Shrimp and Broccoli

This ultra flavorful shrimp and broccoli comes together in minutes for a fast and easy healthy dinner! Serve with rice or over noodles.

Shrimp and broccoli

Looking for a healthy and easy weeknight meal? Try this shrimp and broccoli! The pair are cooked with soy sauce and and rice vinegar until bright and savory. The contrast of the crisp tender broccoli against the juicy shrimp is really something. Serve it with rice or noodles to make it a complete meal that comes together quickly! Depending on what you serve it with, dinner can be on the table in just 20 minutes! Alex and I love serving this one, and our son Larson is a huge shrimp fan. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in this shrimp and broccoli?

Big flavor comes from just a few ingredients here! This recipe uses Asian-style flavors to make a savory, complex sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Large shrimp: It can be fresh or frozen, peeled or unpeeled. Tail on shrimp is the prettiest, but you’ll have to remove the tails when eating (which can be logistically challenging!).
  • Broccoli
  • White onion
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Chili garlic sauce: Optional, but it brings big flavor and a bit of heat
  • Sesame oil: For cooking (not toasted)

This recipe comes together so quickly! You’ll saute the broccoli and onion over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, then add the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes. Then, you’ll pour over the sauce of vinegar, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce and cook 1 minute more. Dinner is done!

Shrimp and broccoli

Option 1: Shrimp & broccoli with noodles!

The fastest serving suggestion for shrimp and broccoli is using Rice Noodles or Soba Noodles. Many rice noodle packages don’t even require cooking: just pouring boiling water over the noodles! Many rice noodles are gluten-free as well (check the package). Soba noodles are also a great choice; they’re buckwheat noodles that are cooked on the stove like traditional pasta. Try our Quick Soba Noodles!

Either way, flavor them a little after cooking! Toss the cooked noodles with sesame oil and some salt so they’re flavored a little before serving. The shrimp does have a bit of sauce left over you can spoon over as well.

Option 2: Shrimp & broccoli with rice!

Another great option for this Asian-style shrimp and broccoli is serving with rice! In both cases, make sure to start the rice before you begin to cook the shrimp. Here’s what to know about rice types:

Shrimp and broccoli

How to thaw frozen shrimp

Using frozen shrimp for this shrimp and broccoli recipe? There are a few different options for how to thaw shrimp, depending on when you’re planning to make the recipe:

  • Day before: If you think ahead, simply place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Day of: Place the frozen shrimp into a large bowl with very cold water. Stir the bowl every 5 minutes to break up clumps of shrimp that freeze together. The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 minutes.
Shrimp and broccoli

What to look for when buying shrimp

Is there a preference between fresh vs frozen shrimp? What about buying sustainable fish? Here’s what you need to know when you’re at the grocery buying shrimp:

  • Fresh vs frozen. A myth about fish is that “fresh is best,” but frozen isn’t necessarily lower quality. In fact, it might be higher! If a fish is frozen when it was caught and stays frozen until it gets to you, it will be higher quality than a raw fish that takes a week to get to your shopping cart.
  • Look for wild-caught or US caught. Wild caught is preferable if you can find it. If you live in the US, look for US caught. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable type of fishing gear. Bottom trawling is considered the most destructive and least sustainable method.

This shrimp and broccoli recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Shrimp and broccoli

Shrimp and Broccoli (Fast & Easy Dinner!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This ultra flavorful shrimp and broccoli comes together in minutes for a fast and easy healthy dinner! Serve with rice or over noodles.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 1/2 pounds (3 large heads) broccoli
  • 1 small white onion
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil (regular, not toasted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Thinly sliced green onion, for garnish (optional)
  • To serve: rice or noodles (see notes above)


  1. If frozen, thaw the shrimp according to the package instructions or the notes above.
  2. Chop the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces. Cut the onion into wide slices.
  3. In a measuring cup, stir together the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
  4. In large skillet or wok, heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, onion and kosher salt and cook 5 to 6 minutes until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Add the shrimp and cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. When the shrimp is just about opaque, add the sauce mixture and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Serve with sesame seeds.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Shrimp and Broccoli

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    April 9, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I made this last night and the whole family loved it, including the “discerning” 3 year old—high praise. Will make again for sure.

  • Reply
    May 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Calorie count?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      May 20, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Hi! Nutrition info is below the recipe card.

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