Sticky Sesame Garlic Shrimp

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Sticky Sesame Garlic Shrimp is coated in the most amazing sticky Asian sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds!  This is a quick and easy 30-minute meal that you will make again and again!

If you love shrimp recipes then be sure to also try:  Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp,  15 minute Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry, or this Sticky Honey Garlic Shrimp!

School is OUT for summer!!  I totally was the mom to take the pictures of the first and last day of school.  Now four kids later and a busy life, I didn’t even make them go to the last day!  😂  I am so glad they are done for the summer.  Right now we have a lot of fun things planned and camps coming up to keep us busy.  Now we can start the count down until school starts. 😉

I still try to feed my kids in the summer despite the craziness, so easy meals are a must for me.  Shrimp recipes are so great because they are ready in no time at all and shrimp takes just minutes to cook.  When you add a sticky asian inspired sauce, it is shrimp perfection!

How do you make Sticky Sesame Garlic Shrimp?

  • Prepare the marinade and add the shrimp to a bowl and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Add a Tablespoon of oil to a medium-sized skillet and heat to medium-high heat.  Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes or until pink.  Remove shrimp and set aside on plate.
  • Add the marinade to the skillet and simmer until it starts to thicken and turn into a syrup.  Add the shrimp back to the skillet and toss to coat.  Serve over rice with green onions and sesame seeds.

How long do you cook shrimp in the skillet?

Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to a medium sized skillet and cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes or until pink.

Can you overcook shrimp?

The exterior of the shrimp should be pink with red tails and the flesh is slightly opaque and a little “white” in color.  If it is too bright white in color, then the shrimp may be overcooked.

Sticky Sesame Garlic Shrimp


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Serves: 4

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Chopped green onion and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

  1. In a large bowl add shrimp, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, and 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Stir until mixed and shrimp is coated evenly. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet at 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Over medium-high heat remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and add to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes until shrimp is pink. Remove the shrimp and set aside on a plate.
  3. Add the marinade to the skillet and let it simmer until it is thick and looks like a syrup. Add the shrimp back to the skillet and toss in the sauce. Serve with chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.


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