Shrimp Meal Prep – Honey, Garlic, Lime & Sesame
Ever wonder why shrimp never give anything to charity? Because they’re shellfish. 😎
Lemme first start by saying that I cannot get enough of this shrimp meal prep combination! It has all the feels of your favorite takeout restaurant (or at least close to it) but without an excess of calories to make it taste brilliant. But, trust – you can STILL have flavor at reduced calories.
So, this isn’t your ordinary shrimp meal prep. This recipe is all about flavor by combining a blend of honey, garlic, lime, and sesame, creating a sauce that takes your average shrimp meal prep to new, tasty heights!
Breaking down the sauce to make this meal prep extraordinary
Raw honey is a natural sweetener with antioxidant properties, and here lends a subtle sweetness to our sauce. It pairs well with the pungency and biting aroma of garlic, also known for its immune-boosting benefits.
The acidity and freshness of lime cut through the richness, bringing a refreshing tanginess that complements the shrimp perfectly. Not to mention, the zest gives the essence of fresh citrus with every bite.
Finally, the toasted nuttiness of sesame oil adds depth and complexity with a boost of essential nutrients.
Making this sauce is easy and involves no fancy techniques or hard-to-find ingredients. Just a cup or bowl and a fork or whisk.
First, start with high-quality local honey, minced garlic, lime zest, freshly squeezed lime juice, low sodium soy sauce or tamari and toasted sesame oil. Mix these together and then customize for your tastebuds – how sweet, tangy, or savory do you want your sauce?
Note: It’s important to remember that some ingredients like oils and honey tend to be calorie-dense, and soy sauce is high in sodium which could be a concern for those on lower sodium diets since shrimp already has high levels of sodium. If this is the case, this shrimp meal prep can easily be swapped with chicken, or even mushrooms or eggplant chunks!
It’s just this easy!
Cook your shrimp in a pan, remove it, add the sauce, bring it to a simmer for a few minutes then reduce the heat (or remove from the heat) to cool and thicken. Add the shrimp back from the pan pour over your sauce, and BOOM, you have bangin shrimp meal prep that will leave you eagerly awaiting mealtime!
Shrimp is a low-calorie and protein-packed option for meal prep for some (due to sodium and cholesterol). When tossed in my honey, garlic, lime, and sesame sauce, each bite is an explosion of flavor. What’s more, this sauce doesn’t limit you to shrimp; it can be used on other proteins like chicken or tofu, so it’s pretty versatile.
Give this a go and lemme know how it goes for you!
Remember, meal prep should NOT be a chore, but an exploration of flavors so feel empowered to make things your own – just be mindful of the calories from dense ingredients.
Shrimp Meal Prep – Honey, Garlic, Lime & Sesame
1.5 lb raw jumbo shrimp
- peeled and deveined
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- spray olive oil
- zest from 1 lime
juice from 1.5 limes
- reserve the other half for garnish
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- low sodium tamari or bragg liquid aminos
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1.5 tablespoons sesame oil
- 4 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon garlic
- 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
This step is optional if you have 15 extra minutes to spare and you don’t want your shrimp shrinking too much when cooking.
Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and sprinkle baking soda over the shrimp and briefly toss. Then set aside for 15 minutes either in or out the fridge.
After 15 minutes lightly spray the shrimp with oil and sprinkle in chili powder and toss together. Set aside while you make the sauce.
Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and season to taste with sea salt (or soy sauce) and honey.
Set a carbon steel or choice of skillet on medium-high heat. Once hot, spray with oil then add the shrimp. Sear the shrimp on both sides for about 4 – 6 minutes per side, then remove from the pan.
Allow the pan to cool down before placing it back on the aisle on medium heat.
Pour in the sauce and bring to a gentle simmer for 3 – 5 minutes. While it simmers, add the shrimp and stir, then turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the heat.
Enjoy as part of a meal prep with (brown) rice, or as a midday snack!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, I'm Kevin
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.
By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!