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.

Tools used in the making of this Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp:
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.
Sriracha: The king of chili garlic sauces, always keep this in your kitchen.
Dutch Oven: Perfect for deep frying, inexpensive pot and will last you for years.
Oil Thermometer: Keeping the oil at the right temperature will ensure you don’t burn the shrimp or have soggy shrimp by frying too hot or too cold.S
Shrimp Deveiner: If you love cooking with shrimp you will love this tool, it makes cleaning shrimp a hundred times easier!

Recipe

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Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

4.95 from 53 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
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: 413 calories, Calories: 413g, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 300mg, Sodium: 1099mg, Potassium: 131mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 70g, Vitamin C: 4.6g, Calcium: 199g, Iron: 2.6g

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Keyword: 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.
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 made this tonight, followed the recipe exactly, however, while the flavor was ok, it is certainly not the Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp flavor. Maybe you need to identify exactly the mayonnaise type/brand, similar to the Thai Sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of Siracha just not enough to give spicy flavor. we are friends with the Chef at Bonefish, we will see if they are willing to share the real recipe…

    1. The author uses Best Foods mayo. Use the Light version to cut down on the fat content if you want.

      It seems like there is a small hint of Dijon mustard in the authentic Bang Bang restaurant recipe too, but I could be mistaken.

      Hope you can pry the recipe out of the chef (and keep them nameless for their protection – LOL). Please let us know!

  2. I made this and it was excellent, but I would love to keep some of the sauce in the fridge. How long do you think this last in a sealed container in the fridge?

  3. I would like to make this for a party which would require making it a little ahead of time. Thanks for any suggestions you can provide.

  4. excellent taste just like bone fish grill. Make sure you drain the shrimp after the buttermilk I did the first time and turned out great, I forgot the next time and went right from the buttermilk to the corn starch and had a mess. Thank you for sharing this it is great!

  5. I have tried several versions of the Bang Bang Shrimp and this is definitely the best! It was delicious! I did add a teaspoon of garlic powder to the cornstarch and also a pinch of salt and pepper. Next time I think I will double the sriracha sauce to make it a little zestier, but it was really yummy just as the recipe is written.
    A keeper recipe!!

  6. I used my own tempura recipe to make my shrimp and used the sauce recipe provided for the bang bang sauce. Using the measurements above it seemed a little mayo heavy at first. I doubled the thi chili sauce and quadrupled the sriracha. We like spicy so it was perfect for us. Maybe only double the sriracha if you don’t like spicy. Good base but needed adjusted for my liking! I will make this again.

  7. I am telling you hands down best ever. I loved it so much I made it three times in one week. So easy to make. I did have to kick it up a notch as my family likes things a little more spicy . Thanks so much. If I could I would give it 10 stars I did have to sprinkle the shrimp after they got out of the hot grease with a pinch of salt

  8. A friend of mine that ran a restaurant used to put these shrimp and the sauce on a tower fried green tomatoes. I’m gonna try making the sauce and doing a sandwich version. I’ll report back for sure!

  9. Excellent, just added a little salt, cilantro & lime to the sauce to up the flavor.
    Will make it again & again.

  10. Amazing! Added a tiny bit of salt and pepper to the corn starch. The sauce requires less mayo than called for or more thai chili sauce and more sriracha. Other than that, this was amazing. I made a side of white rice and complemented just right.

  11. I have 2.5 lbs. of frozen shrimp. i would appreciate ANY recipes you may have. They are EX. JUMBO SHRIMP. Please help if you can!

    1. You can search all of my recipes in the search bar at the top right of the web page. Type in shrimp and they’ll all come up for you to browse and pick your favorites. Enjoy!

      1. 5 star. Thoroughly enjoyed the Bang Bang Shrimp and Jens Jamaican Coconut Pie. Grilled Shrimp and Scallops great also. Highly recommend.

  12. I just made this, but I tweeked it a little. I did half flour and half cornstarch, and added oldbay and salt/pepper to the flour and cornstarch mixture. Also added a couple drops of honey to mayo, sriracha and sweet chilli mix. Delicious!!!

