Can you believe that I first came up with this Paleo Walnut Shrimp recipe over five years ago, and I’m only getting around to posting it now?
It’s one of my favorite dishes from our first cookbook (and our app), but for years, I held off on publishing this recipe on my blog, waiting (and waiting, and waiting…) for a super-special occasion to do so. After all, in my family, Walnut Shrimp was only served at happy gatherings—which is probably why I associate this dish with such fond memories. And when my parents would take us out for celebratory feasts (in Chinese restaurants, naturally), I could never resist the siren call of crunchy shrimp and candied nuts—all slathered in a creamy, tangy-sweet sauce.
Well, I suppose the start of the Lunar New Year is a good enough reason to finally whip out this beloved dish. My Paleo Walnut Shrimp is an utterly authentic-tasting real-food version of this Hong Kong classic; once you try it, I bet you’ll love it as much as I do.
Paleo Walnut Shrimp
- 3 tablespoons Paleo Mayonnaise (if you don’t feel like making it, buy Primal Kitchen Mayo)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 pound (approximately 20 to 25) uncooked large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¾ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
- 1 cup ghee (or fat of choice) for frying
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
Let’s start with the nuts. Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle position. Add the walnuts, maple syrup, melted ghee, salt, and cayenne to a medium bowl, and stir to combine. Make sure the nuts are well coated.
Spread the walnuts in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes or until fragrant, stirring often to ensure even cooking. Keep a close eye on the walnuts—particularly in the last few minutes—to prevent scorching. Take the walnuts out of the oven, and give them one final toss. They’ll still be…
Read the full recipe on Nom Nom Paleo.