Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

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Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.

Panda-Express-Honey-Walnut-Shrimp--2Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp has been long overdue on the blog. Crispy, sweet and savory, these tempura battered shrimps are the perfectly balanced shrimp dish and the crunchy sweetened walnuts add a wonderful texture. Best part is they’re super easy to make and I don’t charge you the extra $1 for a shrimp entree on the blog! 😉

For months I’ve had it on the calendar and for one reason or another it would get bumped back. Because of that delay I’m writing this post so far removed from when I made these that I am now craving them again!

For shrimp recipes I tend to not be as spontaneous as I am with other proteins. If I have a craving for a steak or pork chops I have a pretty darn good chance one of my favorite grocers will have a sale price I can take advantage of. Shrimp, and seafood in general, doesn’t normally go on sale. If you’re a fan of shrimp, I highly suggest you watch for such sales and that you stock up as much as your freezer will allow so that when you’re having a craving you don’t end up paying more than you need.

Example? As I right this post today I called around to the stores I would normally buy shrimp from. The price for the 18-20 count is $13.99, $18.99 and $14.99 a pound. The shrimp I actually used? $6.99 a pound. I know that the savings isn’t a huge amount, but this dish is a really popular one in our house and we make it often for friends so I routinely make double or triple the recipe. Keeping my eye on sales saves me 20-30 dollars on food costs. Just some food for thought. Also shrimp freezes really well, I wouldn’t recommend this with all proteins but shrimp handle it well.

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Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.

Recipe

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Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

4.9 from 29 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Author: Dinner, then Dessert
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 pound large shrimp , 18-20 count, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • scallions for topping , optional

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the water, sugar and walnuts to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for two minutes and remove the walnuts and dry on a dish to dry.

  3. Whisk the egg whites until they are foamy then add cornstarch and continue whisking until combined.
  4. Add the shrimp to the batter and one at a time using a fork or my favorite pig tail flipper pick up 1 shrimp at a time allowing it to drip off so that the shrimp has a thin coating and maintains it's shape.
  5. Heat your oil in a medium sized pot on medium high (350 degrees) and fry until light golden brown, 4-5 minutes.

  6. To make the sauce, add the honey, mayonnaise and sweetened condensed milk and whisk to combine.
  7. Add the fried shrimp to the sauce and coat with a large spoon.
  8. Place into your serving plate and top with the candied walnuts.
  9. Serve immediately with steamed rice.
  10. Optionally you can top with sliced scallions.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 625 calories, Calories: 625g, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 293mg, Sodium: 1032mg, Potassium: 222mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 45g, Vitamin A: 15g, Vitamin C: 4.6g, Calcium: 193g, Iron: 2.9g

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Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.

Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp are fried with a tempura batter and quickly tossed in a honey sauce and sweetened walnuts.

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  1. Absolutely delicious!! My daughter loves this and can no longer eat Panda Express because of tummy issues. This is perfect! No upset tummy, and it’s quick and easy to make. Thank you so much!!

  2. Not sure where the cook time came from on this recipe, but this is not a 30 minute or less recipe. For the amount of time and effort needed for this recipe – I’ll just pay extra at Panda Express.

  3. Absolutely perfect! I personally made like 50% more sauce because I like my stuff to have more sauce (1/3 cup mayo, 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp s.c. milk). Love this recipe and I’m so impressed with how accurate it is!

  4. Hi! Looks delicious but what would you recommend as a replacement for walnuts?? Used to love ordering this when I was younger but I’m allergic to walnuts now :,(

  5. I haven’t tried the recipe yet, so my “5 star Rating” is probably not completely legit, but I didn’t want to bring down the average, and I am sure that it will taste great. The reason I am commenting is that the grocery store Sprouts often has Jumbo (16-20) or even Colossal (13-15) for either $5.99 or $6.99 per pound. Sometimes it is just over the weekend, but often it is all week. Sold in two pound bags. And they taste GREAT. Just thought I would share. I really enjoy your blog, and I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes.

  6. Is there any way i could substitute the mayo? I know its silly but i just cant bring myself to willingly add mayo to my food. The thought of it makes me sick. (Had a bad experience as a child).

  7. this recipe totally rules dude!! honey walnut shrimp has been my favourite food all my life and i cant find it where i currently live so im glad im now able to make it whenever i want!!