Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)
I’ve found that the simplest recipes are often the most satisfying. 15 minute honey garlic teriyaki shrimp.
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 this 15 minute honey garlic teriyaki shrimp. Not only are they painfully easy to prepare, but all you need are six-ingredients to make!
Pretty fab, right?
Here’s the most important thing 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 as possible. But when you’ve worked, worked out, and done a million things in between, sometimes it’s nice to get to the point. And that’s exactly what this recipe does, but with minimal processed guilt.
What I love about this recipe is that you can develop such complex, gratifying flavors with so little to work. 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 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.
And I suppose I should use the word “cook” lightly, because this is more like heating than anything else. There is some sautéing of onions, yes, but the pre-cooked shrimp puts this firmly into heating territory. 15 minute honey garlic teriyaki shrimp.
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.
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. x
Dinner for Two: Honey Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp (15 Minutes!)
- 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
- In small bowl combine soy teriyaki, honey, and crushed garlic, whisking well. Pour over shrimp and marinate until needed.
- 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.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been updated with new photos and a slightly modified recipe.
15 minute honey garlic teriyaki shrimp. 15 minute honey garlic teriyaki shrimp.
Keep em coming Christine!
I made this tonight and it was sooooooo good . I even poured the sauce over fresh steamed broccoli . Definitely making it again
that’s wonderful Courtney!! so glad you enjoyed it (I’m actually planning on making it for myself tonight!). Hope you keep coming back for more tasty eats 🙂
Yes mam ! It has just been requested again for dinner! Cant wait to sit down and check out the rest of your site!
That’s great Courtney!! thanks for coming by and letting me know, I hope you find more recipes you and your family love!
Hi Christine. Very fun site. Thank you for what you do. I’m super skeptical of precooked shrimp. Does it really work? I got a bag of these things in my freezer (accidental purchase) and I’m on point for a family dinner tomorrow. I’d love to make your recipe and it looks awesome, but man, precooked shrimp….
I’m with you Tim, if given the choice I almost always buy fresh over pre-cooked/frozen, but sometimes you just need to make life extra easy! The flavor of the honey-garlic sauce is so strong (in a good way) that it’s perfect for pre-cooked shrimp, but if you’re more comfortable with the fresh stuff just use that and tweak the recipe a few mins to account for a little extra cooking time 🙂 good luck!
Thanks Christine. I made it just as you wrote it up and it was a smash hit. Lesson learned. Precooked shrimp can get it done.
that’s so great to hear!! thanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂
Great recipe. I am glad you posted about the pre-cooked shrimp. I will probably go ahead and take the extra time and get fresh. Can’t wait to try this.
that’s great Peyton! it’s all about figuring out what works for you best, but either way this shrimp will be delicious! x
Hello Christine, this sounds fantastic and sinfully easy. I am going to make this but with a little tweaking. I will marinade raw shrimp in a,hint of sesame fire oil and crushed dried thai chili. I feel the little heat will create a fusion of flavor, Stir fry that and continue on with the recipe. I realize this will add a little bit of time but the flavors that come out when the shrimp is done this way is fantastic.
I own a commercial wok and use it regularly , this will be poured over jasmine rice. Also pouring this shrimp mixture over freshly steamed vegetables sounds absolutely outrageous as well.
Thank you, Ben
Store bought teriyaki? Ugh…why when you can make own in 5 minutes.
that’s great Dale! making your own is always best if you can xo
Very easy and delicious.
that’s great Don! thanks for sharing 🙂
Hi. I’m in the UK. I made this tonight for my husband and I. I served it with a little coconut rice and some pak choi. It was really delicious. Very quick and easy to make too. We’ll certainly be having it again! Many thanks for the recipe.
that’s wonderful Amanda, thank you for sharing!
Can regular teriyaki sauce be used?
This is the absolute best home made shrimp dish I have ever made. It rivals any high end Asian eatery and I am not kidding.
I did add a few ingredients. A small amount of sesame oil to the marinade, white pepper, fresh grated ginger and red pepper flakes. We like vegetables so I added sliced broccoli, match stick carrots and purple onion. Be sure to toast your sesame seeds. It brings out their flavor. What an absolutely delicious meal. I will make this again and again.
that is so wonderful Kathy!!! thank you for the lovely and kind words, I’m thrilled you love this dish 🙂
I made this last night – fantastic way to use pre-cooked shrimp. I had a bag in my freezer that needed to be used pronto and this was just the ticket. We had it over rice and added broccoli. My husband also added red pepper flakes. Easy and yummy.
that’s wonderful Teresa! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