Honey Garlic Shrimp

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For a quick and easy weeknight stir-fry, you will love this easy Asian Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe! It’s sweet, spicy, savory, and so good!!

For a quick and easy weeknight stir-fry, you will love this Asian honey garlic shrimp recipe! It's sweet, spicy, savory, and so good!! Honey Garlic Shrimp

I love a good stir fry, and trying new ways to make Chinese restaurant–worthy meals in my own kitchen. A few favorites are lightened up General Tso Chicken, and Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. This shrimp dish, made with orange juice and orange zest, scallions and red pepper flakes for some kick is a new favorite!

This whole dish takes under 20 minutes to make. The recipe was adapted from Chrissy Teigen‘s Cookbook, Cravings Hungry For More (affiliate link). Her gorgeous cookbook is filled with lots of dishes I can’t wait to try, but I especially love her Asian recipes. Since her recipes aren’t low calorie, I just make a few tweaks to lighten them. For this recipe, I increased the shrimp and sauce to make the dish a bit more substantial and used a bit less honey and oil. It came out fantastic and was sweet enough with the fresh orange!

Notes:

  • To save time, I like to buy peeled shrimp. I prefer to buy my shrimp frozen since fresh is not available, rather than thawed which may have been sitting out a few days.
  • To thaw frozen shrimp, I transfer it to the refrigerator the night before or I run it under cool water for a few minutes in the sink.
  • If you’re making this for the kids and don’t want it spicy, you can leave out the red pepper flakes and just add it to your dish before serving.
  • You can serve this over basmati or brown rice, or try it over cauliflower fried rice to keep it low-carb.

For a quick and easy weeknight stir-fry, you will love this Asian honey garlic shrimp recipe! It's sweet, spicy, savory, and so good!!

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Honey Garlic Shrimp

180 Cals 13 Protein 22 Carbs 4.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
For a quick and easy weeknight stir-fry, you will love this easy Asian Honey Garlic Shrimp recipe! It's sweet, spicy, savory, and so good!!

Ingredients

  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced or gluten-free sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 32 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (18 ounces total)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions, whites thinly sliced, greens cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Instructions

  • Finely grate the zest from 1 orange, about 2 teaspoons.
  • Juice both oranges into a bowl (you should have about 3/4 cup).
  • Whisk in the honey, soy sauce, and vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the orange-soy mixture to form a paste, then stir that back into the bowl with the rest of the orange-soy mixture.
  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • In the largest skillet (or wok) you have, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil over medium high heat until shimmering-hot, almost smoking.
  • Add half of the shrimp, spread it out in one layer, and cook until the underside is bright pink, 1 to 1½ minutes. Flip and cook 1 minute more, then transfer the shrimp to a plate.
  • Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and shrimp. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining teaspoon of oil to the skillet. Add the garlic, ginger, scallion whites, and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the orange-soy liquid and the orange zest and cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Return the shrimp to the skillet, add the scallion greens, and toss to coat with the sauce.
  • Divide the shrimp among 4 bowls and serve with rice.

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Nutrition

Serving: 8shrimp with sauce, Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 666mg, Fiber: 2.5g, Sugar: 14.5g
WW Points Plus: 5
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187 comments

  1. This was SO good.  I used regular orange juice since I didn’t have oranges on hand.  I added fresh jalapeños as a garnish over brown rice and added a cup of a frozen asian vegetable blend.  I tasted the honey and garlic but the orange was a mild taste that just added to the flavor.  Delicious!

  2. DO NOT USE ANY OF THE ORANGE! It’s so overpowering, it ruins the dish. I only used 1 orange because I thought 2 was excessive. You cannot taste any of the garlic nor ginger.  

  3. Holy Yum!! This was delicious! I read through all the reviews first and did take that into consideration when cooking. I altered the recipe a bit….I juiced about 1.5 large oranges, but it was almost 3/4 of a cup, I added a bit more honey and soy sauce, omitted the zest and used a ginger paste but only used a tsp worth. Super tasty and I will absolutely make again. Served over brown rice. Next time I will double the recipe for leftovers and maybe add some veggies for fillers:).

  4. I made this recipe and it did not taste like “honey garlic” at all. I only used one orange and twice the amount of shrimp and still all I could taste was ORANGE. This recipe should be renamed “orange shrimp”. 

  5. This was amazing and very good I will use less Orange zest next time but it was amazing and I really enjoyed it and so did my husband unfortunately I forgot to take a picture but I will be making it again it is really good thanks Gina you give great recipes.

  6. Goodness me! This was wonderful. I served it over rice, steamed broccoli and fresh cilantro. I did double the sauce and I omitted the orange zest. This will be made again and again!

  7. It was good, but not amazing. I agree with some of the other comments that the orange flavour is overpowering. Perhapsan easy fix eith omitting the zest. I think the name former my expectations- I was looking for a honey garlic flavour, but you really couldn’t taste either of those.

  8. This was DELICIOUS!  I made it just like the recipe and it came out perfect.  The husband LOVED it too!  I will definitely be making this again. 

  9. I should have read the ingredients better before.  If you love orange, this is for you.  However the title is deceiving because it’s not really a honey garlic sauce, it’s an orange sauce, and I’m generally not a fan of orange sauces.  It was too bitter (too much zest) and overpowering.  We didn’t love it.  

    Better luck next time!  I love all your recipes so I’m sure this is just bad luck 

  10. This was absolutely amazing!!  My husband was in heaven!  I’m following WW blue and it felt like I was cheating but it definitely came out to 2 points.  We enjoyed it over basmati rice.  Will make often especially when craving Chinese takeout.  I did leave out the ginger.  
    Fabulous dish!! 

  11. Made this tonight for the first time. I didn’t have scallions, so I chopped an onion instead and sautéed it with four chopped bell peppers – always gotta try to sneak veggies in on vegetable-averse husband. Other than that, and doubling the garlic (which I always do), I followed the recipe closely. I’ve gotta hand it to Gina, the instructions were accurate and very easy to follow. We didn’t think the orange was overwhelming at all. The flavors complemented each other nicely, with the sweetness of the oranges, the savory ginger, and the crushed red pepper for heat. This is definitely a keeper! The only thing I didn’t understand was removing a tablespoon of the juice mixture to mix with the cornstarch. Why not just mix the cornstarch with the tablespoon of water and then add it to the juice mixture? Not a big deal, but it seemed unnecessary. 

  12. The sauce came out much sweeter than I was anticipating, even with halving the orange juice and omitting the honey. It was similar to the sauce you’d find on chinese orange chicken. I’m not much of a sweet person, but my husband loved it.

  13. So great! We used 3/4 cup of the juice from oranges and no idea about the other comments. This was perfect. The orange flavor was not even obvious, just fresh and well balanced!

  14. This was so delicious and so easy! I followed the recipe exactly and I loved the sweetness of the orange juice with the flavors of garlic & ginger and the slight spiciness with the red pepper. My son loved it too! 

  15. I LOVE all things SKinnytaste, but this one was so overwhelmingly orangey. I even only used zest of one of the oranges. My husband called it Agent Orange Shrimp. lol. Good thing there are plenty of other amazing ST recipes out there for us.

  16. This was a nice meal! It was very flavorful and pretty too! I was craving takeout and it hit the spot! I loved that I could make it faster than I could pick up takeout! Thanks for all of the delicious recipes Gina.