Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp Reviews

(30 customer reviews)

Battered shrimp with candied walnuts.


30 reviews for Trader Joe’s Honey Walnut Shrimp Reviews

  1. Buddy

    The shrimp are good quality, but the dish is flavorless. No honey flavor, walnuts far and few between, and very salty. I love salt, but when that’s all you taste, not good. A rare dud from Trader Joe’s.

  2. Carol Ann

    I must have gotten a bad batch. The sauce tasted like a sour gym sock. Not at all what I’m used to from restaurants and zero honey flavor. Ick!

  3. B. Ricks

    Shrimp were large and nice, but the dish as a whole was a major DUD. Sauce was gloppy and sickening. Walnuts had shell in the package. No wonder it was on sale… I still love TJ’s though.

  4. Shelly

    Like others have said, the shrimp quality is pretty good, but that sauce is disgusting & tastes absolutely nothing like honey walnut. The sauce tastes like pineapple, but in a bad way. I am a big fan of honey walnut shrimp in generaly, and I will never buy this version again. YUK

  5. Patricia

    Again – the battered, crispy shrimp actually had a good flavor but the sauce wasn’t good. It was sort of like mayonnaise with a little orange juice in it. It would’ve been SO much better with TJ’s Kung Pao Chicken sauce. THAT is really yummy. We were sort of expecting the Honey Walnut Shrimp to be like the Kung Pao Chicken – add rice and you’ve got a meal. It just wasn’t good. But we’ll keep trying their other main dishes in hopes of finding another great one like the Kung Pao Chicken.

  6. Mariella

    I second or 3rd with everyone else saying that the shrimp are of good quality. The sauce is nasty af though. It’s like tossing it in condensed milk, and that it. Ohhhh the sauce is gross, thick and gloppy. I read reviews before, so thank goodness I only used a rltad bit of the sauce, I didn’t want to ruin the whole bag of good shrimp. I’ll use my.own sauce for the rest of the bag.

  7. Daryl

    Worst tasting TJ product by far. Did anyone taste this before packaging and distributing it? “Sour pineapple glop” sauce is a perfect description.

  8. Linda

    Not good-agree with all the other reviews

  9. Frank T. Dancuart

    Horrible! I shoul d have read these reviews beforehand.

  10. Lily F

    This is one of my favorite dishes growing up so when I saw this at Trader Joe’s I was skeptical but still willing to give it a try. I prepared the shrimp in the air fryer and they came out delightfully crisp. I then sautéed the shrimp in the sauce and topped with the candied walnuts. I kid you not, the very first shrimp I tried, I did that slow chew, thinking what did I buy? I then tried a 2nd shrimp. It came to me, the dish tastes like straight rancid parmesan cheese sauce. I could not eat any more, this dish brought no joy.

  11. Richard

    Put some cream on this, and you’d have a perfect shrimp-based dessert. Honestly TJ’s, cut it out with the sugar in your prepared foods. It’s too much.

  12. Beverly Seawell

    i loved it!!! mine was finger licking good and will purchase again!!

  13. Elizabeth

    Shrimp was excellent
    But the sauce omg yuck I should have tasted it first I eat everything from trader joe’s but this hit different I’ll buy it again just for the shrimp ☺️

  14. Maureen Driscoll

    I’m generally a huge TJ Fan, but I’m seriously worried the sauce I just tasted has gone bad. It smells and tastes like vomit. I am really worried I have food poisoning. After tasting and discarding the sauce, I checked to see if there was bleu cheese in it — it was that type of taste — but can’t find any. These reviews make me feel a bit better than it’s bad sauce and not dangerous.

  15. Jeff

    The shrimp are great. The candied walnuts are good. The sauce is not very honey-like at all, and way too much like mayonnaise. Yuck.

  16. Felicia

    I usually love Trader Joe’s frozen meals but this was absolutely disgusting. I fried the shrimp on the stove, they were fine – nice and crispy. However, the sauce was ABYSMAL. It smelled like cheese fondue, but with a hint of pineapple and it tasted exactly like that – gross. Had to throw the rest out. Wish I read the reviews first, or, listened to my nose! lol.

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  18. Ashley

    The shrimp is great, but as everyone else has said – the sauce is pungent, sour, and tastes like it’s gone bad. I’ve tried it 3 different times hoping it would change and of course it did not lol. If they could improve the sauce this would be a fantastic, easy dinner.

  19. jojo86

    Pretty much agree with other reviews, shrimp was great. The sauce leaves much to be desired, really gross. I wish I had tried the sauce before putting it on the shrimp because I threw it out.

  20. Hetty

    Shrimp was perfect- but the sauce ruined the meal. None of my family could eat it- smelled sour and tasted like rotten cheese. My son actually said it smelled like vomit and I now see someone else said the same thing. So sad, we were all excited to try, so much so I did a double batch so we could all have some. 🙁

  21. Tjk

    Just tried this yesterday, then had to come here to see if others had the same perception as us. Sauce is very disagreeable to our taste buds and stomachs. Similar to starchy frosting, not recommended.

  22. BJ

    We tried this for the first time this evening. Because of how good the orange chicken is (amazing btw), we had high hopes for the Honey Walnut Shrimp. As we warmed up the sauce and began to mix the shrimp in, I asked my partner what that awful smell was…as I got closer to the dubious origin, I discovered that the shrimp was emanating the distinctive scent of vomit. Despite the odor, I gave it a gustatory chance, and guess what? It tasted like vomit too.

  23. Jack B.

    Never left a Trader Joe’s review but it was so bad I had to warn other people. Sauce was like pineapple but not in a good way. Stomach hurts. Not good at all

  24. Bella

    This was absolutely disgusting it smells and tastes like rancid cheese and pineapple. This was the worst thing I have ever put in my mouth I’m so upset that I bought this.

  25. Anonymous

    The sauce tastes like cheesy poofs. So gross.

  26. RP

    Omg the sauce smells like actual vomit. I’m so disgusted and I really hope nothing happens to me because I ate some before realizing how absolutely disgusting the smell was.

  27. Damaris Molina

    These reviews have me baffled. The dish is so good. The sauce gives it a sweet taste and the coated walnuts are delish. The shrimp stay crispy and does not get soggy when you add the sauce. News flash the sauce is supposed to be a little thick.

  28. NB

    The sauce… like everyone has already mentioned is absolutely disgusting!!! I actually felt sick and like puking after. It’s so sad because the shrimp are so nice and crispy. Perfect shrimps but I added the sauce before trying it on its own which was a horrible mistake because I would’ve enjoyed the shrimp on their own without this horrendous sauce. My stomach also hurts…

  29. John

    This meal was just plan awful! I’m so disappointed a spent money on this.

  30. Thomas Lail

    Just eat the shrimp without the gym sock sauce

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