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Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Make takeout for dinner at home with this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli!

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

This Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli is a great homemade option to 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, jasmine rice, brown rice. Absolutely delicious for the entire family! Gluten-free option.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

When it comes to take out, my order almost always consists of shrimp and broccoli. While the Chinese restaurant's' version is often more savory, I love that I've made this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli more on the sweeter side with a hint of spicy. Plus, I love how easy it is to make this and it works for a great meal prep dish throughout the week for greater ease.

Personally, this dish makes for a great addition to any day, especially on days that aren't as pleasant or are far more tiring than usual. 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....Whew!

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!

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

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

How to Make Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

In this Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli dish, I chose to use Jasmine rice as the side because it's much healthier than white rice. However, if you want to get even fancier (and healthier), you can opt in for cauliflower rice, brown rice, wild rice or organic noodles as well. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating a great dish.

To get started----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.
 

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli 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. I recommend unsalted.
  • Veggies. I love adding carrots and broccoli or broccolini. Also, feel free to add bell peppers to the mix.
  • Honey. I use organic and raw.
  • 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.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

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:

  • Cauliflower rice
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Organic noodles
  • Roasted asparagus
  • Veggie salad
  • Orzo
  • Couscous
  • Polenta or grits
  • Pasta

Why Brown Rice and How to Cook it

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.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

OK, so as you can see, cauliflower has some pretty awesome benefits, so why not use it as a substitute for rice in this recipe, right? My sentiments exactly. The great thing is that making Cauliflower is SUPER easy! Granted, if you’re low on time and energy, you can always purchase cauliflower rice via your Amazon or other stores that sell great healthy options.

However, if you’re into making it from scratch like I did, then look no further. This recipe includes a handful of easy steps that will ensure that your rice comes out perfectly by simply using a food processor.

  • Start off by breaking up the cauliflower into florets and rinsing and then patting dry.
  • Next—add the florets to a food processor, pulsing a few times until fully broken up and minced into a “rice-like” consistency.
  • Lastly, you add the cauliflower to a skillet along with your seasoning and a few ingredients and wallah!

Best Types of Pasta Go with Honey Garlic Shrimp

If you're thinking of serving your Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli with pasta, then I'm so with ya! When it comes to pasta, you can use long pastas like Buccatini, Pappardelle, Fettuccine, Tagliatelle, etc. if desired.

I would recommend tossing your pasta in the honey garlic sauce with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, the traditional penne or rigatoni pasta works perfectly too!

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Storage Suggestions

Place any leftoverHoney 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.

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. Resume with recipe.

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

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Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli

5 from 9 votes
This Honey Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli is a great homemade option to 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, jasmine rice, brown rice. Absolutely delicious for the entire family! Gluten-free option.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

SHRIMP + BROCCOLI:

  • 1-2 lbs. 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. 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". 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

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