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Honey Walnut Shrimp


Honey Walnut Shrimp is a delightful dish that combines crispy shrimp with candied walnuts and a sweet, creamy sauce. Originating from Chinese-American cuisine, it has become a popular choice in both restaurants and home kitchens. This dish strikes a perfect balance between savory and sweet flavors, making it a favorite among many.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Prep Time:

15 mins

Cook Time:

20 mins

Total Time:

35 mins



Honey Walnut Shrimp

History and Origins

The exact origins of Honey Walnut Shrimp are somewhat murky, but it is widely believed to have emerged in the United States, particularly within Chinese-American communities. It reflects a fusion of traditional Chinese culinary techniques with American tastes for sweetness and texture contrast.


To prepare Honey Walnut Shrimp, you will need:

For the Shrimp:

  • Fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying

For the Candied Walnuts:

  • Walnuts
  • Sugar
  • Water

For the Sauce:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Condensed milk
Honey Walnut Shrimp

Preparation Steps

Candied Walnuts:

  1. Prepare the Walnuts: In a pan, combine walnuts, sugar, and water.
  2. Caramelize: Cook over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes and coats the walnuts evenly.
  3. Cool: Transfer the candied walnuts to a parchment-lined sheet to cool and harden.


  1. Coat: Season shrimp with salt and pepper, then coat lightly with cornstarch.
  2. Fry: Heat oil in a pan and fry the shrimp until golden and crispy. Drain excess oil on paper towels.


  1. Mix: Combine mayonnaise, honey, and condensed milk in a bowl. Adjust sweetness to taste.


  1. Combine: Toss fried shrimp with the prepared sauce until evenly coated.
  2. Add Walnuts: Gently fold in the candied walnuts, reserving some for garnish.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 605
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g34%
Saturated Fat 4g19%
Cholesterol 179mg60%
Sodium 340mg15%
Total Carbohydrate 68g25%
Dietary Fiber 2g5%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin C 2mg3%
Calcium 69mg5%
Iron 3mg18%
Potassium 317mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. The amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

Honey Walnut Shrimp


Honey Walnut Shrimp is best served immediately to maintain the crispiness of the shrimp and the crunchiness of the walnuts. It pairs wonderfully with steamed rice or noodles, offering a satisfying meal that appeals to both adults and children alike.

Variations and Tips

  • Variations: Some recipes incorporate a touch of lemon juice or zest into the sauce for a tangy twist.
  • Tips: To keep the shrimp crispy, serve the candied walnuts on the side and let diners add them as desired.


Honey Walnut Shrimp is a testament to the creativity and adaptability of Chinese-American cuisine. Its combination of textures and flavors creates a memorable dining experience that continues to captivate food enthusiasts around the world. Whether enjoyed at a restaurant or prepared at home, this dish promises to leave a lasting impression with its delightful sweetness and crunchy goodness.

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