This shrimp and broccoli recipe is a stir fry with seared shrimp and tender broccoli, all tossed together in a homemade honey garlic orange sauce. A quick and easy dinner option!

You can’t go wrong with Asian food recipes for dinner, especially when it comes to stir fries. Some of my favorites include chicken and green beans, teriyaki beef stir fry and this savory shrimp and broccoli dish.

Shrimp and broccoli garnished with sesame seeds and green onions in a pan of rice.

When I’m stumped on what to make for dinner, I turn to stir fry. Stir fries are a great way to use up odds and ends in the fridge, and they’re also super quick to put together. This version features shrimp in broccoli in an orange honey and garlic sauce.

Shrimp And Broccoli Ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need vegetable oil, shrimp, broccoli, orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, salt, black pepper, green onions, corn starch and sesame seeds.

How Do You Make Shrimp And Broccoli?

Start by heating some of the vegetable oil in a large pan on the stove. Place the broccoli in the pan, and cook until tender. Be sure to season the broccoli with salt and pepper. Remove the broccoli from the pan, and cover to keep warm. Add the rest of the oil, then arrange the shrimp in the pan. Once the shrimp are just starting to turn pink, add the garlic. In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, orange juice and honey. In a separate smaller bowl, mix the corn starch with water. Return the broccoli to the pan. Pour the soy sauce mixture in with the shrimp and broccoli and let it simmer. Finally, add the corn starch mixture to the pan. When the sauce starts to thicken, the dish is ready to serve. Add some sesame seeds and green onions, then enjoy!

Shrimp and broccoli topped with sauce and garnished with oranges.

Tips For The Perfect Stir Fry

  • I prefer to use large shrimp in this recipe. I typically use the 21-25 count size, but you can go smaller if you like.
  • Be sure to purchase raw shrimp. If the shrimp is gray, it is raw. If it’s pink, it is pre-cooked. I don’t recommend using pre-cooked shrimp as they can get tough in the stir fry.
  • Feel free to use frozen broccoli instead of fresh, just be sure to thaw it first.
  • This dish is best with freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • Serve your stir fry alongside other Asian style dishes such as veggie fried rice, potstickers or crab rangoon.

Quick Tip

Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe FAQs

What is shrimp and broccoli sauce made of?

Shrimp and broccoli sauce contains soy sauce, garlic and cornstarch. It may also have other ingredients such as chicken broth, orange juice, ginger or chili garlic sauce.

What pairs good with shrimp?

Shrimp have a light and delicate flavor and texture. They tend to pair well with savory sauces such as stir fry sauce, basil pesto, chimichurri or garlic butter sauce. Shrimp are great with pasta or rice, and go well with many types of vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms and green beans.


A spoon serving up a portion of steamed rice with stir fry on top.

Flavor Variations

This recipe is perfect as written, but it’s easy to switch up some of the ingredients to customize the flavors to your taste.

  • Protein: No shrimp on hand? This recipe also works well with scallops, flank steak, chicken breast or pork tenderloin.
  • Vegetables: Swap out the broccoli for cabbage, bok choy, mushrooms, bell peppers, green beans or asparagus. You can even do a combination of vegetables.
  • Sauce: Feel free to add more ingredients to your sauce such as orange zest, freshly grated ginger, sriracha or hoisin sauce.

Once you try this shrimp and broccoli stir fry, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis!

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Shrimp and Broccoli

AuthorSara Welch
This orange shrimp and broccoli with garlic sesame fried rice is the perfect quick and easy meal for a busy weeknight or for entertaining guests. Ad
This shrimp and broccoli recipe is a stir fry with seared shrimp and tender broccoli, all tossed together in a homemade honey garlic orange sauce.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil divided use
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the broccoli and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Season the broccoli with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the broccoli from the pan and cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel.
  • Add the rest of the oil in the pan. Place the shrimp in a pan in a single layer. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  • Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side or until pink and opaque.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Return the broccoli to the pan.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the orange juice, honey and soy sauce. 
  • In a small bowl mix the corn starch with a tablespoon of cold water.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture over the shrimp and broccoli, then cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the corn starch mixture to the pan and bring to a boil; cook for 1 more minute or until sauce has just started to thicken.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, then serve.


  1. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  2. You can remove the tails from your shrimp before you add them to the stir fry, or leave the tails on for a more elegant presentation.
  3. I typically use 21-25 count shrimp.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    The flavor is delicious, but the sauce is not enough for the rice. You either need to double the sauce or cut the rice in half.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and I am so happy I finally made it. Delicious !!! Thank you for sharing, will be making again.

  3. 5 stars
    I make this all the time so I decided time to leave a comment! It’s one of our favorite recipes. It always comes out perfect. I really enjoy your site!

  4. I love the combination of Fried Rice and Shrimps!

    I make a different version of this recipe, but this one looks so good with all the additional ingredients. Will definitely try it out!

  5. I have never bought sesame oil and unless I made this every week all year long it would probably go to waste. Is there anything else I can substitute with?

    1. It’s not recommended to re-freeze shrimp after they’ve been thawed and cooked. If you’re using fresh shrimp it should be fine.

  6. I don’t know how to cook.Tried it.great flavours, will do it again.
    The only bad thing, did the step by step recipe, didn’t come out ok. The rice got sticky, and i almost burnt the broccoli. Added more water to both, worked.

    1. Glad you liked it! I’m not sure why it didn’t work as written, I will read through the recipe again to see if I can add any clarification. Thanks for reporting back!

  7. I’m with you on the warm weather! Phoenix is only just starting to cool down, but no where near coat weather yet. But then again, that’s why I love living here 😀 Also loving this dish… I’m a sucker for anything with shrimp. And your girls are just precious!

  8. Oh my … I am a huge fan of Chinese take-out, but I’m not a fan of the horrible bloat that comes with it so we never get it. Now that I can make this recipe? Problem solved! Pinning for later!

  9. It’s been pretty warm in TN too! I’m ready for the cool days to come but not the frigid winter. Can I just say that your orange sauce sounds Ah-Mazing?! I can’t wait to try this dish!