Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp

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You are going to love this light and crispy Bang Bang Shrimp copycat from Bonefish grill. The sauce is incredible. We love spicing it up with a little extra Sriracha.

Bowl of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp.
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  1. Ingredients in Bang Bang Shrimp
  2. Making Bang Bang Shrimp at Home
  3. Bang Bang Chicken
  4. The Secret’s in the Sauce
  5. Cooking Variations (Bake or Air Fry)
  6. What to serve with Bang Bang Shrimp
  7. Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
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  10. How To Make Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp
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This Bang Bang Shrimp tastes just like the popular dish found at the restaurant chain Bonefish Grill. Crispy fried shrimp tossed in a spicy, creamy sauce is a delicious appetizer or even main course when served with rice and a salad. The sauce is super easy to make, and combines sweet chili sauce with a touch of honey for sweetness. It’s always a favorite every time we go to Bonefish Grill, and now that we can make it at home, it’s a highly requested favorite all the time!

Ingredients in Bang Bang Shrimp

Even though Bang Bang Shrimp seems like an explosion of delicious flavors, the actual ingredients are actually really simple!

  • Shrimp
  • Egg & milk mixture (for breading)
  • Breading mixture: flour, Panko bread crumbs, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper (you can even add a little paprika for a smoky flavor)
  • Spicy Mayo Sauce: Mayonnaise, sriracha, sugar, and rice vinegar
  • Oil for frying
Ingredients to make Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp including shrimp, panko, flour, rice vinegar, sugar, spices, milk, mayo, egg, sriracha and oil.


Making Bang Bang Shrimp at Home

This Bang Bang Shrimp recipe is simply fantastic! Bang Bang Shrimp is an appetizer served at Bonefish Grill and I LOVE it. It is always hard for me to justify buying appetizers at restaurants. They are usually so overpriced for what you get. Most of the time I will buy it once and if I love it, I will go home and duplicate it so I can make way more for the same price. Even though this is typically served as an appetizer, I usually serve it as a main dish with rice and steamed veggies.

Bang Bang Chicken

If you want to make it with chicken (the way my kids like it best) just use little pieces of chicken instead. I cut it up in 1-2″ pieces then bread and deep fry just as in the recipe below. You simply just swap the shrimp out for chicken. It’s that easy!

The Secret’s in the Sauce

For batches of the bang bang sauce, I have made it slightly different each time. I use whisk Thai sweet chili sauce (like Mae Ploy brand) instead of Sriracha if I am feeding it to my kids (and then pour on the Sriracha on my own dish). If I am just making it for the hubs and me I double the Sriracha. One time I did half Sriracha, half sweet chili sauce. You be the judge on how much heat you can handle. In my opinion the original recipe isn’t that spicy but I am a big fan of spicy, so again, you be the judge and make changes accordingly.

This recipe makes a lot of sauce. If doubling the recipe, only make 1 ½ times the sauce.

Mixing bowl with fried shrimp and sauce on top. Wooden spoon on the side.

Cooking Variations (Bake or Air Fry)

If you don’t have a deep fryer or want to make the cooked shrimp a little lighter… preheat oven to 350-degrees. Heat about ¼ – ½ c. oil in a large skillet or frying pan to 350-degrees and fry shrimp on each side for a minute or two until coating is golden brown. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Check for doneness (you want your shrimp to be pink and cooke through). You can also cook in an air fryer. Add the breaded shrimp to the air fryer basket and spray generously with cooking oil. Air fry at 400-degrees F for 7-8 minutes for large shrimp (21 to 25 count) or for 6 minutes for medium-sized shrimp (31 to 40 count).

What to serve with Bang Bang Shrimp

Turn this copycat bonefish grill bang bang shrimp appetizer into a full meal by pairing them with noodles to make a bang bang shrimp pasta. Or serve alongside any of these side dishes:

  • Fried rice
  • Grilled pineapple
  • Garlic noodles
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Wrap in lettuce leaves
  • Mango salsa
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Cucumber salad
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Jasmine rice
  • Coleslaw or Asian slaw
Bowl of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp with chop sticks and sriracha sauce on the side.

