The pros: Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp crisps up in the oven in about 10 minutes. Flavorful sauce, of which I didn’t need all of it.
The cons: I wished there was more shrimp. High in fat. Could have been more walnuts in the bag
The verdict: For $6.99 this is a tasty treat in the freezer aisle mixed in with the seafood selections. I chose to prepare this in the oven as I wasn’t crazy about refrying a fried food. This has quite a few calories to it so a serving size can easily get away from you.
It was ready in about 10 minutes and wasn’t greasy at all coming from the oven. The sauce was warm but not overheated after a minute in the microwave at 50% power. There was a lot of sauce included, almost too much. The sauce is very sweet on its own but balances out the salty fried shrimp.
The honey, cream and condensed milk are the primary flavors. Pineapple rounds out the sauce for an additional bit of sweetness and a touch of acidity. The sauce aside from sweetness is also very rich tasting which is why I did not use all of it. I only ended up using about half of the sauce. I did serve mine with rice. The sauce from the shrimp also added a nice flavor to the rice as well.
The walnuts were sweet, but I wouldn’t consider them candied. They reminded me of being very lightly sugared, similar to that of a honey roasted peanut. They could have been just a touch more generous with the walnuts. I think a tablespoon more of them would have added some nice crunch to this dish. If you’ve ever had a honey walnut shrimp in a restaurant, this is as close as you are going to get from a freezer bag.
If your palate prefers sweet dishes, this may be up your alley. Yes, I’d repurchase this item.
The bag in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information of Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp is not going to be an every week event (just look at the calorie count), but as a nice treat that you can get 2 meals out of, it was well worth the $6.99.
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