My kids love Panda Express. And I mean LOVE it. But as picky kiddos go, they only like one thing there and that is the honey walnut shrimp. I can easily drop $30 on just shrimp for just my kids for one meal. Since that is not really practical, I did some digging and figured out how to make it at home. Now, this is not a perfect copycat. Yes, Panda Express is still better BUT it is darn close and it made my boys happy. I used a bag of extra large shrimp and it was gone super fast.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
Sweet, crispy and delicious
- 1 lb extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup water
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 4 egg whites
- 2/3 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- Oil for frying
In a small saucepan, add water, white sugar and walnuts. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Once done, drain water and place walnuts on a paper towel lined plate to dry.
Whisk the egg whites until they are really frothy and then add the corn starch. Whisk again to combine.
Heat about 1/2 an inch of oil in a medium to large pot on medium high heat.
Place the shrimp in the bowl with the egg whites and stir to coat. Remove one shrimp at a time and allow the excess to drip off. Place in hot oil and repeat with as many shrimp as you can fit in the pot without overcrowding. Cook each side about 3-5 minutes or until it gets to be a nice golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. Continue until all the shrimp is cooked.
In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, honey and sweetened condensed milk.
Put the cooked shrimp in a large bowl and pour the sweet mixture as well as the walnuts over top. Gently stir to combine.
This goes well with some white or brown rice or even a side of lo mein.