Honey walnut shrimp is a very popular American-Chinese dish in California. And whilst the ingredient list is somewhat odd, honey walnut shrimp is ridiculously tasty and this recipe is the best you’ll ever taste. Believe it or not, this is the healthier version, opting for sautéed shrimp instead of the original deep-fried shrimp. This deliciously sweet dish is surprisingly fast and easy to make, and is a sure hit with any crowd.
If you don’t want to use sugar syrup, try coating the walnuts in honey and baking them at 175°C/350°F for 15 minutes instead!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup walnuts, halved
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 500 g shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1/2 cup of water to boil. Add in the sugar and stir continuously until it thickens and becomes golden. Add in the walnuts and gently toss to combine. Transfer the coated walnuts onto a parchment paper-lined plate or pan and leave to cool.
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, honey, and sweetened condensed milk, set aside.
- Add olive oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Sauté the garlic until fragrant and add in the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook the shrimp, making sure to stir frequently, until they become bright and opaque (about 2 minutes).
- Stir in the mayonnaise mixture and lower the heat. Add in the candied walnuts and stir until well combined and the shrimp and walnuts are well coated in the sauce.
- Remove from heat and serve over rice. Enjoy!