This teriyaki shrimp stir fry is an easy and flavorful dish that combines juicy shrimp with a sweet teriyaki sauce and fresh vegetables. It is ready in under 30 minutes which makes it perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!
If you have checked out some of my recipes, you might already know that I am a huge fan of teriyaki recipes! I just love to combine my homemade teriyaki sauce in different ways to create delicious recipes, like this teriyaki chicken bowl recipe or my teriyaki chicken wings recipe.
And this teriyaki shrimp stir fry recipe has quickly become one of my new favorite combinations! It is the perfect recipe for whipping up a delicious dinner with your favorite vegetables and juicy shrimp. Plus, it is super quick to make!
For the stir fry you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Shrimp: For the best teriyaki shrimp stir fry, use peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp. I love to buy frozen shrimp that are already peeled and deveined as this saves time and you always have delicious shrimp on hand.
- Aromatics: Garlic and ginger add some extra flavor to this dish. Both are ingredients I always add to my stir fry recipes as they make everything taste so much better!
- Vegetables: Broccoli, red bell pepper, and carrots are used in this quick stir fry recipe. But you can absolutely add more or other vegetables! This recipe is great for using any leftover veggies, so feel free to adjust it.
- Garnish (optional): I love to garnish this dish with sesame seeds and green onion, but you definitely don’t need to! I just think the extra flavor and texture goes very well with the dish.
For the homemade teriyaki marinade you’ll need these ingredients:
- Soy sauce: You can use your favorite soy sauce to make teriyaki sauce. If you want a gluten-free version, use tamari. And if you need a soy-free sauce, use coconut aminos.
- Sake: Sake is another ingredient that is traditionally used to make teriyaki sauce. You can buy it in large supermarkets or in Asian grocery stores.
- Mirin: Mirin is another key ingredient for making teriyaki sauce. Just as sake, you should be able to find mirin in large supermarkets or Asian grocery stores.
- Honey: Honey is used to add sweetness to the teriyaki marinade.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch helps to thicken the sauce. Although teriyaki sauce thickens by itself, I like to add cornstarch to speed up the process so the vegetables don’t end up overcooked.
How to make this teriyaki shrimp stir fry
Follow these simple steps to make this teriyaki shrimp stir fry:
- Prepare the teriyaki sauce: First, mix all ingredients for the teriyaki marinade in a bowl and set it aside.
- Sear shrimp: Next, preheat a pan over medium heat with some avocado oil or vegetable oil. Sear the shrimp from both sides until they are cooked through. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
- Sauté the aromatics and vegetables: Add more oil to the pan. Then sauté the aromatics and vegetables until they start to soften.
- Add the sauce: Now add the sauce and some cornstarch slurry to the pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer, stir everything, and add more cornstarch slurry as needed.
- Combine, garnish and serve: When the sauce has the right consistency, add the shrimps to the pan. Season with black pepper and toss. Garnish (optional) and serve over rice or noodles.
The recipe is super simple, but here are some things to keep in mind when you are making this teriyaki shrimp stir fry.
- Prep before cooking: When you make a stir fry, always prepare the ingredients before you start cooking. Since everything happens very quickly once you start, preparing the ingredients in advance makes the cooking process a lot more fuss-free and enjoyable.
- Don’t overcook: This applies to the shrimp and vegetables. Shrimp usually cook very quickly (around 6-8 minutes), so don’t cook them longer than necessary. And the veggies can turn mushy if you sauté them for too long. So make sure they haven’t softened fully when you add the sauce.
- Adjust the sauce: You can adjust the sauce to your personal preferences while cooking. If you want to thicken it, add more cornstarch. If you want to thin it, add some water. For more umami, add more soy sauce. And for some added sweetness, add mirin or honey.
Frequently Asked Questions
If there is a brand of teriyaki sauce you absolutely love, feel free to use it! I just love to make teriyaki sauce at home since I can adjust its flavor the way I prefer it. But don’t feel forced to buy all of the sauce ingredients if you don’t want to!
Teriyaki sauce can be made gluten-free if you use gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos instead of regular soy sauce. If you buy bottled teriyaki sauce, pay attention to the bottle’s label as teriyaki sauce is not naturally gluten-free.
I love to serve this teriyaki shrimp stir fry over basmati or jasmine rice. I also like to garnish it with sesame seeds or green onions. Another delicious idea is serving it with noodles. Just make sure that there is enough sauce to cover the noodles and add more if needed.
You can store this stir fry in an airtight storage container in your refrigerator for 3-4 days.
More quick and easy dinner recipes
If you love simple recipes that are packed with flavor, try one of the following recipes.
- Honey Sriracha Salmon
- Indian Shrimp Curry
- Baked Feta Pasta with Shrimp
- Veggie Tofu Stir Fry
- Thai Chicken Curry
Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons ginger grated or minced
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 red bell pepper cut into dices or slices
- 2 carrots cut into slices
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil or vegetable oil half for the shrimp, half for the vegetables
- black pepper to taste
- sesame seeds, green onion (optional) for garnish
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free) or coconut aminos (soy-free)
- ¼ cup sake
- ¼ cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons honey
- cornstarch slurry as needed
- Preheat the avocado oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Mix all teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small bowl until they are combined.
- Then sear the shrimp from both sides for around 6-8 minutes until cooked through. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.
- Next, add more avocado oil to the pan. Sauté the garlic, ginger, and vegetables until they start to soften.
- Now add the sauce to the pan. Bring it to a simmer and add the cornstarch while stirring. Continue until the sauce has thickened.
- Add the shrimp to the pan, season with black pepper, and toss. Garnish (optional), serve and enjoy!
- Cornstarch slurry: Mix 2 tablespoon cornstarch with 4 tablespoon water. Only use as much as you need to thicken the stir fry!