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Honey Walnut Shrimp Recipe - Panda Express Copycat

Are you a fan of Panda Express? If so, you're going to love this Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp Recipe. It's the perfect copycat.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword honey walnut shrimp recipe, panda express copycat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 346kcal


  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce

  • ¼ cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ½ cup glazed walnuts
  • thinly sliced scallions for garnish, optional


  • Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
  • Glazed walnuts and Japanese mayo.
  • Place the shrimp in a gallon-sized plastic bag. Add the garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
  • Add cornstarch to the bag. Close the bag and shake it so the shrimp are coated in the cornstarch and seasonings, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk, honey, and lemon juice.
  • Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add about ½ inch of vegetable oil to a large skillet with deep sides over medium heat. Test the oil with one of the shrimp if it starts to bubble lightly at the edges it is hot enough. In batches, not touching, fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side until they are cooked through, curled, and opaque. They will not get a lot of color on them from frying since we are using cornstarch.
  • Drain them on a paper-towel-lined plate while you fry the additional shrimp.
  • Add the shrimp and walnuts to a large bowl, pour the sauce on top.
  • Toss everything together until combined.
  • Serve with a garnish of scallions.
  • Enjoy every bite!


  • These shrimp are lightly coated in the sauce. If you like more sauce I suggest doubling the sauce recipe and serving half on the side as a dipping sauce.
  • Slightly sweet and tangy, these honey walnut shrimp are addictive and full of flavor! If you like more of a breaded shrimp you can dip them in tempura batter and deep fry them before tossing them in the sauce.
  • Leftovers served cold are also good!


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 293mg | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 3mg