great dish just like restaurants do!

3. Use fresh aromatics

This is super important. It will add so much fragrance to the dish. Plus, fresh ginger is good for your health.

Quick tip: Since I cook at home a lot, I do a bit of food prep on the weekend to make my weekday cooking easier. I peel a whole ginger root, and 1 to 2 bulbs of garlic. Then I use the small grinder that came with my Cuisinart immersion blender to mince them separately and store them in the fridge in airtight containers. They will keep fresh for almost a week. And I’ve found that I can shorten my dinner prep time by a LOT every day.

Definitely try this out if you like to make hearty and healthy homemade meals during the week.

Restaurant style honey garlic shrimp

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A plate of honey garlic shrimp served with steamed rice and broccoli

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Honey Garlic Shrimp

5 from 2 votes
Learn how to make a healthy honey garlic shrimp stir fry with less sugar and sodium, but more flavor. Serve it on steamed rice with broccoli, and you’ll have dinner ready in 20 minutes! {Gluten-Free adaptable}To make this dish gluten-free, use dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine, and use tamari or coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.
Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 lb / (450 g) shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Sauce

Stir-fry

  • 1 tablespoon butter (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • Optional chopped green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Heat butter in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic and ginger. Stir and cook for a few seconds to release the fragrance.
  • Add the shrimp. Cook and stir occasionally, until both sides turn white.
  • Add the sauce. Cook and stir until it thickens slightly, 1 minute or so. Immediately transfer everything to a plate.
  • Garnish with green onion, if using. Serve hot as a main.

Nutrition

Serving: 3g, Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 28.3g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3.1g, Cholesterol: 265mg, Sodium: 625mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 23.4g, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 0.7mg
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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Peter Shaw says:

    How many does this serve?

  2. Danielle says:

    This sounds just delicious! And so easy to make 🙂 I love your recipes so much and your photography is always so beautiful!

  3. Chelsea says:

    I would love to eat this shrimp but the amount of cholesterol is too high. I don’t understand where the high amount of cholesterol is coming from?

  4. Grace says:

    5 stars
    I made this for some guests today — everyone loved it! And it was pretty simple too. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  5. Adam Elbaum says:

    This was super simple and super delicious.

  6. Meg says:

    What step does the marinade go into? I only see instructions for the sauce. Thx!

    • Maggie says:

      It’s in the first step – mix the shrimp with the rest marinade ingredients. Happy cooking!

  7. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe! I’ve been using it for a few years now. It’s so quick and easy to do, and. It to mention delicious!!

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