A healthy spin on Chinese takeout, this skinny honey walnut shrimp is tossed with a sweet and spicy Greek yogurt sauce and topped with sweet walnuts!
Why you’ll love it: Ditch the take out and make walnut shrimp yourself. It’s fast and easy, and better for you.
How long it takes: less than a half hour
Equipment you’ll need: skillet
Hey hey! It’s Megan from The Housewife in Training Files back again! If you couldn’t tell by now, I really have a craving for Chinese food! Last time we decided sweet and sour shrimp lettuce wraps were a great idea and today, I have yet another healthier takeout recipe that rivals my love of lettuce wraps, skinny honey walnut shrimp!
My husband would eat Chinese food every week if he could. I don’t blame him! It’s quick, tasty and you can get a few meals out of one takeout order. But in our love of making dishes at home rather than going out to eat, we have experimented with homemade versions of our takeout favorites quite often lately.
About This Shrimp Recipe
The classic honey walnut shrimp is a heavily battered dish doused in a mayo and honey based sauce. I am not going to lie. There is a time and place for those greasy and comforting dishes but most nights I will pass and opt for a healthy version. One that has me coming back for more, rather than running to the gym!
I made over this dish by skipping the heavy batter, as I find it ends up soggy and unappetizing. The shrimp themselves are tender and sweet so I don’t feel like they need to hide under a greasy batter! As the batter went out the window, so did the idea of deep frying them. A quick sauté is all they need.
Lastly, I swap out the mayo for Greek yogurt to lighten up the sauce. The honey stays in to do the sweetening, and I add a touch of red pepper flakes for some spice. The sauce is smooth and velvety but not overly sweet — the perfect pairing with the shrimp.
Since you can’t have honey walnut shrimp without the sugared walnuts, I simmer them in mixture of Truvia (a sugar substitute) and water to give them sweetness but not leave you with a broken tooth. Don’t care for Truvia? Substitute sugar if you like.
You won’t believe how quickly this dish comes together! With a sauce that is whipped up in minutes and quick cooking shrimp, you will be throwing away that Chinese takeout menu in no time!
PS Try making your own, much more healthy, fried rice! It’s so easy!
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup Truvia (or sugar)
- ½ cup walnut halves
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined (30/41 is what I used)
- Cooked white or brown rice, if desired
- 1 green onion, sliced, for garnish
- Bring water & Truvia (or sugar) to a boil in a small pot over medium high heat. Add the walnuts. Boil 2 minutes, drain and place walnuts on a plate to allow to cool.
- Combine Greek yogurt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and honey in small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the coconut oil.
- Add the shrimp and stir fry quickly until they start to turn pink and start to curl, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the shrimp over and let the shrimp cook another minute or two until no longer translucent.
- Turn off the heat and remove the skillet from the heat. Drain off liquid if any remains in the skillet. Add the Greek yogurt sauce and walnuts. Mix well.
- Spoon shrimp and sauce over rice and top with green onions.
- If you use different size shrimp than 30/41 count, your cooking times will vary: less time for smaller shrimp or more time for larger shrimp.
- Rice not included in nutrition information.
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