Bang Bang Shrimp has a crispy crust topped with a honey chili sauce that adds sweetness with a little bit of heat. It makes a great appetizer or entrée.
Jeff and I occasionally go to a restaurant that has an appetizer called Bang Bang Shrimp. Maybe you have had this dish before, or something similar. It is soooo good. The dish didn't look to hard to make, so I did some searching and found a recipe that I like on food.com.
Bang Bang Shrimp is an easy and quick dinner to prepare. Jeff and I have this dish as a meal instead of an appetizer. The shrimp is coated in cornstarch then fried which gives the shrimp a crispy crust and keeps it tender. The honey chili sauce adds a sweetness with a little kick. You can add more or less hot sauce, depending on how much heat you want in your dish. I usually serve this dish with rice and a simple salad.
The recipe calls for a sweet chili sauce. You can purchase this sauce, but it is simple to make, so I usually make it. My Honey Chili Sauce post is here. Before tossing the shrimp in the Honey Chili Sauce, you add a few drops of hot sauce to give the dish a little heat. I felt like Goldilocks when I was making this dish. When I first made the dish, my husband thought the sauce was too hot. So, I made it again, then it wasn't hot enough for him. I tried again, and it was just right! So, three drops of hot sauce is the magic amount for Jeff.
I hope you enjoy the Bang Bang Shrimp!
Bang Bang Shrimp
- 1 lb shrimp, raw shelled and deveined
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Honey Chili Sauce You can adjust the quantity of the Honey Chili sauce to suit your taste. You can purchase a sweet chili sauce or see my post for Honey Chili Sauce.
- 3 drops hot sauce or to taste
- 3/4 cup cornstarch to coat the shrimp
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or more, if needed
- Combine the mayo, Honey Chili Sauce and hot chili sauce. Set aside.
- Put cornstarch in a bag, add the shrimp and shake/rotate to coat the shrimp.
- Heat the oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the shrimp using tongs or another tool to not splash yourself with hot oil.
- Cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on one side, then turn and repeat for the other side. Cooking time will vary depending on the size shrimp that you use. Make sure shrimp are cooked through.
- Drain the shrimp on a paper towel.
- Put the shrimp in a large bowl.
- Pour the mayo and honey chili sauce mixture over the shrimp and toss to coat.