Saturday, December 18, 2010

Copycat Recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp

Is there anyone out there who does not love Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp? I cannot imagine that there is. If you like shrimp and you like a bit of a kick you are sure to think this is one of best seafood dishes ever. I have tried to recreate their famous Bang Bang shrimp several times, have researched every recipe out there and have made some successful and some unsuccessful prototypes. This time, according to my dining partner, I came as close as possible to recreating an exact replica without it actually being the read deal. The secret to making it really authentic is deep frying the shrimp as opposed to pan frying.  I have pan fried on each previous attempt, but this time I used to handy dandy Cuisinart deep fryer.  A huge difference! Try it, and let me know what you think!

Because the shrimp will cook so quickly, once you get them in the pan, you want to have the sauce ready and standing by to pour over the freshly fried shrimp. In a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, a tablespoon or so of horseradish, 1/4 cup sweet Asian chili sauce and a few tablespoons of hot Asian chili sauce or Srirachi (if you want to start out a bit more cautious, add 1 tablespoon at a time of the hot sauce and taste. Add more until it's a spicy as you like it). That's it! Combine well and set aside until the shrimp is ready.

I purchased one pound of raw, shell-on USA shrimp and cleaned, de-veined and removed the shell at home. Next step is to toss the shrimp in some cornstarch which, when fried, will give the shrimp a nice crisp coating without it being too heavy. Cook the shrimp in the deep fryer for about 3 minutes total. Place the shrimp in a large mixing bowl while they are still hot and pour over the Bang Bang sauce. Toss well to coat, adding more sauce if necessary and tumble out onto a bed of crispy shredded iceberg lettuce. Top with a sprinkling of green onions and chopped fresh cilantro.  


  1. Bang Bang Shrimp is very yummy... have you tried cooking the shrimp without deep frying it? I know it will give it a different texture but the bang bang sauce makes a nice dipping sauce.

  2. looks AMAZING!
    I'm going to feature this in my "Copycat Club" montly round up for January. To be posted on Jan 7/11. Thanks and have a great day!