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

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!

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! 🙂

 Recipe adapted from All Recipes 

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Honey Walnut Shrimp

5 from 3 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 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.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 18gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 136mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian American, Chinese
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.

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  1. 5 stars
    actually have not made this yet but I am so excited to make it! I eat this dish out often, and it is pricey so I am hoping this will be just as good!
    Thank you!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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-

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.