Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli over a bed of rice, a super healthy stir fry that is packed with fantastic flavours. Quick and easy to make, and perfect for a midweek dinner for two, my shrimp stir fry is the best homemade Chinese-style dish you can get.
This plate would not have been on my table a few years ago. I was pretty reluctant to go out of my comfort zone and try something new, and shrimp were not looking appetizing enough to tempt me at all. Indeed, their taste is not wow, unless you use condiments and sauces to give them a nice flavour.
And what can work better than a bit of garlic. Or a bit more, in this case. Honey and garlic would not look like a good match, but surprisingly, they make a nice pair in this dish, so do not be afraid to use them together.
Well, no matter what you choose to call them shrimp or noodles, they are so delicious. Try them in a noodle stir fry too: Spicy Shrimp Noodles are to die for. Or maybe try them with pasta, that's another big hit: 20-Minute Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta for Two
Step-by-step photos and instructions
Apart from marinating, this dish can be put together in less than 10 minutes. I would recommend marinating it for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, longer if at all possible, you will be able to tell the difference in taste. The shrimp soak up those strong flavours, and the taste is just amazing.
- to make the marinade, mix together the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, minced garlic and chilli flakes
- pour half of the marinade over the shrimp, toss well, cover with clingfilm, and chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge
- meanwhile, steam or boil the broccoli until tender
- heat up the oil in a pan or wok, stir fry the garlic, ginger and spring onions for about 20-30 seconds
- then throw the shrimp in (without their marinade) , and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes on both sides until they change the colour
- add the cooked broccoli and the remaining marinade (the clear one)
- toss for about 1-2 minutes, then turn the heat off
- serve hot with rice, noddles, quinoa, bulgur or any other side you like
Stir fries are my first choice if I need to make a quick dinner. They are ready super quickly, and you can throw in pretty much anything you like, from meat, veggies, noodles, rice, and so on.
And because everything is cooked on a high heat in order to retain the colour, shape and nutritional value of the ingredients cooked, marinating the meat/fish/seafood used is a good idea, if you want deeper flavours.
I chose to steam the broccoli this time, rather than stir frying it, because I quite like a more tender broccoli, rather than a crunchier one. But, you can, of course, stir fry it too, just make sure you break it into smaller florets so they can cook quicker.
Do not cook the shrimp for too long, more than 5 minutes and it becomes rubbery and quite hard to bite, so keep an eye on it, once it turns pink, don't leave it to cook for longer than 1-2 minutes maximum.
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Healthy Honey Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli
For the marinade
- 2 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ½ tablespoon rice vinegar
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely grated
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
For the stir fry
- ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 green onion
- ½ inch fresh ginger
- 1 cup raw shrimp
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the marinade.
- Pour half of the mixture over the shrimp and coat well. Cover with a clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, steam or boil the broccoli until tender.
- Heat up the vegetable oil in a pan, add the peeled and chopped green onion, ginger and garlic, and stir fry for 20-30 seconds until fragrant.
- Discard of the marinade in which the shrimp has marinated, then add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 2 minutes or so on each side until their colour changes.
- Toss in the cooked broccoli and the remaining marinade, and stir fry for a minute or two.
- Remove from the heat and serve with the side dish of your choice.