These crispy and crunchy bang bang shrimps taste best with the absolutely delicious bang bang mayo sauce! The shrimps are coated with super-crunchy panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection!
Today’s recipe of bang bang shrimps is a must-have for any shrimp lover! An absolutely easy yet superbly delicious, these bang bang shrimps are what I have brought for you today and that too on a Friday evening! Trust me these shrimps can make your weekend! Bang bang shrimps not only sounds funny, but it is ridiculously easy to make too! Since I have already proved that we are a crazy family of shrimp addicts, these bang bang shrimps had to make its room here; and even if you are not as crazy as us for shrimps, you will still fall for it! I have no clue how the name of ‘bang bang shrimps’ came into existence but this is exactly how it is. It is not a name that I have made up. My guess is that this name has something to do with the mayo sauce these shrimps are served with. It is a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce rightly seasoned with something hot and something sweet. It is an unparalleled combination of creaminess with sweet & spiciness.
It’s weekend again and I am feeling very relaxed. At least for 2 days I can forget about programming jargons and rejuvenate myself in my lively world of colors and flavors. And what better way could be to start the weekend other than devouring my favorite food! Best part of these bang bang shrimps is that it doesn’t need any fancy ingredient. If you have a bag of shrimps handy, you can whiz up a batch in a jiffy! You may be worried about panko, but I would suggest to keep a big bag of panko at home if you are too much into fried/baked snacks. Panko is a wonder ingredient and you will agree as soon as you start using it! Do not even dream of skipping this sauce while planning for the bang bang shrimps; that will be like serving cola without ice or burger without French fries and none of these is nice for a true foodie! You need to dip your crispy baked bang bang shrimps into the spicy mayo sauce and scoop out a generous amount to enjoy this delicacy to its max!
Being an addict to shrimps, it’s too obvious that I always hunt for shrimp recipes and I stumbled upon these bang bang shrimps on one of my favorite blog Jo Cooks. As she rightly mentioned in her post, these bang bang shrimps are addictive! What’s not to love about these beautiful crispy shrimps baked to perfection! The ingredients you need to make these bang bangs shrimps are just handful and majorly pantry staple. You first need to make a wet batter using buttermilk and egg which are mixed with all-purpose flour and cornstarch. Cornstarch helps make the shrimps super crispy and flour binds everything together while keeping the shrimps juicy & succulent inside. The batter is flavored with garlic powder, smoked paprika and hot sauce which complement the baked shrimps perfectly. You must not load these bang bang shrimps with too many spices or herbs; keeping it simple is key here!
The other important part of these bang bang shrimps is of course the bang bang sauce which is a 4-ingredient sauce which are mayonnaise, hot sauce, sweet chili sauce and honey. The proportion of each ingredient mentioned in the recipe below is adjusted as per our liking; feel free to tweak and bring it to how you like it. If you like it hot, add more hot sauce or else more honey if sweetness is your calling. Since this sauce doesn’t need any cooking, you can always taste and adjust it. Once you arrive at the right taste, chill the sauce for at least an hour to get the best taste. These baked bang bang shrimps do not take much time to cook in oven; so, I suggest you to make the sauce in advance. When you are ready to go with the shrimps, start preheating your oven first and then get to the prep as it would hardly take few minutes. Once done, serve the crispy & crunchy baked bang bang shrimps hot with the chilled hot & sweet bang bang sauce and as always enjoy!
- Jumbo shrimp – 15 to 20, peeled and de-veined
- Buttermilk – ¾ cup
- All-purpose flour – ¼ cup
- Corn flour/cornstarch – ¼ cup
- Egg – 1
- Garlic powder – ½ tbsp
- Smoked paprika – 1 tsp
- Hot sauce – ½ tbsp
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Mayonnaise – ¼ cup
- Sweet chili sauce – 2 tbsp
- Hot sauce – ½ tbsp
- Honey – 1 tbsp
- Mix all ingredients for the sauce together and refrigerate until ready for serving.
- Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, corn flour, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Then add the hot sauce, egg, and buttermilk to this dry mixture and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
- Add the shrimp to the bowl, toss to make sure each piece is coated with the batter and set aside.
- In a shallow dish, spread about a cup of Panko breadcrumbs.
- Coat each shrimp with breadcrumbs, add more breadcrumbs as needed, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, then flip shrimp over and bake for another 5 minutes or until the breadcrumbs turn golden.
- Drizzle the baked bang bang shrimps with the sweet & spicy mayo sauce and serve. Enjoy!