Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

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Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp are coated in the most amazing sticky honey garlic butter soy sauce. This is a quick 20 minute meal that you will make again and again!

You can’t go wrong with shrimp recipes that are quick and easy to make! Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo Pasta, Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi Recipe or Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits are a few of our favorite family meals.

Sticky honey garlic butter shrimp cooking in a skillet garnished with lemons.

Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

Since the New Year has started I made a goal to make dinner at home more. The holidays were crazy and it is so nice to settle down a bit. I love cooking at home and eating together at night is just so much better. We started our week off with this amazing Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp. I am not even the biggest fan of shrimp… the hubby is… and this is one of the best meals that I have ever had!! Add some fried rice or white rice and this is a complete meal your family will love!

Honey, garlic, soy sauce, and butter. Seriously my favorite flavors in one. I use them in so many recipes because it is just so dang good!! It is easy to make and the flavor is incredible. It coats the shrimp perfectly and creates such a flavorful and sticky sauce! But my favorite part is that this meal was ready in under 30 minutes. You can have amazing meals for your family at night that require little effort but are restaurant quality. You are going to love the sticky sauce on this shrimp and this will be a meal that you want to make again and again!

Sticky honey garlic butter shrimp up close with green onions garnished over top.

Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp Ingredients:

  • Honey: Makes everything sticky but it makes it a little sweeter too!
  • Soy Sauce: One of my favorite sauces to add to shrimp. It has a sweet and salty flavor that cooks well in shrimp.
  • Garlic: You can never have enough garlic. This hint of garlic will balance out the flavors.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of lemon is just what is needed to have a fresh, zest flavor.
  • Shrimp: Large is best and ready to cook.
  • Butter: Will be melted as you are cooking the shrimp in the skillet.
  • Green Onions: Used for color and garnishing the shrimp.

How do you make Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp?

  1. Marinate the shrimp: In a small bowl whisk honey, soy sauce, garlic and lemon. Add half of the sauce to the shrimp and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Melt the butter: In a medium sized skillet add the butter. Add the shrimp and discard marinade. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook shrimp: Turn the heat to medium high. Cook until the shrimp turns pink about 2 minutes each side.
  4. Add the sauce with the shrimp: Add the reserved marinade and pour over shrimp. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken and coats the shrimp. Garnish with green onions.

Making the honey garlic butter sauce and marinated the shrimp in it, then cooking the shrimp in a skillet with butter and pouring the remaining honey garlic butter sauce over top the cooking shrimp.

What is the best shrimp to use?

There most common types of shrimp found in markets are pink or white shrimp, both are great to use in this recipe. Make sure to select a jumbo-sized shrimp, look for 16 to 20 count (or pieces) per pound. This will ensure that the shrimp does not overcook quickly when sauteed.

Jumbo size also gives a nice two-bite piece for a heartier entree. Feel free to remove the tails to make it easier to eat. Frozen shrimp can also be used, run them under cool water until the ice melts, or defrost them the night before and drain well.

How long do you cook the shrimp?

When the shrimp are no longer pink in color and is taking on more of an opaque white color, is when I would consider them done. You do want to keep an eye on how white they do get and assure they do not overcook.

Keeping an eye on size reduction in the shrimp as well is a great way to watch how “done” your shrimp are getting. I like to leave the tails on the shrimp when cooking them. It does add extra flavor; however, if you prefer to peel the whole shrimp or purchase them that way, that is fine too.

Can you overcook shrimp?

The exterior of the shrimp should be pink with red tails and the flesh is slightly opaque and a little “white” in color. If it is too bright white in color, then the shrimp may be overcooked.

Sticky honey garlic butter shrimp on a plate with broccoli and lemon garnishes.

 

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Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp

4.57 from 90 votes
Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp are coated in the most amazing sticky honey garlic butter soy sauce. This is a quick 20 minute meal that you will make again and again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 small Lemon Juice from lemon
  • 1 pound Large Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Green Onions for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl whisk honey, soy sauce, garlic and lemon. Add half of the sauce to the shrimp and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  • In a medium sized skillet add the butter. Add the shrimp and save marinade. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the heat to medium high. Cook until the shrimp turns pink about 2 minutes each side.
  • Add the reserved marinade and pour over shrimp. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken and coats the shrimp. Garnish with green onions.

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Notes

Updated on March 15, 2020
Original Post on January 11, 2017

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Serving4peopleCalories304kcal (15%)Carbohydrates36g (12%)Protein25g (50%)Fat7g (11%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol301mg (100%)Sodium1743mg (73%)Potassium153mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar35g (39%)Vitamin A175IU (4%)Vitamin C5.5mg (7%)Calcium174mg (17%)Iron2.9mg (16%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp, honey shrimp, sticky, sticky honey shrimp, garlic butter, butter shrimp
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight and the guys loved it! They even made suggestions about using this sauce on other meats or vegetables. That never happens! Will definitely make this again.

  2. 5 stars
    This is one outstanding dish . I did add sesame seeds and a little red pepper flakes for spice. Looking forward to baked chicken wings in this same sauce.

  3. 5 stars
    This is SOOOOOOO good! My husband loves it! I even made it with chicken and it too was very good. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    I added some corn starch to this to thicken the sauce. I also added some steamed broccoli. Served it with rice…a great recipe.

  5. 3 stars
    Very easy to overcook the shrimp. Best if you saute the shrimp till pink but underdone, remove from pan, then add the sauce. Keep the marinade and cook it with the rest of the sauce as you are basically boiling sugar and it adds flavor, cook until sauce is reduced, add shrimp for less than a minute as this sauce is very hot. You can add sesame oil and ginger to increase flavor, Serve over rice or noodles (or rice noodles), sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds.

  6. 4 stars
    Hi, Made this last night. Just wanted to point out I added the marinade and cooked the shrimp in it just enough to cook through. I then took them out, added the remainder of the sauce, cooked until it thickened. Once thickened added the shrimp back in to cost as to not overcook the shrimp. It was delicious. Thanks for posting.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious! I used thawed raw shrimp. After the shrimp cooked a couple of minutes each side, I took them out of the pan while the sauce reduced, then added them added them at the end. Next time, I’ll add a little red pepper flake, too.

    For those wanting to use the marinade – You are running a risk of food poisoning by using the marinade, even if you cook it. Not worth the risk. Just divide the marinade as the recipe calls for.

  8. 5 stars
    this sounds and looks delicious. Wondering about the calorie count. I’m dieting on a 1200 calorie per day

  9. I tried this with chicken tonight and the family loved it. I reserved the liquid and boiled it with the remainder. Also added a little corn starch to thicken.

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