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Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp


Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp

First a curry recipe and now this. Thai? What right do I have to be posting such recipes? Disclaimer: I have no experience with Thai cooking nor do I boast any culinary training in said field.

Nope. I’m just your average white chick who has an addiction to the heat that this kind of food brings. I can’t get enough of it. And I can’t always drive to Indianapolis to get my fix. After trial and error and determination and maybe a pinch of obsession, I’ve created a satisfactory substitute that I can make at home.

Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp

Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp

Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp

Like any good Thai dish, these shrimp are layered with intense flavor – sour lime juice, honey, hot chili flakes, savory green onion, and fresh ginger. Once they’re seared to tender perfection and coated in a sticky-sweet spicy glaze, there’s bound to be a party in your mouth.

This super simple marinade and my trusty cast-iron skillet make it easy to recreate Thai restaurant magic in my own kitchen. I actually see no reason to ever leave the house again. The best part? From start to finish, the meal is on your plate in under 30 minutes and you don’t have to waste any more time searching Yelp for the best Thai joint in the tri-state area.

Get your rice cooking while you prep the ingredients and before you know it, you’ll be sitting down to a home-cooked version of Thai food that beats anything you could’ve ordered in.


Easy Spicy Garlic Thai Shrimp

Thanks to a simple marinade and a quick toss in a skillet, these shrimp are seared to tender perfection and coated in a sticky-sweet spicy sauce.

  • Author: Jordan Cord
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main


  • 1 lb. raw shrimp
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • olive oil for cooking


  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 inch hunk of ginger, grated
  • 56 cloves of garlic, minced


  1. Mix ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. If desired, allow to marinate in refrigerator for up to 4 hours. It’s not necessary, but obviously the shrimp will be more saturated with the marinade.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium in a large cast iron skillet [wok or non-stick skillets will work, too]. Add green onion and sauté until soft.
  3. Add shrimp and cook for 4-6 minutes until shrimp are cooked through. They should look white and start to curl up. Don’t overcook – they will become rubbery and tough.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 230
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 840 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g`
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 25 g


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  • kimbers
    February 9, 2020

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I served it over some brown rice, lentils and snap peas.
    Even my husband a true meat and potatoes guy if there ever was one, loved it! This will be in a regular rotation here and I can’t wait to explore the rest of your website. Thank you!

    • thefitchen
      February 20, 2020

      Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m so glad that you and your husband both enjoyed it. :)

  • Erica Hoxie
    January 18, 2020

    I tried it and LOVED IT! I also made a broth from the juices. Sooo yummy! ❤️❤️❤️

    • thefitchen
      January 20, 2020

      Oh genius! Love that idea. So glad you enjoyed!

  • Lesley
    February 9, 2019

    This definitely going on the easy yummy dinner list! I served the shrimp atop jasmine rice seasoned with ginger and sesame oil with a fresh sprinkle of scallions. Twinnings lemon ginger tea completed a cohesive light but spicy dinner! Yum

    • thefitchen
      February 10, 2019

      Yum! You put together the whole package! I’m so glad you enjoyed the shrimp – thank you for commenting!

  • bETH
    March 30, 2015