Made popular by the Bonefish Grill, Bang Bang Shrimp is an Asian-style appetizer of lightly fried shrimp coated in a scrumptious, sweet-hot dressing made with sweet Thai chili sauce and mayonnaise. The restaurant generally serves the shrimp on a bed of chopped lettuce, but we like serving them wrapped in green leaf lettuce as a quick, light dinner.Print
Bang Bang Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
These yummy shallow-fried shrimp are coated in a creamy, sweet-hot, Asian-style sauce and served wrapped in fresh lettuce for a light, easy dinner.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 to 4 servings
- 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil
- 3 to 4 scallions, chopped
- 1 medium head green leaf lettuce, leaves separated
For the sauce:
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon sweet Thai chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon sriracha
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- Prepare the sauce by combining the mayonnaise, sweet Thai chili sauce, sriracha and soy sauce in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Arrange the shrimp on several thicknesses of paper towels and pat dry.
- Thoroughly combine the cornstarch, flour, salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a shallow dish (a pie plate works well). Add the shrimp and toss to coat thoroughly.
- Add about 1/8-inch of vegetable oil to a large frying pan and heat until shimmering over medium high heat (375°F).
- One at a time, add half the shrimp to the hot oil, taking care to leave some space between them. Fry until you see the tails turn pink and the coating is light golden, about 1-1/2 minutes.
- Using tongs, turn the shrimp and cook until the second side is golden and shrimp are cooked through, about 1-1/2 minutes additional.
- Quickly transfer the cooked shrimp to a plate, wipe out the pan and repeat the process with the remaining shrimp.
- Once all the shrimp are cooked, add them to the bowl with the sauce and toss to coat. Add the scallions, toss again and transfer to a serving dish.
- Serve family style along with the lettuce leaves, letting each diner make their own wraps.