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Date Night In – Browned Butter Honey Garlic Shrimp

Ellie Love by Ellie Love

The occasion in which I made this month’s recipe was a long time in the making. I first met my date, let’s call him Brian, for the evening a year ago at a photoshoot. It was a relatively brief encounter, and he was unable to participate in the photo shoot. However even though I was very busy that night, I remember thinking he was cute, and then he was just as quickly gone from my mind.

Fast forward several months to one of our karaoke events. And I met him again, but I don’t remember him from the photo shoot. I’m always embarrassed when I don’t remember people, but I meet a large number of people in all aspects of my life. We chatted briefly. Move forward a few more months and I see him again at another karaoke event. This time we spend much more time talking and flirting. We even kissed a few times. We get connected on facebook and start chatting and flirting on there as well. 

Then Michael and I got an invitation to a pirate themed house party at a poly house with several friends living there. At first we weren’t sure if we wanted to go, because the pirate scene isn’t really our jam, but it sounded like a lot of fun and we had friends encouraging us to go. So, we decide to go and I put worked quickly putting together some pirate costumes. We were both worried that we would not be “authentic” enough as this pirate party was on its 11th year and the people that go to it take it very seriously. We figured there would be real piratey pirates there. However, as it turned out we were just piratey enough… Shortly after arriving at the party I was met with the sight of *Brian… Looking very sexy in his pirate outfit. We spent a lot of time talking, flirting, and kissing. As the night wore on, it turned into some serious sexy time. By the time we left the party, very late that night… (or was it morning?), we had a date set for the following Friday.

We spent the week deciding what we want to do for our date night. We decided to stay in, make dinner, and watch a movie. Of course I’m super excited at the idea of cooking for someone new. I ask him a few like/dislike food questions. I prefer dislike questions. It’s not easy to say I like, because we all like LOTS of things. However, it is always easy to tell someone what you don’t like because that list is usually much shorter for most people. We decided on a shrimp dish. I start sifting through my recipes to find one that sounds good, that was fairly simple. Despite being excited about cooking for him, I did not want to spend the ENTIRE evening in the kitchen. So, I finally settled on Browned Butter Honey Garlic Shrimp. It seemed simple and straightforward and there were no tricky ingredients or directions.

I had a rare Saturday off from work, so we had decided that I was going to stay the night. No rush… just a nice relaxing night getting to know each other. I worked until 5pm that night and *Brian lives south of Portland, so, I had a fun drive through rush hour traffic. However I was excited for the chance to spend more time with him and it seemed like no time at all. I got there and we said our hellos and put things down. We found a bottle of wine and settled into an easy conversation as we put dinner together. I actually did not think of using this as my article until we were getting started. I put all the ingredients together and took photos. I was a little distracted while cooking with such a sexy guy  and I will admit that it was not my best work, but it was still so yummy that he didn’t seem to mind at all. 

I loved it so much that I ended up making it the next night for the Love Tribe. I found that mixing all the ingredients except the butter and garlic together resulted in a better sauce than trying to add the ingredients one at a time after the butter has browned. This is definitely one you must try!

Browned Butter Honey Garlic Shrimp


  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 21 oz Shrimp; peeled and deveined
  • Salt to season
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh chopped parsley


  1. Heat butter in a nonstick pan or skillet over medium high heat. Melt, swirling pan and stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes, or until the foam settles and as the butter begins to change in color to golden brown you will notice a nutty fragrance.
  2. Add honey, lemon juice, soy sauce and minced garlic; stir well to combine all of the ingredients together and cook for 30 seconds, until the garlic is very fragrant and then remove from heat. 
  3. Pour out just over half of the browned butter mixture from the pan (liquid only), leaving about 2 Tbsp of the honey butter mixture in the pan, and reserve the rest for later.
  4. Add half of the shrimp to the honey/butter in the pan; sear for about 2 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through and no longer opaque. Transfer to a plate and set them aside.  
  5. Wipe the pan out slightly  with a paper towel and add 2 more Tbsp of the honey/butter mixture to the pan. Sear the remaining shrimp for 2 minutes on each side, or until just cooked and opaque.
  6. Add the cooked shrimp back into the pan,and pour in the remaining honey/butter sauce over them; stirring the shrimp gently to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper if desired, and garnish with parsley and lemon wedges
  7. Serve over rice with steamed vegetables or with a salad.

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