These Walnut Prawns are so yummy. My friend and I used to love getting takeout from this amazing Chinese restaurant when we were in our twenty's and as soon as I saw this recipe...I knew I had to try it to see how it compared.
If you've never had Walnut Prawns, they are slightly crunchy shrimp with candied nuts, all slathered in a creamy, tangy-sweet sauce. I LOVE that Nom Nom Paleo re-created these Walnut Prawns, because it took me back!! It's so delicious!!
You will need:
- 3 tablespoons Homemade Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 pound uncooked large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 egg white
- 2 tablespoons tapioca starch (also called tapioca flour)
- 1 cup ghee, or healthy fat of choice, for frying
- 1/2 cup Maple-Spiced Walnuts
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
I happened to get these large shrimp at Costco....they were big and already deveined! Bonus! I just had to peel them!
- First, if you haven't already...make the homemade mayo, and prepare the Maple-Spiced Walnuts and sesame seeds.
- Make the sauce. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, honey, and lemon juice, and whisk to combine into a sweet, creamy dressing. Set aside.
- Toss the shrimp in a separate bowl with the salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy, and add the tapioca starch. Mix to form a smooth batter...no clumps!
- Add the shrimp to the batter and mix well, making sure they are completely coated.
- Melt the ghee in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once the ghee is shimmering, fry the shrimp in three separate batches. Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they're golden on the outside and no longer translucent on the inside. Transfer the shrimp to a wire rack.
- When all the batches are done, place the shrimp in a bowl with the honey-mayonnaise sauce, and toss gently to coat the prawns before plating. Sprinkle the Maple-Spiced Walnuts and toasted sesame seeds on the prawns, and serve immediately.
-This recipe is from Nom Nom Paleo. The picture of the finished dish is also from the cookbook....I made these and I got so caught up in how yummy they were and serving them to my guests that I totally forgot to take a photo!!!! I'll be making these again...so I will add mine next time;)