Honey Walnut Shrimp

May 14, 2020

These crispy fried shrimp are covered in a delicious sweet and creamy sauce, and it tastes restaurant quality!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 servings


For the Walnuts

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup walnut halves (heaping 1/2 cup)

For the Shrimp

1 large egg

2/3 cup cornstarch

1 lb raw shrimp, deveined and shells removed

oil for frying

2 green scallions

For the Sauce

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp condensed milk

1-2 tbsp honey


1In a small light-colored saucepan, add water and sugar. Bring to a simmer and allow to continue to simmer until syrup turns thick and the color changes to a very light gold color. This should take about 15 minutes.

2Add in the walnuts and stir until they are evenly coated in the syrup. Using a slotted spoon, drain walnuts from the syrup and place onto a sheet of parchment paper to dry.

3While the syrup is reducing, you can start frying the shrimp. Add oil to pot being used for frying, adding about 1 1/2 inches deep of oil. Bring oil to medium heat.

4Set aside whisked egg in a small bowl and cornstarch in another bowl. Coat shrimp in egg and shake off excess egg coating. Then roll shrimp in cornstarch until completely coated. Add to hot oil and cook until shrimp curl up, the coating turns crispy and shrimp are cooked through. Do this in a few batches until all shrimp are fried. Place cooked shrimp on a paper towel-lined plate. Do not wait for the shrimp to turn golden brown. Since these shrimp are battered in cornstarch, the coating will stay pale.

5In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, condensed milk and honey. Whisk together sauce ingredients. Start with 1 tbsp of honey and add more if desired. Add shrimp to a large bowl and pour the sauce over shrimp. Gently toss shrimp in the sauce until all shrimp are coated. Place finished shrimp onto a large serving plate and top with candied walnuts. Garnish with scallions. Serve warm.

This recipe originally appeared on Kirbie Cravings.


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