Copycat Recipe: Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

by Carrie with Children with 60 comments

We are big fans of Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp, but with two small kids in our house,  going out for a nice dinner is considered a luxury. Awhile back, my husband decided to try and create a Bang Bang shrimp copycat recipe and as luck would have it – this recipe is pretty close to perfect!  We’ve served this dish many times for our “at-home date night” and for guests and it never disappoints!

Copycat Recipe: Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp


  • 1lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Brown paper bag
  • Cooking oil
  • For The Sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • approx 1/4 Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (we use Kikkoman's) adjust to taste.
  • For The Shrimp Batter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of buttermilk (can also substitute with milk)


  1. Mix ingredients for sauce and sit aside.
  2. Mix egg and buttermilk and let shrimp soak in the egg/milk mixture for 15-20minutes.
  3. Once the shrimp have soaked, dredge in flour and fry in hot oil. (Shrimp only take about 3-5minutes at most to cook.)
  4. Remove shrimp and place on brown paper sack. (This absorbs excess grease and keeps the shrimp crunchy.)
  5. Place a few spoonfuls of sauce in large bowl and toss with shrimp until coated.
  6. Serve over a spring mix salad or baby spinach.

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  • Jessica

    I kid you NOT, I was just telling my husband this past weekend that we need to go to Bonefish and order these shrimp! Absolutely DELICIOUS! Please tell your husband thank you for the recipe!!!

    • Carrie with Children

      That is awesome, Jessica! Great minds think alike! :) I can’t wait to hear what you and your husband think about this recipe! Enjoy it!

    • Karen

      Is it 1/4 cup of the chili sauce????

      • Carrie with Children

        Hi Karen – I’d suggest starting with 1/4 cup and then adding to a taste to your liking. If you like spicy, may want to add more! Hope you enjoy!

        • Karen

          Thank You. It only said 1/4 and I thought it was a cup but could have been a tsp… Thanks again. Can’t wait to try it.

      • Chef1032

        I use to work for bonefish. Recipe calls out for chili garlic sauce and sweet this chili sauce. Add a dash of lemon juice and white vinegar to help blend and cut the heat. We just used buttermilk (ice cold) instead of egg and milk. Only to coat not to marinate. Hope this helps

  • Amy T.

    Oh, my gosh, this looks sooo good. My hubs is not a big fan of shrimp, but I think he’d enjoy it like this. I’m pinning and stumbling!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Amy! I bet your husband would love these – they are a little spicy! :)

  • Naomi

    My daughter LOVES Bang Bang Shrimp, so I am definitely going to try this!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Just pinned this! Looks delicious!

  • claire

    This sounds and looks tasty,would be great if you added it to my Creative Monday hop? :)

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Claire! I just went over and added this post to the hop! Thanks for letting me know!

      • claire

        Thanks for linking up :)

  • Samantha @ Lillian McKay

    I’ve never had this at Bonefish but we have some shrimp in the freezer… may have to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    • Carrie with Children

      Oh Samantha – these are so good! Definitely give it a try! I appreciate you stopping by today!

  • Jen @ TheUnProcessed Kitchen

    Oh YUM!! Just pinned this, it looks awesome!

  • Natalie Z

    Delicious :) I am going to have to make this soon!

    • Carrie with Children

      Natalie – You won’t be disappointed! They are delish! :) Thanks for stopping by today!

  • Kristy

    Love this! I’m bookmarking maybe to try for my hubby’s birthday!

  • Megan

    Just found you from Pinterest! This looks so good. I love Bang Bang shrimp! And I have a daughter with T21 too!! :)

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Megan – I’m so glad you found me today! Love that you have a daughter with T21 too!

  • Melissa

    This looks amazing! I have never tried Bonefish, but I’ll have to make this at home for ME since Heath is allergic!

    • Carrie with Children

      Poor Heath! I can’t imagine being allergic to shrimp – they are one of my favorites!

  • Amanda

    YUMMY!!!! This is a definite must make!

  • Bibi

    That looks absolutely mouthwatering… the thick sauce layer on the shrimp.

    • Carrie with Children

      That’s the great thing about this dish! You can add as little (or as much) sauce as you want! We like to load ours up with sauce!

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  • Katie

    WHOA>>>> That looks absolutely delicious.

  • Shelby Barone

    Wow! This looks so yummy! I cannot wait to try making it!!

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks Shelby! I hope you enjoy them – they are so delicious!

  • queentob

    Delicious! I love trying new and exciting recipes! Seems easy too!

    • Carrie with Children

      These are super easy to make and have tons of flavor! Enjoy!

  • Megan

    What is the unit of measurement for the Thai sweet chili sauce? 1/4 Cup? Thanks for clarifying.

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Megan – Thanks for reading! I would suggest starting out with a 1/2cup and then taste it to adjust the spice level. We like ours spicy, so we always add extra, but it really depends on how much spice you like in your food! Hope that’s helpful for you!

  • Angie

    Made this tonight..was sooooo good!! Was very easy & tasted amazing!

    • Carrie with Children

      Very cool! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Angie! It’s one of our favorite meals! :)

  • Diane

    In the process of putting this together for dinner tonight…I LOVE this recipe….can’t imagine it won’t be amazing!! Thank you!!

    • Carrie with Children

      I hope you had a fantastic dinner, Diane! Thanks for trying it out!

  • Kelly

    This is my favorite Bonefish dish Have been craving it. Cannot wait to make this! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Kristy Bird

    Oh my goodness, these ARE amazing! They really do taste like Bonefish, I fried mine in Coconut Oil to make it healthier and also served it over spinach leaves. Yum, thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Nicole

    Made this for my family last night. It’s a no fail recipe. The shrimp was moist, tender and crispy on the outside. We used the sauce as a dip. It’s was really good. Everyone loved it.

    • Carrie with Children

      Hi Nicole – I’m so glad to hear this recipe was a big hit with your family! Thanks for letting me know!

  • Amanda

    This shrimp is amazing!!! Only pan fry small amounts at one time so it is time consuming but it is delicious! I fixed it for my husband and some friends and everyone kept saying how good it was. I used 3 Tbsp of honey and a little more of the chili sauce than mentioned. Maybe less honey next time so it is a little more spicy.

    • Carrie with Children

      I’m so glad to hear you all enjoyed it! It’s definitely a favorite around our house too.

  • Alex

    What about the corn starch and the garlic powder and stuff? Do you mix that with the milk/egg thing. It didn’t clarify thanks

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