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  • Writer's pictureDeana Thai

Airfryer Honey Walnut Shrimp

Updated: Mar 3, 2021

Creamy and sweet crispy crunchy shrimp tastes so delightful with a hot bowl of steamy rice!
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One of my favorite dish to eat when we go to a Chinese restaurant is the "Honey Walnut Shrimps"! But it is extremely expensive! I'm glad I am abled to make it at home using my airfryer for a healthier version! It is so delicious with fresh hot rice and some leafy greens. I love how the honey mayonnaise glaze compliments the crunch on the outside and natural shrimp flavor on the inside. The toasted sesame adds a nuttiness to the overall flavor and the candied walnuts creates a contrast of texture.

Honey walnut shrimp is a popular cantonese dish originated in Hong Kong. It is served in restaurants and have become so popular that one can find easily! It's a wonder how something so simple tastes so delicious! Lightly batter and fried, then glazed in a honey mixture and served with candied walnuts. It is a joy to eat and so satisfying to one's belly.

I'm cooking mine up in the Instant Pot Vortex today! It is a healthier version for my family to enjoy. But if you don't have an airfryer, just fry them up on the stove top with some oil. As with any seafood, shrimps cook amazing fast! So in order for the shrimp to not be over cooked, the shrimps will need to chill thoroughly. This will insured that the batter on the outside has enough time to crisp/crunch up in the airfryer without overcooking the shrimp.



  • 1lb large shrimp (Veins and shells removed)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup potato/corn/tapioca starch


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (reduce to 1 teaspoon for thicker consistency)

  • 2 tbsp honey


  • 1/4 cup honey

  • 1 cup walnuts

Optional Garnishes

  • 2-3 parsley leaves

  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds


Preparing the Shrimp

  1. Prepare the shrimp by removing shells and veins.

  2. Marinate with salt and pepper.

  3. Add one beaten egg.

  4. Coat the shrimp with potato/corn/tapioca starch. Using a little be at a time. Gently squeeze batter onto shrimps.

  5. Chill in fridge for 20-30 minutes.

  6. Preheat airfryer to 400°F on airfry.

  7. Airfry shrimps for 8-minutes flipping half way through or when airfryer chimes. The instant pot vortex has a flipping alert chime.

  8. No airfryer option: Bring enough cooking oil to 375°F on medium heat and cook battered shrimps for 3-4 minutes on each side.

  9. Toss finished shrimp into the honey mayonnaise glaze. Garnish with parsley and toasted sesame seeds if you would like.

  10. Serve with hot steamy rice and leafy greens!

Preparing the Candied Walnuts

  1. Add 1/4 cup honey to a sauce pan.

  2. Set heat to medium high until it bubbles. Reduce heat to medium or medium low for 5-minutes to simmer and reduce by half.

  3. Add 1 cup of walnuts and continue to reduce honey and coat all surfaces of the walnuts. This process will produce a candy shell on the walnuts.

  4. When most of the honey reduces, turn off heat and spread walnuts onto a baking tray with parchment paper. Allow to cool and harden.

Honey & Mayo Glaze

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, honey and sweetened condensed milk.

  2. If you would like a thicken consistency to the glaze, reduce condensed milk to 1 teaspoon.

  3. Mix throughly until incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Supplies & Products:

Instant Pot Vortex:

Instant Vortex Omni 26L:

Sweetened Condensed Milk:

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