This recipe for spicy honey shrimp and broccoli is the ultimate weeknight meal. Packed with tons of flavor, a delicious and fresh meal on the table in under 20 minutes!
I enjoy serving this with steamed rice or shrimp fried rice. Although this can certainly be enjoyed on its own as well.
Cooking shrimp recipes for my family is my guilty pleasure. It takes less than 5 minutes to cook shrimp so therefore I cook it often on busy weeknights. Throw in some fresh broccoli florets or other healthy vegetables like snap peas and mushrooms and now you have a healthy easy meal.
A skillet loaded with shrimp and broccoli and a quick 7 ingredient sauce that you’ll just want to eat straight out of the pan. I guarantee you that your local Chinese restaurant won’t be missed once you make this spicy honey shrimp and broccoli recipe.
How Do You Make Spicy Honey Shrimp And Broccoli?
Start by preparing the sauce, combine the soy sauce, water, corn starch, red crushed pepper, fresh garlic, sriracha, and honey in a small bowl. Whisk it well and set aside. Then, cook the broccoli for 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove the broccoli from the skillet and set aside. Add the shrimp to the skillet, season with salt and pepper and stir in the butter. Cook for 1 minute or until pink. Finally, add the broccoli back to the skillet along with the honey-soy mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Garnish with sesame seeds or green onions if desired.
- Double the recipe if cooking for a large crowd.
- Use any protein you like. Chicken, lobster, scallops, or beef works as well. You may also use vegetables only for a vegetarian dish.
- Want to make it spicier? Add an additional tsp of sriracha and an extra pinch of red crushed pepper.
- Although soy sauce has a lot of sodium make sure to season the shrimp with salt and pepper. The salt will bring everything together and give it extra flavor.
- Do not boil the broccoli, it may overcook and result in mushy broccoli.
- The cornstarch will help to thicken the sauce so whatever you do, do not omit the cornstarch.
- I highly recommend using fresh raw shrimp instead of cooked shrimp for this recipe. Frozen raw peeled and deveined shrimp work as well.
- There is no need to marinate the shrimp but if you want to you may marinate the shrimp for 10 minutes before cooking.
- I didn’t add ginger to this recipe since I never have it on hand but certainly add 1 tsp of fresh ginger if you have it.
Is This Spicy Honey Shrimp and Broccoli An Authentic Stir-Fry?
Although this recipe tastes very much like take-out I actually prefer to make it at home and adjust it to my liking. I love to add the exact amount of spice I prefer and even add a little butter. I also don’t add too much oil like the restaurants do therefore it’s not as greasy. It’s a lot healthier when you make it at home.
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Spicy Honey Shrimp and Broccoli
- 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1/4 tsp red crushed pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- oil, for cooking
- In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, water, honey, sriracha, garlic, red crushed pepper, and corn starch.
- Add the broccoli to a skillet with some oil and cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes covered, stirring every minute so the broccoli doesn't stick.
- Remove the broccoli from the skillet and set aside. Add more oil to the skillet and add the shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper on one side.
- Add the butter to the shrimp and stir it while the butter melts. Once the butter melts, add the broccoli and honey soy mixture to the skillet. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
- Serve with steam rice if desired and enjoy!