Bang Bang Shrimp is crispy and sizzling shrimp smothered in a creamy, sweet and spicy bang bang sauce. This easy recipe can rival the popular Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp

Bang Bang Shrimp is crispy and sizzling shrimp smothered in a creamy, sweet and spicy bang bang sauce. This easy copycat appetizer recipe is inspired by popular Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp.  It’s great added to pasta, rice or tacos!

Bang Bang Shrimp

What is Bang Bang Shrimp (Boom Boom Shrimp)?

As a popular appetizer at restaurant chains such as Bonefish Grill, it is breaded shrimp fried up to a golden brown and then smothered in a bang bang shrimp sauce. It also goes by the name of Boom Boom or Bam Bam Shrimp.

After trying so many different versions, this copycat bang bang shrimp recipe is a true winner. Here are my top tips to guarantee success and help you make perfect bonefish bang bang shrimp!

Top Tips for Making the BEST Bang Bang Shrimp

  • There is a special secret for making perfect crispy and crunchy shrimp — instead of coating the marinated shrimp with just cornstarch, it’s best to add panko bread crumbs and just one teaspoon of baking soda to the cornstarch. It makes gorgeous golden browned crispy shrimp.
  • Soak the thawed shrimp in buttermilk for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. This is an important technique that helps to reduce the fishy flavor and make the coating stay on the shrimp while frying.
  • Make sure to bring the oil to 375°F and work in batches. Deep fry the shrimp for only 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Avoid overcooking the shrimp, which will make them chewy.
  • When the shrimp is golden brown, remove them with a slotted spoon to a wire rack. I find cooling rack works better as it keeps the shrimp from getting soggy vs. placing them directly onto paper towels.

Bang Bang Shrimp - this photo is a closeup of this dish served as an appetizer on a plate

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp

  • Mix thawed shrimp with buttermilk. Soak for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Mix together cornstarch, panko crumbs and baking soda. Coat shrimp in the cornstarch mixture.
  • Fry shrimp in a deep pan or deep fryer until golden brown.
  • Remove the shrimp with slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack.

Bang Bang Sauce

Whisk the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl. Mix well. Taste test the sauce and add more Sriracha if you like it to be spicier. When the shrimp is ready, mix them with your bang bang shrimp sauce. Toss gently to coat.

Bang Bang Shrimp is crispy and sizzling shrimp smothered in a creamy, sweet and spicy bang bang sauce. This easy recipe can rival the popular Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp.

What Kind of Shrimp is Best for this Recipe 

You need to use raw shrimp for this recipe. I recommend buying frozen raw shrimp for this recipe and thaw them before cooking.

Use jumbo size peeled and deveined shrimp that’s 21-25 count in size. If you’d like to have a nicer presentation, leave the tails on. However, if you prefer the Bonefish Grill’s look and easier eating, remove the tails before cooking.

Bang Bang Shrimp Variations:

  • Baked the Shrimp:  It is a healthier variation that’s easy to make too. After you coat the shrimp, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 400°F for 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Serve it on Pasta: Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well. After you fry the shrimp, combine it with pasta and drizzle with bang bang shrimp sauce.
  • Serve it on Tacos: Add the fried shrimp to your tacos and drizzle with bang bang sauce.
Bang Bang Shrimp
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3.67 from 3 votes

Bang Bang Shrimp

This copycat Bang Bang Shrimp is mouthwateringly delicious and perfect for a party or just some comfort food.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 sevings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, 21-25 size, peeled, de-veined and thawed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • canola oil, for frying
  • minced chives, optional for garnish

Bang Bang Sauce

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add thawed shrimp and buttermilk. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix sweet chili sauce, Sriracha and mayonnaise together and set aside.
  • Add 2 inches of oil to a deep fryer, saucepan or small skillet and heat to 375°F. Set aside a wire cooling rack.
  • In a soup bowl, mix together cornstarch, breadcrumbs and baking soda with a fork.
  • Remove shrimp from the buttermilk and dredge one-by-one in the cornstarch mixture until coated. 
  • Shake off the excess cornstarch and carefully drop 3-4 shrimp into the hot oil. 
  • Fry about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown (see note) and then remove with slotted spoon to prepared cooling rack. Repeat for remaining shrimp.
  • Place shrimp on a serving plate and drizzle Bang Bang sauce on top. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Soak the thawed shrimp in buttermilk for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. This is an important technique that helps to reduce the fishy flavor and make the coating stay on the shrimp while frying.
  • Make sure to bring the oil to 375°F and work in batches.  Avoid overcooking the shrimp, which will make them chewy.
  • The frying time can vary depending on the size of the shrimp, the temperature of the oil and other factors. It's best to test one shrimp, remove when golden and check the texture. Then you can adjust if needed before doing the rest.
  • When the shrimp is golden brown, remove them with a slotted spoon to a wire rack. I find cooling rack works better as it keeps the shrimp from getting soggy vs. placing them directly onto paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
Bang Bang Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 300mg100%
Sodium 1101mg46%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please read our nutrition disclaimer.

Author: TipBuzz
Course: Appetizer
Did you make this recipe? Leave a comment below! Don't forget to follow us on YouTube and Instagram!

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Bang Bang Shrimp
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3.67 from 3 votes

Bang Bang Shrimp

This copycat Bang Bang Shrimp is mouthwateringly delicious and perfect for a party or just some comfort food.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 sevings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw shrimp, 21-25 size, peeled, de-veined and thawed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • canola oil, for frying
  • minced chives, optional for garnish

Bang Bang Sauce

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add thawed shrimp and buttermilk. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix sweet chili sauce, Sriracha and mayonnaise together and set aside.
  • Add 2 inches of oil to a deep fryer, saucepan or small skillet and heat to 375°F. Set aside a wire cooling rack.
  • In a soup bowl, mix together cornstarch, breadcrumbs and baking soda with a fork.
  • Remove shrimp from the buttermilk and dredge one-by-one in the cornstarch mixture until coated. 
  • Shake off the excess cornstarch and carefully drop 3-4 shrimp into the hot oil. 
  • Fry about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown (see note) and then remove with slotted spoon to prepared cooling rack. Repeat for remaining shrimp.
  • Place shrimp on a serving plate and drizzle Bang Bang sauce on top. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Soak the thawed shrimp in buttermilk for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. This is an important technique that helps to reduce the fishy flavor and make the coating stay on the shrimp while frying.
  • Make sure to bring the oil to 375°F and work in batches.  Avoid overcooking the shrimp, which will make them chewy.
  • The frying time can vary depending on the size of the shrimp, the temperature of the oil and other factors. It's best to test one shrimp, remove when golden and check the texture. Then you can adjust if needed before doing the rest.
  • When the shrimp is golden brown, remove them with a slotted spoon to a wire rack. I find cooling rack works better as it keeps the shrimp from getting soggy vs. placing them directly onto paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
Bang Bang Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 300mg100%
Sodium 1101mg46%
Potassium 171mg5%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Calcium 233mg23%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please read our nutrition disclaimer.

Author: TipBuzz
Course: Appetizer
Did you make this recipe? Leave a comment below! Don't forget to follow us on YouTube and Instagram!