Teriyaki Shrimp with Green Beans

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Teriyaki Shrimp is made with shrimp and green beans tossed in a homemade teriyaki sauce. Ready in just 15 minutes, this delicious and easy meal is the perfect easy weeknight dinner!

214 CAL 18g CARBS 6g FAT 25g PROTEIN 5

If you’re looking for an easy and healthy weeknight meal, look no further than this Teriyaki Shrimp recipe. Not only is it super quick and easy to make, but it’s beyond delicious! Dare I say, it’s even better than take-out.

I have always been a huge fan of all things teriyaki. The combination of sweet and salty ingredients like soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame oil produces the most incredible flavor. Because the sauce is so easy to whip up, I have tried out a ton of different teriyaki dishes.

From Baked Teriyaki Chicken to Teriyaki Beef Kabobs and Teriyaki Salmon, I have found that you really can’t go wrong with those amazing sweet and salty flavors. This healthier spin on an iconic take-out dish is one of my favorite ways to enjoy homemade teriyaki sauce.

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Because shrimp cooks quicker than almost any other protein source, this dish is ready in no time at all. It’s such a lifesaver when you’re short on time, feeling exhausted after a busy day, or simply want to enjoy a quick meal! This dish is fresh, flavorful, and a guaranteed hit for the whole family.

Serve it on its own for a veggie-packed meal or pair it alongside a healthy grain like rice or quinoa. Whether you’re looking for healthy meal prep recipes for lunch or easy weeknight meal recipes for the family, this Teriyaki Shrimp will not disappoint.

Teriyaki shrimp stir-fry with green beans and shrimp tossed in homemade teriyaki sauce.

Key Ingredients and Easy Swaps

To whip up this delicious Asian-inspired recipe, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Shrimp: Use any size you want, but my personal preference is large. For the sake of ease, make sure to get shrimp that is already peeled and deveined.
  • Green beans: This is my veggie of choice for this recipe, but you can use any kind you like. Other great options include broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, and cauliflower.
  • Soy sauce: I like to use the low sodium kind. Feel free to swap this out for tamari for a gluten-free version.
  • Honey: The sweetness in this natural sweetener adds the perfect contrast to balance out our savory flavors. Feel free to use maple syrup instead, if desired or brown sugar, which is more traditional.
  • Sesame oil: This is filled with heart-healthy fats and adds a delicious nutty flavor to our teriyaki sauce. Toasted sesame oil and regular work. If you don't have any on hand, swap in coconut oil or vegetable oil.
  • Rice vinegar: This is more mellow than many other types of vinegar. It adds a bit of acid that enhances the flavors of the rest of our ingredients.
  • Aromatics: Ginger and garlic are staples in many Asian-inspired dishes. For the best flavors, make sure to use the fresh versions of both.

Recipe Tips and Ideas

Here are some of my top cooking tips and substitution ideas for this dish:

  • You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this dish, but I recommend getting the kind that comes peeled and deveined if possible. If using frozen shrimp, make sure to let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using it.
  • I recommend using fresh ginger and garlic, but the dried powder versions will work in a bind.
  • Not a fan of green beans? You can swap them out for any veggie you prefer. Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, sugar snap peas, and mushrooms will all work well.
  • For a gluten-free version, try using tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • To make this dish vegan-friendly, you can swap out the shrimp for cubed tofu and the honey for maple syrup.
  • For a photo-worthy presentation, try garnishing the dish with sesame seeds and green onions just before serving.
  • If you’re a lover of all things spicy, try mixing a drizzle of sriracha or crushed red pepper flakes into the dish.

What to Serve With Teriyaki Shrimp

While this dish works great as a stand-alone meal, you can also add a variety of side dishes. I usually pair teriyaki dishes with rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or cooked vegetables. It also makes a tasty shrimp and rice bowl.

Here are some of my top choices of what to serve with teriyaki shrimp:

Shrimp and green bean stir fry with teriyaki sauce on a bowl with honey and green beans on the side.

How to Store Cooked Shrimp

This dish stores really well in the fridge, so it’s a great healthy recipe for meal prep. Make extra teriyaki sauce to use with other dishes, like these Teriyaki Chicken Bowls. Just store it separately in an airtight storage container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

When it comes to storing sauces, I have found that they stay the freshest when stored in glass containers. If you don’t have any, don’t worry! You can store teriyaki sauce in any storage container you have at home.

This dish can be stored all together in the fridge, but I recommend storing the shrimp separately from the green beans if you want to freeze them. To store this dish, you can keep it in airtight containers in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about teriyaki shrimp:

Is this dish healthy?

Yes! Teriyaki Shrimp is made simply with shrimp, green beans, and a homemade teriyaki sauce. This dish is high in protein and has significantly less sugar than restaurant or store-bought teriyaki dishes. When served on its own or paired with a healthy side dish, it’s a great healthy meal.

What is teriyaki sauce made of?

Teriyaki sauce is traditionally made with soy sauce, acid (we use rice vinegar), sugar (we use honey), and aromatics like ginger and garlic.

What can I use instead of shrimp?

There are plenty of high-protein substitutions you can use in place of shrimp. My favorite choices include chicken breast, ground chicken, sliced pork tenderloin, beef, and salmon. For a meat-free substitution, try using cubed tofu or your favorite plant-based meat alternative.

Shrimp teriyaki with green beans served in a bowl with a blue napkin.

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Teriyaki Shrimp with Green Beans

214 CAL 18g CARBS 6g FAT 25g PROTEIN 5
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  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 3 cups green beans (halved if large)
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey (or pure maple syrup, more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

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Make the teriyaki sauce by whisking together the water, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch in a small bowl.

Teriyaki sauce being stirred with cornstarch in a bowl.

Heat half of the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and cook for 4-6 minutes until tender-crisp and bright green. If you like your vegetables softer, cook a bit longer. Remove and set on the side.

Green beans being cooked in coconut oil in a pan.

Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until just cooked through and opaque. Be careful not to overcook. Remove and set aside.

Shrimp being cooked in a skillet with coconut oil.

Add the teriyaki sauce to the pan. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 3-4 minutes until thickened.

Teriyaki sauce reducing in a skillet.

Add the shrimp and green beans back to the pan. Stir to coat.

Teriyaki shrimp and green beans in a pan.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 183mg
Sodium 850mg
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 12g
Protein 25g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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April 10, 2024 - 14:14
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My husband and I really enjoy this recipe! I added a red pepper in addition to green beans and served over rice. Yum!
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