Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

These little yummy bites are a copycat version of the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer available at the Bonefish Grill. These shrimp have a fantastic crunch to them. The batter is not too thick or overpowering – you can still taste the shrimp. A little kicked-up dipping sauce and you have a great dish.

Copycat Bang Bang ShrimpI used 18-22 count US wild-caught shrimp, which were the perfect size for an appetizer. For me, at least. I love shrimp. No reason to use the dinky sized ones in something as good as this.

Also try my copycat of Applebee’s Sriracha shrimp, Bayou fried shrimp, coconut fried shrimp, and¬†southern fried shrimp. Did I mention how much I love fried shrimp?

Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 -4
Author Mike


For the dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

For the shrimp breading

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

For the shrimp

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 16 to 18 medium shrimp peeled, deveined
  • 1 green onion green part only, chopped


For the dipping sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

For breading

  • In a shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup of flour.
  • In another shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk.
  • In another shallow bowl, stir together the remaining 3/4 cup flour, panko, salt, pepper, sage, onion and garlic powders, and basil.

For the shrimp

  • Working in batches, roll shrimp in the flour.
  • Next, place shrimp in the egg and milk mixture and roll to coat. Shake off any excess.
  • Finally, coat shrimp in the breading.
  • Transfer to a large plate and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Heat 2" of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350.
  • Working in batches, fry shrimp 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve shrimp garnished with green onion, with dipping sauce on the side. Note: The Bonefish grill lightly coats the shrimp in the dipping sauce. I found it easier (and less messy) to serve the shrimp with the sauce on the side.

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