While it may sound like a plain, generic item you see on a menu at the food court at the mall, honey-garlic shrimp is actually one of the most exciting and delicious garlic shrimp recipes I know. It's the perfect balance of sweet and savory while still packing a substantial garlic punch, plus it's extremely fast and simple to make. This recipe uses half the honey that typical recipes use and allows the natural sweetness of the shrimp to shine through. Serve over hot cooked rice or the starchy base of your choice such as noodles.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 1pound large raw shrimp (16-20 count), peeled and deveined
- 1tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- 2tablespoons honey
- ½teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1tablespoon soy sauce, or more to taste
- 1teaspoon Asian fish sauce, or to taste
- 2teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1cup thinly sliced green onion, or to taste
Step 1Make sure shrimp are fully thawed and well drained. Keep in the refrigerator while you make the marinade.
Step 2Whisk garlic, honey, ginger, soy sauce, and fish sauce together in a bowl.
Step 3Add shrimp and toss thoroughly with a spatula for 2 minutes until completely coated. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes; toss occasionally while marinating.
Step 4Brush a large nonstick skillet with oil and heat over high heat until you begin to see small wisps of smoke. Use tongs to immediately transfer shrimp into the hot skillet in a single layer. Set excess marinade aside.
Step 5Sear shrimp for 2 minutes, then flip over. Dump in marinade and cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat and flip shrimp once more; let sit for about 1 minute. The marinade in the pan will reduce down to a beautiful glaze just from the residual heat in the pan. Garnish with green onion.