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Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

June 30, 2022
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Savor the delicious combination of Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli—a flavorful mix of sweet and savory that's sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Treat yourself to some delicious Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli, served over a bed of fluffy brown rice—a meal that's both sweet and spicy, and incredibly easy to whip up. Best part? It's perfect for meal prep, keeping your weeknights hassle-free + satisfying! Absolutely delicious for the entire family! Totally Gluten-free + Dairy-free.

Bowl of Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Whenever I'm ordering takeout, shrimp and broccoli are my go-to combo. While the Chinese restaurant's version tends to be more savory, I've tweaked this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli to lean toward the sweeter side with a hint of spice. I've been loving recreating my favorite takeout meals like Healthy Weeknight Shrimp Fried Rice and Healthy Weeknight General Tso's Chicken.

OK, but let me get to my excitement of this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli dish, right? So, if you're a huge fan of take-out (honestly, I don't know who isn't. Haha), then this dish will be your newest favorite! It's a great homemade option for amazing take-out flavors in one single bowl. Made in just 30 minutes, this shrimp and broccoli is smothered in a sweet + slightly spicy honey garlic sauce, with hints of ginger, and is perfect when served with cauliflower rice, basmati rice or brown rice!

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a dish that tastes like it was prepared by a seasoned chef. It's a quick and easy-to-make pasta recipe, making it a perfect option for those busy weeknights when you need a satisfying meal without the fuss. Trust me-- this crowd-pleaser won't disappoint. If you're hunting for more weeknight dinner ideas check out my "Weeknight Meals" category on the site!

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Reasons Why You’ll Love Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

  • Sweet + savory flavors that are simply irresistible
  • Perfect combination of tender shrimp and crisp broccoli
  • Quick + easy to prepare, perfect for busy weeknights
  • A crowd-pleaser that will become a weekly favorite
  • And just absolutely wholesome and perfect for any kind of weather.
Raw, seasoned shrimp in a bowl

How To Make Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Whipping up this dish is a breeze—all you need is a skillet to combine the shrimp, broccoli, carrots, garlic, and everything else. And the best part? You can pair it with your choice of brown rice, cauliflower rice, pasta, or anything else you fancy!

Ingredients

Here’s what you need for this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli:

  • Shrimp. I use jumbo or colossal, which are the biggest and sweetest. 
  • Arrowroot. For thickening purposes. You can also use all-purpose flour, starch, or tapioca flour.
  • Butter. Use unsalted butter to add additional flavor + fat to the sauce. For dairy-free option, use vegan butter.
  • Veggies. I love adding carrots and broccoli or broccolini. Also, feel free to add bell peppers to the mix.
  • Honey. I find raw organic honey to have the best flavor. Nate's Organic is a great option!
  • Soy sauce. I use low-sodium. For gluten-free, use tamari. 
  • Ginger. I like to peel + mince actual ginger root, however, you can also use ground ginger as well.
  • Olive oil. You can also use Grapeseed oil or sesame oil.

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Green onion and broccoli in a bowl

What Goes Best with Honey Garlic Shrimp?

As mentioned before, you can feel free to serve this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli with any of the following options:

Bowls of carrots and garlic and spoon of crushed red pepper flakes

What Type Of Shirmp Is Best?

When selecting shrimp for this recipe, I suggest going for jumbo or large shrimp. These sizes strike a balance between being substantial enough to provide a satisfying bite and not too overwhelming.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp?

Yes! While it may sound counterintuitive, using frozen and thawed, shrimp can actually be advantageous. Opting for frozen shrimp allows you to have more control over the quality and timing of your meal preparation. It's like having a secret stash of deliciousness in your freezer, ready to be transformed into a scrumptious meal whenever you desire an easy weeknight dinner.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli in a skillet

Do You Eat The Skin On Shrimp?

Yes, you can if desired! The shrimp shells/tails are cooked until tender and are infused with seasonings and spice, which make it truly easy and delicious to eat as a whole. Of course, if preferred, you can always remove the shells.

Do I Need to Cook the Veggies First?

Quickly boil or steam your veggies for a few minutes until “al dente” if you don’t want to have a little crunch adding them directly to the skillet. DO NOT COOK UNTIL SOFT! Once cooked, drain, and add to a large bowl of iced cold water immediately to stop the cooking process.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli in a skillet

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli Q + A's

What is the best way to store leftovers?

Place any leftover Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet when ready to serve.

Is this shrimp dish gluten-free?

