Bang Bang Shrimp
This Bang Bang Shrimp recipe delivers with a gusto that surely could only come straight from a hit restaurant. Yet baked instead of fried, crunchy outside and juicy inside, and drizzled with a healthy version of an iconic zesty sauce, these Bang Bang shrimp bring the taste of dining-out to your home table.
The Bonefish Grill restaurant is a nostalgic destination from my college years when a friend’s parents would come to town and treat us students to a non-cafeteria dinner.
On these lucky occasions, I said my prayers that someone would order Bonefish’s famous appetizer. Its Bang Bang Shrimp is made of fried shrimp with a cornstarch and creamy buttermilk coating. The Bang Bang shrimp sauce is made of mayonnaise, sriracha, and sweet chili paste.
Fried in a spicy mayo sauce?! No wonder it tastes euphoric. But it was immediately followed by the disappointment that we made the colossal mistake of ordering only one for a table of six. Such Bang Bang rookies!
Since my eating habits – and my wallet – can’t tolerate eating out for Bang Bang shrimp each week, I made this healthy Bang Bang shrimp recipe with the same iconic flavor.
The dish is called Bang Bang shrimp because of the pop of Sriracha and sweet chili sauce used in the sauce. It’s a spicy, sweet, creamy sensation, all combined with crunchy shrimp.
Today’s homemade version keeps those critical characteristics. For a healthy twist, I swap out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt and bake the shrimp in the oven.
How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp
Baking the shrimp instead of frying them is not only better for you—it’s easier to cook, easier to clean, and yields fantastic results.
Baking guarantees that the Panko breadcrumbs will get particularly crispy, more so than deep frying in oil at home. Plus, cleaning out a vat of fry oil from my stove? NOPE.
Baking enhances the shrimp’s exterior crunch, and dare I say, rivals the restaurant’s preparation, all without leaving the comfort of your kitchen.
- Shrimp. The perfect vessel for our delicious crispy coating and addictive sauce. They’re easy to eat, low in calories, and high in protein (see more about shrimp nutrition here).
- Flour. I used a little all-purpose flour to help create a base for our crispy exterior. It ensures the panko sticks.
- Eggs. The binder for the shrimp coating.
- Panko. Also known as Japanese-style breadcrumbs, panko is larger than standard breadcrumbs and crisps up beautifully in the oven (or air fryer). It makes my favorite baked coating.
- Bang Bang Sauce. A mixture of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, Thai-style sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha becomes a scrumptious copycat of Bonefish Grill’s famous sauce. It’s creamy, sweet, and spicy all at the same time.
The Directions (Regular Oven)
- Prepare one bowl with the flour, one with the eggs, and another with the Panko and salt.
- Dip the shrimp into each bowl, starting with the flour. Pat the Panko onto the shrimp to help it stick.
- Place the shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the tops with nonstick spray.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees F.
- Flip the shrimp, and bake for another 5 to 6 minutes.
- Mix the sauce ingredients together.
- Top the shrimp with sauce and green onions. ENJOY!
How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp in an Air Fryer
In addition to cooking Bang Bang shrimp in a conventional oven, for those who own an air fryer, this appliance is ideally suited for making the crispy baked shrimp.
- Prepare the shrimp as directed through Step 3.
- Place the shrimp into the air fryer (only as many will fit in a single layer). Mist the top of the shrimp with nonstick spray, and close the air fryer.
- Cook for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Turn the shrimp over, spray the shrimp with nonstick spray, and cook for another 3 minutes.
- Remove the shrimp, and continue the cooking steps with any remaining batches, until all the shrimp are cooked.
- Serve with sauce and green onions. DIG IN!
How to Store and Reheat this Recipe
- To Store. This recipe is best the day it is made, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Store leftover sauce in a separate airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To Reheat. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray, and rewarm shrimp on the baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
- I do not recommend freezing this recipe, as the panko-coated shrimp will be mushy once thawed.
