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Homemade Shrimp Teriyaki Stir Fry Recipe

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Need a family-friendly, quick and easy, and totally delicious dinner? This shrimp teriyaki stir fry is IT! This teriyaki shrimp recipe uses the same sauce as my teriyaki glazed salmon and chicken teriyaki sauce – it’s sweet, glossy, and the whole family loves it! (Seriously, they talk about this recipe all the time!)

If you love easy shrimp recipes, be sure to try my moo shu shrimp, buffalo shrimp, Old Bay steamed shrimp, or cheesy shrimp quesadillas next time.

Rice bowl with shrimp teriyaki and green beans.

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What is shrimp teriyaki?

Shrimp teriyaki is an easy shrimp stir fry that is sweet, slightly sticky, and glossy – just like your favorite takeout! It’s made with classic stir fry ingredients, along with a few sweet ingredients to give it that classic sweet and savory flavor.

What You’ll Love About Shrimp Teriyaki Stir Fry

  • Family-friendly meal
  • Sweet and savory flavor
  • Quick and fast
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Just 5 minutes prep time
  • Just 6 minutes cook time (not including rice)

Shrimp Teriyaki Ingredients

This recipe for shrimp teriyaki is made with simple ingredients:

  • Soy sauce – Use a high quality soy sauce for best flavor. As mentioned below, you can also use coconut aminos for a gluten-free alternative.
  • Brown sugar – This is used to give the teriyaki sauce a rich and deep sweet flavor.
  • Corn starch – This helps create a thick and glossy sauce, just like your favorite takeout spots.
  • Mirin – This is a sweet rice wine, you can also use rice wine vinegar.
  • Honey – This helps sweeten the teriyaki sauce, you could also use maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Sesame oil – Use high quality sesame oil for best flavor.
  • Ginger – Use fresh ginger for best flavor, or frozen cubes or ginger from tube for convenience.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor, or frozen cubes for convenience.
  • Oil – Use a vegetable oil that can be heated to high heat – like avocado oil or canola oil.
  • Shrimp – Look for raw shrimp with no tails that has been deveined.
  • Rice – For serving use your favorite rice, you could also serve over noodles, brown rice, or cauliflower rice if you prefer. You can also use microwavable or frozen rice for a shortcut.
  • Garnish – Sesame seeds and green onions.
Ingredients to make teriyaki shrimp.

How to Make Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry

Ok, let’s make this shrimp stir fry with teriyaki sauce! Here’s how we make it:

  • Make rice. I use a rice maker, but cook rice according to package instructions.

TIP: Make rice ahead and you’ll have a 15 minute meal!

  • Thaw shrimp. If your shrimp is frozen, thaw overnight in refrigerator or under cold water.
  • Make teriyaki sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, mirin, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
Sauce for shrimp teriyaki stir fry.
  • Cook shrimp. Heat oil in a 12″ nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add shrimp to skillet in a single layer and cook until fully cooked and opaque.
Cooked shrimp in skillet.
  • Finish stir fry. Pour teriyaki sauce over shrimp and cook until sauce has thickened and is glossy.

TIP: Depending on how hot and how large your pan is, this can happen very quickly, so watch closely.

Cooked shrimp teriyaki stir fry.
  • Serve. I love to serve this as a teriyaki shrimp bowl, but you do you! 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

Is shrimp teriyaki gluten-free?

No, this teriyaki shrimp recipe is not gluten-free, but it is easy to make a few swaps and then it will be!

Soy sauce contains gluten, so swap that for coconut aminos and while cornstarch is naturally gluten-free, you’ll want to check the brand you are using to be sure there is no cross contamination.

Is shrimp teriyaki healthy?

Yes, this shrimp teriyaki is healthy. It’s a great protein (and flavor) component of a meal so add your favorite rice and a simple veggie (haricot verts!) and you’ve got a balanced and nutritious meal.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover teriyaki shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

For best results, reheat shrimp in a hot skillet, just until heated through. Microwaving shrimp is not recommended as it can get rubbery.

Bowl of teriyaki shrimp stir fry with rice and green beans.

How to Serve Shrimp with Teriyaki Sauce to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

If your kids aren’t sure about shrimp, you can serve the meal with another protein – or keep it simple and use my standards of milk and fruit. I know my kids eat rice, so even if they ONLY eat the rice, milk, and fruit – they are getting a balanced meal.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Shrimp teriyaki stir fry bowl with green beans.

What to Serve with Teriyaki Shrimp Recipe

Wondering what to serve with shrimp stir fry teriyaki? Serve it over rice (a must!) and then a simple veggie:

More Easy Stir Fry Recipes

If you like this teriyaki shrimp stir fry recipe, you might also like some of these other easy stir fry recipes:

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Helpful Tools to Make Shrimp Teriyaki Stir Fry Recipe

  • Rice Maker – If you make stir fry dinners as much as we do, a rice cooker is a must. Perfect rice with the touch of a button – and no spills onto the stove top!
  • 12″ Nonstick Frying Pan – This is the pan I use for all of my stir fry recipes since I don’t have a wok. The large size is great to fit everything in the pan without crowding.
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Rice bowl with shrimp teriyaki and green beans.

Homemade Shrimp Teriyaki Stir Fry Recipe

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Description

EASY shrimp teriyaki stir fry takes just 15 minutes to make! Serve with your favorite rice and a veggie side for a healthy weeknight dinner.


Ingredients

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For teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

For shrimp stir fry: 

  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. raw shrimp (no peel, no tail)
  • rice for serving

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Thaw shrimp if necessary.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, corn starch, mirin, honey, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet to medium-high heat and add shrimp to skillet in a single layer. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until shrimp is fully cooked and opaque.
  5. Pour in teriyaki sauce and cook another minute or so, until sauce is thick and glossy. (Depending on how hot and how large your pan is, this can happen very quickly, so watch closely.)


Notes

  • Nutrition facts are an estimate and do not include rice or sides.
  • You can use microwavable or frozen rice for a shortcut. 

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Photo Credit: All photos in this post were take by Loren at Sweet Rustic Bakes

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