Shrimp & Broccoli With Lemon, Honey, and Feta
This 30-minute shrimp and broccoli dish is the perfect quick and healthy dinner! Shrimp and broccoli florets are sautéed together on the stovetop, and tossed in a simple sauce of lemon, garlic, olive oil, and honey. Everything is topped with crumbled feta cheese, fresh lemon zest, and red pepper flakes for an extra kick of flavour. I love it served as a grain bowl!
Yummy shrimp bowls packed with vegetables and tons of flavour are one of my all-time favourite dinners as a dietitian. I always love coming up with new flavour combinations, and this shrimp and broccoli recipe totally hit the spot (it was also a BIG HIT on the ‘gram).
This shrimp dinner idea is a little different than your classic Asian shrimp and broccoli stir-fry – this one has a more Mediterranean flavour profile! This recipe is perfect served over a bed of whole grains, pasta, or potatoes – I love it served as a grain bowl 🙂
Like all my recipes, this one packs in a ton of nutrition benefits like fiber and protein. I go more in detail on the health benefits of shrimp and broccoli below if you’re interested. Enjoy!
About The Ingredients
All you need to make this shrimp and broccoli recipe are 9 simple, healthy ingredients (plus salt + pepper):
- Shrimp (prawns): I like using large shrimp (or prawns) for this recipe. You’re welcome to purchase them fresh or frozen! If frozen, be sure to thaw, de-vein, and remove shells before cooking. If you’re in a pinch, the fastest way to thaw frozen shrimp is by placing them in a colander and running them under cold water. It’ll only take a few minutes!
- Broccoli: While this recipe calls for the florets, you’re welcome to chop up the stems as well! Feel free to purchase a large crown of broccoli to cut up yourself, or you can buy a bag of pre-cut florets. I have not personally tried it, but this recipe should work with frozen broccoli too. Simply drain off any excess water that might occur when cooking them, before adding the shrimp.
- Garlic: I used freshly minced cloves of garlic, but you’re welcome to use garlic powder if that’s all you have on hand.
- Lemon: We’ll be using both the juice (in the sauce) and the zest (to garnish). I always recommend zesting the lemon before cutting it in half to juice. It’s much easier to handle this way!
- Feta: Crumbled feta tastes SO good with the other ingredients in this recipe. To make this recipe dairy-free, simply swap the feta with a plant-based alternative.
- Honey: For the perfect touch of sweetness to the lemon dressing!
- Olive oil: Used to sauté both the broccoli and shrimp, and as a component of the lemon sauce.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch is added to the lemon sauce to help thicken it up!
- Red pepper flakes: For a delicious touch of spice, but you may omit if desired.
Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Step-By-Step: How To Make This Recipe
In a small bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and cornstarch until well-combined. Set aside.
Cook broccoli florets in olive oil for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly until they start to brown.
Add thawed, deveined, and tail-less shrimp to the pan and sauté with broccoli for 2 mins.
Lower heat, then pour in the lemon-honey sauce. Allow to simmer and stir for another 2 minutes.
Serve shrimp and broccoli over starch of choice (like quinoa or rice). Top with crumbled feta.
Finish with lemon zest, red pepper flakes (if a little spice is desired), and stir together. Enjoy!
What To Serve With Shrimp & Broccoli
How To Store & Reheat Recipe
Leftovers of this recipe can be kept for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.
Shrimp Nutrition Benefits
Shrimp are an excellent source of high-quality, complete protein – a standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving provides 18 grams of protein.
This tasty shellfish is also rich in essential micronutrients like:
- vitamin B12
Finally, shrimp is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support the health of your heart and brain.
Broccoli Nutrition Benefits
This green cruciferous vegetable is a great source of many micronutrients, including:
- vitamin C (broccoli is one of the best sources of Vitamin C out there – just one cup provides 135% of your daily needs)
- vitamin K
- vitamin A
Broccoli is also rich in dietary fibre. One cup of broccoli provides 2.3 grams of fibre, which is 9% of your daily fibre needs. Fibre is known to help with digestion, heart health, blood sugar control, and weight management.
Finally, broccoli is a source of beneficial plant compounds (like sulforaphane) and antioxidants (like carotenoids)
More Healthy Shrimp Dinners
- Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice Bowl With Shrimp
- Spaghetti Squash With Kale Pesto & Shrimp
- Sautéed Shrimp With Tomato Sauce, Feta & Rice
- Green Goddess Rice Bowl With Shrimp
- Garlic Shrimp With Smoked Paprika & Honey
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Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Healthy Shrimp & Broccoli Dinner
- ~18 large shrimp, thawed, deveined + tails removed
- 2 cups broccoli florets (about 1 large crown)
- Olive oil, to sauté shrimp + broccoli
- Salt + pepper, to taste
Lemon Honey Sauce:
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- Pinch red pepper flakes (till desired spiciness)
- PREP: thaw, devein and remove tails from shrimp. Chop broccoli into florets, mince garlic, zest 1 lemon and then juice both lemons. Set ingredients aside. If making a starch to go with recipe, get that started now (see ideas in notes)!
- In a small bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, and cornstarch until well-combined. Set aside.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high. Add olive oil or other cooking oil to pan. Cook broccoli for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly until it starts to lightly brown.
- Add shrimp to the pan and sauté for 2 mins. Lower heat, then pour in the lemon-honey sauce. Season with salt + pepper. Allow to simmer and stir for another 2 minutes, before removing from heat.
- Serve shrimp and broccoli over starch of choice. Top with crumbled feta, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Enjoy immediately!
- While I enjoyed the consistency of this sauce, you can make it thicker by sprinkling in a little more cornstarch when cooking (start with about 1/2 tsp). Just make sure you mix everything together well.
- If your broccoli is taking too long to cook, you can add a small splash (1-2 Tbsp) of water to the pan, cover, and allow to steam for a couple minutes.
- Whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, or farro
- Pasta or couscous
- Potatoes – roasted, mashed, or steamed/boiled
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.