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Honey Walnut Shrimp

Here’s a popular dish often found at Chinese restaurants:  Honey Walnut Shrimp

Honey Walnut Shrimp

I have forever and ever loved this dish and have always wanted to try it at home.  It’s one of those major once-in-a-while treats for me though… since it’s deep-fried.  I don’t indulge in deep fried treats very often at all!  My family was thrilled that I was veering from the mostly healthy dinner “norm” at our house.  And I decided to bite the bullet and do some frying!

The shrimp is dipped in a simple batter of egg whites and cornstarch, then fried in hot oil until golden and crispy.  The walnuts are quickly and lightly glazed with a coating of sugar.

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The fried shrimp are tossed with a sweet honey sauce.  I seriously could have sat down and eaten this entire bowl.  And I just might do that next time.  So good!!

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This indulgent dinner recipe was a huge hit with my family.  I served the Honey Walnut Shrimp over rice.  We ate it with chopsticks.  All was delicious!  And I survived eating fried food!  Next time… I’m totally making fried chicken, which… if you can believe this… I have yet to make!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Honey- Walnut Shrimp


1 cup water
2/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup walnuts
4 large egg whites
2/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon canned sweetened condensed milk (see tips below)
2 cups vegetable or canola oil, for frying

chopped green onions, for garnish


1. In a small pan, dissolve the sugar in the water at medium heat. Bring the sugar-water to a rolling boil, and add the walnuts. Boil for 2 minutes, then drain and place the walnuts on a cutting board to cool and dry.

2. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with a whisk until foamy. Whisk in the cornstarch.

3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. It'll be hot enough to cook the shrimp when you flick a drop of water into it and it sizzles. Whisk the egg batter again. Dip the shrimp into the batter and fry in the hot oil until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

4. In a medium serving bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, honey and sweetened condensed milk. Add the fried shrimp and toss to coat with the sauce. Sprinkle the candied walnuts on top. Garnish with green onions.


*If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of mayo and sweetened condensed milk that are known to be GF.

*Although this recipe only uses a small amount of sweetened condensed milk, you can store the leftover in a sealed container in the freezer- it freezes well!

SOURCE: (adapted from AllRecipes)

More popular Chinese restaurant recipes you might enjoy:
General Tso’s Chicken by Appetite for China
Best Chinese Fried Rice by Steamy Kitchen
Sweet and Sour Chicken by Table for Two
Mongolian Beef by Just a Taste
Chow Mein by Favorite Family Recipes

16 Responses to “Honey Walnut Shrimp”

  1. postedOct 7, 2014 5:55 AM

    Looks great – this would certainly be a treat in my home too!!

  2. postedOct 7, 2014 7:23 AM

    I love this recipe. Thank you.

  3. postedOct 7, 2014 7:47 AM

    this is a must try! Thanks for posting

  4. postedOct 7, 2014 7:56 AM

    Thank you for the nice recipes.

  5. postedOct 7, 2014 11:09 AM

    Never had honey walnut shrimp and clearly I’m missing out – looks so tasty!

  6. postedOct 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!

  7. postedOct 7, 2014 3:03 PM
    Nancy Long

    Hubby will love that I can make this at home

  8. postedOct 7, 2014 5:19 PM

    I am not much of a shrimp person but I am loving all the flavors going on here!! Wonder it might work with chicken? Looks super delish!

  9. postedOct 7, 2014 9:31 PM

    I love the flavors in this dish! Honey and shrimp go so well together!

  10. postedOct 10, 2014 8:14 AM

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to try the recipe out!

  11. postedOct 10, 2014 10:27 PM

    Oh this could be dangerous. It’s one of my favorites at Chinese.

  12. postedOct 13, 2014 5:44 PM

    sounds like a great flavor combo! yum!

  13. postedOct 23, 2014 7:35 AM

    We have a place in Philly that makes a deelish honey walnut shrimp. SO glad I stumbled across this page and recipe. I will be making for my family

  14. postedNov 9, 2014 9:40 PM

    Is this similar to the honey walnut shrimp from Panda Express? My sweetie loves that recipe and I’d love to make it at home.

    • November 11th, 2014 @ 6:22 PM

      I’ve never had it, but I would assume so.

  15. postedJan 31, 2016 8:21 AM

    This recipe is OUTSTANDING and so easy….thank you!  It will definitely become a staple!  

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