Honey-Garlic Shrimp with Scallions

These quick-cooking shrimp are the ideal weeknight go-to. A gently sweet honey-garlic marinade, enriched with soy sauce and fresh ginger, delivers fast flavor—and does double-duty as a finishing sauce for the shrimp, too. Mirin, a staple in Japanese cooking, helps add depth and balance to the umami-rich flavors. The shrimp are especially delicious over simply steamed rice with a side of sauteed greens.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey

  • ¼ cup plus 1/2 tablespoon mirin

  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (from 4 garlic cloves)

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 ¼ pounds extra jumbo peeled, deveined raw shrimp, tail-on

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon), plus lemon wedges for serving

  • 2 large (1/2 ounce each) scallions, thinly sliced on an angle (about 1/2 cup), divided

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Cooked long-grain white rice


  1. Whisk together honey, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Place shrimp in a large bowl, and add 1/4 cup of the honey mixture; toss to coat. (Set aside remaining honey mixture at room temperature until ready to use.) Cover and let shrimp marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.

  2. Remove shrimp from marinade, letting excess drip back into bowl; discard marinade in bowl. Whisk water and cornstarch into remaining honey mixture in small bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add half of the shrimp in an even layer; cook just until marinade around edges of shrimp starts to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes, flipping shrimp halfway through cook time. Transfer shrimp to a plate; wipe skillet clean. Repeat process with remaining oil and shrimp (second batch will caramelize in 2 minutes).

  3. Wipe skillet clean. Return cooked shrimp to skillet, and add cornstarch-honey mixture. Cook over medium, stirring constantly, until shrimp are cooked through and sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon but still pourable, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and 1/4 cup of the scallions. Season with salt to taste. Spoon shrimp mixture over cooked rice; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup scallions, and serve with lemon wedges.

    Honey Garlic Shrimp Recipe
    Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Kathleen Varner / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey
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