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Chinese Pan Fried Shrimp (honey+garlic)

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Honey Garlic Pan Fried Shrimp has authentic Chinese flavors of honey, garlic, and soy sauce with red pepper flakes. Try this low carb dish for an easy low carb shrimp dinner.

chopsticks holding sticky glazed shrimp with scallions as garnish
sticky and full of flavor

This healthy Chinese shrimp dinner recipe is great for low carb and low calorie diets and is full of sweet, spicy flare. It’s inspired by a recipe by the Steamy Kitchen and the perfect dinner for seafood lovers.

shrimp on a plate next to broccoli
serve with broccoli or green veggies for a low carb meal

what you need to get started:

  • unsalted butter– sesame oil may also be used
  • garlic– fresh, minced garlic is the best for this recipe
  • honey– real honey adds a delicious sweetness to this dish
  • soy sauce- soy sauce is essential to the Chinese flare of this dinner
  • lime juice– lime juice adds acidity and flare
  • black pepper– use less or more depending on your preferences
  • salt– use less or more depending on your taste
  • red chili flakes– add more or less for spice and heat
  • shrimp– peeled and deveined, medium in size works best
  • scallions– for garnish
ingredients for Chinese fried shrimp, including butter, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, soy sauce
just a few simple ingredients for this flavorful shrimp dish

instructions

To make this easy fried shrimp, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Sauté butter and garlic, then add honey with spices.
  2. Next, pan-fry your shrimp and add back in the sauce.
  3. Finish it off with chopped green onions as garnish!

recipe tips

  • Freezing is not recommended.
  • You can remove the tail of the shrimp if you want or not. Using fresh shrimps will give the best results and flavors however, you can use frozen shrimps as well. Just be sure to pat them dry after thawing.
  • You can add 1 tsp of chopped ginger along with garlic in the sauce for an added flavor.
  • Keep a close eye while cooking the shrimps as overcooking would dry the shrimps out and make them rubbery.
  • You can cut the red chili flakes entirely or reduce the quantity to half if you want NO or LESS heat.
plate of sticky honey garlic shrimp next to scallions and soy sauce
pan fried sweet spicy shrimp

FAQ

how to make this keto

To make this dish keto friendly, omit the honey and instead use 1 tbsp. of granulated erythritrol to sweeten the dish and reduce carb count.

leftovers

You can store the leftover honey garlic shrimps in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two or until warmed. Do not overheat, as the shrimps might dry out.

shrimp with broccoli, chopsticks, soy sauce, and green onions

what goes with shrimp?

Serve pan-fried shrimp with these amazing low carb sides

shrimp with chopsticks and green onion

Pan Fried Honey Garlic Shrimp

Low carb pan fried shrimp dinner with Chinese flare made right at home in under 30 minutes. Flavors of honey, soy, garlic and red pepper flakes bring flare and flavor to this amazing dish.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium heat melt 4 tbsp butter, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add honey and soy sauce, lime juice, black pepper powder, salt, and chili flakes. Stir and cook until the sauce becomes sticky; once done remove the sauce from the pan.
  • Reserve half of the sauce for serving and the rest for cooking with the shrimp.
  • In the same pan over medium heat melt 1 tablespoon of butter, add the shrimps in a single layer, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Once the shrimps turn pink and curled slightly, add half of the sauce and cook for another 1 minute so that the shrimps are well coated in the sauce (do not overcook)
  • Serve hot garnished with chopped scallions, rice, steamed broccoli, and the reserved sauce.

Notes

  • You can store the leftover honey garlic shrimps in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To reheat, just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two or until warmed. Do not overheat, as the shrimps might dry out.
  • Freezing is not recommended.
  • You can remove the tail of the shrimp if you want or not. Using fresh shrimps will give the best results.
  • You can add 1 tsp of chopped ginger along with garlic in the sauce for an added flavor.
  • Keep a close eye while cooking the shrimps as overcooking would dry the shrimps out and make them rubbery.
  • You can cut the red chili flakes entirely or reduce the quantity to half if you want it less spicy.
KETO Version
  • to make this keto friendly, omit the honey or instead use 1 tbsp. granulated erythritrol / sweetener for a touch of sweetness

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 502IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

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