Friday, July 9, 2010

Bang Bang Shrimp

Are you all familiar with Bonefish Grill? If not, it's a "moderately expensive" chain restaurant that specializing in seafood cooked over a wood-burning grill. We have one in our town center and it's always busy, especially on the weekends. Their most popular appetizer is this crispy and spicy Bang, Bang shrimp. I found a copycat recipe online and decided to give it a try at home.

Success!! This recipe was very, very close to what we get at Bonefish. It starts off with shrimp that are coated with a seasoned flour-Panko breading, then fried till golden brown.

They are then tossed with the special "Bang Bang" sauce, a combo of mayo, chili garlic sauce and rice vinegar, that makes this appetizer addictively good!

I won't lie though, this is not a figure friendly meal (fried & mayo) but it's not like your going to be making this every day, go ahead and enjoy! We sure did!! My husband thought this tasted very authentic and my son raved and raved about it! I actually served it to him with the sauce on the side, in case he thought it was too spicy, but the sauce was his favorite part...surprise :)

Our entire meal was actually Bonefish inspired. I also made these seared scallops with warm mango salsa over Jasmin rice...all the yum, but no big bill at the end!


1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup mayonnaise
4-5 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried basil

8 to 12 cups vegetable oil

1 handful of shredded romaine lettuce
1 green onion, chopped (green part only)

Combine all ingredients for the spicy sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.

Combine beaten egg with milk in shallow bowl; set aside.

Combine flour, panko, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil in another shallow bowl; set aside.

Bread the shrimp by first coating each with the breading mixture. Dip breaded shrimp into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the breading. Arrange the coated shrimp on a plate and pop them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This step will help the breading to stick on the shrimp when they are frying.

Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Use amount of oil required by your fryer.

When oil is hot, fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on rack or paper towels.

When all shrimp has been fried, drop the shrimp into a large bowl. Spoon about 1/4 cup of sauce over shrimp and stir gently to coat.

Stack shrimp on bed of mixed greens, sprinkle the stack with chopped green onion.

Serves 2 to 4 as appetizer

Source: Inspired by Bonefish Grill, recipe adapted from Secret Restaurant Recipes.


  1. LOVE Bonefish and those bang-bangs!! :) My dad and brother do, too, for that matter. How cool that you found a copy-cat recipe! Funny that just yesterday I was looking for a copy-cat recipe for their citrus vinaigrette. I found it in a few places, so if you're interested, I'll let you know how it goes!

  2. Yes, Vanessa please let me know. I was really surprised that Bonefish actually has some of the recipes on their site (ex. mango salsa).
    BTW, I might be making that choc. frosting on Sunday :)

  3. You're gonna love it!

    And yes, I found those recipes just the day before yesterday myself -- score!

  4. I know I'm the anomaly, but I'm not a fan of Bonefish Grill, but I did LOVE this appetizer. Thanks for posting this!

  5. These sound DELISH! I may buy some shrimp tomorrow just so I can try out this recipe!

  6. Oh, be still my beating heart! SERIOUSLY?! This is going on next week's menu. Mr. Wonderful will be thrilled. Many thanks!

  7. I have never been to a Bonefish Grill but by the looks of this shrimp I must be missing something! I will have to give this a try soon!

  8. A huge Thanks for posting this! We used to live near a Bonefish...but no more. And I crave these babies!

  9. My husband loves the Bang Bang Shrimp - he's going to love this. Now I won't have to do those surveys you find on the receipt in order to win a free order of the shrimp!

  10. Just tried the Citrus Herb Vinaigrette -- the Bonefish copycat recipe. Delicious! Honestly, it's been a while since I've been there and can't remember exactly how the original tastes, but regardless, I think this recipe's a keeper in its own right:

    This recipe appears in a lot of different places, but it's pretty much the same deal.

  11. just wondering what is the difference really between chili garlic sauce and the sriracha sauce?

  12. Andrew-
    Great question....I think they are the same thing. I was very confused also when I took my copycat recipe to the grocery sauce. I am going to update my recipe to reflect this.

    Thanks for the comment.


  13. Made these tonight for dinner watching the VT Orange bowl game. This recipe is so good! Who needs to go to Bonefish anymore for Bang,bang shrimp?! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I don't want to be rude but this is not a copy of Bonefish's, it is similar at best, it lacks the flavor of bonefish

  15. Just made this for my husband and I for Father's day. I doubled the breading mixture and this was PHENOMENAL! Thank you so much for the recipe. I wouldn't say it is EXACTLY like Bonefish, but it is close enough that I will be making it again in future!

  16. This is great!! thanks for posting this

  17. I used to live by Bonefish and LOVED the bang bang shrimp and chicken! Made these today, for my hubby i made shrimp, for me i made chicken and it was DELICIOUS thank you very much for this recipe!

  18. I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this recipe, but I LOVE BangBang Shrimp and haven't had it in YEARS!!! I made some this evening following your directions, and WOW!!!! OMG!!!! I'm sick I ate so much!! Thank you so much!