Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp

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Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp made in one skillet with just five ingredients in just 10 minutes, this dish will replace your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant!

I had a pound of shrimp without a plan, so I just did a quick scan of my pantry and realized I had all the same ingredients I needed for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken.

Honey Shrimp in skillet Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp

Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp is done in just 10 minutes! Plus other than the shrimp all of your ingredients are probably in your pantry RIGHT NOW.

That’s one of the best parts of shrimp recipes, they’re easy. Since shrimp cooks in less than 5 minutes, I like to keep it simple and create flavors in the sauces. Easy shrimp recipes are a win for us because we save them for days we know we’re going to be busy.

30 minute weeknight meals:

  • Shrimp: Shrimp recipes can be ready in as little at 10 minutes, quick Asian recipes are a natural fit for shrimp. Shrimp scampi is another easy option.
  • Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow cooker recipes usually take just 15 minutes of prep time and can be made ahead the night before or the morning of the day you want to enjoy them.
  • Ground Beef Recipes: Recipes like Ground Mongolian Beef or Korean Ground Beef are a good example of how easy ground beef recipes can be made in under 20 minutes.
  • Side Dishes: Rice cookers and steamers make side dishes for these main courses above a breeze.
  • Roasted Vegetables: On a high heat, at around 425 degrees, you can roast off most vegetables with little active work and dinner is still on the table in 30 minutes. My favorites are Roasted Root Vegetables.

We love pantry dishes like this. The first time we made this dish we were looking for shrimp recipes online because my husband bought more shrimp than I needed for a recipe. I absolutely hate reheating shrimp so I only cooked what we needed.

Honey Garlic Shrimp

We love this recipe so much now we actually make a quick “takeout” meal a couple times a month of this recipe and my favorite takeout copycat, Mongolian Beef. Both recipes and the steamed rice are done in just 30 minutes, less time than it takes our local place to deliver.

Easy Shrimp Recipes:

We love Honey Orange Firecracker ShrimpBonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp, and Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp. But none of them are as easy as this recipe.

You may notice in the pictures the tails are still on the shrimp. This is for two reasons. 1: It looks prettier and you all enjoy pretty pictures and 2: We often make this dish then stand around the skillet grabbing shrimp and eating them with our fingers like tapas/appetizers.

If serving with rice or on a plate of food for your family go ahead and remove the tails before cooking.

How to peel and devein shrimp:

  1. To peel raw shrimp, tear away at the shell above the first segment of the shell (the tail segment).
  2. Take a paring knife and make a shallow cut along the spine of the shrimp (the back of it).
  3. Using the paring knife or a fork, gently remove the black strip of intestines.
  4. To remove tails just squeeze the shrimp out from the bottom of the tail segment.

Make this a meal:

  • Add steamed rice or fried rice.
  • Add a quick Classic Chinese Chow Mein
  • Serve it over your favorite steamed vegetables or even cauliflower rice.

Tools Used in the Making of this Honey Garlic Shrimp:
Honey: The best deal on honey you’re going to find online that you know for sure is real honey, only $4 a pound. Or buy it in the store for even less!
Wok: Great for high heat, quick cooking. This wok is a great addition to your kitchen if you love cooking Chinese food or stir fries in general.
Large Frying Pan: I use this Cuisinart for most of my non cast iron cooking unless I am going with a stainless steel option, then I choose my All Clad.


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Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Easy Honey Garlic Shrimp made in one skillet with just five ingredients in just 10 minutes, this dish will replace your favorite Chinese takeout restaurant!


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled & deveined (21-25 count)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • sesame seeds optional
  • parsley optional


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the canola oil to a cast iron skillet or wok on medium high heat.

  2. Add in the shrimp and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

  3. Remove the shrimp, add in the garlic, cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add in the honey and soy sauce, and whisk together.
  5. Cook for 1 minute until reduced and add back in the shrimp to coat before serving.

  6. Garnish with parsley and sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: calories

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  1. For the longest time I never made shrimp at home because I had no idea how easy it was. This I will be making soon.

    Rating: 5
  2. I needed to deviate from your recipe and used thinly sliced chicken breast instead of shrimp ( didn’t have any available). Followed directions and discovered a serious issue: Always have rice prepared upon completion of your recipe or there won’t be enough left for the rice! Solid flavor, didn’t have the overbearing sweetness of the local restaurants and I can see why this would be a excellent choice for shrimp. Thank you for offering this recipe, Bobby

    Rating: 5
  3. I tried this as instructed and the sweet/salty ratio seems to be off along with some depth of flavor. It needs some more umami depth. It’s a quick easy recipe which is what’s admirable about it, decent for the average middle American family.

    1. My site changed over recently to provide the nutritional information so only the more currect recipes have it, sorry about that.

  4. Short prep time, simple ingredients which were already in my pantry and refrigerator, super easy to prepare and simply delicious. I substituted coconut oil for the canola oil, added a bit of freshly minced ginger, some red chili flakes and the juice of half of a lime. I served with steamed broccoli, snow peas, brussel sprouts and yellow bell peppers. I received lots of compliments from my bf on this meal. Will definitely be making this recipe time and time again…..

    Rating: 5