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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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Shrimp coated in a simple seasoning and spaghetti are tossed together in a creamy sauce that is full of spice for this bang bang shrimp recipe dish that is beyond big on taste.
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  1. Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Our bang bang shrimp pasta will make your tastebuds come alive with tender spaghetti and seasoned shrimp in a spicy and creamy sauce. Unbelievably easy, this great recipe is also incredibly full of flavor; inspired by the iconic dishes at the Cheesecake Factory and Bonefish Grill, this will be a winner every time with the whole family.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Spicy Bang Bang Sauce

  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sweet Thai chili sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1½ teaspoons sriracha sauce

PRO TIP:

You can use frozen shrimp as it is easy to have on hand in your freezer. To thaw the shrimp quickly, place them in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes. 

For the Pasta and Shrimp

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • fresh chopped parsley or fresh chopped cilantro (optional garnish)

PRO TIP:

Try to buy the deveined shrimp, if you can find it. You can also sometimes find peeled shrimp which would make prep a snap.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

MAYO: Instead of ½ cup mayonnaise, you can substitute plain Greek yogurt, cream cheese, heavy cream, or even sour cream.

CHILI SAUCE: Thai sweet chili sauce can also be substituted for plain sweet chili sauce. Sweet Korean chili sauce (Chogochujang) could also be used.

SEAFOOD: Scallops could stand in for the shrimp if you’re not a fan of shrimp.

PASTA: Long noodles are the best choice for this recipe. You could easily substitute your favorite pasta of choice, including linguine or angel hair pasta, for spaghetti.

How To Make This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta Recipe

For the Sauce

STEP ONE: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and sriracha sauce until it is smooth. Set it aside.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Using a new jar of room temperature, unopened mayonnaise may make a noticeable positive difference in the flavor.

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For the Pasta and Shrimp

PRO TIP:

Al dente is the ideal consistency for pasta. The pasta will be tender and will still have a slightly firm texture when you bite into it.

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss together the shrimp, ½ tablespoon olive oil, fresh minced garlic, paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

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STEP TWO: In a large skillet (12-inch) over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 

STEP THREE: Add in the coated shrimp, constantly stirring to ensure the garlic does not burn and the shrimp cooks evenly, about 8 to 10 minutes. The shrimp will turn pink when completely cooked. There will also be liquid in the pan that the shrimp releases during cooking. Turn off the stovetop.

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STEP FOUR: Leaving the skillet on the stovetop, add the cooked pasta and sauce on top of the cooked shrimp. Toss to completely coat the noodles and the shrimp.

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STEP FIVE: Garnish with either the fresh chopped parsley or fresh chopped cilantro. Serve while hot.

How To Serve

Make sure to serve this delicious dish immediately. Allowing the dish to sit for any length of time before serving will make a difference in the look and texture of your pasta.

Serve this easy bang bang shrimp pasta dish with a side of Caesar salad and garlic bread.

If you like this fantastic recipe and want to try it without the pasta next time, check out our bang bang shrimp recipe. Or try our spicy garlic shrimp for another tasty shrimp with a kick.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this recipe as the creamy texture of the sauce will change.

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Shrimp and pasta are a match made in heaven. They are both quick to prepare, and the flavors are out-of-this-world delicious. Serve this bang bang shrimp and pasta recipe as a main course on a busy weeknight, and I’m betting that you won’t have any leftovers at all.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is bang bang shrimp pasta spicy?

Bang bang shrimp pasta is cooked in a spicy sauce, but you can adjust the spice level by adding less sriracha when adding your ingredients to make the sauce.

What should I serve with bang bang shrimp pasta?

You could serve bread and a side salad with your bang bang shrimp pasta.

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp. Just thaw the shrimp and add to your recipe.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

5 from 37 votes
Shrimp coated in a simple seasoning and spaghetti are tossed together in a creamy sauce that is full of spice for this bang bang shrimp recipe dish that is beyond big on taste.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Sauce

  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 lime juice
  • teaspoons sriracha sauce

Pasta and Shrimp

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions and drained
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • fresh chopped parsley or fresh chopped cilantro (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

Sauce

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and sriracha sauce until it is smooth. Set it aside

Pasta and Shrimp

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss together the shrimp, ½ tablespoon olive oil, fresh minced garlic, paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • In a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add in the coated shrimp, constantly stirring to ensure the garlic does not burn and the shrimp cooks evenly, about 8 to 10 minutes. The shrimp will turn pink when completely cooked. There will also be liquid in the pan that the shrimp releases during cooking. Turn off the stovetop.
  • Leaving the skillet on the stovetop, add the cooked spaghetti and sauce on top of the cooked shrimp. Toss to completely coat the noodles and the shrimp.
  • Garnish with either the fresh chopped parsley or fresh chopped cilantro. Serve while hot.

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Notes

  • You can use frozen shrimp as it is easy to have on hand in your freezer. To thaw the shrimp quickly, place them in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes.
  • Try to buy the deveined shrimp, if you can find it. You can also sometimes find peeled shrimp which would make prep a snap.
  • Using a new jar of room temperature, unopened mayonnaise may make a noticeable positive difference in the flavor. 
  • Al dente is the ideal consistency for pasta. The pasta will be tender and will still have a slightly firm texture when you bite into it.

Nutrition

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 226mg | Sodium: 1493mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 537IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Britney says

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe only bang bang shrimp recipe I use has so much flavour and it’s delicious. 10/10 would always make this again

  2. Jane Ludwig says

    5 stars
    I have never had this but am going to try it!!! YUM!!! The only side I would add to it, is some home made bread/rolls to make sure I get every last drop of sauce!!

  3. Kim says

    5 stars
    Delicious! Wanted something with a little heat for dinner. This hit the spot! Hubby loved it and he does not like mayo 😉. I did do half mayo and half Greek yogurt. I also added some spinach last minute to my pan with the shrimp. Hubby told me “this one is a keeper!”

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