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Why not make your own Bang Bang Shrimp at home rather than waiting to go to Cheesecake Factory? This easy recipe lets you make the sauce just the way you love it to go with crisp, gently flavored shrimp, cooked to perfection.
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Bang Bang Shrimp is one of those taste filled recipes that appeared on the menu at places like the Cheesecake Factory and Bonefish Grill rather than coming from any part of the world. But the great thing about it is that you can easily make it at home! The key is to have the right sauces to add to those shrimps to give it that bang bang flavor.

If you have the urge to try more shrimp dishes after making this recipe, why not try some simple Spicy Garlic Shrimp or Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta? Or you could create something for a main meal with Chicken and Shrimp Tacos.

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Shrimp Fried Rice | Spicy Garlic Shrimp


INGREDIENTS FOR BANG BANG SHRIMP

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You will need:

  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce

Egg Mixture

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Breading Mixture

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika

Frying

  • vegetable oil

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Mayo: you can switch the mayo for Greek yoghurt if you prefer, the idea is to have something creamy to offset the tanginess of the other sauces.

Chili Garlic Sauce: for a spicier version, swap this for some Sriracha sauce – if you are brave enough!

HOW TO MAKE THIS BANG BANG SHRIMP RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a small mixing bowl add mayonnaise, Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and Chili Garlic Sauce. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a separate medium mixing bowl add egg and buttermilk. Whisk to combine.

STEP THREE: In another separate mixing bowl combine flour, panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Whisk to combine.

STEP FOUR: To bread the shrimp, dip each shrimp in the flour mixture, then dip the shrimp in the egg mixture, last, you’ll dip the shrimp back in the flour mixture. Repeat for all shrimp.

bang bang shrimp process shot of shrimp being dipped in flour and egg mixture

STEP FIVE: Place the coated shrimp on a plate and place them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This will help the breading set and stick to the shrimp as they are frying.

STEP SIX: In a deep-sided skillet, add vegetable oil until it covers around two inches of the bottom of the pan then heat on medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F.

STEP SEVEN: When the oil is ready, carefully place shrimp in the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes total, turning halfway through the cooking process. Remove golden brown shrimp from the hot oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate. 

bang bang shrimp process shot of shrimps being fried in a skillet with sauce on the side

STEP EIGHT: When all of the shrimp are done cooking place them in a large mixing bowl. Spoon ¼ cup over the shrimp and toss to coat. Serve the remaining sauce with the shrimp.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: if you have made more shrimp than you need to serve, the best way to store it is without the sauce on. Add the cooked shrimp to an airtight container once they are cooled and store the sauce in another container. To reheat, pop in the oven on 375F for 10 minutes, turning halfway through then drizzle with the sauce.

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Bang Bang Shrimp is one of those copycat recipes you just have to try making at home. Once you get the hang of covering the shrimp, you can then adjust the sauce to be as spicy or creamy as you like. It can be a party appetizer, a starter or even a main course when served with pasta or noodles.

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Bang Bang Shrimp

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Why not make your own Bang Bang Shrimp at home rather than waiting to go to Cheesecake Factory? This easy recipe lets you make the sauce just the way you love it to go with crisp, gently flavored shrimp, cooked to perfection.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce

Egg Mixture

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Breading Mixture

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour     
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Frying

  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • In a small mixing bowl add mayonnaise, Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and Chili Garlic Sauce. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • In a separate medium mixing bowl add egg and buttermilk. Whisk to combine.
  • In another separate mixing bowl combine flour, panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Whisk to combine.
  • Dip each shrimp in the flour mixture, then dip the shrimp in the egg mixture, last you’ll dip the shrimp back in the flour mixture. Repeat for all shrimp.
  • Place the coated shrimp on a plate and place them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This will help the breading setup and stick to the shrimp as they are frying.
  • In a skillet with deep sides add vegetable oil so it is 2 inches deep. Heat over medium heat until the oil is 350 degrees F.
  • When the oil is ready, carefully place shrimp in the hot oil and fry for about 3 minutes total, turning half way through the cooking process. Remove golden brown shrimp from the hot oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • When all of the shrimp are done cooking place them in a large mixing bowl. Spoon ¼ cup over the shrimp, and toss to coat. Serve the remaining sauce with the shrimp.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 345mg | Sodium: 2143mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 4mg
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