What to Serve with Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang shrimp is most famous as an appetizer, so preparing them for a dinner party will make you a legend.
But Bang Bang shrimp are so much more versatile! Most of the time, we make them a main meal. Here are a number of other ways to adapt the rich flavor of Bang Bang shrimp:
- Pasta. You could serve them atop pasta as a main dish, like this Spicy Shrimp Pasta or this Cajun Shrimp Pasta. Just substitute Bang Bang shrimp for the sautéed shrimp. Do not stir them into the pasta while the pasta is cooking. Instead, add the Bang Bang shrimp once the pasta is all finished and served on your place. I recommend pairing it with any long pasta noodle, like bucatini, fettuccine, spaghetti, or linguine.
- Tacos. If you love this idea, check out my Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos recipe. They’d be extra tasty topped with the slaw from these Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Taco Slaw.
- Stir Fry. You could add them to a stir fry with rice and other vegetables of your choice. Similarly to the pasta, only add the Bang Bang shrimp once the stir fry is cooked and ready. Adding any earlier will risk the baked, crunchy breadcrumb coating becoming too soggy. You could even substitute them in a pad Thai dish like this Healthy Shrimp Pad Thai.
- Lettuce Wrap. Double the crunch by wrapping Bang Bang shrimp in a lettuce wrap. You can replace the filling in these Lettuce Wraps entirely with the shrimp in this recipe.
- Quinoa, Rice, or Cauliflower Rice. Take a note from this Healthy Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa, and serve it with protein-rich quinoa. Or, swap whole grain brown rice or low-carb cauliflower rice.
Other Yummy Shrimp Recipes
- Mediterranean Shrimp
- Garlic Shrimp Pasta
- Baked Shrimp Scampi
- Mexican Shrimp
- And so many other fresh and healthy shrimp recipes!
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Baking Sheet. If you’re making the shrimp in the oven, these are the perfect tool to use.
- Pie Dish. A wide, shallow pie dish is ideal for dredging.
- Air Fryer. The appliance you’ll need to make your shrimp in the air fryer.
Heads up: if you’ve ever ordered Bang Bang shrimp at Bonefish Grill, you know that one order never lasts. Don’t be surprised when this disappears just as quickly at home!
Bang Bang Shrimp
FOR THE SHRIMP:
- 1 pound extra-large (26/30 count) raw shrimp - peeled and deveined, tails off or on (I leave them on for presentation)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 large eggs
- Nonstick cooking spray - preferably olive oil based
FOR THE BANG BANG SAUCE:
- ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons Thai-style sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha - plus additional to taste
- Thinly sliced green onion
- Bib lettuce
- Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Generously coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
- Set up your work station: arrange 3 shallow bowls in a line (a pie plate works well also). In the first, place the flour. In the second, beat the eggs. In the third, stir together the Panko and salt. Place the baking sheet at the end.
- Working about 4 shrimp at a time, dip the shrimp in the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg (again, shake off the excess), then in Panko mixture. Pat the Panko onto the shrimp to adhere it.
- Arrange the shrimp on the baking sheet, making sure they do not touch.
- Mist the top of the shrimp evenly with nonstick spray.
- Bake for 10 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden.
- Turn the shrimp over (I find a pair of tongs to be easiest), then continue baking for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, until golden and crisp outside and cooked through.
- While the shrimp cook, prepare the sauce: in a small mixing bowl, stir together the Greek yogurt, Thai chili sauce, and sriracha. Taste and add additional sriracha if you’d like the shrimp spicier.
- Arrange the baked shrimp on a serving platter. Drizzle the sauce generously over the top. Sprinkle with green onions. Enjoy immediately right off the plate, or wrap inside bibb lettuce leaves.
- TO STORE: This recipe is best the day it is made, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Store leftover sauce in a separate airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- TO REHEAT: Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray, and rewarm shrimp on the baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
- TO MAKE IN AN AIR FRYER: See directions in the blog post above.
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