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Honey Garlic Shrimp Skillet

Try out this quick and easy 5 ingredient recipe for honey garlic shrimp skillet. Ready for the table in just 20 minutes with a combination flavor of savory and light sweetness! Pair it with some veggies or on a bed of rice or pasta/noodles.

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

So here we have a super simple recipe for honey garlic shrimp skillet. It’s yummy, it’s healthy and really easy to make. With a flavor combination of savory and sweet and a slightly smoky aftertaste (depending on how much rubbing you did on the burned on bits), it pairs well with most veggies as a side or on a bed of pasta, noodles or rice.

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

When I say super easy, I mean 5 ingredient easy and less than 15 minutes cooking time easy. Shrimp cooks so quickly, it’s such a great fast fix for any meal of the day.

So let’s begin.

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

I used jumbo peeled shrimp with tail on for these. They just tend to look better in pics but you can use whatever kind of shrimp you like or can easily get your hands on. Start making your honey garlic sauce which is basically just some honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. I wasn’t lying when I said simple.

Make the sauce and divide it into half. Half for the marinade and half for the drizzle. While the ingredients are simple, the fun is in the execution. I said shrimp cooks quickly so you’ll want to get your pan nice and hot before cooking so they have a gorgeous sear. The honey will caramelize a little and stuff will get stuck to the bottom of the pan. Use some tongs to gently rub the shrimp on the stuck on bits to get it nice and blackened. Here’s where you get the smoky aftertaste.

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

One minute per side and your shrimp is cooked! I did this in two batches. Then remove the pan from heat and you’re ready to serve these babies drizzled with the leftover sauce.

And that’s it! Happy cooking!

PS: Love noodles? Try pairing this over a bed of hibachi noodles. I tried this once and it was great!

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This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

Honey Garlic Shrimp Skillet


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on

Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and divide it into half
  2. Marinate the shrimp with one half of the sauce for 15-30 minutes. Discard marinade
  3. Over medium high heat in a 10″ skillet, pan sear the shrimp in some oil. Sear them on both sides in two batches until browned, about 1 minute per side
  4. Using tongs, rub the shrimp into the caramelized bits on the bottom of the pan
  5. Dish and serve hot drizzled with the remaining sauce

Notes

For even more flavor, try adding in some red pepper flakes for heat or fresh lime juice for zest!

If you like cilantro, lime and red pepper flakes, try out this variation of cilantro lime honey garlic shrimp skillet!

This recipe sears better in a cast iron pan and may not perform as well with caramelized bits in non-stick pans.

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

This smoky and sweet honey garlic shrimp skillet is super easy with only five ingredients and cooked in less than 15 minutes!

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181 Comments

  • Reply
    Colleen
    February 3, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ll have to look the coconut lime rice recipe up, that will go great with the shrimp. Ok, mouth watering now!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM

      I see you already tried it out with the coconut lime rice. Happy it worked out for you! Thanks for coming back and letting me know, Colleen 🙂

  • Reply
    Kathy Spurlock
    February 7, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Had planned to make teriyaki shrimp tonight, but saw this recipe on Yummily, and texted my hubby at the store to pick up some fresh broccoli and mushrooms to go with it. Cannot go wrong with honey, garlic, ginger and fresh shrimp!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      February 8, 2016 at 6:03 PM

      Well I hope you guys enjoyed it, Kathy. Mushrooms and broccoli pair really nicely with it. I loooove mushrooms!

  • Reply
    Violet
    February 22, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Came together fast and was very delicious, this will be a new regular

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 3, 2016 at 2:10 PM

      Thanks for saying so Violet. Glad to have helped out in finding a new staple.

  • Reply
    heather
    February 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    I made this last night and it was amazing. I doubled the marinade because I wanted to try it on both shrimp and chicken. The little trick of rubbing the individual pieces into the charred bits was great! It added a richness to the flavor which you wouldn’t have gotten with only the sear. Served it with rice and steamed broccoli. A little hot chili oil and a lime wedge on the side to brighten it up… I don’t think I’ve ever seen my boyfriend’s plate cleaner! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 3, 2016 at 2:12 PM

      Thanks, Heather! I discovered that trick about five years ago when I trying out a new ranch chicken recipe. There were bits all over the pan and it was such a waste so I tried rubbing them in to pick up all the flavor. It worked!

