Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

I’ve found that the simplest recipes are often the most satisfying.

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

There’s just something special about taking a few carefully curated ingredients and turning them into a totally amazing dish – No clunky bells and whistles, no fancy presentation, just everyday meals for your everyday life.

And that’s why I’m completely obsessed with these ridiculously flavorful shrimp. Not only are they painfully easy to prepare, but all you need are six-ingredients and a mere 15 minutes to get the job done.

Pretty fab, right?

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

Here’s the most important thing you need to know about this dish: I made it as lazily as possible. I used pre-cooked shrimp AND store-bought soy-teriyaki sauce, so consider this short-cut heaven. Now obviously I think it’s great to make everything from scratch and source your ingredients as carefully and mindfully as possible. But when you’ve worked, worked out, and done a million other things in between, sometimes it’s nice to get straight to the point. And that’s exactly what this recipe does, but with minimal processed guilt.

What amazes me about recipes like this is that you can develop such complex, gratifying flavors with so little to work with. Honey-garlic pairings are common in Asian cuisine, and for good reason – the duo is crazy delicious. But the added kick of soy-teriyaki sauce brings a crucial tang + acidity to the sweet ‘n savory honey garlic flavors that’s downright outstanding. This is the type of dish that tastes like you SLAVED over it, when in reality you were probably zoning out to Bravo the entire time it cooked.

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

And I suppose I should use the word “cook” lightly, because this is sorta more like heating than anything else. There is some sautéing of onions, yes, but the pre-cooked shrimp puts this firmly into heating territory. Through tons of trial and error I’ve learned that the difference between pre-cooked vs. fresh shrimp isn’t much in terms of building flavor, they both take on marinades and sauces about the same. It really comes down to a matter of minutes, and price – If you’re willing to spend 5 more dollars to save 5 – 10 minutes, then pre-cooked shrimp is for you. Otherwise, buy the fresh stuff and follow the recipe as directed, just add a bit more time to cook the shrimp through.

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

And to serve? I like this best over some rice or quinoa to soak up the amazing juices, but a whole bunch of veggies would work great with this too, so do your thang babes. x

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp Soy Teriyaki Sauce (I used Soy Vay)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsps Crushed or Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 lb – 2/3 lb Pre-Cooked Shrimp (approx. 13 – 18 pieces, choose however much suits you!)
  • 2 tsps Sesame Oil
  • 3/4 cup Diced Yellow Onion
  • Scallions & Sesame Seeds to garnish

Directions:

  1. In small bowl combine soy teriyaki, honey, and crushed garlic, whisking well. Pour over shrimp and marinate until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet saute onions in sesame oil over medium-high heat until soft and translucent. Next, lower heat to medium before adding in shrimp. Toss until heated (~4 minutes), then immediately plate and serve, garnishing with scallions and sesame seeds if desired.

Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)easy peasy.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been updated with new photos and a slightly modified recipe.

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