Honey walnut shrimp is the best recipe. The shrimp are breaded in egg and starch then quickly pan-fried until crispy. Then they’re coated in a sweet and creamy honey sauce and tossed with candied walnuts. This healthier than Panda Express version is refined sugar-free and absolutely delicious!
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The candied walnuts
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- ½ cup walnut halves
The sweet sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise (can be light mayo)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (thick yogurt works best)
- ½ cup tapioca starch or cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon each: salt and pepper
- 1 large egg + 1 tablespoon water, whisked
- 1 lb. uncooked, peeled shrimp (about 30)
- Neutral-flavored oil (such as avocado or canola) for pan-frying (see notes)
- Heat the honey and water in a small pan over medium-high heat. Once it starts to boil, add the walnuts and stir. Keep stirring until the liquid is mostly gone. Immediately spoon the walnuts onto a piece of parchment paper in a single layer.
- In a small-sized bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, honey, and yogurt.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg and water. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
- Whisk the starch with the salt and pepper in another bowl. Add the shrimp to the bowl – do not pour them from the egg bowl as you don’t want the extra egg. Toss to coat the shrimp in the starch.
- Heat ½ inch of oil over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add half of the shrimp. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Place the cooked shrimp in a bowl then repeat with the remaining shrimp.
- Toss the shrimp with the candied walnuts and honey sauce and serve immediately.
We use a 10″ frying pan and use ½ cup of oil. After the shrimp are cooked, there is ¼ cup of oil left in the pan.