Honey Walnut Shrimp
By combining ingredients just-so and then freezing them, we can offer meal ideas you wouldn’t otherwise think of throwing together after a long work day. There just wouldn’t be time. But when everything is measured and mixed and portioned ahead of time, those “complicated” meals suddenly become a whole lot more approachable. So the next time you’re craving walnut shrimp, don’t try to find the time to create it from scratch or call for takeout, check out Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp in our freezer case.
Inspired by numerous restaurant versions of this dish, we set out to create an easy-to-make iteration you could have on the table in less time than it would take to have it delivered. What we found with some of the restaurant versions was an abundance of batter, and pretty small shrimp. We’re using large shrimp and a batter that lightly coats the shrimp, yet manages to retain its crunch even after it’s been combined with the sauce. (Comparable restaurant versions are 40% batter; ours are 30% batter.)
Speaking of the sauce, it’s a sweet, creamy concoction that’s finished with a hint of pineapple to give the flavor a bright boost. And we couldn’t have Honey Walnut Shrimp without walnuts, right? Every package contains candied walnuts you toss with the shrimp and sauce before serving. All of the components are packaged separately, and the bag has detailed instructions that will yield delicious results.
It’s not at all complicated, really – sauté or bake shrimp, toss with sauce, top with walnuts. You can serve with rice or noodles or oodles of veggies. It’s an easy dish you can put together in a snap, leaving you with more energy to deal with life’s complications outside the kitchen.
We’re selling each 12.75 ounce bag of Honey Walnut Shrimp (containing about 18-20 shrimp) for $6.99, every day. You’ll find it in our freezers.