"This browned honey garlic shrimp with tender broccoli makes for a super easy dinner that packs a wallop of flavor with simple, common ingredients."
There are two (really cool) things about this recipe:
One, it includes shrimp.
Because, shrimp. Shrimp is life.
I could seriously live off of shrimp.
And for two, this is a complete one-pan meal made in a classic cast iron skillet.
You simply can’t get more “perfect weeknight dinner” than that!
And let me tell you, with as hectic as this week as been, I needed an easy win dinner like this one. Actually, now that I think about it, there’s been so many hectic weeks lately that I’m starting to think that this craziness will be the new norm – which I’m sure many of you can relate to right now. And, sadly, hectic weeks make it that much harder to find the time to cook up recipes that The Husband and I want to eat on a regular basis, let alone recipes that are good enough to share with all of you.
But then, that’s why I love days like today, because this gem of a recipe is not only super easy but packs a lot of flavor with simple, common ingredients. This is the kind of recipe that helps me get through my oh-so-hectic days.
All you need is soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, shrimp, and broccoli. Add if you add in some minute rice (or maybe some 10 minute egg fried rice?) and that’s all you need for a completely stress-free dinner.
I am SO on board with that!
Ironically enough, I snacked on the leftovers from this recipe while I was writing my epically long to-do list for today. Here’s hoping I’ll be able to check off the “create more easy and awesome recipes” before the end of the week!
notes & tips for this honey garlic shrimp recipe:
- If you don’t already own a trusty piece of cast iron, I highly recommend picking one up. A good piece of cast iron will last you ages. I still use (and love!) this reasonably priced Ninja Blender System.
- Many will tell you that cast iron is hard to take care of, but I think the biggest challenge is just knowing how to do it. This post about the truth about cast iron has some great tips and tutorials!
- Cooking shrimp can be very tricky. To a trained eye, you can see that even the shrimp in these photos are a tad overcooked (the unfortunate result of trying to work a video camera while I cook.) If you’re looking for some helpful pointers on cooking crustaceans, be sure to check out this guide on How to Cook Shrimp and Mistakes to Avoid.
- Since the shrimp are the showcase of this Chinese copycat recipe, I usually purchase it from the deli as opposed to using frozen. You certainly can use frozen, but I’ve found I’ve enjoyed this dish more when I’ve shelled out the extra few bucks for the freshest seafood I can find.
- A few readers have asked about the broccoli. Unlike the shrimp, I tend to use frozen broccoli with this dish. I thaw it out by running lukewarm water over it, pat it dry, and then use it like normal.
- If you like this recipe, be sure to check out other Chinese classics like Szechuan Orange Chicken or 10 Minute Simple Egg Fried Rice.
- In the mood for seafood? There’s also Shrimp Scampi with Linguine, Creamy Pesto Shrimp Pasta, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Baked Parmesan Shrimp, and Italian Shrimp Bake.
Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli
This browned honey garlic shrimp with tender broccoli makes for a super easy dinner that packs a wallop of flavor with simple, common ingredients.
In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, honey, and soy sauce. Set aside.
Place raw shrimp in a Ziploc bag (gallon sized). Pour 1/3 of the honey garlic sauce in the bag, then massage the bag to coat shrimp. Seal bag and let shrimp marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Keep the remaining honey soy sauce covered and at room temperature.
- Warm a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of reserved honey garlic sauce to pan and let heat until steaming. Toss broccoli in skillet and cook until warm and tender, about 5-8 minutes. Remove broccoli from skillet and set aside.
- Remove shrimp from Ziploc bag and discard the bag and marinade. Place 5-10 shrimp in the skillet at a time and cook for 1 minute on each side or until shrimp bodies are curled and browned. Before removing from pan, use tongs to rub shrimp into the caramelized sauce on the bottom of the skillet.
- When the shrimp are cooked, return all shrimp and broccoli to skillet. Heat for 2-3 minutes, tossing to catch any remaining caramelized sauce on the bottom of the skillet.
Serve immediately with remaining honey garlic sauce drizzled on top.