  • Reply
    Ejan
    March 1, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    I assume that you cook the shrimp in two batches and not “batches of two.” I can’t wait to try the recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 3, 2016 at 2:16 PM

      Yes! I’m gonna change the wording to avoid confusion. Usually when I hear two or more people talk about the same thing being slightly off, I know it needs a change! But yes, I mean cook them in two batches, not to use an entire pan for two measly pieces of shrimp. Shrimp’s great and all but not that special! 😉 What a waste of time!

  • Reply
    Charles
    March 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    I made this once, but I don’t know how good it was because I didn’t get any thanks to my wife and kids. I’m gonna try it again once I’m home alone 😉

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 20, 2016 at 5:03 PM

      How sweet that you sacrificed your shrimp! Sometime’s it does pay off to learn the art of sneaky eating. Can’t count the times I’ve done it with the last bowl of slow cooked pasta meat sauce. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the recipe when you get a chance to taste it, Charles.

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 14, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    I made this to go into shrimp tacos and it was SO GOOD! Thanks for the simple and super yummy recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 20, 2016 at 5:05 PM

      Hey Emily! It’s good to know they go well with shrimp tacos. Maybe some other folks can try that out. Speaking of, can you believe I’ve never tried a shrimp taco in my life? Something to put on the to do list.

  • Reply
    LaRhonda
    March 19, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    OMG Thank you so much for sharing it was was absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 20, 2016 at 5:06 PM

      Yaaay! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply
    Lynn allen
    March 24, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    One more layer of flavor is using the shells. They add seasoning to the dish , then remove them before serving. Btw peeled deveined shrimp is usually farmed raised. Not my idea of good food. De veining is a quick simple step in prep work peel the shell I sharp blade and rinse. Easy peasy

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 29, 2016 at 5:02 PM

      It’s always an option for folks that don’t mind the hassle of prepping the shrimp. Although the people I know vastly prefer not handling the shells and deveining process!

  • Reply
    sarinna
    April 7, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    This was a great recipe. Quick and simple and it came out perfect! thank you

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 13, 2016 at 4:28 PM

      Thanks so much for coming back to let me know, Sarinna! You are very welcome 🙂

  • Reply
    Heather
    April 7, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Crazy question! Could I sub the shrimp for some already cooked cubed chicken breast?
    It would probably cook about the same amount of time as the shrimp, since the chicken
    is already fully cooked? I have two large breasts to cube up…do you think the
    instructions would be the same? Thanks in advance!!!!!!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 7, 2016 at 5:16 PM

      I think it’ll work fine with cooked chicken. Good luck, Heather!

  • Reply
    Bill Gromer
    April 10, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Loved this. After reading review I added some red pepper flakes and the juice of 1/2 lime. My wife complained about the mess I created in the skillet
    But she loved the shrimp. Thanks for the recipie, it was easy to make and tasted great.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 13, 2016 at 4:30 PM

      It is quite a cleanup! All those tasty stuck on bits that you rub into the shrimp doesn’t show as much love in the sink 😉 I’m glad you guys liked it!

  • Reply
    Caren
    April 12, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Just learned about you from the B Loved Boston blog and I am so happy to have found you!!!!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 13, 2016 at 4:33 PM

      I went to go check it out! It’s always fun finding out how people stumbled across my blog. And to hear from a fellow kitty lover! Hope you have fun trying out the recipes and let me know if you need any help with them.

  • Reply
    Jodi
    April 14, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I made this last night for my sister that had never tried shrimp. We both LOVED it!
    However, the shrimp I had was not very big and I did not make enough. Do you think this would be good over noodles??

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 16, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      Try for some jumbo shrimp next time? I have personally tried this shrimp to go with hibachi noodles, so you could try that if it sounds good to you.

  • Reply
    Danielle
    April 14, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Am I using raw shrimp to place in the skillet for two minutes or should I have my shrimp cooked prior to putting them in the skillet?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      April 16, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      Use raw shrimp for the recipe. Shrimp doesn’t take that long at all to cook and with 4 minutes total (counting both sides) per shrimp and the time spent rubbing it into the fond (stuck on bits) is plenty! A handy tip is once it starts shrinking in size, you know you’ve overcooked it.

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