How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Just Like Bonefish Grill

This copycat recipe for bang bang shrimp tastes as good as—or better—than the real deal at Bonefish Grill!

It’s not Olive Garden without an order of breadsticks. It’s not Cracker Barrel without a side of hash brown casserole. And it’s not Bonefish Grill without an order (or two) of bang bang shrimp.

This crispy, saucy and spicy shrimp is the signature appetizer at Bonefish Grill. The best part about this dish? Like many restaurant copycats, it’s easy to make at home. Keep reading for our bang bang shrimp recipe, and then check out these other Bonefish Grill-inspired recipes if you can’t get enough of your seafood favorites.

What Is Bang Bang Shrimp?

The inspiration for bang bang shrimp is a saucy Thai-inspired dish known as bang bang chicken, where the meat is cooked, shredded and served with a spicy sauce. The Bonefish Grill version of this bang bang dish opts for crispy fried shrimp instead of chicken and a kickin’ mayo-based sauce.

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp

This recipe yields 2-4 appetizer-portioned servings.


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  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, thawed, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Diced chives, for garnish (optional)
  • Salad greens, for garnish (optional)


Step 1: Marinate the shrimp

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Combine the shrimp and buttermilk in a medium bowl for 10-15 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2: Mix the sauce

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In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, Thai chili sauce and sriracha until blended.

Step 3: Coat shrimp

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Fill a cast-iron skillet, Dutch oven or deep fryer with 2-3 inches of canola oil and preheat to 375°F. Then, drain the shrimp from the buttermilk and toss with the cornstarch in a large bowl until evenly coated.

Step 4: Fry shrimp

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Working in batches, fry the shrimp, turning occasionally until golden on all sides; about 3-4 minutes.

Step 5: Coat shrimp in sauce

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Transfer the shrimp to a large bowl and toss with the sauce while still hot until coated on all sides.

Step 6: Serve

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Serve over a small bed of salad greens topped with green onions. Enjoy immediately!

What to Serve with Bang Bang Shrimp

Bang bang shrimp is a delicious appetizer to serve ahead of a tasty seafood dinner, like grilled salmon, mahi mahi or pan-seared scallops. Pair the shrimp with one of these crunchy coleslaw recipes to temper the heat.

You can also make bang bang shrimp tacos. Pile the crispy fried shrimp in homemade tortillas—and take a look at this tortilla toaster hack—with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

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Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.