Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp, an easy holiday appetizer for a crowd with frozen popcorn shrimp and an easy honey walnut shrimp sauce recipe!
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Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp, an easy appetizer or quick family meal for the holidays! If you’ve ever had Honey Walnut Shrimp, you know how delicious it is! However, it can be a lot of work breading and deep frying the shrimp. Thanks to Gorton’s Popcorn Shrimp, you can have a quick and easy version in no time!
Wondering what to make with popcorn shrimp or need a quick appetizer idea? This crispy Honey Walnut Shrimp is so delicious and easy to make thanks to Gorton’s frozen popcorn shrimp. Most Honey Walnut Shrimp recipes have you batter and deep fry the shrimp. That not only take a long time it can be really messy and require a lot of clean-up.
Who wants all that mess and clean-up especially during the holiday season when we’re all so busy?! Not me!
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How to make Honey Walnut Shrimp:
For this Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp recipe, first thing to do is bake the popcorn shrimp. Make sure it’s golden brown and crispy before removing from the oven.
You could also follow the directions on the box of Gorton’s popcorn shrimp for other cooking methods such as deep frying, but I found baking to be the easiest.
While the popcorn shrimp is baking, make the honey walnut shrimp sauce. The honey walnut shrimp sauce recipe is really easy to make. There are some variations on the internet for other recipes. I really liked adding fresh orange juice to my version but you can adjust to your personal liking.
To make the sauce, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, sweetened condensed milk, orange juice, and salt in a large bowl until well combined. Give it a quick taste and add a little more of anything you think it may need. Some of you may want to add a little more orange juice.
I think fresh orange works the best in this Honey Walnut Shrimp sauce, but if you don’t want to go through the trouble, bottled orange juice will work ok.
Take your warm, baked popcorn shrimp and mix it in the large bowl with the Honey Walnut Shrimp sauce along with the toasted walnuts.
You can pre-toast the walnuts anyway you’d like but I find baking them on a sheet pan along with the shrimp works well since the oven is already on! Just be sure to keep an eye on them and stir them every few minutes so they don’t burn!
You can also toast the walnuts in the microwave, toaster oven, or pan on the stovetop. You don’t HAVE to toast the walnuts but it does give a nice toasty nutty flavor to the overall dish.
Spoon the shrimp onto a serving plate or platter. I thought the popcorn shrimp well on a bed of Bibb lettuce. This Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp did NOT last long in my house. Oh my goodness, my kids could NOT keep their hands off!
These crispy Honey Walnut Shrimp are the best easy shrimp appetizer for a crowd! You could make multiple boxes of shrimp and easily multiply the Honey Walnut Shrimp sauce recipe for the additional shrimp.
To make things even easier, make the Honey Walnut Shrimp sauce ahead of time and store in the fridge.
If you’re looking for a quick family dinner, these shrimp would also work great. Serve over some rice and vegetables and you have a quick and easy weeknight family dinner.
So easy, your kids could make dinner. :)
Are you having a New Year’s Eve party? How fun would this Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp be for New Year’s Eve parties?!
This easy Honey Walnut Shrimp recipe really couldn’t be any easier thanks to Gorton’s Popcorn Shrimp! It really helps make a quick and easy crispy Honey Walnut Shrimp!
Hope you enjoy these Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp!
Easy Honey Walnut Popcorn Shrimp
- Preheat oven to 435 degrees F.
- Arrange frozen popcorn shrimp on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake shrimp about 14-16 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy, turning shrimp over about halfway through cooking.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, sweetened condensed milk, orange juice, and salt until well combined.
- Stir shrimp and walnuts into bowl until well combined. Place on serving platter and serve immediately.
(Nutrition data is provided when available for informational purposes only and calculated using an online nutritional calculator. For the most accurate information please calculate based on specific ingredients and brands you use as well as any changes you made to the recipe. I am not a certified nutritionist or registered dietician and any nutritional information provided should only be used as a general guideline and estimate.)
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