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Honey walnut shrimp lightened up recipe
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Honey Walnut Shrimp

This lightened up version of Honey Walnut Shrimp is inspired by the Panda Express recipe. It's full of crisp pan-seared shrimp with homemade candied walnuts
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 422kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


Candied walnuts

  • ½ cup walnut halves
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons water


Honey Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons avocado mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For Serving

  • Rice
  • Shredded green cabbage
  • Green onions


  • In large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add butter, walnuts, sugar and water. Stir until all the sugar melts and the walnuts are coated in the sugar mixture, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away. Set aside to harden; wipe down the skillet.
  • In a large bowl, place the shrimp, arrowroot starch, garlic powder, and salt and stir to combine until all the shrimp is evenly coated with the mixture.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil, and cook the shrimp, turning occasionally until they’re fully cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the avocado mayonnaise, honey and lemon juice. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and toss to combine. Add the candied walnuts on top and
  • Serve the shrimp on top of cooked rice with shaved green cabbage, sesame seeds and green onions.



Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge. To reheat, place on a pan and reheat until warmed through.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead or arrowroot starch, you can use another gluten-free starch or flour of your choice, or you can also use all-purpose flour.
  • Instead of lemon juice, you can use lime juice or another type of vinegar like red wine vinegar.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup or agave syrup. 


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 1218mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 3mg