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Want to switch it up and try something new? Use leftovers to make tacos! Simply toss the shrimp in the bang bang sauce and serve with corn tortillas. Add some finely chopped cabbage, a squeeze of lime juice, and garnish with green onions. Trust me, these will quickly become your favorite way to make shrimp tacos!

“That sauce makes the recipe!! It adds so much flavor! My family won’t eat shrimp, so we tried it with the chicken and it was a hit!”

Krysten

“Thank you so much for sharing this amazing bang bang shrimp recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!”

Alyssa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bang Bang Shrimp made of?

Bang bang shrimp is made with crispy shrimp fried in a creamy buttermilk and cornstarch coating, then and a spicy mayo sauce made from Sriracha, mayonnaise, sugar (or sweet chili sauce) and a little vinegar. It is often garnished with green onion and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Why do they call it Bang Bang Shrimp?

It’s called “Bang Bang” shrimp because the heat from the Sriracha sauce gives it a little “bang” of heat.

Is Yum Yum Sauce the same as Bang Bang Sauce?

Though they are similar, the two are not the same. Bang Bang Sauce has a brighter flavor and has more of a spicy punch. Yum Yum sauce is more mild and has a hint of tomato flavor, almost closer to fry sauce.

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How To Make Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp

Bowl of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp. Chop sticks on the side.

Bang Bang Shrimp

5 from 8 votes
You are going to love this light and crispy Bang Bang Shrimp copycat from Bonefish grill. The sauce is incredible. We love spicing it up with a little extra Sriracha.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined

SPICY SAUCE:

FOR THE EGG MIXTURE:

FOR THE BREADING MIXTURE:

FOR FRYING:

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the spicy sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.
    Mixing bowl of sriracha sauce for Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp.
  • Combine beaten egg with milk in shallow bowl; set aside.
    Mixing bowl with egg wash for Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp.
  • Combine flour, panko, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil in another shallow bowl; set aside.
    Mixing bowl with Panko breading for Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp.
  • Bread the shrimp by first coating each with the breading mixture. Dip breaded shrimp into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the breading. Arrange the coated shrimp on a plate and pop them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This step will help the breading to stick on the shrimp when they are frying.
    Plate of breaded shrimp.
  • Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees (see recipe notes for alternate cooking method). Use amount of oil required by your fryer.
    Deep frying shrimp.
  • When oil is hot, fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on rack or paper towels.
    Cutting board with paper towels and fried shrimp.
  • When all shrimp has been fried, drop the shrimp into a large bowl. Spoon about ¼ cup of sauce over shrimp and stir gently to coat.
    Mixing bowl with fried shrimp and sauce on top. Wooden spoon on the side.

Notes

Baked Bang Bang Shrimp (alternative cooking method)
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Heat about ¼ – ½ cup oil in a skillet or frying pan to 350-degrees and fry shrimp on each side for a minute or two until coating is golden brown.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Check for doneness.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 29gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 1094mgPotassium: 460mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 202IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Quick question, maybe I am missing something. When all is done it says “spoon 1/4 cup of sauce over shrimp”. Why am I making this much sauce if I only need 1/4 of it?

    1. It’s easier to make this amount of sauce with the ratios of ingredients. You can use the leftovers over rice or to dip veggies in!

  2. 5 stars
    That sauce makes the recipe!! It adds so much flavor! My family won’t eat shrimp, so we tried it with the chicken & it was a hit!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing bang bang shrimp recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

    1. I haven’t tried it in the air fryer, but I am sure it would work! Let us know how it goes if you try it!

  4. 5 stars
    That is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate information… Many thanks
    for sharing this one. A must read article!

  5. 5 stars
    Oh I must make this asap. Sounds so delicious and it’s perfect to serve for family dinner. Love the sauce. Just yum! Saved the recipe!

  6. I think this recipe would be great , I tried it with coconut flour and porkrines insteadnof Panko. This DOES NOT work! You must need to use the carbs. Just information. ALl of the crust just stayed in the oil. I even left them in the fridge for 30 min. Thanks for your recipes though. We have loved the ones we have tried.

    1. So sorry it didn’t work out right. Wondra flour might be a good alternative too. I have never used pork rinds before. Great idea!