Easy Teriyaki Shrimp

By Rena |

If you love shrimp, this easy-to-make Teriyaki Shrimp recipe will become your go-to shrimp recipe of all time because it only takes 20 minutes to make. A simple healthy shrimp recipe that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

top view shrimp teriyaki over a bowl of white rice with lemon garnishes

One of our go-to proteins is shrimp. They are easy to cook and oftentimes don’t require much time to prepare. We also love the fact that shrimp is low in carbs and fat, and has a high protein content. If you are pressed for time and looking for a quick shrimp dinner recipe to prepare for the family, this easy shrimp teriyaki recipe will come in handy. It will take you just about 20 minutes to make and if you are just slow in the kitchen 30 minutes tops! Do you meal prep? Now you have another simple healthy shrimp recipe to prepare ahead for the meal plan!

Why this shrimp recipe will be one your favorites

  • Perfect for meal prepping: This easy teriyaki shrimp is great for meal prepping, add some sauteed veggies and serve with brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.
  • Simple and quick: Shrimp is our go-to when we dont have much time on hand to whip up a quick meal. Which makes this teriyaki shrimp recipe perfect for a simple lunch or dinner.
  • So tasty: Enjoy restaurant style teriyaki shrimp from the comfort of your home. So delicious, you will devour each bite and go for seconds.
top view teriyaki shrimp over brown rice in a white bowl

Ingredients you will need

To make this easy shrimp teriyaki, you will need the following ingredients. Full measurements are listed further down below in the recipe card.

For Teriyaki sauce:

  • garlic cloves – use fresh garlic if possible
  • Ginger: the flavors would be much better if you use freshly grated ginger. If you have a hard time finding fresh ginger, you can use ginger powder
  • crushed chili (red pepper flakes) – if you are feeding littles ones, you may skip this ingredient.
  • soy sauce – use low sodium or coconut amino
  • broth: we used fish broth, but you may use vegetable broth, orange juice, or water.
  • corn starch: this ingredient will help thicken the sauce. if you are avoiding cornstarch, use arrowroot powder or flour.
  • honey: if you don’t have any honey, you may use brown sugar.
  • rice wine vinger – this will taste better than the other vinegars but you can always improvise

For the shrimp

  • Olive oil – any other oil works, try sesame oil
  • shrimp – use large and raw shrimp. Remove the tails if you prefer. If you don’t like shrimp, you may use chicken or tofu.
  • green onions – for garnishing and added flavor
  • sesame seeds – to garnish
  • Optional to serve: cooked jasmine rice, shredded carrots, lemon wedges
ingredients to make shrimp teriyaki

How to make easy homemade teriyaki shrimp from scratch

In a small bowl whisk all the teriyaki sauce ingredients.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway.

teriyaki sauce being poured over shrimp in a black skillet

Pour over the teriyaki sauce, and cook, stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes. The shrimp is done when it’s pink and opaque, while the sauce should be thick to evenly coat the shrimp.

Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve with cooked rice and shredded carrots.

sautéed teriyaki shrimp in a black skillet

Recipe notes and tips

  • Use raw shrimp instead of pre-cooked shrimp. If you don’t like shrimp, you may use any other protein or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Add more veggies: to make this into a complete and wholesome meal, serve with a side of sauteed or roasted veggies. You can also cook in some veggies like broccoli or green beans with the shrimp.
  • To store: place in a tightly sealed container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You maye freeze for up to 2 months.
  • For a low carb option, serve with veggies, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice. Try our cilantro lime cauliflower rice recipe with this shrimp teriykai.
close up teriyaki shrimp with green onion garnishes

frequently asked questions that you may have

How long do you marinate shrimp?

Typically you would marinate shrimp for about 15-20 minutes. But marinating is not needed to make this shrimp teriyaki rice bowl.

Can I use Worcestershire instead of soy sauce?

Technically yes you can. A great alternative for the sauce can be Worcestershire sauce if that’s what you have on hand. Keep in mind they don’t taste exactly the same and it is less salty.

What is authentic teriyaki sauce made of?

Teriyaki sauce is mainly comprised of soy sauce, mirin (a type of rice wine vinegar), ginger, and sugar. Many other ingredients are added to homemade teriyaki sauce to add more flavor to it.

How do you thicken teriyaki sauce?

The best and easiest way to thicken teriyaki sauce is to use cornstarch. Other alternative thickeners can be used like arrowroot powder. When using flour or cornstarch, mix a small amount with cold water first to make a slurry before adding it to the sauce.

top view of teriyaki shrimp over rice in a white bowl with two side of chop sticks

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top view teriyaki shrimp over brown rice in a white bowl

Easy Teriyaki Shrimp

Easy and simple sauteed shrimp recipe made with homemade teriyaki sauce and served over a bowl of rice. Ready in just 20 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Teriyaki sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed chili or to taste
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup fish broth
  • 2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Shrimp:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined with tails on if desired
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • Optional to serve: cooked jasmine rice shredded carrots, lemon wedges

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk all the teriyaki sauce ingredients.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring halfway.
  • Pour over the teriyaki sauce, and cook, stirring continuously for 1-2 minutes. The shrimp is done when it's pink and opaque, while the sauce should be thick to evenly coat the shrimp.
  • Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and serve with cooked rice and shredded carrots.

Notes

  • important to use fresh ginger and fresh garlic
  • use raw shrimp instead of precooked.
  • if you don’t like shrimp, use chicken breast. just cut them into bite sizes.
  • instead of honey, you may use brown sugar.
  • fish broth: you may replace this with vegetable broth or even use orange juice or water.
  • any oil of choice will work. you can use sunflower oil or sesame seed oil.
  • cornstarch will help thicken the sauce. you may use another thickener like arrowroot powder.
  • serving size is about 1/4 lb of shrimp or about 1/2 cup of cooked teriyaki shrimp

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 412IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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