Why you’ll love this easy pan fried shrimp

  • The quick, 4-ingredient homemade honey garlic sauce that coats each piece of juicy shrimp is so sticky and sweet.
  • You literally only need 10 minutes to cook this pan seared shrimp. No marinating or fuss, just mix up the sauce and cook the shrimp.
  • Serve it over a bed of rice, cauliflower rice, noodles, or with whatever healthy side dish you’d like!

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How to make honey garlic shrimp (step-by-step)

Whisk together the honey garlic sauce in a small bowl.
Add the shrimp to a hot pan and pour in the sauce.
Toss to coat the shrimp with the sauce.
Cook the shrimp for about 2 minutes per side, or until fully cooked.

Tips and topping options

  • Quick cooking – Shrimp cooks very quickly, so you really only need to cook it for a couple of minutes per side. Watch it carefully once you start cooking.
  • Caramelize the sauce – There is an option in the recipe to thicken/caramelize the sauce. This will cook the shrimp more but help coat the shrimp with a sticky-sweet sauce. Follow the recipe notes for this option if desired.
  • Toppings – If you want to add some additional toppings, some great options are:
    • Sesame seeds
    • Sliced green onions
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Red pepper flakes
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Honey Garlic Pan Fried Shrimp (5-Ingredients)

Cooked in the best sticky sauce, this simple honey garlic pan fried shrimp is a quick and easy dinner delight! Using only 5-ingredients, this shrimp coated in a savory-sweet sauce cooks up in around 10 minutes.


  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos, (can sub soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deviened


  • Whisk the coconut aminos, 1 tbsp olive oil, honey and garlic together in a small bowl.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Once the pan is hot, place the shrimp in the skillet.
  • Dump the honey garlic mixture over the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Cook shrimp on one side until pink, about 1-2 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes. At this point the shrimp will be cooked, and the sauce will be slightly runny. You can stop cooking now and serve, or see the recipe notes below to continue cooking and thicken/caramelize the sauce.
  • Serve shrimp immediately. You can dump any of the remaining honey garlic sauce from the pan on top of the shrimp for serving.

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In step four, if you wish to thicken/caramelize the sauce, just continue cooking until the sauce reduces down and thickens. You’ll need to stir the sauce around frequently to prevent it from burning. Cook for about an additional 4-5 minutes, until the sauce reduces down and coats the shrimp with the sticky-sweet sauce. 
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Honey Garlic Pan Fried Shrimp (5-Ingredients)Honey Garlic Pan Fried Shrimp (5-Ingredients)