A few years ago my husband got me to finally try one of his favorite Chinese dishes, Walnut Shrimp. First of all, I am not a big walnut fan, and second of all I never have been a big shrimp fan. I finally gave in and tried it and since that moment I can't go to a chinese restaurant without ordering Walnut Shrimp! I was looking for the recipe so I could make my own, and I came across this copy cat version from pandaexpressathome.blogspot. I had a lot of fun making this, and was so happy that this turned out to taste just like the restaurants version. Next time though, I won't be lazy and I will make sure I take the tails off the shrimp before I cook them!
1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined (I used frozen large shrimp, remove tails)
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
3 egg whites
1 tsp. paprika
salt and pepper
2 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoon mayonaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 Tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
(I doubled this because I love this sauce!!!)
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a large bowl and set aside.
Bring the water to a boil in a small pot and add the sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and add the walnuts. Boil for 2 minutes. Drain and place the walnuts on parchment paper line cookie sheet to dry.
In another bowl combine together flour and egg white. Mix until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and paprika.
Heat the oil and pan fry the shrimp until golden brown. Roughly 60 second per side. Then drain the excess oil off by placing on a paper towel. Toss the shrimp and walnuts in the creamy sauce mixture.