Honey Walnut Shrimp
Honey Walnut Shrimp is a dish I’ve always enjoyed at Chinese restaurants. Crunchy glazed walnuts, fried shrimp tossed in a sweetened creamy mayonnaise.
This dish is usually quite expensive at Chinese restaurants and after making my own for the first time, I’ve come to the conclusion that restaurants are charging too much for it.
This took me about 30 minutes to whip up and it tastes just like the restaurant version.
The one thing I would tinker with next time is creating a crunchier batter for the shrimp. This version is very similar to the ones I’ve had at Chinese restaurants, but I’ve also had this dish at more Americanized Chinese restaurants and they usually use a thicker, crunchier batter for the shrimp which I think makes this dish even better.
This has always been a favorite dish of mine and I’m so thrilled that I know how to make it now, so I can have it whenever I want. I’ll definitely be making this again.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
1 lb. raw shrimp, de-veined and shells removed
1/2 cup walnut halves
3 tbsp light mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp condensed milk
1 large egg, whisked
1/2 cup cornstarch
vegetable oil for frying
for the walnut glaze:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1. In a small saucepan, heat the water and then add the sugar. Bring to a low boil and stir until glaze turns thick. Then add in walnuts. Coat walnuts with glaze. Then remove walnuts, placing on parchment paper to dry. Make sure you use parchment paper so the walnuts don't stick to it after.
2. Add oil to pan being used for frying, about 1 inch deep. Turn heat to medium high. Set aside whisked egg in a small bowl and cornstarch in another small bowl.
3. Dip shrimp, first in egg and then in cornstarch. Add to hot oil and cook until shrimp turns a golden brown. You can fry a few shrimp at a time, until all shrimp have been cooked.
4. In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, condensed milk and honey. Whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Place cooked shrimp into a large pot and add mayonnaise. Toss shrimp with mayonnaise until they are all coated. Place finished shrimp onto a large serving plate and add candied walnuts. Serve warm.
Slightly adapted from Damn Delicious
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