Honey Shrimp Stir Fry

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This Honey Shrimp Stir Fry recipe with Lime is quick and easy to make. 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 the shrimp. If you are looking for a new way to enjoy shrimp that does not involve batter and a big pot of grease- this may be it.

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

We often think of honey as a topping – something to drizzle on a finished dish. But, it is so much more – there are many honey recipes that feature honey as a major player.

Stir Fry Honey Shrimp – Healthy & Delicious

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 a 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.


  • shrimp 
  • honey
  • lime juice
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Shrimp: You can use fresh or frozen-thawed shrimp in this recipe. Most people opt for the deveined and shelled version because who wants to do that job?

But if you don’t mind – you can peel and devein your own. Shrimp can be a bit expensive so shop around and watch for a sale.

Honey: Any variety of raw honey works well. Regular wildflower honey is the most common variety or type of honey used in cooking.

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.

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

Lime Juice: Fresh squeezed lime juice is great but for this recipe – the little green bottle version works just as well. But, I do like to use fresh lime when possible – they look very nice on the plate.

Red Pepper Flakes: Pepper flakes are optional – they do add a bit of heat to the recipe if you wish.

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Step by Step

Instructions for steps to make honey lime shrimp as stir fry.

1. Raw frozen shelled and deveined shrimp were used in this recipe. I forgot to thaw them the day before. 🙁 After rinsing with cool water, drain the excess and set shrimp aside.

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.

2. Next, saute the garlic in oil and butter in a large skillet.

3. Add the drained shrimp and cook for several minutes – stirring as needed.

4. Combine honey, lime juice and red pepper flakes and blend well. Add to the shrimp cooking in the skillet. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens to the desired consistency. Remove from heat and add lime slices and parsley if desired.

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What to Serve With 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 veggies (such as red bell peppers or potatoes) as a side for our stir fry dishes. Perhaps my easy honey lime fruit salad would be a good choice for you.

Rice of course is a popular addition to the meal. And, green bears, snap peas, cauliflower rice, asparagus or mushrooms are delicious.

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers (if you have any) in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 2-3 days.

Expert Tips

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.

In a hurry? Keep some frozen shrimp on hand and whip up a quick dish when you need one fast. This is a good option for a quick weeknight dinner when you don’t have time for a lot of prep work.

Add this one to your recipe book because you will want to make it more than once. If you want to add just a bit of dazzle to the flavor – a teaspoon of ground ginger will work well.

More Sweet Ideas

Another fast option try- air fryer honey chicken. It turns out moist and flavorful but without an overpowering honey taste.

Or, get more use out of your wok and try the honey chicken stir fry with broccoli and carrots.

And don’t forget the specialty honey products you can create. Enjoy the bite of Jalapeno hot honey – it is so easy to make. And for those with a sweet tooth – this rich cinnamon honey butter is sure to please.

Enjoy this easy to make honey shrimp stir fry. 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.

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Honey Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Sweet honey and tangy lime combine to create a sticky sweet shrimp experience fresh from the skillet. This simple recipe is easy to make and you can add many variations for different flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 7 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 363 kcal

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


  • Remove shrimp from packaging and rinse well under cold water. Set aside and let them drain in a colander.
  • Preheat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the olive oil, butter and minced cloves of garlic. Saute until the garlic is slightly brown.
  • Stir in the drained shrimp – mix well with melted ingredients. Cook for 3-4 minutes stirring a few times.
  • Combine the honey, lime juice and red pepper flakes and pour into the shrimp mixture. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken and the shrimp are tender.
  • Remove from heat – add slices of lime and stir. Add a chopped parsley garnish and serve immediately.


If using frozen shrimp, let them thaw before cooking.
Any variety of honey works well in this shrimp stir fry.
If the sauce is too slow to thicken, and you are in a hurry – add a pinch of corn starch.
If you want to add more savory flavor, a tablespoon of soy sauce (or low-sodium soy sauce) is a nice addition.


Serving: 1gCalories: 363kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 31gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 287mgSodium: 1294mgPotassium: 314mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 427IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 1mg
Keyword honey, honey lime shrimp, shrimp stir fry
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