This Bang Bang Shrimp recipe is our version of Bonefish’s popular appetizer! Crispy fried shrimp tossed in a homemade sweet and spicy sauce – pure perfection.

Enjoy the appetizer over a bed of lettuce or serve with oven-baked rice as a meal!

Bang bang shrimp in a bowl topped with fresh greens and a lemon.

We love serving shrimp as an appetizer, yes, please. This recipe joins our Fried Shrimp and Sauteed Shrimp as the most popular starters!

Bang Bang Shrimp Video-

Watch Valentina make the easy crispy bang bang shrimp and be inspired!


Bang Bang Shrimp is the most popular appetizer at Bonefish Grill restaurant. If you’ve not tried it – you truly are missing out! No worries, I’ll share everything you need to know about making this amazing copycat side dish at home for a fraction of the cost!

A crunchy shrimp in bang bang shrimp sauce on a toothpick topped with green onion.


It truly is surprising the few ingredients needed for bang bang shrimp as the appetizer is so flavorful.

  • Shrimp– Raw large or jumbo shrimp will work great.
  • Marinade– We used milk, sour cream and lemon juice for the marinade.
  • Cornstarch mixture– This is what gives the shrimp its crispiness. All that’s needed is flour, cornstarch, and seasoning.
  • Bang bang shrimp sauce– This homemade sauce is what brings this shrimp recipe to a whole new level! We use mayo, chili sauce, garlic, and sriracha.
Bang Bang shrimp in a black bowl topped with green onions.


The instructions are so simple for this fried shrimp recipe in the most delicious sauce.

  1. Make sauce– In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, chili sauce, garlic, and sriracha; set aside. (We use this garlic chili sauce, it’s amazing.)
  2. Prep shrimp– Peel, devein and remove the tail.
  3. Make marinate– In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the marinade. You can substitute for buttermilk if that is what you have on hand.
  4. Cornstarch mixture– In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the cornstarch, salt, pepper and paprika.
  5. Coat shrimp– Add shrimp to the milk mixture, then completely coat on all sides in the cornstarch mixture. Place onto a platter and continue with the remaining shrimp.
  6. Fry the shrimp– Add about 1 to 1 ½” of cooking oil to a deep large skillet or Dutch oven. Once the oil is hot, add shrimp and fry until crispy. Cook in batches until all shrimp is fried. We like to transfer the shrimp onto a paper towel to catch any grease.
  7. Coat in sauce– Add the sauce to the shrimp and gently toss.
  8. Serve– Serve immediately. We like to add fresh green onion when serving.

Keep shrimp hot! If you will be working in batches, keep the cooked shrimp warm in the preheated oven to 375°F while frying the rest of the shrimp. Or, you can just cook the shrimp in two skillets.


This sweet and spicy bang bang sauce for the fried shrimp is so easy to prepare and it totally transforms the fried shrimp.

  • Combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, minced garlic, and sriracha. For a milder sauce, add 1 Tbsp of the chili sauce.

NOTE: If you don’t have Sriracha, Tabasco or Frank’s Hot sauce may be substituted.

Step by step pictures of how to make bang bang shrimp.


There are so many different ways to serve bang bang shrimp, it’s such a versatile recipe.

  • Appetizer– Enjoy as a starter or appetizer and serve overy shredded lettuce.
  • Lettuce wrap– Add shrimps to lettuce leaves and enjoy as wraps.
  • Tacos– Add to tortillas with your favorite toppings and enjoy them as tacos.
  • Entree– Use in our Shrimp Bowl recipe.


  • STORE– Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • REHEAT– Reheat in the oven until crispy and reheated.
  • FREEZE– You can freeze the bang bang shrimp in a freezer bag. Thaw, reheat and make some more sauce to coat the shrimp.
A black bowl loaded with bang bang shrimp with a toothpick of shrimp.

I hope you give the recipe a try and it becomes a favorite!

More shrimp recipes-

Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

Author: Valentina
4.92 from 25 votes
This Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe is the ultimate appetizer! This CopyCat recipe from BoneFish is going to win you over! Crispy fried shrimp coated in a homemade sweet and spicy – pure perfection.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb large shrimp, deveined & peeled
  • canola oil for frying

milk mixture-

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

flour mixture-

bang bang sauce-


How to make bang bang sauce-

  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, garlic and sriracha. Set aside.

How to make bang bang shrimp-

  • Devein and remove tails on the shrimp. Pat shrimp completely dry. 
  • In one bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the milk mixture. In a second bowl, combine the ingredients for the flour mixture.
  • Dredge shrimp in the milk mixture, then, generously coat in the flour mixture. Place onto a platter. Continue with remaining shrimp.
  • In a large skillet, add about 1 – 1 1/2-inches of oill and heat over med/high heat. Once the oil is hot add shrimp, don't overcrowd skillet. 
  • In batches, fry the shrimp 2-3 minutes per side, until crispy and cooked through. 
  • Once all of the shrimp are cooked, pour the sauce over the shrimp and gently toss.
  • Serve!


523kcal Calories22g Carbs26g Protein35g Fat6g Saturated Fat310mg Cholesterol1475mg Sodium175mg Potassium2g Sugar245IU Vitamin A14.3mg Vitamin C210mg Calcium3.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 310mg103%
Sodium 1475mg64%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 14.3mg17%
Calcium 210mg21%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)