Crispy and delicious bang bang shrimp are inspired by the Bonefish Grill appetizer but easy to make at home! Shrimp are marinated in a flavorful buttermilk coating, fried, then drizzled with a sweet and spicy bang bang sauce.
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Bite Size, Big Flavor
This recipe for bang bang shrimp is totally addictive, I bet you can’t eat just one! With crunchy breading and a creamy, sweet yet spicy sauce, they are incredibly mouthwatering, no one would blame you for reaching for another!
If you’re making this homemade appetizer for a party, you better plan on making a double batch. They will go quickly, just like when I make grilled shrimp skewers!
This copycat recipe is really easy to recreate at home. Kung pao shrimp and chicken pad thai are two other restaurant-worthy dishes that I also love to make in the comfort of my kitchen!
Whether you serve this appetizer by themselves, as part of a game day spread, or use them for bang bang shrimp tacos, everyone will love them!
What is Bang Bang Shrimp Made Of?
Bonefish grill made this dish somewhat legendary and if you have been lucky to dine there, you might have even ordered them! The Cheesecake Factory has a similar dish called dynamite shrimp.
The dish consists of shrimp that are battered, deep fried, then tossed in a creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce. It’s an explosion of flavors! And to think the sauce has only three simple ingredients: mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, and sriracha sauce.
Whatever you do, don’t skip the cornstarch in this recipe! It’s what gives these little bites of protein the crispiest exterior, it’s so good!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Shrimp: You will need one pound, peeled and deveined, and tails removed.
- Buttermilk: You can make your own buttermilk by combining ½ cup of whole milk with ½ tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar.
- Seasonings: Onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
- Oil: For frying, canola oil or peanut oil both work.
- Cornstarch: Gives your shrimp a golden color and helps them stay crispy when frying.
- Mayonnaise: Full-fat mayo for the best creamy texture, although in a pinch you could use sour cream or Greek yogurt.
- Thai sweet chili sauce: Your preferred brand.
- Sriracha: To taste, use more if you like extra heat.
How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp
- Make the sauce: In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, and Sriracha until smooth.
- Marinate shrimp: In a large bowl, combine and whisk the buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Add the shrimp and stir to coat.
- Heat oil: In a heavy-bottomed pan, add 2 to 3 inches of oil. Heat over medium heat until the temperature reaches 375°F on a digital thermometer.
- Dredge in cornstarch: In a shallow bowl, add the cornstarch. Using tongs, remove 1 shrimp from the buttermilk marinade, letting any excess drip off, and coat each side in cornstarch.
- Fry shrimp: Add them in batches to the oil and fry for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until cooked through and light brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Return oil temperature to 375°F and repeat with remaining pieces.
- Coat with sauce: Place in a serving bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat. Serve warm.
Best Way to Serve it
Serve as an appetizer or as a main with a side of rice or steamed vegetables. This recipe for shrimp is perfect in tacos along with some crunchy cabbage or wrap it in a soft flour tortilla or even use butter lettuce for a lettuce wrap! You could also serve it over noodles as bang bang shrimp pasta, too. So good!
This recipe is best eaten right away but to save time, you could make your sauce and batter mixture ahead of time. Wait to bread your shrimp just before frying!
- Don’t overcrowd the pan: This will cause the temperature of the pan to drop and you will end up with soggy, oily shrimp.
- Use a clip-on thermometer: The oil temperature needs to be at 375 degrees F each time you add shrimp to the pan. If they absorb too much oil they will be soggy, if it’s too hot, they will burn.
- Less spicy: To make the sauce a little sweeter, add 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.
- Extra spice or tang: Add some cayenne pepper or hot sauce. To make it a little tart, add a dash of lemon juice.
- Dipping sauce: Remember to reserve some extra bang bang sauce on the side for dipping!
No, buttermilk is key for flavor! If you don’t have any at home, make your own by adding lemon juice or vinegar to some milk.
You could, but I find that they don’t need it! If you have your heart set on it, though, you could add some panko breadcrumbs to your cornstarch when you are breading your shrimp. I would not use breadcrumbs as they are too fine of a crumb.
You might have added too many at once to the hot pan. Remember to work in batches so your oil stays hot for crispy, perfectly cooked shrimp. Also, after they are done, do not stack them. Lie them evenly in a single layer to cool.
While the texture of these little guys deep-fried can’t be beaten, you could bake them, although they won’t be quite as crunchy. Spread them on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Alternatively, if you have an air fryer, air fry for 9 minutes at the same temperature.
Yes, that works! Just be sure they are thawed all the way through before frying.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
Other must try shrimp favorites include ceviche, easy crockpot jambalaya and this slow cooker seafood stew recipe.
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Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang Sauce
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
- Sriracha sauce , to taste
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound large shrimp , peeled and deveined, tails removed
- Canola oil , or peanut oil, for frying
- ¾ cup cornstarch
Bang Bang Sauce
- In a bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, and Sriracha until smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Add the shrimp and stir to coat.
- In a heavy-bottomed pan, add 2 to 3 inches of oil. Heat over medium heat until temperature reaches 375°F on a digital thermometer.
- In a shallow bowl, add the cornstarch. Using tongs, remove 1 shrimp from the buttermilk marinade, letting any excess drip off, and coat each side in cornstarch.
- Add the shrimp in batches to the oil and fry 1 to 2 minutes per side, until cooked through and light brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Return oil temperature to 375°F and repeat with remaining shrimp.
- Place in a serving bowl and add sauce. Toss to coat. Serve warm.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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Oh wow this is incredibly full of flavor! My college kids are visiting right now and I had to turn around and make it again! Highly recommended.
This was so good! I’ll make it again and again.
This bang bang shrimp turned out to be so good, delicious and spicy. I think this is a great addition to our New Year’s eve celebration, we’ll surely have this.
I’ve tried a few other recipes but this one is my favorite. Looked and tasted just like the dish I have gotten at a local chain restaurant.
So glad you enjoyed the Bang Bang shrimp!