Bang Bang Shrimp
Crispy, flavorful, and perfectly fried, Bang Bang Shrimp is a must-try. Dripping in a zesty homemade bang bang shrimp sauce makes for the ideal spicy appetizer.
Sweet & Spicy Bang Bang Shrimp
If you’ve ever heard of the Bonefish Grill, then you are probably familiar with their Bang Bang Shrimp. This is our take on the popular dish, and it will leave you drooling!
The sauce is creamy and has the perfect amount of sweet heat from the sriracha and sweet chili sauce. Most often served as an appetizer, it’s flavorful enough to be the main dish.
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Why you will love Bang Shrimp
- Hassle-free recipe
- Fried to perfection
- Excellent appetizer for parties and other events
- The heat level can be adjusted to taste
How to Make Perfect Bang Bang Shrimp
Create the breading. Combine flour, cornstarch, panko, and seasonings in a small bowl. Dip the shrimp into buttermilk, then into the flour mixture to coat.
Preheat the skillet. Pour sunflower oil into the bottom of a skillet, about ½ inch deep.
Fry the Shrimp. Fry the shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side. Drain onto a paper towel.
Prep the sauce. Prepare the bang bang shrimp sauce by combining the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
Garnish and serve. Serve the shrimp with the sauce on top. Garnish with slices of green onion.
Pro Tips For The Best Bang Shrimp
- Don’t overcook shrimp. The fried shrimp cooks quickly, so be careful. It’s ready when it reaches a golden color. Overcooked shrimp is dry, and no one wants that!
- Save the sauce until last. Wait to mix in the sauce right before serving. If not, your shrimp won’t be crispy.
- Work in batches. Don’t overcrowd the skillet, or the shrimp may not cook evenly. This leads to oily shrimp.
- Cast iron is best. You can use any type of skillet you have around, but cast iron works best because it maintains the heat without fluctuating.
- Make it sweet. Love sweet sauces? Drizzle 1-2 teaspoons of honey into the sauce.
Frequently asked Questions about Bang Shrimp
How long does leftover shrimp last?
Leftovers can be kept chilled in the fridge for up to 4 days. Store them in an airtight container and reheat them before serving.
To reheat, place the leftover shrimp on a baking sheet. Warm in the oven at 375 degrees until they are hot, then add sauce and serve.
How long does bang bang shrimp sauce last?
Refrigerate in a glass container for up to a week.
Is bang bang shrimp spicy?
There is a hint of heat in the bang bang shrimp sauce. You can add more by increasing the amount of sriracha. I recommend adding ½ teaspoon extra sriracha and tasting. Keep adding more until it reaches the desired results.
Can I use bread crumbs instead of panko?
Yes, it’s fine to swap the panko for bread crumbs. The breading will not be as crispy, but it will still taste great.
Bang Bang Shrimp
- 1 lb shrimp
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup panko
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Sunflower oil for frying
- First, coat shrimp with buttermilk. Then, mix cornstarch, all-purpose flour, panko, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a small bowl and toss each shrimp. Press the mixture down for an evenly breading.
- Heat sunflower or any neutral flavor oil in a skillet, about ½ inch deep. An iron cast is an excellent choice as it keeps its temperature.
- Fry shrimp on both sides until crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
- To make the Bang Bang sauce, simply whisk mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha.
- Serve warm with the sauce on top. Garnish with fresh green onion.
- Add the sauce before serving so it doesn’t moisten the shrimp. Otherwise, they won’t be crispy.
- Store shrimp leftovers in the fridge for up to four days.
- The Bang Bang sauce lasts longer. Keep it in an airtight container for up to seven days.