Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp (Copycat)

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Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp is a recipe that in no way is authentic to another cuisine, but it is definitely a delicious appetizer and hands down the most popular item on the menu. When we go to the Bonefish Grill we actually order two of these appetizers to prevent fighting over them.

It actually reminds me of the Panda Express Crispy Honey Shrimp with Walnuts entree I did a recipe for last year. The main ingredients at play here are mayo, a very specific Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and Sriracha. Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

I’ve read countless versions of the recipes online for this Bang Bang Shrimp and came across a post where a reader said he worked for the chain and that they would soak the shrimp in buttermilk before breading. This made total sense to me because most of the recipes I’d seen didn’t have enough body in the coating to be like the original.

I’d also caution you to use the right brand of sweet chili sauce as that is authentic to the recipe as well.  A friend who used to work at the restaurant confirmed the brand of sweet chili sauce used in the recipe.

Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

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Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

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Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: The authentic sauce used in the Bonefish Grill kitchen, if you don’t want to order it online, it is widely distributed in Asian grocery stores.
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Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

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  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  • 1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • canola oil for frying

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a small bowl add the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce and Sriracha and stir.
  2. In a second bowl add the shrimp and buttermilk and stir to coat all the shrimp.
  3. Remove from the buttermilk and let excess liquid drain away.
  4. Coat the shrimp in cornstarch.
  5. In a heavy bottomed pan add 2-3 inches of canola oil and heat to 375 degrees
  6. Fry the shrimp until lightly brown, 1-2 minutes on each side.
  7. Once fried coat with the sauce and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from food.com

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.
Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.
Bang Bang Shrimp from the Bonefish Grill is crispy, creamy, sweet and spicy with just a few ingredients and tastes just like the most popular appetizer on the menu.

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    1. I’m not sure how long the restaurant soaks them but I just stirred it enough to coat and it worked out well. Enjoy!

  1. Did you use raw or frozen shrimp for thos recipie? I’m so excited to try this! I plan on making crispy shrimp tacos!

  2. This was delicious! We made tacos with it! I did add a little peanut butter and a dash of garlic powder to the sauce. Toned down the mayo taste and the sweetness a little and added extra sriracha! Loved how crispy the shrimp were!  Yum yum!  Thank you !

    Rating: 5
  3. Thanks for the recipe. I made these tonight. I did not measure the ingredients for the sauce, just mixed it to taste with extra Siracha. I also thinly sliced a green onion and sprinkled I think on top after I tossed the shrimp in the sauce. It was delicious and super easy. We ended up eating this plus a salad for dinner. Definitely will be making this again! 

    Rating: 5
  4. So my wife LOVED this recipe. I, however, would double the siracha, maybe use a thicker coating (Panko flakes), and add green onions on the top and a lettuce/ cabbage bed it sits on. But the original copy cat recipe is great! Thank you for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  5. Could I use something other than buttermilk? I so badly want to make this but never use buttermilk for anything else so was hoping I could use something else! We are pretty much almond milk drinkers in my house – could that work?

    1. Yes, you can use almond milk and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Let that sit for 5-10 min and then you as your buttermilk substitute. Enjoy!

  6. This recipe is a keeper. Everyone loved this shrimp recipe even our pickiest eater. We tripled  the recipe for our large family with a few to spare.  Enjoy….we did!

  7. The only thing you’re missing is lemon juice and white vinegar in the sauce. Use the sriracha brand chilli paste. Not regular sriracha and boom. Authentic bang bang shrimp 

    1. Thanks jay! Been trying to figure it out for awhile and it’s definitely the chili paste with the lemon juice and vinegar. I knew the copy cat recipes that just called for sriarcha couldn’t be right because the sauce at bonefish has texture in it. Thanks again for solving that

  8. Love love Bonefish and yes have to always order bang-bang shrimp, will surly try making it and yes I think buttermilk is what’s making the different, because that’s what’s makes Paula Deens chicken so famously good is she use Buttermilk. Thank you for this secret you’re sharing it with the public. Kay

  9. Haven’t made the meal yet, however I do have all the ingredients, and plan on making it tomorrow for din din…. Bang Bang is on it way, in just another day!!!! Hip Hip Hooray…. THANKS again Sabrina

  10. Love the recipe … just ordered Bang Bang Shrimp recently for the first time … am looking forward to surprising my Man with this dish … thanks a bunch

  11. We tried the recipe last night and it said to use 2 -3 inches or canola oil? We found that to be way too much. We had a pound of shrimp and had soaked them in the buttermilk for an hour before cooking. The batter was on the shrimp, but fell off while trying to cook them. Maybe my oil wasn’t hot enough? But the shrimp seemed to be drowning in the oil…… there was way too much for the amount of shrimp. The sauce was yummy and the shrimp were good, they just didn’t have the crispiness. Any suggestions?

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    1. Oh no! Glad it was still yummy but it sounds like either you oil was too hot or the shrimp might not not have been dry enough before dredging. Try letting the excess liquid drain a bit more.

  12. Just a suggestion… Don’t put all the shrimp in the oil at once do it in batches. If you do it all at once the oil will reduce in temperature and your shrimp will be over cooked by the time you get a good crunchy Brown coating. Cheers

  13. Using cornstarch is the key to this recipe. It makes it so light and tasty. I plan on making a shrimp po-boy next week so I’ll omit the sauce and add a bunch of Cajun flavoring ?

  14. My boyfriend loves them. I think maybe I’ll try the peanut butter and garlic next time in it as he said it was too rich. I think I’ll try this on chicken, as I’m allergic to shellfish and have never had the pleasure of eating it at Bonefish.

    Rating: 5
  15. I made this twice. the second time was better. I used flour and I used the recommended sweet chili sauce. It turned out great .

    Rating: 5
  16. So delicious!!! My husband doesn’t like spicy so I put 1/8 cup siracha, it still was super tasty and nice and crispy.

    Rating: 5
    1. We usually eat this as an appetizer so you could really put this with anything. If you’re serving as a main dish, either roasted vegetalbles or a salad on the side.

  17. Can you tell me the brand of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and Sriracha to purchase to make this? I can’t wait to try it!

  18. I couldn’t find Thai chili sauce, hope sweet chili sauce works, do just toss the Shrimp in the sauce and then take out right away.  Thanks

    1. The Thai chili sauce is authentic to the recipe so the flavoring might change a bit but should still work. The sauce is going to coat the shrimp and the serve. 🙂

  19. I made this for my Husband by for Fathers Day as our appetizer. Followed the recipe to a T……FANTASTIC!!!  Now I just need to learn to make the Imperial Talapia. 

  20. Sabrina, i made shrimp 3 ways for my birthday. We decided to try your bang bang shrimp and oh my goodness, was it a huge hit!! My wife now request it almost once a week…..we’ve been to bonefish before and always got the bang bang…..however now, we make it right at home…..such a simple but delicious recipe…..thank you

    Rating: 5