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Low-Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp

The perfect Panda Express low-carb alternative – this low-carb honey walnut shrimp recipe is full of flavor and low in carbohydrates (just 2g net carbs per serving!).

low-carb honey walnut shrimp on a plate

Low-Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp Recipe

Inspired by one of my favorite takeout options, this low-carb honey walnut shrimp hits the spot. The shrimp is tossed in a low-carb batter fried to golden brown and then tossed with candied walnuts in a light honey sauce. This is a healthier, low-carb, and sugar-free version of the ever-popular Panda Express menu item. 


  • shrimp: 1 lb peeled, deveined, and tail off
  • walnuts
  • sugar-free honey
  • egg whites: or one large egg
  • mayonnaise
  • butter
  • whey protein isolate: for the batter, make sure to use unflavored. I’m using this brand.
  • sweetener: for the candied walnuts, I’m using monk fruit in the raw
  • avocado oil: to shallow fry the shrimp, enough to cover the bottom of the saucepan. any neutral oil works
  • heavy cream: for the sauce, however half and half or condensed milk are great substitutes
  • green onions: for serving
ingredients for honey walnut shrimp.

Whey Protein

Did you know you can use whey protein isolate as a low-carb alternative to flour for the batter? It’s high in protein, has zero carbs, and is naturally gluten-free!

Keto Honey

You can use any sugar-free sweetener you’d like, but I prefer to stick with a honey version to mimic the original recipe. I’m using ChocZero Keto Honey. This is the closest sugar-free honey that tastes just like the real thing.

How to make Low-Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp

Make the honey sauce: In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of honey, four tablespoons of mayo, and two tablespoons of heavy cream. Set to the side.

Make candied walnuts: In a saucepan, add one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of sweetener. Let it melt and stir until completely incorporated. Add a half cup of walnuts and mix. Transfer it to a baking dish or wire rack to allow it to cool and harden.

Cook the shrimp:  Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel. In a large bowl, mix the egg whites and whey protein until a batter forms. Add the shrimp to the mixture and fold together.  In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to the hot oil, making sure to not overcrowd your pan. You’ll want to do this one batch at a time. 

Serve: Toss the shrimp in the honey sauce with the candied walnuts. Garnish with green onions and a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Tips for making Low-Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp

Pat the shrimp dry. Since there is a lot of moisture in shrimp, you’ll want to pat it dry with a paper towel to get out as much of that moisture as possible before coating it with the batter. This will help the shrimp fry better as opposed to it being steamed from too much liquid.

Make sure the oil is hot before adding shrimp. Test the oil after about 2-3 minutes with a wooden chopstick. If bubbles form around the chopstick, then the oil is hot enough.

Honey walnut shrimp on a plate at a 45 degree angle.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Place the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. Honey Walnut Shrimp will last up to 4 days in the fridge. 

I don’t recommend freezing honey walnut shrimp, because it will come mushy and lose its crispy texture after it is thawed.

To reheat: Using a non-stick pan, reheat honey walnut shrimp on the stove over medium heat so that the shrimp and walnuts maintain their crispy texture.

What to serve with Low-Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp

I love serving this honey walnut shrimp with cauliflower rice. But you can also serve it with shirataki noodles, in lettuce wraps, with steamed veggies, or your favorite low-carb side dish. 

A plate of low-carb honey walnut shrimp.

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Low Carb Honey Walnut Shrimp

The perfect Panda Express low carb alternative – this keto honey walnut shrimp recipe is full of flavor and low in calories.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 547 kcal


  • 1 lb shrimp (peeled, deveined, tail off)
  • 2 egg whites (or one large egg)
  • 4 tablespoons whey protein isolate (unflavored)
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil

Honey Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons mayo (I'm using avocado mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar free honey

Candied Walnuts

  • 0.5 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (Monk Fruit in the Raw)


  • In a small bowl, mix the mayo, honey, and heavy cream in a small bowl and set to the side.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the sweetener over medium heat until fully combined. Add the walnuts and mix together. Place walnuts in a baking dish or on a rack and allow to cool and harden.
  • In a large bowl, add the egg whites and whey protein powder. Mix together until fully combined. Add the shrimp to the mixture and fold together until the shrimp is fully coated.
  • Heat the avocado oil over medium high heat in a large non stick pan. Test the oil in about 2-3 minutes with a wooden chopstick. When it bubbles around the chopstick, the oil hot enough.
  • Add the shrimp to the skillet in an even layer and cook 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. You'll want to do this in batches.
  • Place the shrimp on a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath to catch excess oil.
  • In a bowl, toss the shrimp and candied walnuts in the honey sauce.
  • Garnish with green onions and squeeze of lemon.


Calories: 547kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 33gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 350mgPotassium: 396mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 1mg
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