To make this dish GF-friendly, simply ensure that the soy sauce and side dish are gluten-free. The best GF-friendly sides include cauliflower rice, wild rice, GF noodles or pasta, or other roasted veggies.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Absolutely! Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli is great for meal prep. You can prepare it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a quick and easy meal during busy weekdays.

How can I make this dish spicier?

To add a kick of heat, you can incorporate red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce into the honey garlic sauce. Adjust the amount according to your spice tolerance for the perfect level of heat.

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Bowl of Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

June 30, 2022
5 from 13 votes
Treat yourself to some delicious Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli, served over a bed of fluffy brown rice—a meal that's both sweet and spicy, and incredibly easy to whip up. Best part? It's perfect for meal prep, keeping your weeknights hassle-free + satisfying! Totally Gluten-free + Dairy-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

SHRIMP + BROCCOLI:

  • 1-2 lbs. wild-caught jumbo or colossal shrimp, deveined
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 carrots, peeled + chopped
  • handful of broccoli or broccolini, de-stemmed + chopped into florets
  • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root (You can also use 1 teaspoon ground ginger instead)
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 1 ½ tsps red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot starch + 2 Tbsps water (See Notes!)

GARNISH:

  • Chopped green onions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

TO MAKE THE SHRIMP + BROCCOLI:

  • In a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 Tbsps of butter until melted. Add in the shrimp (seasoned w/ salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and parsley) and cook on both sides (about 3-4 minutes), until pink and cook through. Once done, remove from skillet and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the minced garlic and ginger, sautéing them for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Add in chopped carrots and broccoli, sautéing for about 3-4 minutes or until the veggies soften a bit.
  • Add in the honey, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce, stirring everything together until combined. Add in the shrimp and stir until everything is coated. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. NOTE: If the sauce hasn't thickened, add in the arrowroot and water mixture and stir until it does.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
  • Serve immediately with a side of cauliflower rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, or noodles.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Place any leftovers in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet when ready to serve.
  • VEGGIES: Quickly boil or steam your veggies for a few minutes until "al dente" if you don't want to have a little crunch adding them directly to the skillet. DO NOT COOK UNTIL SOFT! Once cooked, drain, and add to a large bowl of iced cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Resume with recipe.
  • STARCH: If you don't have arrowroot starch, you can simply substitute with all-purpose flour, starch or tapioca flour.
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make this dish GF-friendly, simply ensure that the soy sauce and side dish are gluten-free. The best GF-friendly sides include cauliflower rice, wild rice, GF noodles or pasta, or other roasted veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 2072mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 5699IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Made this last night for the first time. It was just supposed to be my husband and I, however, we had a relative just get into town that wanted to see us, so we invited them for dinner. I usually don’t like trying a new recipe with company, but figured what the heck. I’ve never used ginger before in a recipe, so I didn’t know its flavor. It has a HUGE kick to it. Being from the mid west, I’m not a spicy fan. It was so hot, I could barely eat it. However, the honey, and soy sauce, along with all the other spices made for such a delicious sauce that I WILL be making this again, but without the ginger. Great recipe! Thank you!

    • Hi Mila! WOW---that truly is an honor to know that you chose to make my recipe with company! I'm so happy that you enjoyed it (even with the spiciness of the ginger). Thanks so much for giving it a try and I hope that you enjoy it even more without the ginger! 🙂

  2. This recipe sounds yummy, However when I read through it it calls for an arrow root mixture that is not anywhere in the recipe or in The article. Where do I find the recipe for this arrowroot mixture?

    • Hi Karen! I'm so sorry for any confusion! I didn't realize that I missed that! It's actually 1 Tbsp of arrowroot starch (or regular starch) + 3 Tbsps WARM water mixed together until "milk-like". 🙂

  3. I can think of so many uses for the amazing sauce in the recipe!! It is so flavorful and the whole dish comes together so quickly!

  4. I love these kinds of rice dishes! Shrimp and broccoli go so well with rice and I love honey, garlic and ginger together in sauces! Pinning for later!

  5. This sounds delicious! I don't eat shrimp but the sauce sounds yummy and I think it would be great just with the veggies 🙂

  6. This is nice and easy. I buy those big bags of frozen shrimp and wonder how I'm going to use them all. Not any longer! I'll make this! Often!

  7. We made this for dinner last night and it was so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  8. Everything that has the word "shrimp" in it is up on my list. Delicious recipe that I would love to try. And that honey garlic sauce must work miracles!

  9. It looks so delicious and totally healthy. I love the fact that it's a bit spicy. I'll surely try it.

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