Panda express honey walnut shrimp
This copycat recipe Panda express honey walnut shrimp is an easy recipe that comes together FAST! With a creamy smooth honey sauce, my secret batter ensures the shrimp STAYS CRISPY, even after you pour the sauce all over! With a few simple main ingredients, the shrimp tastes so fresh and crispy just like your favorite tempura shrimp, with crunchy sweet walnuts in every bite.
If you love this recipe, my keto kung pao shrimp, black pepper chicken, and General tso shrimp are some crowd favorite homemade takeouts!
Why this dish is better than panda express!
My version of the honey walnut shrimp dish is simply the best! It’s a quick and delicious meal, and the crispy shrimp makes it the perfect main dish every time! It’ll definitely be high up on your list of favorite homemade meals.
- Easy to find ingredients: Get all the ingredients from your local grocery store!
- Healthier: There are no refined sugars in this recipe. Plus, you can easily adjust it to be keto-friendly.
- Stovetop or air fry: Choose between shallow-frying the shrimp on a stovetop or air fry — both will give you juicy, crispy shrimp!
My panda express walnut shrimp with honey sauce is super tasty, wholesome, and easy to prepare. With these ingredients, you can quickly get started.
- For the shrimp: Large fresh shrimp, egg white, potato starch.
- Sauce ingredients: Mayo, honey, evaporated milk (unsweetened condensed milk).
- Other ingredients: Walnuts, avocado oil, scallions.
- Don’t have potato starch? You can also use tapioca starch to achieve crispy walnut shrimp
- Prefer low carb and okay with dairy? I recommend using whey protein isolate.
- Can’t find evaporated milk? Use condensed milk or my dairy-free healthy condensed milk
How to make the dish
If you’re wondering how to make this honey walnut shrimp, read on for my simple way of making it. The best part about this dish? It comes together quickly. My easy-to-follow instructions guarantee the perfect dish every time!
- Butterfly shrimp: Cut through the back of the shrimp ever so slightly
- Coat the shrimp: Thoroughly in egg white and potato starch
- Preheat the oil: Over medium-high heat at 350ºF/177ºC in a large skillet
- Shallow fry: Each side in hot oil for 2-3 minutes and let them rest to crispen
- Make the sauce: Mix in the mayo, honey, and milk in a small bowl
- Sweeten the walnuts: By tossing them in 2 tbsp of the sauce
- Garnish and serve: Drizzle the sauce all over the shrimp and walnuts in a medium bowl, and finish off with green onions.
Light and crispy secrets
- Use egg whites – For a light tempura batter, which gives the “panda express shrimp” its crispy texture
- Potato starch is better – To get a beautiful golden brown layer for the fried shrimp
- High smoke point oil – Avocado oil is a healthier choice for frying than canola or vegetable oil, and keeps the shrimp light and crispy
My copycat honey walnut shrimp recipe tastes absolutely amazing on its own, but you can change it up to suit your own taste buds. For example, making it dairy-free, or extra sweet sauce if you’re a sweet tooth.
- Want a sweeter honey walnut shrimp sauce? Adjust the amount of honey as you go
- Prefer candied walnuts? Prepare a syrup mix with equal parts of water and sugar and bring it to a boil, add the walnuts and stir for 3 minutes, and set aside to cool.
- Want it dairy-free? You can use coconut condensed milk (sweetened with coconut sugar) or the sugar free version that’s sweetened with erythritol.
- Prefer no mayo? Skip the mayo, and simply combine the honey with the evaporated milk.
Dairy-free condensed milk
We use evaporated condensed milk because there’s no added sugar. For a dairy-free version, use coconut condensed milk. For keto, there’s a sugar-free version available on amazon. (product link in my recipe card).
This homemade honey walnut shrimp is best enjoyed with a warm bowl of steamed white or brown rice, but you can also pair it with these savory and yummy dishes:
- Wholesome and healthy side dishes: The best way to include vegetables in your meal is to have them as a side dish! My fresh and crunchy Bok choy salad and panda express super greens are a perfect choice! If you prefer something low-carb, check out my Mung bean sprouts recipe.
- Make it a full meal: If you’re thinking about what to serve with honey walnut shrimp, my flavorful Garlic chili noodles takes only 15 minutes to make. For great options that are low carb, the rice paper dumplings and Konjac rice recipe are not only healthy but also very delicious!
Honey walnut shrimps is originally a Cantonese dish. This copycat Panda express version is similar to the original dish but is much sweeter in flavor.
I prefer to use extra-large jumbo white shrimp, as it’s the best for honey walnut shrimp recipes. Look out for 10-15 or 8-12 shrimps per pound.
You can but please defrost the shrimp first, and pat them dry with paper towels before you start cooking.
To maintain the flavor and texture of the shrimp with honey walnuts, refrigerate them separately from the sauce in airtight containers. Eat the shrimp within 2 days. The sauce should last for more than a week.
You can reheat the shrimp in the oven at 380F for 3 to 5 minutes. Personally, I prefer to pan-sear them in a pan (without the oil) for a few minutes.
