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16 December 2019

Use this homemade bang bang sauce recipe for bang bang shrimp, bang bang chicken or fish, or use it as a spicy dipper for any fried or grilled foods. Great on sandwiches!

Have you ever ordered “Bang Bang Shrimp” at a restaurant? It is typically grilled or lightly fried shrimp that comes coated in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce that’s sort of addictive. You may have seen variations of the appetizer with different names, like “boom boom shrimp”, “firecracker shrimp”, or something similar.

It’s good stuff, really. Patty and I were introduced to it at our local Bonefish Grill. It’s one of their top shrimp appetizers, actually. They serve their shrimp fried with the sauce over some simple greens, though some restaurants grill the shrimp instead.

Either way, I’m here to talk about the sauce for this recipe, not the shrimp. We’re talking Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce, my friends, and I’m going to show you how to make it.

But first…

What is Bang Bang Sauce?

Bang Bang Sauce is a creamy, spicy, mayo-based sauce made popular by restaurants, such as Bonefish Grill, who serve it alongside spicy grilled or fried shrimp. Primary ingredients include mayonnaise and chili sauce, though recipes can vary with other added ingredients, such as sriracha, hot sauce, honey and other seasonings.

It is very similar to a creamy remoulade, though many variations exist under different names. I make a slightly spicy version, though I will show you how you can vary up the recipe quite easily to make it your own.

Let’s talk about how we make bang bang sauce, shall we? It is basically a copycat bang bang sauce recipe, but I like my version better.

Bang Bang Sauce ingredients

Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (or use smoked paprika for a milder version)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Bang Bang Sauce – the Recipe Method

First, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl. We’re using mayonnaise, chili-garlic sauce, sriracha, honey, lemon juice, cayenne and some salt and pepper.

Bang Bang Sauce ingredients in a bowl

Whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined and the sauce is smooth and creamy.

Bang Bang Sauce whisked together in a bowl

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, or serve right away. You can chill the sauce if you’d like to let the ingredients meld together. It is wonderfully sweet and spicy.

Makes about 1 cup of bang bang sauce.

Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

Boom! That’s it, my friends! Who would have thought the recipe could be so darned easy? It really is a simple one. Simple is good! Go toss it with some cooked shrimp for your favorite Bang Bang Shrimp recipe!

Bang Bang Sauce Serving Suggestions

Most people think of Bang Bang Shrimp when they think of bang bang sauce, but it can be used for many different recipes and applications. Here are a few serving suggestions for your bang bang sauce:

  • Bang Bang Chicken. Slather the sauce over fried chicken (any type – fried chicken wings, nuggets, etc) or over your favorite grilled chicken recipe, like these Grilled Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce – the sauces are quite similar.
  • Bang Bang Fish. There is a famous recipe called Baja Fish Tacos that would be perfect for this sauce. It is quite similar to the Creamy Fish Taco Sauce they use.
  • Fried Food Dipper. This sauce works great with other fried foods fresh out of the fryer, like onion rings, egg rolls or fried oysters. The fattiness of the mayo goes perfectly with the oils and crunchiness of fried foods.
  • Grilled Foods. It’s also great on anything fresh off the grill. Slather it onto your grilled chicken breast or wings, or over grilled shrimp or fish.
  • French Fries or Potatoes. Bang Bang Sauce is so good with potatoes! It really is a great pairing. Serve it on the side as a dipper and your friends will love you deeply.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Milder Version. If you’d like to tone down the spice factor here, skip the sriracha and cayenne powder. Use a sweet chili sauce instead of the chili-garlic sauce. You can also skip the honey.
  • Spicier Version. If you’d like to up that zest factor instead, go with a hotter sriracha or bring in some hot sauce. Extra spicy chili flakes are always a good way to spice thing up, as are spicier chili powders and seasonings, like ghost pepper seasoning. Oh yeah! That’ll REALLY spice things up my friends!
  • Other Ingredients. You can easily introduce some other ingredients to make this recipe your own, to fit your preferred palate. Try adding more citrus or apple cider vinegar for more tang factor. Add hot sauce and spicier seasonings as mentioned above. Worcestershire sauce is a nice way to add some depth. I like to include garlic powder sometimes along with hot sauce and apple cider vinegar. It’s such a nice combination. Make it extra creamy with a bit of Mexican crema, sour cream or Greek yogurt.

I hope you enjoy it! Time to get cooking! How are you going to serve yours? With shrimp? Chicken? Any other fun ideas? Let’s hear it!

Try Some of My Other Popular Sauce Recipes

Bang Bang Sauce in a bowl, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Bang Bang Sauce Recipe

Use this homemade bang bang sauce recipe for bang bang shrimp, bang bang chicken or fish, or use it as a spicy dipper for any fried or grilled foods. Great on sandwiches!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mayonnaise, sauce, spicy
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 56kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne or use smoked paprika for a milder version
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, or serve right away.

Notes

Makes about 1 cup of bang bang sauce.
Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, though you can spice it up with extra sriracha, spicier chili sauce, hot sauce and/or chili flakes or powders.

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Bang Bang Sauce
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