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How To Make Walnut Shrimp

Welcome to De Tang Zhen Wei, the best Asian fusion restaurant in Miami, where we blend the bold flavors of Asia with innovative culinary techniques to create unforgettable dining experiences. Today, we’re diving into the tantalizing world of Walnut Shrimp—a dish that perfectly marries the richness of walnuts with the succulence of shrimp. Join us as we explore the history, recipe, and exciting variations of this beloved Asian fusion delicacy.

Unveiling the Origins: The History of Walnut Shrimp

Fried shrimp, sweet creamy sauce and candied walnuts close-up.

Venturing into the culinary annals of Guangdong province in Southern China unveils the origins of Walnut Shrimp—a dish that epitomizes the region’s culinary creativity and coastal bounty. Renowned for its vibrant culinary landscape, Guangdong cuisine weaves a rich tapestry of flavors and textures, drawing inspiration from its abundant seafood and fertile lands.

It was within this fertile culinary soil that the ingenious combination of shrimp and walnuts first took root, captivating palates with its harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and nutty notes. Inspired by the abundance of fresh seafood along the coast and the versatility of walnuts grown in the region’s lush orchards, chefs in Guangdong began experimenting with innovative flavor pairings, seeking to tantalize the taste buds of diners far and wide.

What sets Walnut Shrimp apart is its exotic pairing of succulent shrimp with a velvety walnut sauce—a marriage of flavors and textures that is as unexpected as it is delightful. The tender seafood provides a delicate canvas upon which the crunchy nuts impart their rich, nutty essence, creating a symphony of textures that dance across the palate in perfect harmony. Each bite is a tantalizing journey of contrasts, where the delicate sweetness of the shrimp meets the robust crunch of the walnuts, leaving a lasting impression that lingers long after the meal is over.

As the dish gained popularity within the culinary epicenter of Guangdong, its irresistible allure began to spread beyond the borders of the province, captivating diners with its unique flavor profile and captivating presentation. From bustling street markets to elegant banquet halls, Walnut Shrimp became a celebrated delicacy cherished for its exquisite taste and artistic presentation—a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of Guangdong’s culinary artisans.

Today, Walnut Shrimp stands as a shining example of Guangdong’s culinary prowess, showcasing the region’s ability to transform humble ingredients into culinary masterpieces that transcend cultural boundaries. As diners around the world continue to savor the rich flavors and textures of this beloved dish, they pay homage to the vibrant culinary heritage of Guangdong province and the enduring legacy of Walnut Shrimp.

Recipe for Walnut Shrimp: A Symphony of Flavor

Now, let’s delve into the heart of the matter: the recipe for Walnut Shrimp. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Two tablespoons of condensed milk
  • One tablespoon honey
  • One teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish


  • In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, condensed milk, honey, and lemon juice to make the walnut sauce. Stir until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then coat them evenly with cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Fry the coated shrimp in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
  • In a separate pan, toast the chopped walnuts over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned.
  • Toss the fried shrimp and toasted walnuts in the walnut sauce until evenly coated.
  • Transfer the Walnut Shrimp to a serving platter, garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, and serve hot.

Exciting Takes on the Recipe

Fried shrimp with sauce - Chinese cuisine.

While the classic Walnut Shrimp recipe holds a special place in culinary hearts, the canvas of creativity beckons, offering boundless opportunities to reimagine this beloved dish; here at De Tang Zhen Wei, we revel in the art of culinary innovation, infusing traditional flavors with contemporary flair. Let’s delve into some exciting variations that will tantalize your taste buds and awaken your senses:

Spicy Sriracha Walnut Shrimp

Ignite your palate with a fiery rendition of Walnut Shrimp that packs a punch. Introducing the bold and tangy flavors of sriracha sauce into the walnut sauce mixture transforms this dish into a tantalizing fusion of heat and sweetness. The marriage of spicy sriracha with the nutty richness of walnuts elevates the dish to new heights, creating an unforgettable symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more.

Coconut-Crusted Walnut Shrimp

Transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with a Coconut-Crusted Walnut Shrimp that delights with every bite. Coating the shrimp in shredded coconut before frying adds a layer of crispy texture and subtle sweetness that harmonizes beautifully with the nutty richness of the walnut sauce. Each mouthful is a delightful dance of flavors and textures reminiscent of sun-kissed shores and swaying palm trees.

Teriyaki Glazed Walnut Shrimp

Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Japan with a Teriyaki Glazed Walnut Shrimp that is sure to captivate your senses. Brushing the shrimp with teriyaki sauce before tossing them in the walnut sauce infuses the dish with the savory-sweet flavors of soy, mirin, and ginger. The rich umami notes of teriyaki complement the nutty richness of the walnuts, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more.

Citrus-Ginger Walnut Shrimp

Illuminate your palate with the vibrant freshness of Citrus-Ginger Walnut Shrimp, a delightful fusion of zesty citrus and aromatic ginger. Adding grated ginger and a splash of orange juice to the walnut sauce imparts a refreshing burst of flavor that cuts through the richness of the dish. Each bite is a harmonious balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy, awakening the senses and leaving a lingering impression of culinary excellence.

Honey Garlic Walnut Shrimp

Indulge in the exquisite blend of sweet and savory flavors with Honey Garlic Walnut Shrimp. Incorporating minced garlic and honey into the walnut sauce creates a delectable glaze that coats the shrimp in a sticky, caramelized perfection. The aromatic garlic infuses the dish with depth of flavor, while the honey adds a subtle sweetness that complements the nutty richness of the walnuts. Each bite is a symphony of flavors that delights the palate and leaves you craving more.

At De Tang Zhen Wei, we invite you to embark on a culinary adventure with Walnut Shrimp and its innovative variations. Whether you prefer a fiery kick, a tropical twist, or a savory-sweet sensation, our creative twists on this classic dish promise to enchant and delight. Join us as we reimagine tradition and elevate Asian fusion cuisine to new heights of flavor and sophistication.

Try More Delicacies

Whether you stick to the classic recipe or experiment with innovative twists, Walnut Shrimp is sure to dazzle your taste buds with its irresistible blend of flavors and textures. So why not channel your inner chef and embark on a culinary adventure with this delectable Asian fusion dish at De Tang Zhen Wei?

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