If you love this copycat panda express honey walnut shrimp and want to explore other flavorful dinner ideas, I would highly recommend these great recipes:
- Fresh, paleo dishes like String bean chicken panda express, Paleo fish tacos, Paleo beef broccoli, and Panda express mushroom chicken are so yummy and savory. The best part? They only take 30 minutes to make with minimal prep time!
- Other easy recipes you can check out are my crispy and juicy Whole30 bang bang shrimp and Whole30 lettuce wraps which are both fresh and filling and will add extra flavor to your meal.
- You can adjust the sweetness of the sauce by using extra tablespoons honey or swapping the evaporated milk with sweetened condensed milk
- Make sure the oil is hot but not smoking hot when you shallow fry the shrimp.
- We use evaporated milk which is unsweetened. For dairy-free, use coconut condensed milk. For keto, use coconut condensed milk sugar-free version. (link in my recipe card).
- The shrimp can be air-fried but you need to use a different batter, such as the one in my Air fryer bang bang shrimp recipe.
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp Recipe
- 1 lb extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 large egg white, whisked
- 8 tbsp potato starch, tapioca starch, or 4 tbsp whey protein isolate
- ⅓ to ½ cup avocado oil
- ½ cup walnuts, unsalted whole or chopped
- 1 bulb scallion, chopped
Honey walnut shrimp sauce:
- 4 tbsp mayo
- 1 tbsp honey, or keto honey
- 2-2.5 tbsp evaporated milk, or sugar-free coconut condensed milk
- Butterfly the shrimp by making a shallow slit cut at the back “spine” of the shrimp.
- Lay out your workspace with a separate bowl for egg, potato starch, and a large plate to catch the shrimp. To start, dip your shrimp in the egg, then move to the tapioca starch to coat it evenly. Place it on the large plate as you work through the batch.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in stainless steel or cast iron pan that has a high wall to prevent grease from spilling. Test the temperature in about 3 minutes with a wooden chopstick. if it shows bubbles around the chopstick when inserting it into the oil, the temperature is hot enough. You can also use a thermometer to reach 350F/177C.
- Work in batches, and shallow fry for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Rest them over a wire rack to keep them crisp and drain excess oil.
- To make the sauce, combine mayo, honey, and milk in a bowl. Stir-well.
- To sweeten the walnuts, combine them with 2 tbsp of the sauce. Toss well.
- To serve, place the shrimp on a large serving plate and add the walnuts on top. Drizzle with more honey walnut sauce and garnish with scallions. Serve hot.
- If you see brown bits accumulating in the bottom of the pot, use a fine mesh sieve to scoop out the brown bits or the shrimp will turn to a black/brown color.
- If you want to air fry the shrimp, I recommend you follow the instructions of my air fryer bang bang shrimp recipe. https://iheartumami.com/air-fryer-bang-bang-shrimp/
- We use evaporated milk because it’s unsweetened. For dairy-free, use coconut condensed milk. For keto, use sugar-free coconut condensed milk.
- Prefer no mayo? Skip the mayo, and simply combine the honey with the evaporated milk.
- Prefer candied walnuts? Prepare a syrup mix with equal parts of water and sugar and bring it to a boil, add the walnuts and stir for 3 minutes, and transfer them out. Set them aside over a sheetpan to cool.
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This was delicious and I will definitely be making it again. Also, i candied some walnuts but it was sweet enough without them. Highly recommend you make this dish.
Thank you, Amy!
This was so good! Tasted decadent, was nice and crispy. Very easy to follow instructions and I was able to get all the ingredients from a local Sprouts grocery store. I couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers for dinner the next night! I made this with the garlic chili noodles and loved it. Will definitely be making again.
This is one of my new favorite recipes. It has just enough “tempura” on the shrimp for a light crunch and the sauce is SUPER easy and yummy with only 3 ingredients. My husband loves Panda Express and he said multiple times how good it tasted. Will definitely be making again!
That’s wonderful. I’m so happy to hear. Your husband is so lucky to have you! 😀
These honey walnut shrimp are delicious! This is my favorite Panda Express takeout dish and so glad there’s a healthier way of making it at home! We pair it with a bowl of steamed rice and some cucumber salad on the side. Everyone loves it at home! Will be making it again for our friends next time!
So happy to hear. Love these walnut shrimp, too!
We made this honey walnut shrimp and my husband loved it! Thank you for making this dish healthier and easier to make so I don’t feel intimidated. It’s yummy and we will be making it again!
You are very welcome!
We love honey walnut shrimp and I was always too afraid to attempt making it! Thank you for the easy to follow recipe! You make cooking a joy for me. My husband loved it and gave it 👍🏼👍🏼. Keep inspiring us with your recipes!
Thank you! So happy to hear!
Panda express walnut shrimp is our favorite! We made this with some friends over the other night and everyone raved about this dish! Love that the honey sauce is not too sweet and the shrimp tastes light and crisp. So happy to see this dish made healthier. We will add this dish to our holiday gatherings with family and friends. Thank you!
Thank you so much!
Normally, I don’t eat seafood but this recipe changed everything! This is by far the best seafood recipe I’ve ever tried! This recipe put panda express to Shame!
I am definitely subscribing to this site for more amazing recipes.
Thank you so much, Mark. I appreciate your kind words and support. 🙂