This honey walnut shrimp recipe just got a makeover for the air fryer. If you’ve never had honey walnut shrimp before it’s a crispy deep fried shrimp tossed in a sweet honey sauce and it gets served with candied walnuts. Panda Express has a really good version of it. I usually get that with some Orange Chicken or Beef and Broccoli. Make this dish in under 20 minutes by using one of that 90-second microwave Jasmine Rice, Basmati Rice, or brown rice if you want more fiber. Been loving those lately.
The shrimp gets coated in a tempura batter. Tempura is a batter made of eggs, flour, and water. Cornstarch is often used instead of flour. I didn’t want to use regular panko bread crumbs for the shrimp coating because that isn’t how Panda Express makes their version.
What Ingredients do I need?
In this section, you can find substitutes or suggestions for certain ingredients. I also will try and list out what the ingredients' purpose is for.
Shrimp - 1 pound of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Egg whites - I like to use use the carton egg whites, saves time trying to crack the eggs open and splitting the egg whites up.
Cornstarch - All-purpose flour can be used instead of cornstarch
Mayonnaise - can sub Greek Yogurt if you want something healthier
Condensed Milk - no substitute
Honey - Leftover cooked diced ham
Walnuts - no substitute
How to make Air Fryer Honey Walnut Shrimp
To print the full recipe please see the recipe card below.
Mix egg whites and salt together in a bowl. Whisk until frothy and add in cornstarch. The mixture will thick and pasty.
Season shrimp with salt and pepper and dip in the cornstarch mixture.
Lay a sheet of parchment in your air fryer basket (this is not necessary but helps with spills). Place the shrimp in your air fryer basket.
Set your air fryer to 330 degrees for 12 minutes shrimp.
While the shrimp is cooking, make the sauce. Combine mayonnaise, condensed milk, and honey in a small bowl.
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar; cook until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add walnuts. Turn heat down to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup thickens and turns into a dark caramel color, 4 to 7 minutes.
What air fryers are best?
I've had 3 or 4 different air fryers or the past 5 years and each one of them has worked very well with the air fryer recipes on this site. If you want to be able to cook more food for your family at once then get an air fryer with a large basket such as 5.3 quarts. Look for ones that say nonstick on them and has multiple program settings.
Power XL Air Fryer 5.3 Quart Basket. - This was my very first air fryer.
Our 5.3QT Power Air-Fryer comes in handy in preparing amazing meals from your cookbook, and frying a variety of dishes, such as: French fries, chicken, steak, roasts, fish tacos and sticks, waffle fries, pies, pudding and donuts.
Ninja Foodi Grill and Air Fryer - This air fryer works very well too but the air fryer setting doesn't go below 300 degrees. If there's a recipe that calls for lower temperatures you have to use the bake setting. It air frys, roasts, grills, and dehydrates food.
Cosori 4 Qt Air Fryer- This air fryer doesn't require any preheating and has several different functions for cooking chicken, meat, frozen foods, etc. There are 5 different functions.
Air fryer temperature settings vary according to brand and model. If your air fryer does not have the exact temperature setting called for in the recipe, consult your manual for suggested temperature settings.
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- 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
- 4 egg whites, whisked
- ⅔ cup corn starch
- ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- Scallions for Garnish
- Mix egg whites and salt together in a bowl. Whisk until frothy and add in cornstarch. The mixture will thick and pasty.
- Season shrimp with salt and pepper and dip in the cornstarch mixture.
- Lay a sheet of parchment in your air fryer basket (this is not necessary but helps with spills). Place the shrimp in your air fryer basket.
- Set your air fryer to 330 degrees for 12 minutes shrimp.
- While the shrimp is cooking, make the sauce. Combine mayonnaise, condensed milk, and honey in a small bowl.
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar; cook until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add walnuts. Turn heat down to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally until syrup thickens and turns into a dark caramel color, 4 to 7 minutes.
myWW points blue 8, purple 8, green 9 (¼ of the shrimp)
My WW Personal Points: 10 Click here to see in recipe builder (will have to log in)
- Category: Easy
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 367
- Sugar: 11g
- Sodium: 806mg
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 33g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 33g
Keywords: air fryer walnut shrimp