  13. Unfortunately I didn’t read the comments before making the sauce but completely agree it was way too much mayo! I doubled sweet Thai chili sauce and tripled sriracha to get the almost perfect sauce.

    1. You need to make sure that the shrimp is thawed and dried. The excess liquid coming from them frozen will effect the batter staying on the shrimp. Enjoy!

  14. Just finished making this for dinner. Absolutely loved it!! I added some salt and pepper to the cornstarch. For the sauce I added extra mayo (my preference for a creamier sauce) and added more sriracha to balance the sweetness. Will definitely make again! Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. I made about 3 lbs of this recipe. Tasted great…5 Stars!!! I did have to change the sauce up a bit. Mayo was over powering it, so I added more of the Thai sauce and 3x the Sriacha. When they were coated, I put them under a lo broil to crisp up a bit more. Fabulous!!

  16. It is super good!! Maybe even better than the bang bang shrimp from Bonefish. But it is not the same. It packs a little bit of heat in the end which I love but its not the same sorry!

  17. I am very confused how all these people find this recipe “a copy of the Bang-Bang shrimp”. I literally read ALL the comments before trying to make them myself. (We love the Bonefish shrimp so much that we drive 45 min each way just for them! So, we basically can’t live without them). But the sauce in this recipe is not even close – it’s too sweet and not hot at all. After making the given recipe, I tried to tweak it a little bit by adding some lemon juice and more Sriracha. The Thai SWEET chili sauce is overpowering the other two ingredients. I am sorry, but this is not the same dish.

  18. I used to have a Bonefish Grill nearby, but now the closest one is over 3 hours away. 🙁 I was feeling lazy so I bought frozen popcorn shrimp and baked them in the oven. Then I made the sauce using your recipe. I tossed the cooked shrimp in the sauce and put back them back in the oven just to get crispy. SO delicious!!! The sauce is spot-on!

  19. I was excited when I came across this recipe. I is something I always have when I go to one particular restaurant. The recipe is easy and tastes dee lish us. I am having a hen party this weekend and Bang Bang is on the menu

    1. I really hope you enjoy it! I’ve not tested it before but you might be able to substitute the buttermilk for yogurt. It won’t be a copycat but it might still work.

  20. This is a 5 star bang bang shrimp. I had to make it for my fiance two days in a row it was that good. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. We just made this. Overall, it was okay. Too much mayo and not enough spice. I tried adding lemon juice and more siracha which made it a little better.

  22. This recipe is to die for! I have made it for company and it is always a hit. I do take a short cut and buy siracha mayo. I actually use the sauce on chicken and sandwiches. Highly recommend!!!

    1. No, if you’re looking to save some time by prepping ahead I would suggest dipping the shrimp in the buttermilk and leaving it in the fridge. Hope this helps.

  23. On a whim, I decided to make Bang Bang Shrimp tonight, so found yours on Pinterest. Took a short while and they were great! I happened to have the same chili sauce, but I added alot of Sriracha sauce. Next time I will reduce mayo (Hellmans) and increase Sriracha. My husband loved it, so thank you so much.

  24. Made this without buttermilk. I actually did a squeeze of orange juice (was going to use lemon but didn’t have that either) and salt before coating with cornstarch. Turned out really good.

  25. I made this recipe and it was excellent. Identical to Bonefish Grill. I did end up adding just a touch more sriracha and also a bit of gochujang, for depth, to the sauce. This will be in our rotation! Thanks for the recipe.

  26. This is the best copy cat recipe I’ve ever run across! Made it several times and it ROCKS with flavor and crispness. Delicious! Thank you!

  27. I just made this amazing recipe tonight! I feel like a gourmet chef! Melt in your mouth, better flavor and crispy texture than the Bonefish Grill! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  28. Hello! May I substitute xantham gum for cornstarch? I eat Keto and want to make this but would prefer to use xantham I’d possible. Thanks!