Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe - The Cookie Rookie® (2024)

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By: Becky Hardin

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This Bang Bang Shrimp recipe is loaded with flavor but low on calories! It’s a skinny copycat version of the popular Bonefish Grill appetizer. You get all the flavor (thanks to the spicy but creamy bang bang sauce) with fewer calories. Delicious, easy, and crave-worthy! This makes a great appetizer or easy dinner.

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Why We Love This Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

This Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe is a Bonefish Grill copycat recipe but made to be a little bit healthier. I just love lighter versions of restaurant favorites! The shrimp is grilled instead of fried, plus we lightened up the sauce even more by using Greek yogurt as the base. You get all the flavor but none of the fat– my favorite kind of dish!

Variations on Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

This sauce is crazy delicious, and I’m here to tell you you don’t have to limit yourself to just shrimp. Pour this sauce over chunks of chicken, tofu, or steak; cauliflower florets; scallops, or salmon fillets. You can even enjoy it with french fries or mozzarella sticks!

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How to Store and Reheat

Store leftover bang bang shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a pan with a little bit of olive oil set over medium-low heat until warmed through.

How to Freeze

Freeze shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Serving Suggestions

I always ordered this dish as an appetizer, and I think it’s just the perfect amount of food to serve before a meal. I especially love this as a romantic appetizer for a date night meal at home.

If you want to make this bang bang shrimp into a meal, make these bang bang shrimp bowls. Or cook up the shrimp and cover it in the sauce as directed, and serve it with basmati rice or mashed cauliflower and roasted veggies, fresh pasta, or turn it into shrimp tacos! Finish things off with a round of Skinny Margaritas!

What is bang bang shrimp?

Bonefish Grill describes it as “crispy shrimp tossed in our signature creamy, spicy sauce.” Our version skips the crispy fried element and doubles down on the creamy, slightly spicy sauce.

What is bang bang sauce made of?

Typically the sauce is made with mayo, sweet chili sauce, hot sauce, and lots of spices. We have substituted Greek yogurt for the mayo, saving a ton of calories. You’ll never notice the difference (or might I say you’ll like this version better!)

What is the origin of bang bang shrimp?

The name refers to the sweet Thai chili sauce that gives the shrimp a kick! The dish was created and named by the head chefs of Bonefish Grill.

How spicy is this recipe?

It’s not very hot at all. There’s a mild spice with a bit of a bite, but I wouldn’t consider it to be the kind of hot that sits in your mouth after eating. If you prefer a spicier version, you can add in some red pepper flakes or go with a more spicy hot sauce. I like that kids and adults can both enjoy the milder version I made

Is bang bang sauce like Yum Yum sauce?

Not really. While they are both mayo-based sauces, bang bang is sweet, while yum yum sauce is more savory and tomatoey.

How many calories are in bang bang shrimp?

Each skewer of 4-5 shrimp is under 100 calories. We usually eat 2-3 skewers per person. Is this heaven? Bonefish Grill reports that their fried version is over 800 calories so I’ll count this as a win!

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More Shrimp Recipes To Try

  • Air Fryer Shrimp
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp
  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi
  • Air Fryer Garlic Shrimp
  • Chipotle Shrimp
  • Shrimp Ceviche
  • Spicy Garlic Shrimp

5-Star Review

“Shrimps are my passion. I can’t survive without them just like without any of the seafood. Your recipe is a treasure for me. And the sauce I often make for other dishes. How good that your recipe is both healthy and delicious.” – Sam Roberts

Recipe

Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

4.42 from 77 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 5 minutes minutes

Cook: 10 minutes minutes

Total: 15 minutes minutes

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This healthier version of bang bang shrimp is proof that you can make healthy substitutions to a favorite recipe without sacrificing flavor. And shrimp is so easy to cook, which makes this recipe a winner!

Step-by-step photos can be seen below the recipe card.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp 26-30, peeled & deveined
  • ½ cup Bang Bang Sauce (click for recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions sliced at an angle, divided

Recommended Equipment

  • Bamboo skewers (optional)

Instructions

  • If using skewers, place them in a shallow baking dish and cover them with water and soak them 10 minutes prior to using.

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  • Pour half the sauce in a smaller bowl to use as a dipping sauce. Set aside.

    ½ cup Bang Bang Sauce

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  • If using skewers, thread 4-5 shrimp on each and brush the remaining sauce over the shrimp.

    1 pound shrimp

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  • Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil onto the skillet or griddle and place the shrimp in the skillet.

  • Cook the shrimp 1-2 minutes per side, or until shrimp is opaque. (Adjust the cooking time if using different size shrimp.)

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  • Transfer shrimp to a serving dish and brush lightly with the reserved sauce. Garnish with extra chopped green onions.

    2 tablespoons chopped green onions

  • Serve immediately, with a dollop of dipping sauce, on the side.

Last step! Don’t forget to show me a pic of what you made! Upload an image or tag me @thecookierookie on Instagram!

Becky’s tips

    • Be sure the shrimp is peeled and deveined before cooking.
    • The shrimp cooks really quickly, so you just need to cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side (cook just until opaque)
    • Properly cooked shrimp are an opaque white color with some pink and bright red accents and 120°F internally.
    • If you use bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water before starting.

    Storage: Store bang bang shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 77kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 11g (22%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 0.1g (1%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 96mg (32%) Sodium: 534mg (23%) Potassium: 106mg (3%) Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 157IU (3%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 53mg (5%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)

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    How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Step by Step

    Soak the Skewers: If using skewers, place them in a shallow baking dish, cover them with water, and soak them 10 minutes prior to using.

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    Make the Sauce: Follow my recipe for Bang Bang Sauce. Pour ¼ cup of the in a smaller bowl to use as a dipping sauce. Set aside.

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    Thread the Shrimp: If using skewers, thread 4-5 shrimp on each (1 pound of shrimp total) and brush the remaining ¼ cup of sauce over the shrimp.

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    Cook the Shrimp: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil onto the skillet or griddle and place the shrimp in the skillet. Cook the shrimp 1-2 minutes per side, or until opaque. (Adjust the cooking time if using different size shrimp.)

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    Serve the Shrimp: Transfer the shrimp to a serving dish and brush lightly with the reserved sauce. Garnish with 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions. Serve immediately, with a dollop of dipping sauce, on the side.

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