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Honey Sesame Shrimp & Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

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Oh my goodness. I think the reality of planning 2 back-to-back trips before leaving the country for 3+ weeks is finally settling in.

It is only the beginning of the week, and I have already pulled two ridiculously late nighters and have been buzzing around a million miles an hour during the days trying to check things off my to-do lists. No complaints — it has already been a wonderful autumn and I’m completely excited about what’s ahead these next two months. But I’ve come to accept that spare time and sleep are definitely going to be a little limited right now, so I’m trying to soak of moments of joy and relaxation whenever they can be found!

I don’t know about any of you, but during busy weeks, even just prioritizing 30 minutes to make and enjoy a healthy meal can bring both needed relaxation and energy. All the better when the meal is super tasty!! This simple stir fry is one of my recent favorites. (And even if you’re on the fence about Brussels sprouts, you should totally give it a try!)  It all comes together in under 20 minutes, and the flavors are fresh, sweet and wonderfully savory. I could hardly make myself wait to photograph this one before diving in — the combination of the caramelized sprouts and sesame oil was irresistible!

Definitely a great meal that you make in a snap, but savor slowly.

What are some of your favorite meals to make during busy weeks?

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Honey Sesame Shrimp with Brussels Sprout Stir Fry

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x


To kick this up a notch, feel free to add in a drizzle of Sriracha, or a pinch of red pepper flakes.


  • 3 Tbsp. honey, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails left on)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • (optional) fried garlic, for garnish


  1. Whisk together 2 tablespoons honey, vinegar, soy sauce and ginger in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to combine. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large sauté pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts and saute for about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until tender and the edges begin to slightly brown and caramelize. Drizzle with honey, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a separate platter.
  3. Meanwhile, add remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to pan, and return to heat. Add garlic and scallion whites and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Remove the shrimp from the marinade with a slotted spoon, then add to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, and saute until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add to platter, drizzle with sesame oil, top with scallion greens, and toss. Serve immediately, garnished with fried garlic if desired.

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31 comments on “Honey Sesame Shrimp & Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry”

  1. I actually just had the chance to try my first brussels sprout this Thanksgiving, and I fell head over heels for them, is that normal? Anyway, they were absolutely delicious and adding them to a salad like this one can only be a good idea! Looks wonderful :).

  2. Oooh. I’ll have to remember that drizzle with sesame oil trick! My go-to quick meal is to take whatever veggies I have in my fridge, roast ’em up with olive oil and rosemary, throw in a Field Roast sausage and call it a night.

  3. What a light and refreshing meal after all the glutton this past week! My go to dinner during a busy week is a big salad. I always keep stuff on hand for when I’m rushed!

  4. This looks awesome! But where are you going?!

  5. I am so excited for you too! And this is my kind of meal – I have been eating stir-fry Brussels at least once a week all fall, I love them!

  6. I made old-fashioned church lady taco salad last night, and we loved it. Just stir together some lettuce, leftover taco meat, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and olives. Glue it together with taco sauce and (fat free) Dorothy Lynch dressing (yes, it’s retro). Garnish with sour cream and avocados – weekday heaven!

  7. We are on a Brussels kick here too!! Where are you going?!

  8. Beautiful and fresh-looking. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. i need something just like this to cook tonight. this especially sounds great after all the indulging last week/weekend/still have the leftovers :)

  10. I don’t even like brussels sprouts or shrimp but it’s just so beautiful that I had to comment. It’s gorgeous!

    I hope you have some time to rest during this super busy time. It won’t be any fun to be fun down in England!

  11. looks delicious!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving xoxo

  12. I’m not a big fan of shrimp but this looks amazing :)


  13. I’m not even a brussel sprouts person but I would totally eat this in a hearty beat! Love that it comes together in 20 minutes too. I’m getting so sick of the cereal dinners!

  14. I love honey sesame shrimp, what a great stir fry!

  15. I love asian inspired dishes like this – sesame oil, honey, soy, rice wine vinegar are usual suspects in my stir-frys. Ali, this looks incredible and you made brussels sprouts look AMAZING. I love brussels sprouts but this dish may just get Kevin to actually eat them with me! :)

  16. This looks so fresh and like an absolutely perfect weeknight dinner after all the holiday bingeing. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. I’m SOOO happy I read this before I went to the grocery store today! I love brussels but am bored with my usual preperation.
    Thanks a bunch!

  18. this is exactly the type of meal i need right now! i’m done with traveling for the moment but still oh-so-busy!

  19. Yum! I love stir fries, and this sounds delicious. The honey sesame sauce is perfect for with the shrimp!

  20. Made these tonight and it is going into the rotation! I loved how easy and fresh this was. Such great flavor!
    Thank you for sharing this!

  21. This recipe looks great! I love the use of brussel sprouts because this recipe adds a sweeter flavor to a vegetable that is healthy, but unfortunately, not always well received by some.

  22. Made this tonight…fabulous! Great recipe; thank you!

  23. Looking forward to trying this. I don’t know if it’s an issue for others, but the version of your page that I’m seeing his full urls instead of hyperlinks to the products you’re cross-promoting.

  24. I’m in love. Can’t wait to try this one. You always know how to deliver and I love your recipes.

  25. I made this with a couple tweaks and Facebooked it with credit to you. Great idea! Added toasted sesame seeds and truffle salt.

    • Thanks for sharing Chris — we’re so glad you enjoyed this, and the toasted sesame seeds and truffle salt sound like amazing additions! :)

  26. Loved this simple recipe! Came together nicely and took little time. Instead of removing my shrimp from the marinade I cooked it in the marinade and thickened it up with corn starch to make it more of a glaze! Delicious! Sent this to a friend immeadiately after making it.

  27. Delicious! Made it exactly as the recipe called for…it’s a keeper!

  28. This was delicious! Adding udon noodles and some spinach make it a complete meal. Would highly recommend this recipe.

  29. Wonderfully tasty dish! I printed the recipe to keep in my most loved!

  30. This was an excellent quick healthy meal! I cooked the excess marinade with a thicker for sauce. I will make this 100 more times. Thank you for this.