One of the most popular items on Bonefish Grill’s menu is their Bang Bang Shrimp. As is the case with great restaurant dishes, knock-off recipes by the hundreds are easily found.
I’ve used a couple of different techniques over the past year and have hit upon a combination that we’re MAD about.
I serve this Heavenly shrimp on a bed of leaf lettuce, Romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, chopped green onions, and celery in a tortilla bowl (look in the refrigerated aisle of your favorite grocery store – the tortillas come with little foldable paper stands that you drape the tortillas over before baking. They are SO amazing and versatile – you can serve them with taco salad, grilled chicken salad, Chef salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, etc.).
One of my daughters added Italian Dressing to her salad and I believe another added Ranch dressing. If I’m not mistaken, I think my husband added a little Catalina dressing to his – but, as for me and my shrimp, we went bare, as in dressing-free. If you have a little extra Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, you could splash a little of that on top of your salad. Frankly, I could drink it right out of the jar…. it’s that freaking good.
You really HAVE to try this as soon as possible – it’s extraordinary.
Knock-Off Recipe for Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp
1 lb shrimp
1/2 cup mayonnaise
pinch of salt
1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
3 drops hot chili sauce (like Sriracha)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Zatarain’s Fish Coating
Vegetable oil for frying.
- Mix the mayo together with the chili sauces. Add a small pinch of salt.
- Combine the cornstarch and Zatarain’s fish coating. Bread the shrimp (shelled and deveined) in the mixture.
- Heat enough of the oil to deep fry the shrimp in a deep pan.
- Deep fry the shrimp for 3-4 minutes.
- Drain the shrimp well on paper towels.
- Place the shrimp in a bowl and coat with the delicious chili sauce and mayo mixture.
I put my shrimp into a disposable aluminum pan to play in the chili sauce mixture (above). I love these disposable pans because I can just toss them out along with the rest of the trash. Convenience is a close friend of mine. As you can see, the shrimp are as beautiful as they are delicious. You could honestly serve them as appetizers completely by themselves. Smaller shrimp would be really cute served with little appetizer picks or even toothpicks.
This shrimp is truly something you’ll want to try asap, it’s perfectly excellent. As a matter of fact, I have trouble leaving them alone long enough to get them to the table! I’m something of a shrimp fanatic, anyway, but when they’re all decked out in this remarkable chili sauce mixture, forget about it. It’s a shrimp party waiting to happen and, frankly, I don’t want to invite anyone else to the party.
Inspiration: Bonefish Grill and their excellent, excellent food!