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

4.96 from 71 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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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. This recipe was amazing! So simple and delicious! Finally a copycat that tastes EXACTLY like the restaurants! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This recipe was excellent. I went with 1/2 rice flour and 1/2 cornstarch for a little more crunch. I also followed another suggestion to add additional vinegar and Sriracha to the sauce. It’s definitely a favorite that I will be making many times. Thank you for sharing this very tasty recipe!

  3. I LOVE the BangBang Shrimp at the Bonefish Grill and can’t wait to try this recipe!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!

  4. Amazing recipe my son loved it. I decided to mix a little flour with the cornstarch and it helped with the frying and coating. Never thought mayo, sirachi and sweet chili would mix well together, surprise!! Thanks

  5. Great recipe…so good it will be hard to ever pay the menu price at Bone Fish for my favorite appetizer. I tweaked the recipe just a bit and it tasted exactly like BFG. I added 1/2 tsp white vinegar, and an extra 1/4 tsp of sriracha. I also added salt and pepper to the corn starch before dredging shrimp. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. This was just so awful – followed the recipe but the cornstarch was just a thick pasty gloopy mess, even with drying the shrimp, and the coating just fell off in the oil so it was just fried naked shrimp. The sauce was not good – not sure if there was a specific type of mayo you recommend? Love your other recipes but this was just so unsuccessful for me!

  7. Sorry I have made bang bang shrimp using the old recipe. No buttermilk only cornstarch dreg. I found all coating stuck to the bottom of the pan and the shrimp had no crisp . I also found that sauce need more heat ie more hot sauce.

  8. In the pre recipe comments you say that someone who worked at Bonefish said they soak it in buttermilk before breading! yet no mention of breading in the recipe only cornstarch. I also think it needs more than a 1/4 teaspoon of sriracha to taste authentic. However it was very nice, just not like Bonefish!

  9. This recipe is spot on!!!! It’s the perfect Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. I tried a different recipe online that claimed to be a copycat, but they didn’t have the buttermilk or cornstarch ingredients, which are essential to make this authentic. Thank you for sharing. I have made this three times now for my husband and I…and it comes out perfect every time! Thanks again, you’re the best!

  10. If I only have garlic chili sauce on hand, could I make it into sweet chili sauce? Something like adding honey to it?

    1. You’re better off making it from scratch with rice vinegar, sugar, water, sandal oelek and cornstarch. Good luck!

  11. Outstanding!!! Been going to BFG for years. My family and friends said it was the best they have ever had. That includes my in-laws. ?????? Thank you!!!

  12. Great recipe! Going to try it tomorrow for my family. Suggestions on a light side dish that hasn’t super carb heavy to counteract the richness of the dish? My kids are 2.5 years old at 10 months…

    1. I’d add roasted vegetables as a lighter side option with loads of flavor. Try my rainbow roasted vegetables for a fun twist that young kids love.

  13. Literally tastes exactly like pf chang’s or any other place!!! So worth it. Cheaper and healthier to make at home with fresh ingredients. Loved this recipe 100%

      1. Former BFGer here too. After the buttermilk dredge, toss in a seasoned flour instead of cornstarch. Actual sauce recipe uses sweet Thai chili sauce, chili garlic sauce, mayo, lemon juice, and white vinegar. And the green onions are a MUST for the topping.

  14. Sabrina,

    Your recipe for bang bang shrimp specifies a certain Thai sweet chile sauce. I click on the link, brings me to amazon. Is the brand name Mae Ploy?

  15. Ok so here’s my take: first of all, thank you for such an easy to follow recipe! I was almost about to follow another Bang Bang Shrimp recipe that required way more ingredients & way more work until I came across yours! Whew! Thank the lord bc this recipe saved me some coins lol Although, I did not use the Mae Ploy brand sauce it still came out super delish! So thanks again!!

  16. Second time trying this recipe and I absolutely love it! They closed the restaurant bone fish grill in my home town so this is the closest thing to it

  17. Hi: I would like to try the Bang Bang Shrimp recipe. Currently I have cooked frozen shrimp on hand I would like to use until I can get some raw shrimp. Would I have to prepare the cooked shrimp different from your recipe? Thanks, Jim in Omaha

  18. Wow I really didn’t expect for this recipe to come so close if not better than the original. I used wild caught shrimp and followed the recipe exactly. Loved loved loved it ! Thank you so much for this recipe and also thank you for the link to the Thai chili sauce. The picture of the sauce made it easy to find in my local grocery store.

  19. Canola oil, are you serious? Why would I want to use anything that’s genetically engineered? And rapeseed isn’t exactly a healthy oil, either, in any case.Lots of great other options out there, among them coconut oil and olive oil Much easier to buy organic corn starch, though. As for the rest,this recipe is superb!

    1. It’s a deep fried, coated in corn starch appetizer with mayonnaise based sauce. Using “organic” ingredients isn’t going to miraculously turn it into a salad. This recipe is spot on and delicious so I am enjoying it for what it is.

    2. Joy you have shrimp that’s deep fried and covered in a mayonnaise based sauce and you’re worried and complaining about canola oil? People like you need a punch in the face. I bet you wash down your big mac with a diet coke too ??????

      Thank you SO much Sabrina for a spot on recipe! It’s delicious!!

    3. Lol, you cannot use coconut oil or olive oil for this recipe as it does not have a high oil temp like canola, veg oil etc. Please be educated (Chef) before making comments you know nothing about.

      1. I really appreciate the recipe. I’m making it tonight. I will use avocado oil. Substitution discussed without malice can be educational for us all.

    4. This comment made me laugh too! Not to mention olive oil would make it taste totally different and it’s never recommended for frying.

  20. For anyone looking for that extra heat…try sriracha mayo in place of the plain mayo…it’s perfect for this amazing recipe!

  21. This recipe is amazing! To get the heat I (and others) look for to compare to BFG…try Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo…I won’t make this recipe without it!