Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp (Copycat)
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.
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.
Looking for more Asian Food?
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- Panda Express Recipes… every single one in fact: Panda Express Recipes Index
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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!
Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp
- 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
In a small bowl add the mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce and Sriracha and stir.
In a second bowl add the shrimp and buttermilk and stir to coat all the shrimp.
Remove from the buttermilk and let excess liquid drain away.
Coat the shrimp in cornstarch.
In a heavy bottomed pan add 2-3 inches of canola oil and heat to 375 degrees
Fry the shrimp until lightly brown, 1-2 minutes on each side.
Once fried coat with the sauce and serve immediately.
Adapted from food.com
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