Panda Express’ Honey Walnut Shrimp – CopyCat

Panda Express’ honey walnut shrimp is one of those must-have dishes when at Panda Express. Along with the orange chicken, the honey walnut shrimp appeals who loves sweets. In fact, it feels like you’re eating crack because its so addictive. Honey walnut shrimp won’t be available in  restaurants in China because it isn’t an authentic Chinese dish. But in western countries like American, you can find them. Chinese restaurants that specialize in Cantonese cuisines tend to serve these.

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The Sweet Honey Walnut Shrimp

Panda Express’ honey walnut shrimp takes the oomph of Chinese seasoning and combines it with candied walnuts and honey to shrimp. Its a nice change from those who aren’t used to pure Chinese flavors.  The honey instead relies on sweetness from the candied walnut all the way to the coating of the shrimp. All the added sugar doesn’t make it an healthy meal, but there’s no added fat content like butter to make it bad for you. If you want a healthier version, you can always opt for an air fryer instead of deep frying the walnuts and shrimps.

Casade Hildalgo’s copycat version of Panda Express’ Honey Walnut Shrimp also achieves the crack addicting taste. It also uses everyday seasoning and spices that anyone can get their hands on. And instead of paying restaurant price, you can make your own at a fraction of the cost. The batter ijust any regular batter, but has a touch of kick by combining paprika and sriracha into it. The garlic salt and sriracha allows for the dish to retain a touch of Chinese taste into it. For most Americans or those who aren’t used to Chinese dishes, this would be a nice dish to start with. The familiar western ingredients are common and can even become a household favorite.

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Panda Express' Honey Walnut Shrimp
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Panda Express' Honey Walnut Shrimp from Cascade Hildalgo

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Panda Express' Honey Walnut Shrimp
Servings: 2


Glaze for Walnut

Batter With Shrimp

  • 2/3 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 5 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 1/2 lb Shrimp

Honey Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Condense milk


Candied Walnut

  • Mix the water, sugar, and brown sugar together
  • Heat them up in a sauce pan and add in the walnuts
  • Coat evenly and remove to let cool

The Shrimp

  • Make the batter by combining cornstarch, garlic salt, paprika, an egg, and sriracha together
  • Dip and completely coat each shrimp in the batter
  • Heat up a pan of oil
  • Fry each shrimp until they are golden brown


  • Separately add in mayonnaise, garlic salt, lie juice, honey, and condense milk and mix until uniform
  • Throw in the fried shrimp and coat evenly
  • Serve with the walnuts on a separate plate

Panda Express' Honey Walnut Shrimp Texture

The best part of this copycat Panda Express’ Honey Walnut Shrimp is the bite full of crunchiness. Walnuts are already crunchy themselves, but when coated when sugar, makes it even more satisfying. Then you reach the honey shrimp. Thanks to the batter, they have a medium crunch on the outside and as you go deeper, you get that soft tender shrimp in the inside. The added texture compliments the tenderness of the shrimp and goes with rice.

Combine and mix the water, sugar, and brown sugar together. Bring to a simmer.

Add in the walnuts and mix until they are completely coated.

Lay on a parchment sheet to let it cool

Create the batter by mixing in cornstarch, garlic salt, and paprika, together.

Whisk in an egg and pour water into the mixture 

Dip and coat each shrimp with the batter

Deep fry in a pan of oil until golden brown

Combine lime juice, garlic salt, honey, mayonnaise, and condense milk together.

Toss the fried shrimp together and mix until covered. 

Panda Express' Honey Walnut Shrimp

Garnish with with the walnut and scallion and enjoy!

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