Best Thing I've Ever Fried

Bang Bang Shrimp

Mar 5, 2012 by

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I don’t know who came up with this recipe first , but God bless them.  Because it’s good.

I found this recipe floating around the web a few months ago.  Only later did I discover that it’s a copy cat recipe for a very popular appetizer at Bonefish Grill.

Double battering the shrimp ensures a super crispy coating.  And the sauce is creamy, tangy, and spicy.  According to The Husband, it was the best thing I have ever fried.

I have never eaten at Bonefish Grill, so I can’t say for sure that this recipe tastes just like the original.   But honestly, who cares?  It’s amazing.  Just make it.


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Bang Bang Shrimp

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Adapted from Fake Ginger
Serves: 4
For the sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2-4 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
For the shrimp:
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2-4 cups vegetable oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg and milk. Add shrimp and stir to coat.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil. Pour half of the bread coating into a large resealable plastic bag. Add shrimp, seal bag, and shake until shrimp is thoroughly coated.
  3. Return shrimp to the egg mixture; coat. Pour the second half of the breading into the plastic bag. Add shrimp and shake until thoroughly coated.
  4. Refrigerate shrimp for 20 minutes to ensure the coating adheres to the shrimp.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Working in batches, add shrimp and fry, turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes.
  6. Remove shrimp from oil and place on paper towels to drain.
  7. Drizzle sauce over the shrimp or serve alongside as a dipping sauce.


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  1. This sounds amazing… I wonder how it would be with chicken instead.. my husband doesn’t do shrimp lol. — formerly Heels and Meals

    • The Cooking Bride

      I actually had the same idea. I plan on trying the coating out on chicken strips sometime soon. I think it would be perfect!

  2. Tim

    Would I be able to substitute chicken for this? I feel like the coating would brown faster than the chicken would cook…Any suggestions for a college student strapped for cash but still looking for a lot of flavour?

    • The Cooking Bride

      Yes, I think this would work very well with chicken. If the coating starts to brown too fast, adjust your heat.

      • Tim

        I tried it with chicken just now and paired it with a randomly made peanut sauce. Let me just say that it is absolutely fantastic! Great recipe! Thank you so much for this 😀

        • The Cooking Bride

          Oh, that’s a great idea pairing it with peanut sauce! I bet it was good. I’m glad it was a success. Thanks for coming back and sharing.

  3. This will be another treat i will make for my husband. He adores shrimps and shrimp dishes. This looks lovely indeed!

  4. ray

    Panko must have made them crunchy! Looks very appetizing. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  5. I LOVE this shrimp at Bonefish Grill! Your photo is magical! I’m a new email subscriber :)

  6. Made these for the family last night. They were a hit. I love bang bang shrimp at Bonefish Grill. The sauce just makes them perfect!

  7. I’ll have to try this.

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