Honey Walnut Shrimp

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Crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy sweet sauce and candied walnuts. This is so much better than take out and one of the best shrimp recipes that you will make!

honey walnut shrimp in a black cast iron skillet.

Let’s talk shrimp. Do you love it or hate it? My husband LOVES shrimp! He asks me to make it all of the time. I am not the biggest fan of it but I am a firm believer on giving things a second try. I used to not like a whole lot of foods growing up and have learned to love some things that I once hated. I decided to make this popular restaurant recipe because it sounded amazing!

This is a great recipe to start with if you aren’t a huge shrimp fan. First of all,  the walnuts get a crunchy candied outside. Then, you pan fry the shrimp until the outside gets nice and crispy.

But the honey glaze. It is out of this world!

Areal view of honey walnut shrimp in a black cast iron skillet.

The sauce is a combination of honey, mayonnaise, and sweetened condensed milk. Yeah you heard right. Sweetened condensed milk! Just a little of this added to the sauce brings all of the flavors together and adds such a delicious and sweet glaze to the shrimp.

And the candied walnuts throughout. Amazing!

You are seriously going to love every single bite. I love being able to make recipes right at home that are better than takeout! And I promise that you are going to love this one just as much as we did. My hubby especially! 🙂

honey walnut shrimp in a white bowl with broccoli.

 Recipe adapted from All Recipes Finished areal view of honey walnut shrimp.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

5 from 2 votes
Crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy sweet sauce and candied walnuts. This is so much better than take out and one of the best shrimp recipes that you will make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • sliced green onions for garnish optional


  • In a small saucepan stir together the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and add the walnuts. Boil for about 2 minutes then drain and place on a cookie sheet to dry.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy deep skillet over medium high heat. In a small bowl whisk the egg. Add the cornstarch to another small bowl. Dip the shrimp into the egg and then the cornstarch. Fry the shrimp for about 5 minutes or until they turn pink and the outside is golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, honey, and sweetened condensed milk. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Sprinkle with candied walnuts and green onions. Serve.


Serves: 6

Calories456kcal (23%)Carbohydrates38g (13%)Protein18g (36%)Fat26g (40%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol227mg (76%)Sodium723mg (30%)Potassium126mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar28g (31%)Vitamin A61IU (1%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium133mg (13%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword Honey Walnut Shrimp, shrimp, shrimp recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    We love honey walnut shrimp, order it anytime we go out…we have tried several recipes to find the one we like best and this one is it!!!…so yummo!!!

  2. I’m going to make this tonight but the shrimp I have is frozen pre-cooked. Guess I’ll just defrost it then cook it for 2 minutes instead of 5-

  3. I was very happy with this recipe – it turned out just as I hoped! Great recipe for those looking for their Panda Express Honey-Walnut Shrimp, but with as many shrimp as you want!

  4. Perfect and delicious! It turned out just as I was hoping, and really hits the mark for those craving the Panda Express version! Cannot recommend enough!

  5. I tried this recipe the other night. OMG…..SO delicious, AND simple. I always look for recipes that aren’t too complicated. This was outstanding! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Hello, I want to make this tonight or tomorrow but I don’t have cornstarch. What I do have is a large tub of clear jel, does anyone know if that can be used as a substitute? I don’t want to use flour as I don’t like the way it works as a thickener.
    Thanks in advance!

  7. I have not made this yet but will very soon. My son is a veggie and will not eat red meat or chicken. Only fish but still will eat dairy products, so I am always looking for something different to fix him. I use to cook every thing for my husband so it is different to try to cook without meat or chicken.

  8. I made this tonight– delicious- not too sweet- i was worried it would be too mayo tasting or too sweet and it was neither. The green onions add that great balance and i wouldn’t skip them. I did add a little more of the sweet condense milk because i liked it a little sweeter. Great recipe- thanks

  9. This recipe is fabulous! I do not order this at restaurants anymore. I have made three times now and will make many more times.?

  10. This was unreal! Easy quick and absolutely delicious! My boyfriend orders this meal out at the restaurant all the time and he said he never will again as long as I keep making this! Way better than any take out!

  11. I made this today and my family loved it! My daughter even said, “Mommy made this all by herself!” LOL

    Great recipe and easy to follow. Thank you!!

  12. Very mayonnaise-y. Wondering if measurements are off for the sauce. Mine was a thick cream color, not thin like a glaze. As written, not what I expected.

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