Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus


Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus 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

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus

You know how 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.

5 years ago I never would have thought I’d be making 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 3 minute cook time for shrimp. You just can’t beat that.

Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus

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

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

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

How to Make Teriyaki Shrimp

  • 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.

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 sauteing), I’ll be trying that out next.
Snow peas would be another great choice.
Bell peppers and matchstick carrots would be delicious too.

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Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus

5 from 1 vote

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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)


  1. In a small saucepan whisk together low-sodium soy sauce, 6 Tbsp of the water, honey, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and rice vinegar. 

  2. 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.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. Add asparagus and saute until tender, about 4 - 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. Recipe source: Cooking Classy, adapted from my other teriyaki recipe
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Shrimp and Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Cholesterol 357mg 119%
Sodium 830mg 35%
Potassium 378mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 17.1%
Vitamin C 15.1%
Calcium 24.1%
Iron 32.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Teriyaki Shrimp
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Kim: I just made this for my daughter. Delish! Think I may try that sauce with chicken too. Tks! April 2, 2018 at 1:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed! Thanks for leaving a comment! April 2, 2018 at 3:36pm Reply

  • Joan Link: Absolutely delicious! Jaclyn, you had me from “Teriyaki Salmon” several years ago, and I have been your #1 fan ever since. You are an amazing chef, and you sure make me look good! December 6, 2017 at 5:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ah thanks for the kind words Joan! Glad to have you following along. :) December 7, 2017 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Natalie: Hello I don’t have soy sauce thats low sodium.. Can I use the regular one? Or will it be too salty? October 22, 2017 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Maryse: Hi, this looks delicious! Actually, everything you post look delicious!!!! And the pictures are gorgeous!!!

    I was wandering, is the recipe done with raw or cooked shrimps?

    Thanks! August 5, 2017 at 3:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliments Maryse! Here you’ll use raw shrimp. Unless a recipe specifies “cooked” shrimp I’d always go with raw so it’s not cooked twice. Hope that helps :). August 5, 2017 at 11:54pm Reply

      • Maryse: Thanks!!!!

        I tried it and everyone loved it! So thanks again :) August 9, 2017 at 7:42pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear it was enjoyed Maryse! August 10, 2017 at 10:46pm Reply

  • Jen @ fromentfree.com: If I could eat shrimp, I would SO eat this shrimp dish first! I love asparagus and rice and teriyaki! Looks fantastic. August 2, 2017 at 9:21am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This looks amazing! Definitely making this with the leftover shrimp in our freezer!

    Paige August 1, 2017 at 8:17am Reply

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