Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

June 30, 2019

This Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli is a great homemade option to amazing take-out flavors in one single bowl. Made in less than 30 minutes, this shrimp and broccoli is smothered in a sweet + slightly spicy honey garlic sauce, with hints of ginger, served with brown rice and topped with sesame seeds. Pure perfection!

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

It’s the weekend and I’m finally getting around to a lot of blog stuff. It’s been such a busy week for me, especially in the past few days with Dessert Orders from my At-Home Bakery—Two Drops of Vanilla. I’ve stretched myself with creativity and execution and feel very proud that I stuck it out this far with everything, including Orchids + Sweet Tea.

It definitely isn’t always an easy journey (with Life in period), but it’s about finishing the race strong every time, regardless of setbacks. I highly credit my relationship with God as being my best foundation to facing life’s challenges as well as with my own personal evolution in general. If it had not been….

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

OK, but let me get to my excitement of this 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!

If you’ve been an avid follower of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that my mission is to always create healthier ways to enjoy our daily indulgences—–and this is one of them.

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

In this dish, I chose to use brown rice as my base because it’s much healthier than white rice. However, if you want to get even fancier, you can opt in for wild rice as well. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a great dish. Take this Brown Butter Lobster, Shrimp, Crispy Kale + Wild Rice Bowl for instance. Packed with great flavors, a bit of spiciness, and different textures, this recipe comes as a healthier alternative for all the seafood lovers. Topped over the healthiest rice to ever exist—wild rice, this bowl wins for the best in flavor for sure!

Don’t worry—I’ve made it cool to eat Shrimp for breakfast too! Check out this Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl. Unlike any typical breakfast bowl, this recipe highlights a bit of spice from the cajun seasoning, sweet from the candied bacon, cheesiness from the creamy polenta, and bursts of other great flavors from the fried egg and greens. Just a complete bowl of goodness!

 

For those who aren’t huge shrimp fans—I’ve got you covered! When it comes to Sweet Teriyaki Chicken + Broccoli, the possibilities are endless; with taste that is! Trust me, this recipe is better than take out and is made in less than 30 minutes. Much like Sesame chicken, this sweet teriyaki chicken and broccoli is smothered in a sweet + slightly tangy sauce, with hints of ginger, and topped with sesame seeds. Pure perfection!

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

OK, now back to this dish. Personally, I enjoy Honey Garlic flavors. It’s one of my favorite “sticky sauce” past times, actually. So, of course, adding it to this dish was a great choice for me. Then add in your freshly (lightly) steamed broccoli and carrots and BAM! You’ve got yourself something irresistible.

Granted, I’m horrible with using chopsticks, but if you’d prefer to create the entire ambiance—chopstick away! Haha.

Why Brown Rice, Anyway?

While rice remains one of the biggest staples in food, it’s super important to note that brown rice is a great healthy alternative to white rice. Most of the benefits however, comes from the way it is prepared compared to it’s counterparts.

Brown Rice is a whole grain (meaning that it contains 3-parts of the grain kernel) which makes it highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and fiber.

When it comes to cooking brown rice—-it should be thoroughly rinsed like all other rices, however, the cook time is a bit longer. Usually, it’s best to boil it in enough water that slightly covers the rice and once the water has boiled, reducing the heat to low and simmering the rice covered for about 45 minutes or so is key.

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe shall we?

Begin by adding the garlic, ginger, honey, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce to a small bowl and whisking everything together. Set aside.

Add 1-2 Tbsps of butter to a medium skillet on medium-high heat and place shrimp on heated surface, cooking them on each side for 2-3 minutes, until they have turned bright pink in color and are cooked through. Once fully cooked, remove shrimp and set aside.

In the same skillet (still on medium-high heat), add the garlic-sauce mixture and stir frequently. Add in arrowroot starch mixture and continue stirring until sauce thickens.

Immediately, toss in broccoli, carrots, and shrimp until sauce has fully covered everything. Remove form heat.

Garnish with sesame seeds and serve over cooked brown rice and enjoy.

Bon Appetite!

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Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli
Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp + Broccoli

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Colossal Shrimp, uncooked shelled +deveined
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked according to packaging
  • 2 Tbsps garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (I used a GF + Low-Sodium version)
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed + drained (See Notes!)
  • 1 cup carrots, steamed + drained (See Notes!)
  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Begin by adding the garlic, ginger, honey, red pepper flakes, and soy sauce to a small bowl and whisking everything together. Set aside.
  • Add 1-2 Tbsps of butter to a medium skillet on medium-high heat and place shrimp on heated surface, cooking them on each side for 2-3 minutes, until they have turned bright pink in color and are cooked through. Once fully cooked, remove shrimp and set aside.
  • In the same skillet (still on medium-high heat), add the garlic-sauce mixture and stir frequently. Add in arrowroot starch mixture and continue stirring until sauce thickens.
  • Immediately, toss in broccoli, carrots, and shrimp until sauce has fully covered everything. Remove form heat.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and serve over cooked brown rice and enjoy.
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

SHRIMP: For best results, season shrimp + refrigerate overnight.
BROWN RICE: You can choose to boil your rice in water, however, for greater flavor—-you can use part chicken stock and part water.
VEGGIES: Quickly boil or steam your veggies for a few minutes until “al dente”. 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.
STORAGE: Leftovers are best kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!