Bang Bang Sauce

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If you are looking for a new dip for your veggies or fries or a sauce to drizzle on meat and seafood, look no further than this easy homemade Bang Bang Sauce. You may be familiar with the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer at Bonefish Grill. Now you can make that creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce at home to use on everything.

Irresistible Bang Bang Sauce

Originally, “Bang Bang” was associated with a traditional Chinese chicken dish where the chicken would be tenderized by banging it with a stick. But this is not what most of us here in the United States are familiar with.

Though available at many restaurants, Bang Bang Shrimp originated at the Bonefish Grill restaurant chain. According to their website, it started out as a special but was so beloved that it earned a permanent place on the menu. It consists of crispy fried shrimp tossed in a creamy sauce with the perfect blend of sweet heat.

But we all know it’s all about that sauce. So why limit it to just shrimp? Make it at home so you can use it on everything. It has only 5 simple ingredients and you can stir it together in just minutes!

An onion ring being dunked into a small bowl of dipping sauce.

What is Bang Bang Sauce?

In its most basic form, the Bang Bang Sauce used to coat the fried shrimp is made from mayonnaise, Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and sriracha sauce. This combination makes it creamy and sweet with a nice kick of spice.

Do not confuse it with Boom Boom Sauce and Yum Yum Sauce. There are several different sauces each referred to as Boom Boom Sauce. But the most common one is similar to Bang Bang Sauce, with the notable addition of ketchup and mustard. Yum Yum Sauce leaves out the spice, and is more sweet and tangy. It is actually a condiment often served at Japanese steakhouses.

Why is this recipe better?

Unlike other recipes, this one is made with Greek yogurt, with just a touch of mayonnaise to give it that rich consistency. That means it is a healthier copycat because it has more protein, calcium, and all that good bacteria. And since you can choose what yogurt you use, you have control over how much you want to lighten up your Bang Bang Sauce.

A dish of onion rings with a bowl of bang bang sauce.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Plain Greek Yogurt. Depending on your preference, nonfat, low fat, or whole milk yogurt all work.
  • Mayonnaise. Just a little gives it that richness even if you use lighter yogurt. Feel free to substitute with more yogurt if you prefer.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce. You’ll find this with the Thai ingredients in the Asian section of your local grocery store. This is more of a sweet sauce with some spice, versus a spicy chili pepper sauce like sambal oelek.
  • Rice Vinegar. Most are, but sometimes seasoned rice vinegar can have hidden gluten. So be sure to check this.
  • Sriracha Sauce. I recommend this for the heat, but you can also substitute your favorite hot sauce. Adjust the level of spice by adding more or less.
Bowls of bang bang sauce ingredients on a marble tabletop.

How to Make Bang Bang Sauce

It really doesn’t get any easier. All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir them together until it is smooth and uniform.

How Do I Use It?

The flavor of Bang Bang Sauce pairs well with so many things. Of course, you can use it on Bang Bang Shrimp. That recipe is gluten free so that you can try the dish that you aren’t able to order at the restaurant. Or make the vegetarian version, Bang Bang Cauliflower. But that’s just the beginning.

FIngers holding an onion ring over a bowl of bang bang dipping sauce with some of the sauce on it.

Tips for Success

Get the right chili sauce. Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is thick and sweet. If you use a chili paste or sauce that doesn’t have this sweetness, it will be super spicy.

Make it the classic way. That means using all mayonnaise instead of Greek yogurt. It’s definitely a richer condiment this way.

Make it vegan. You can make it with vegan mayo or coconut yogurt.

Storing Extras for Later

If you make it with yogurt, it will be good for 3 or 4 days in a covered container in the refrigerator. If you use all mayo, it will last in the fridge for up to a week to 10 days.

A bowl of bang bang sauce on a dish with some onion rings around it.

More easy dips and sauces

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A dish of onion rings with a bowl of bang bang sauce.
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Bang Bang Sauce

If you are looking for a new dip for your veggies or fries or a sauce to drizzle on meat and seafood, look no further than this easy homemade Bang Bang Sauce. You may be familiar with the Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer at Bonefish Grill. Now you can make that creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce at home to use on everything.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise or additionl yogurt
  • 6 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce or other hot sauce, or to taste

Instructions

  • Combine the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, chili sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha sauce in a bowl. Stir until smooth and creamy, and set aside.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Bang Bang Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 182mg8%
Potassium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 12IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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