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Honey Lime Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

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How to Make Honey Lime Shrimp

If you are looking for a new way to enjoy shrimp that does not involve batter and a bit pot of grease- this may be it. This recipe for Honey Lime Shrimp Stir Fry is quick and easy to fix. Not only that, it is delicious too! You do not have to be a gourmet chef to get great results. Raw honey adds just the right amount of sweetness without over-powering the taste of shrimp.

Ingredients of shrimp, honey, and lime stir fry recipe on a yellow plate image.

If you only like popcorn shrimp battered and deep-fried, I understand you. Those little morsels are delightful when cooked properly.

However, sometimes it’s nice to have a lighter dish and stir-fry with no bread batter is the way to go. In this recipe, it’s the honey sauce that gives special flavor to the dish.

When ready, I remove the shrimp from the sauce. However, thanks to a suggestion from my husband, in the future I will reserve some of the cooking sauce for dipping! It was that good.

Choosing Honey for Shrimp Sir Fry

You will notice that I mention using raw honey. That is the only honey I ever use in cooking but of course any type of honey will do just fine in the recipe.

Honey is such a great staple to have on hand in the pantry. And, if you learn how to store honey properly, it never goes bad.

Dish of honey lime stir fry with noodles recipe image.

Honey is sticky but you can keep the mess at a minimum. When measuring honey for recipes, coating the measuring spoon or cup with oil helps the honey slide right out! This makes using honey in cooking much easier.

Raw frozen shelled and devined shrimp were used in this recipe. I forgot to thaw them the day before. 🙁

If this happens to you, remove the frozen shrimp from the bag. Place them in a bowl of cold water. Let them sit for about 20 minutes – changing the water once. Let them drain. Mine were just fine.

Yield: 2

Honey Lime Shrimp Stir Fry

honey shrimp and lime recipe on a place

Sweet honey and tangy lime combine to create a sticky sweet shrimp fresh from the skillet.

This simple recipe is easy to make and you can add many variations for different flavor experiences.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 7 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 1 lb of deveined and shelled shrimp (fresh or frozen-thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • dash of salt
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • chopped parsley - if desired


  1. Remove shrimp from packaging and rinse well under cold water. Set aside and let them drain in a colander.

  2. Preheat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the olive oil, butter and garlic. Saute until the garlic is slightly brown.

  3. Stir in the drained shrimp - mix well with melted ingredients. Cook for 3-4 minutes stirring a few times.

  4. Combine the honey, lime juice and red pepper flakes and pour into the shrimp mixture. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken.

    adding honey and lime juice to cooking shrimp

  5. Remove from heat - add slices of lime and stir. Add a chopped parsley garnish and serve immediately.

    completed honey lime shrimp recipe on plate with pasta

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 1g

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Sides for Your Honey Shrimp

There are many different sides you could serve with this honey and shrimp dish. We like angel hair pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. But, any creamy pasta dish is suitable.

And, we often use fruit salads or roasted vegetables as a side for our stir fry dishes.

Final Tips on Making Stir Fry Honey Shrimp

Enjoy this easy to make dish with your family. It is a great way to offer something different than chicken nuggets. Once you get the kids to try it, the honey flavor will likely make them a big fan.

In a hurry? Keep some frozen shrimp on hand and whip up a quick dish when you need one fast. Add this one to your book of easy honey recipes because you will want to make it more than once.

If you want to plan ahead – While you have the wok out try the Honey Chicken Stir Fry too.

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