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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Whether you’re a bang bang shrimp fan, or just on the hunt for a yummy, creamy seafood pasta with a little kick, this bang bang shrimp pasta promises to hit the spot.


Bang Bang shrimp pasta in a pan with limes and a crazy sauce

What’s Bang Bang Shrimp?

For bang bang shrimp fanatics, this question might sound pretty bonkers—you can just skip ahead to the recipe!—but for the uninitiated “bang bang shrimp” might sound at best confusing and at worst mildly alarming. No, there’s nothing explosive about these shrimp. Except for the flavor! Bang bang shrimp is the name of a cult-favorite dish at the Bonefish Grill. It’s a simple appetizer of crispy fried shrimp that are tossed in a chili-spiked, sweet and creamy “bang bang” sauce. While we think that sounds delicious, we think that taking those big, bold, delicious flavors and creating a pasta out of them is possibly even more delicious! Thus, bang bang shrimp pasta!

raw shrimp in a bowl, green onions, coconut, cream, chili sauce, peanuts, lime, Sriracha, and butter

Everything You’ll Need To Make This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Is there anything better that you could possibly make with a pound of shrimp and a pound of pasta? Doubtful. This shrimp pasta recipe is positively vibrating with flavor—it’s a big panful of sweet, spicy, creamy, rich, shrimp-y deliciousness. It’s a little showy in the best way—great for company, date night, or just as a dinnertime treat for your family. The ingredients aren’t fussy—a quick trip to the store and you’ll be ready to cook. Here’s what you need to make this creamy bang bang shrimp pasta:

  • Long pasta of your choice! We’ve had great success with both spaghetti and fettuccine.
  • Coconut oil (butter works, too)
  • A pound of shrimp
  • Heavy cream
  • Thai sweet chili sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Fresh garlic and ginger
cooked shrimp in a sauce pan
thai chili sauce, garlic and heavy cream in a pan for bang bang sauce
bang bang shrimp sauce in a pan
bang bang pasta in a pan with creamy sauce

How To Make Bang Bang Sauce for Pasta

You’ll start by simply sautéing shrimp in a little coconut oil or butter until it’s cooked—nothing unusual or tricky there. Then, while the pasta boils—the sauce only takes about 8 minutes to come together—you’ll make this saucey magic happen! Here’s how to make creamy bang bang sauce for shrimp pasta:

  1. Pour together the heavy cream, Thai sweet chili sauce, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and a little salt in the same pan you cooked the shrimp in.
  2. Whisk until the sauce looks pretty uniformly pink-ish.
  3. Bring to a boil!
  4. As soon as you see it boil, quickly turn the heat down and simmer the sauce until it coats the back of a spoon. This takes about 5 minutes.
bang bang shrimp pasta in a pan with creamy pasta sauce
bang bang shrimp pasta with coconut flakes, peanuts and lime with a creamy sauce

How To Shop For Shrimp

Cooking shrimp is pretty easy—cook it quick, and don’t overcook it. Buying shrimp, on the other hand, can be really confusing. We’ll try to decode it for you a bit.

  • Shrimp sizing: it’s helpful to know, first of all, that here in the U.S., shrimp is sold by weight. When shrimp size is referenced—”jumbo”, “medium” “small” and so on—that size correlates with the number of shrimp per pound. For this recipe, we’re calling for medium shrimp, which means we’d expect you to get about 30 shrimp per pound.
  • What to buy: wild shrimp is typically a better choice, environmentally-speaking, than farmed, and buying wild American shrimp is a good way to cut any worries about slavery or shady labor practices right out of the equation. Look for wild Gulf shrimp—fresh or frozen—and check labels for preservatives. Different packers use different preservatives in different amounts, and (of course) you want as little added to your shrimp as possible if you’re buying frozen shrimp.
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in a pan with cream sauce

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Big sauté pan—it’ll need to hold the shrimp, pasta and sauce with room to stir it all together, so don’t use a little sauté pan!
  • Large stock pot
  • Whisk
  • Tongs are extremely useful for cooking shrimp.

More Shrimp Recipes We’re Crazy About

We’re pretty crazy for these little pink crustaceans. You too? OK great—here are four shrimp recipes we’re loving right now—give ‘em a go!

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in a pan with cream sauce
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in a pan with cream sauce

Was This Recipe Bang On Target?

Bang puns! Who could blame us? Anyway, we hope you’re as into this bang bang shrimp pasta as we are. If you are, let us know! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 493


  • 12 ounces long, thin pasta such as fettuccine or spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, about 30
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Crushed peanuts, for serving (optional)
  • Toasted coconut flakes, for serving (optional)
  • Green onions, thinly sliced, for serving (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, make the shrimp and sauce. Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet set over medium-heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring until opaque, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.

  3. Add the whipping cream to the skillet along with the chili sauce, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and salt, stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the pasta, shrimp and lime juice to the skillet and toss until the pasta is completely coated with sauce.

  5. Serve topped with peanuts, coconut flakes and green onions.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories493
  • Protein17 g
  • Carbohydrates63 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol173 mg
  • sodium559 mg
  • Total Sugars17 g

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Questions & Reviews

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  • Sarah

    Do you think rice noodles would be good with this?

    We haven't tried it but it would probably be a fine swap!

  • Trisha

    Can you recommend a paired side dish, please?

    Any roasted vegetable or our asian chopped salad would be good!

  • claudia

    Can I use full fat whole milk instead of heavy cream?

    That probably won't be thick enough in this recipe.

  • Barb

    Want to make this for a birthday dinner this weekend. 4 of the 6 guests eat spicy but the other two do not. Will this recipe be too hot for them?????

    Hi Barb, it depends on the level of spice they can tolerate. The Sriracha sauce is where most of the spice comes from. It is listed as 1-2 tsp so definitely use just 1 tsp. Hope you all enjoy!

  • Dan

    What kind of peanuts do I use?
    Boiled, roasted, salted, it just says crushed.

    You can use any kind you like but we'd recommend raw, unsalted. Hope you enjoy Dan!

  • Edith

    Incredible recipe we couldn’t stop eating. The raw peanuts, creamy sauce blended together deliciously

    Thanks Edith, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Julie

    I made this and used angel hair pasta, it was oh so good!

    Thanks Julie, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Alexia

    this was a really good, quick, easy recipe! I added ground powdered keffir lime leaf, and fresh Thai basil. I used half and half and it worked great. I cooked it down a little longer. I used fettuccine noodles and zucchini noodles as well. I didn't have Sriracha so I used gochujang. I also pulverized some coconut flakes and used it as a thickener for the sauce. Overall it was great with little pops of flavor throughout. Next time I might add some fish sauce or other umami to counter the sweetness from the Thai sweet chili sauce.

    Thank you Alexia! We are so happy you love it!

  • Lynda

    My family loves it!. Super easy and came together in 15 minutes. Definitely will add to our rotation.

    Thanks Lynda, that is so great to hear! We are so glad your family loves this recipe!

  • Erin

    This was AMAZING!

    Thanks Erin, so glad you loved it!