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.
A Healthier Shrimp Recipe
If you only like popcorn shrimp battered and deep-fried, I understand you. Those little morsels are delightful when cooked properly.
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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.
- olive oil
- minced garlic
- lime juice
- red pepper flakes
- chopped parsley – if desired
Shrimp: You can use fresh or frozen-thawed shrimp in this recipe. Most people opt for the deveined and shelled version because who want to do that job. 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 used in cooking.
Honey is a great staple to have on hand in the pantry. And, if you learn how to store honey properly, it never goes bad.
Lime Juice: Fresh squeezed lime juice is great but for this recipe – the little green bottle version works just as well.
How to Make Honey Lime Shrimp – Step by Step
Raw frozen shelled and devined 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.
Next, saute the garlic in oil and butter in a large skillet. Add the drained shrimp and cook for several minutes – stirring as needed.
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.
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 Lime Shrimp Stir Fry
This simple recipe is easy to make and you can add many variations for different flavor experiences.
- 1 lb 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 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.
- Remove from heat – add slices of lime and stir. Add a chopped parsley garnish and serve immediately.
Sides for Your Honey Garlic Shrimp Dish
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.
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.