Lightened Honey Walnut Shrimp

Do you get Chinese takeout cravings? Try this lightened honey walnut shrimp. I get the takeout cravings, too and it’s usually not for leaner dishes like broccoli beef. Honey walnut shrimp grabs my attention, and I think I know why. Growing up, this classic Chinese-American dish was top on the list with my little sister who was a picky eater. Our family had to get it whenever we ordered takeout. Heck, not even just takeout! This crispy and creamy dish is so popular even the “authentic” Chinese restaurants carried it. What I like most about honey walnut prawns is the succulent shrimp and candied walnuts. I am not a huge fan of the thick mayo sauce. They always smothered the shrimps in it.
This weekend the cravings kicked in. Uh-oh. Instead of caving into cravings, I thought why not make a healthier version?

Lightened Honey Walnut Shrimp

 Prep Time: 25 minutes
 Cook Time: 25 minutes
 Total Time: 50 minutes

For the Candied Walnuts:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup walnuts

For the Sauce:
  • 1/4  cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  tsp red pepper flakes (optional, unless you like it spicy)

For the Shrimp:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4  cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 pound of shrimp , peeled, deveined and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Add water and sugar into a medium sauce pan. Bring the mixture to boil, stirring occasionally. Add the walnuts allowing them to boil for three minutes.
  2. Remove the walnuts with a slotted spoon, and set aside to cool.
  3. Add mayonnaise, milk, honey, garlic powder, salt and red pepper flakes to a bowl. Whisk with a fork, and set aside.
  4. Prepare your batter station: Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl. Add panko breadcrumbs into a separate bowl. Set both aside.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with flour until well coated.
  6. Dip each shrimp first in the egg mixture then in the panko mixture.
  7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add one tablespoon oil to cook half the shrimp. Lay the shrimp on it’s side on the skillet surface. Flip when golden brown, about 10 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and shrimp.
  8. Add shrimp, sauce and walnuts into a large bowl. 

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