Bang Bang Shrimp: Ultra crispy shrimp tossed in the most addicting sauce. Only 20 minutes between you and this super easy appetizer!
Anyone who has tried this zesty shrimp dish will tell you – it’s absolutely delicious. Combining crispy fried shrimp with a creamy, spicy sauce, this bang bang shrimp recipe is sure to be a hit at your next family dinner ,or social gathering. However, if you want to keep it all for yourself, we think that’s just fine, too!
Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe
We’re going to separate the shrimp and the sauce recipes. For the bang bang shrimp, you’ll need about a pound of medium shrimp that have been peeled and deveined. Also grab some buttermilk, cornstarch, and vegetable oil.
Using a Dutch oven,heat about two inches of oil to 375 degrees. I suggest using a thermometer if you have one handy.
While you’re waiting for the oil to heat up, combine the shrimp and buttermilk in a bowl, and add the cornstarch in a separate zip top bag. Remove the shrimp from the bowl and shake off any excess butter milk. Then place them in the bag with the cornstarch. Next, shake the bag up to coat thoroughly. Then, remove the shrimp.
Fry the shrimp in batches; about one minute on each side. When they come out of the Dutch oven, place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce
For this tangy, yummy sauce, simply mix up mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha in a bowl. You can cover the bowl and place it in the fridge while you cook the shrimp too if you’d like. When the shrimp are done, drizzle the sauce on top or toss them to coat. You don’t have to use all the sauce on the first go. I also like to reserve it for dipping! You can also sprinkle the shrimp with chives for some added flavor and color.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I serve with Bang Bang Shrimp?
These copycat bang bang shrimp are perfectly fine to eat on their own, I could eat a million! However, they are also great served on a bed of lettuce or on top of white or jasmine rice. It is also mighty tasty in pasta, tacos, or even quesadillas!
Why should I use cornstarch instead of flour?
Cornstarch produces a very crisp and crunchy texture. It also provides a very even, thin coating, while flour tends to be give a thicker and denser coating.
Can I Bake the shrimp instead of frying?
I like frying as it tastes just like the Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp. But, baking is definitely an option for those who may wish to opt for a healthier version. Simply preheat an oven to 400 degrees and bake for 5-7 minutes. For baking use a wash of egg whites, then corn starch, and finally coat in Panko bread crumbs.
What Is sweet chili sauce And where can I find it?
Sweet chili sauce is usually made with red chile peppers, rice wine vinegar, garlic, fish sauce, and a sweetener. It can be found in most grocery stores in the ethnic aisle. You can also make it yourself at home! I like this version from Budget Bytes.
Bang Bang Shrimp
For the Sauce
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ Cup Sweet Chili Sauce
- ½ Teaspoon Sriracha
For the Shrimp
- 1 Pound Shrimp Peeled and Deveined
- ½ Cup Buttermilk
- ¾ Cup Cornstarch
- Vegetable Oil For Frying
- Chives If Desired For Garnish
For the Sauce
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha.
For the Shrimp
- In a large Dutch Oven, heat about 2 inches of oil to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine shrimp and buttermilk. Place corn starch into a Ziploc baggie. Add shrimp to baggie being sure to shake off any extra buttermilk.
- Shake until well coated.
- Fry a few at a time for 1-2 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd the pan.
- Drain on paper towels. Coat or drizzle with prepared sauce.
- Garnish with chives if desired.
Recipe Adapted via Spicy Southern Kitchen
Bang Bang Shrimp makes a great appetizer or main dish. It is never short on flavor and has quickly become a household favorite.
Shrimp Recipes From Blogs I Read:
Coconut Shrimp via Immaculate Bites
Shrimp Cocktail via Cook the Story
Lemon Garlic Shrimp via Cafe Delites
What do you think of this bang bang shrimp recipe? What is your favorite way to cook shrimp?