Honey Walnut Shrimp Ramen Noodles
If you can't get enough of Panda Express honey walnut shrimp, then you will love this easy Honey Walnut Shrimp Ramen Noodles recipe that does not include any deep frying or caramelizing walnuts. It is such a quick and easy ramen noodles recipe that is budget friendly and makes a great dinner or lunch idea when you are in a time crunch.
Servings: 2 or 3 servings
- 12 raw shrimp (with tails on or removed)
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 packeges instant ramen noodles (chicken flavor) flavor packets discarded 3 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 scallions, chopped
Toss shrimp, walnuts, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet or pan over medium heat. Add shrimp and walnuts in a single layer, cook for couple of minutes until half cooked and then stir everything and continue cooking until shrimp is fully cooked (additional 30-60 seconds). Transfer shrimp and walnuts into a bowl or plate.
Into the same pan (increase heat to medium-high), add all group-2 ingredients (chicken stock, honey, soy sauce and red pepper flakes) and give a good stir. Let it come to a boil.
Add ramen noodles and cook, stirring every 20-30 seconds to loosen the noodles (so that it cooks evenly). Cook until all the liquid evaporates Take off heat IMMEDIATELY and stir in the cooked shrimp and walnuts (along with any accumulated juices).
After exactly 45-60 seconds, add mayonnaise and chopped scallions. Toss well until evenly distributed. (This is the most important part of the recipe - Mayonnaise need to be mixed when the ramen noodles is not piping hot and also before it begins to cool down for an even distribution and good mouth feel). Refer notes on more details on this step.
Adding mayonnaise -
If mayonnaise is mixed in when the ramen noodles is very hot, the oils in mayo melts into the noodles.
If mayonnaise is mixed in when the ramen noodles has cooled down, then it does not tend to mix well.
So, we found that stirring in mayonnaise after 45 to 60 seconds, gives ramen noodles the perfect mouth feel just as the honey walnut shrimp Panda express.
Salt - I used 33% less chicken stock and 1/4 teaspoon salt, which was perfect. If using regular or no sodium chicken stock then adjust salt accordingly.
Chicken Stock - I used 33% less sodium chicken stock. If using regular or no sodium chicken stock then adjust salt accordingly.
Thaw frozen shrimp – Place shrimp in a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold or room temperature water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until thawed (the time will depend on the quantity of shrimp). Drain shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.