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Healthy Bang Bang Sauce (with Shrimp Appetizer!)

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July 21, 2017 | Author: Ashley McCrary

An easy, homemade bang bang sauce that goes with just about everything! Simple ingredients and just one step to make this keto, whole30, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free version of a popular, beloved sauce. 

a closeup of bang bang shrimp drenched in sauce and served on a lettuce cup

What Is Bang Bang Sauce?

Bang Bang sauce is an addictive, creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce. It’s mayonnaise-based and goes perfectly with meat, seafood, and veggies. The traditional recipe is made with Thai sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise, and sriracha, and is a super popular Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp appetizer, but is actually surprisingly easy to recreate at home! 

I adapted this recipe to be a little more lifestyle friendly and I’m proud to share that my homemade version is keto, paleo, whole30, dairy-free and gluten-free! It is just as delicious, but now everyone can enjoy it!

Also, it’s not just bang bang shrimp sauce. It can be used for a variety of meats, veggies, seafood, noodles, salad, and more! 

Recipe Highlights

  • Quick and easy! 
  • Make ahead friendly. 
  • Goes with everything.
  • Keto-friendly, Whole30 compliant, Paleo, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free!
  • Includes how to make an easy Bang Bang shrimp appetizer.

How to Make Bang Bang Sauce

This recipe has just a few simple ingredients and takes about 2 minutes to combine and serve! The shrimp appetizer takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. Make one or both! 

Ingredient Notes

recipe ingredients in nesting bowls and labeled.

Bang Bang Sauce

  • Mayo or Greek yogurt: You can use my 60-second mayonnaise recipe or a store-bought version. If preferred, use greek yogurt! 
  • Sriracha: Use less or more depending on the desired spice level.
  • Rice vinegar
  • Coconut aminos: I use this instead of honey. It has a sweetness to it and adds a lot of flavor to the sauce. 
  • Salt and Pepper: Use to taste.
  • Garlic powder
  • Thai Sweet chili sauce: Yai’s Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is Whole30 approved. If you aren’t Whole30, feel free to use your favorite brand. 

Shrimp (optional)

  • Shrimp: I used jumbo shrimp, deveined and peeled. 
  • Olive oil: Avocado oil will also work. 
  • Salt and pepper: Use to taste. 
  • Green onions: Garnish the shrimp appetizer with chopped green onions, if desired. 

Recipe Step by Step

shrimp on top of cauliflower rice with chopped green onions on top.

Bang Bang Sauce

  1. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce and mix until combined.

Bang Bang Shrimp Appetizer

  1. Pat dry the shrimp and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 mins on each side or until pink and opaque.
  3. Once the shrimp is done cooking, toss in the sauce until evenly coated. Serve in a lettuce wrap or over cauliflower rice. Garnish with green onions and enjoy! 

More Ways to Use Bang Bang Sauce

This sauce is so versatile and delicious. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a dish. Add to anything that needs a creamy, sweet, and spicy kick!

a close up showing bang bang sauce on shrimp lettuce wraps.

Storage Tips

  • Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use it as a sauce, a dip, a dressing, and more! 

Recipe FAQs

Healthy Bang Bang Sauce (with Shrimp Appetizer!): FAQs

What is Bang Bang Sauce made of? 

The classic recipe has just three ingredients- Thai sweet chili sauce, sriracha, and mayonnaise. My version is made with a healthy and lifestyle-friendly twist, but tastes just as good! 

Can I make this sauce sweeter?

If you’d like some extra sweetness, try an all-natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. This will exclude it from being keto or Whole30, but it’s still a healthier alternative. 

Can I make this sauce spicier?

Yes! Add more sriracha to give more of a kick.

More Delicious Sauce Recipes

Mac’s Awesome Sauce

Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce

BBQ Ranch

Keto Tzatziki Sauce

Jalapeno Bacon Aioli

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a close up showing bang bang sauce on shrimp lettuce wraps.

Healthy Bang Bang Sauce (with Shrimp Appetizer!)

An easy, homemade bang bang sauce that goes with just about everything! Simple ingredients and just one step to make this keto, whole30, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free version of a popular, beloved sauce. 

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x

Ingredients

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Shrimp

  • 1 1/22 pound shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • green onions for garnish

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayo or Greek yogurt
  • 12 tablespoons sriracha, depending on the desired spice level
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • OPTIONAL* 1 1/2 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce

Instructions

  1. Pat dry the shrimp and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 2-3 mins on each side or until pink and opaque.
  3. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce and mix.
  4. Once the shrimp is done cooking, toss in the sauce until evenly coated. Serve in a lettuce wrap or over cauliflower rice. Garnish with green onions and enjoy! Toss to combine.

Notes

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: Yai’s Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is Whole30 approved

Nutrition Facts: The nutritional information accounts for the sauce alone. 

Serving Tips

This sauce is so versatile and delicious. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a dish. Add to anything that needs a creamy, sweet, and spicy kick!

Storage Tips

  • Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Use it as a sauce, a dip, a dressing, and more! 

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: bang bang shrimp sauce, sauce, keto, whole30, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free

12 thoughts on "Healthy Bang Bang Sauce (with Shrimp Appetizer!)"

  1. Jesse Sauce says:

    This site is absolutely fabulous!

  2. Corie B says:

    This shrimp is so dang easy and so dang good! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes, Mac.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Corie! You made my day! XO

  3. Brigid says:

    Super easy and delicious, I could eat this creamy spicy goodness one a week!

    Told my mom and sister about this recipe and she texted me the next day: Bang Bang Shrimp was BOMB!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words Brigid! Isn’t it fun to find a recipe you love that’s SO EASY to prepare?????? 🙂

  4. Bre says:

    Delicious, quick, and a crowd pleaser! It tastes so good that it is hard to believe that it’s actually a healthy option for lunch or dinner!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      So happy you loved it. Thank you

  5. Christine C says:

    Delish!! Realized at the last minute I didn’t have sriracha, so I used a little bit of whole 30 ketchup instead.

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      It won’t taste the same at all. However, you can give it a try. 😉

  6. Susan says:

    Another fabulous recipe!! We loved it!!

  7. Melissa says:

    This meal! First time I made this I was blown away by how delicious it was and how easy it was to make! This is a go to meal in our house…always a pleaser! Thanks for this recipe!!!

    1. Ashley McCrary says:

      Thank you Melissa for the kind words. I love hearing that a recipe was perfect and has made the family rotation. Happy Eating!!!


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!