Here are the main ingredients of today’s honey garlic butter shrimp recipe:
Shrimp: We’re using raw, whole shrimp for today’s recipe. We’ll give you a quick demonstration of how to prepare your shrimp later.
Butter: We used unsalted butter to sear the shrimp and give it a rich flavor. It can also enhance the taste of the shrimp as it masks the fishy seafood smell.
Broccoli: This crunchy vegetable adds a touch of freshness and gives the dish a vibrant color. If you don’t like broccoli, Brussels sprouts are a great alternative.
Spices and condiments: To season the shrimp, we used honey, garlic, salt, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, Dijon mustard, Sriracha, and paprika. We also added cornstarch and water to help the seasonings better cling to the shrimp.
Rice: We’re serving our sweet and savory, protein-packed shrimp and broccoli with a side of warm cooked white rice. It will make the meal more filling and wholesome.
How to Prepare Shrimp
Here’s a quick and easy demonstration of how to prepare shrimp for any recipe:
1. Peel Shrimp
Frozen shrimp can be more convenient for busy people as they’re already peeled. But if you like eating fresh shrimp like we do, here’s an easy way to peel them:
Twist the head and tear it away from the body. The shell may be slippery, so you may want to pinch it with a bit of force.
Use a pair of scissors to cut along the back of the shrimp all the way down to the tail. Make sure the incision cuts into the shrimp only slightly.
From the back of the shrimp, open the shell and remove it from the body. You can save a bit of shell on the tail to make the shrimp look prettier.
You will notice a black line where you cut the shell with the scissors. That is the vein. Remove and discard it.
If you’re a culinary enthusiast, we suggest saving shrimp heads and shells and using them to make a stock.
2. Clean Shrimp
Whether you choose fresh or frozen peeled shrimp, we highly recommend you wash them before cooking. Rinse a couple of times under running water and rub gently to remove fishy slime.
With fresh shrimp, you should peel them first before cleaning. The shrimp can get dirty during the peeling process.
3. Thaw Shrimp
Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for this recipe. Make sure you thaw them thoroughly before cooking.
To defrost frozen shrimp, we recommend removing the shrimp from the freezer and putting it in the fridge. It should defrost completely overnight.
Or, you can submerged the shrimp package in a water bath and leave it on the counter. Your shrimp will be ready to use in 20 minutes or so.
Honey Garlic Butter Sauce for Shrimp
If you’re a regular here on HealthyRecipes101.com, you will notice that most of our stir-fried dishes have a sauce that is usually mixed separately and added to the pan during the last step of cooking.
However, today’s honey garlic butter sauce will be cooked with the shrimp in the pan. Here are the ingredients to make this sauce:
Red pepper flakes
How to Tell if Shrimp Is Cooked
Raw shrimp has a blue-ish gray, translucent appearance.
Depending on the size of the shrimp, it will take two to three minutes to cook. You will see the shrimp turn an opaque, pink and white color, which indicates its doneness.
If you cook it any further, the color may become more vibrant and matte. If this happens, chances are your shrimp may be overcooked.
20 oz raw shrimp (this gives you about 12 oz of peeled and deveined shrimp)
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp garlic (minced)
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz broccoli (cut into florets)
3 1/2 cups cooked medium-grain rice
1 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp pepper flakes
1 tsp traditional Dijon mustard
2 tsp sriracha
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp coriander
Sauté the broccoli: In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and 6 oz broccoli florets. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Cook the shrimp: In the same skillet, add 3 tbsp unsalted butter and 2 tbsp minced garlic. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add 12 oz peeled shrimp, 2 tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 2 tsp sriracha, and 1 tsp paprika. Cook and stir for 3 minutes over medium heat.
Add finishing touches: Put the broccoli back in the skillet and stir for 2 minutes to warm it up. Turn off heat.
Garnish and serve: Sprinkle 2 tbsp chopped coriander on top of the shrimp and serve with a bowl of warm cooked rice.
Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 503Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Vitamin A 900IU
Vitamin C 41mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
Indulge in the sweet and savory flavors of honey garlic butter shrimp for a quick and easy dinner.