This Bang Bang Shrimp recipe combines crispy shrimp with a creamy, spicy sauce! Based on the popular appetizer from the Bonefish Grill, this copycat recipe is easier to make than you think. The sauce has a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and creamy flavors that make crunchy fried shrimp taste even better!
It’s easy to see why Bang Bang Shrimp is the most popular menu item at Bonefish Grill. They might call it an appetizer but I can easily find myself filling up on these shrimp before my entree even arrives. They’re simply that irresistible. Your family will love when you bring this delicious dish to the table.
Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe:
Restaurant quality, made at home. Save a few bucks by staying home while satisfying your cravings for flavorful fried shrimp!
No deep fryer needed. Fry these shrimp in a pan on the stove instead.
Appetizer or main course. Serve this dish alone as an appetizer or as a main course with pasta and veggies. It’s delicious in salads and tacos too!
Crunchy fried shrimp. The breading on this shrimp gives it a perfect crispy coating every time.
Creamy sweet chili sauce. The mayo based sauce has an explosion of sweet and spicy flavor!
Bang Bang Shrimp Ingredients
This is an overview of the ingredients you will need to make this easy Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. Important notes and substitutions for certain ingredients are discussed. The full printable recipe, with amounts and specific details, can be found at the bottom of the page.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Panko Bread Crumbs – Using panko bread crumbs really helps provide the crispy texture that is so great in this dish. Unfortunately regular bread crumbs change the texture and aren’t recommended.
- Mayonnaise – If needed you could use Greek yogurt or sour cream, but I do think mayo provides the best flavor.
- Sriracha – You can use more or less of this to adjust the spiciness to suit your tastes.
- Buttermilk – If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can create your own with this homemade buttermilk recipe.
How To Make Bang Bang Shrimp
Let’s discuss the steps you’ll take to whip up a batch of Bang Bang Shrimp, and Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce, at home. If you want to skip my discussion, tips, information and answers to frequently asked questions, just scroll to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe.
How To Make Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and sriracha to make the sauce.
2. Set this aside to be used at the end of this recipe.
How To Make The Shrimp
3. In a separate, large bowl, whisk buttermilk, flour, and cornstarch together.
4. Stir the shrimp into the buttermilk mixture, covering evenly. Set this aside.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Panko, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
6. Lightly strain the shrimp, then dredge in the panko mixture.
7. Place the oil into a heavy bottom pan. You want to have about 1 inch of oil in the pan. Turn the heat to medium. If you have a thermometer, you want to get the temperature to about 375 degrees. It will only take a minute or 2 per side to be fully cooked. Only fry a few shrimp at a time or the oil temperature will drop and you won’t get a crispy texture.
8. When you remove the shrimp from the frying pan, place it briefly on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
9. Then toss the shrimp with the sauce.
Tips And Advice
Bang Bang Shrimp will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge. Be sure to place it in an airtight container. Or you may freeze the shrimp for up to 3 months.
To reheat, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the shrimp on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet and bake until heated through. It should only take about 10 minutes.
Alternate Cooking Options
I prefer the texture of the deep fried shrimp but if you would prefer, you could spread the shrimp on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Bake them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. In the air fryer, large shrimp should cook for 9 minutes at 400 degrees. You could also try grilling the shrimp.
You can prepare the sauce and put the coating on the shrimp the night before if you like. Then, fry the shrimp when you are preparing to serve the dish.
Mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and sriracha are combined to make the sauce.
The name, bang bang, is said to be Thai in origin, coming from the Thai sweet chili sauce used in the recipe.
It goes great with rice, pasta or roasted veggies. You can serve it on a bed of butter lettuce or as a filling in tacos.
Bang Bang Shrimp
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 2-3 cups vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pound raw medium shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- optional chopped green onion for garnish
- In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and sriracha to make the sauce. Set aside.
- In a separate, large bowl, whisk buttermilk, flour, and cornstarch together.
- Stir the shrimp into the buttermilk mixture, covering evenly. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together Panko, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Place the oil into a heavy bottom pan. You want to have about 1 inch of oil in the pan. Turn the heat to medium. If you have a thermometer, you want to get the temperature to about 375 degrees.
- When the oil is heating, lightly strain the shrimp, then dredge in the panko mixture, and place in the hot oil. It only takes 1 or 2 minutes per side to be fully cooked. Fry only a few shrimp at a time or the oil temperature will drop and you won’t get a crispy texture.
- hen you remove the shrimp from the frying pan, place it briefly on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Then toss the shrimp with the sauce.