Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

July 31, 2017

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Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry is a simple yet perfectly flavorful dinner that is sure to please. Tender pieces of shrimp are coated with a sweet and tangy sauce that will leave you craving more!

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus in a skillet

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

You know I love that teriyaki sauce, but it wasn’t until now that I tried it with shrimp and I’m hooked! The flavors all just blend so well, and when served with brown or white rice it’s a perfectly hearty and satisfying meal.

I’m so glad that the majority of my family has come around to loving shrimp because I’m a full fledge shrimp fan now. Five years ago, I never would have thought I’d be making teriyaki shrimp for dinner, but here I am making it for dinner allll of the time.

What took me so long? I was definitely missing out, not only on the tastiness of shrimp but that three-minute cook time for shrimp. You just can’t beat that.

And when it’s covered generously in a sweet, salty and tangy homemade teriyaki sauce then sprinkled with those little crunchy flecks of sesame seeds and paired with perfectly crisp-tender asparagus like so, you know it’s going to be straight up delicious! This is how you do weeknight dinners!

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus stir fry in a large skillet

Asparagus and Teriyaki Shrimp Ingredients

  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Shrimp
  • Canola oil
  • Asparagus

How to Make Teriyaki Shrimp Stir-Fry

  • In a saucepan whisk soy sauce, 5 Tbsp water, honey, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and rice vinegar.
  • Bring to a light boil. Whisk together cornstarch with remaining 1 Tbsp water, then add to saucepan.
  • Boil 1 minute while stirring.
  • Saute asparagus in skillet until tender, transfer to plate.
  • Cook shrimp in skillet about 3 minutes, turning once.
  • Add in asparagus, pour in teriyaki sauce and toss everything to evenly coat.

teriyaki shrimp and asparagus in a metal skillet with wooden spoon

Can I Substitute Another Vegetable?

This would also be delicious with broccoli in place of the asparagus (you’ll just need a little more oil when sautéing), I’ll be trying that out next. Snow peas would be another great choice, as would bell peppers and matchstick carrots.

Do I Use Raw or Pre-Cooked Shrimp for This Recipe?

You want to use raw (thawed if frozen) shrimp in this recipe. If you use the pre-cooked frozen shrimp that comes in bags, you’ll wind up cooking the shrimp twice and the texture of this dish will be off.

Tips for the Best Teriyaki Shrimp

  • Trim the ends of the asparagus before adding it to the skillet. The ends are quite woody and don’t taste good!
  • Fresh ginger is key in this simple teriyaki shrimp and asparagus stir-fry. If possible, avoided powdered ginger for the best flavor.
  • Watch the shrimp carefully while it cooks. You’ll know it’s ready to eat when it turns a bright pink color.

teriyaki shrimp and asparagus in two bowls with rice

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Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus
5 from 5 votes

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

This is a simple yet perfectly flavorful shrimp recipe that is sure to please. Tender pieces of shrimp are coated with a sweet and tangy sauce that will leave you craving more!
Servings: 4
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 7 Tbsp water, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil, optional
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 lbs large (21/25) shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil or olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus (preferably thicker spears), woody ends trimmed, diced into 1-inch pieces
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan whisk together low-sodium soy sauce, 6 Tbsp of the water, honey, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, rice vinegar and sesame oil. 
  • Bring mixture to a light boil over medium-high heat. Whisk together cornstarch with remaining 1 Tbsp water, then add to sauce mixture in saucepan. Reduce heat slightly and allow to boil 30 seconds - 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, cover and set aside.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add asparagus and saute until tender, about 4 - 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in skillet, add shrimp. Cook on first side about 1 1/2 minutes then flip and cook on opposite side until cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes. 
  • Add in asparagus, pour in teriyaki sauce and toss everything to evenly coat. Serve warm over white or brown rice, garnish with sesame seeds if desired.

Notes

  • You'll know the shrimp is ready to eat when it turns a bright pink color. 
  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy, adapted from my Teriyaki Chicken Bowls recipe
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 830mg36%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 241mg24%
Iron 5.9mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.