This Keto Bang Bang Shrimp is simple to make and full of flavor, with a spicy copycat Bang Bang Sauce.
The first time I tried Bang Bang Shrimp was at Bonefish Grill. It’s a pretty famous shrimp appetizer that sparked the “bang bang” revolution years ago. I’ve been making it ever since, because it’s so good.
Normally, Bang Bang Shrimp is breaded and deep fried, but the keto version is much more streamlined and is healthier because of it. The sauce is what makes this Bang Bang Shrimp so good. There’s really no need for the extra breading.
Bang Bang Sauce has just 4 ingredients: mayo, chili sauce, Sriracha, and sweetener. You probably already have those things in your fridge, so you can make this up tonight!
For the sweetener, you can use any sugar substitute you like. My go-to is xylitol. It’s a 1:1 substitution for sugar and although it’s granulated, it mixes into the sauce easily, without being gritty.
You could use a liquid sweetener, which would mix in really well, but be careful not to over do it. A little goes a long way.
How to Make Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this dish. See the recipe for the quantities.
- Chili sauce
- Green onions and red pepper flakes for garnish
- Cauliflower rice (to make a main course)
It takes about 10 minutes to saute the shrimp on the stove. Just add a little bit of olive oil to the pan, then saute the shrimp on medium-low heat for 5 minutes on each side, or until no longer transluscent.
You can also cook the shrimp in an air fryer. It’s really fast and efficient, taking just 6 minutes from fresh, and 8 minutes from frozen.
When the shrimp is cooked through, remove it from the heat and toss it in a bowl with the sauce to coat it.
To make a meal of it, serve it over cauliflower rice, with some green onions for garnish.
What Shrimp To Use
I like to use a medium to large sized shrimp that can be eaten in one or two bites. My rule of thumb is to use a smaller size for an appetizer and a larger size for a main dish.
I buy fresh raw shrimp that is already shelled and cleaned (who has the time for that!) If you do have the time, it’s totally fine to get shrimp with the shells on and do the shelling and cleaning yourself.
How to Serve Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
This dish can be served as an appetizer, but I love it as a main dish, served over cauliflower rice with extra sauce poured over the top. Cauliflower rice is a great way to bulk up the meal. Just be sure to properly drain the cauliflower before adding it to the bowl, so it doesn’t end up diluting the sauce.
How Many Carbs are in Keto Bang Bang Shrimp?
If you serve this as an appetizer without the cauliflower rice, there is just 1 gram of carbs in the dish.
If you serve it as a main dish over 1/2 cup cauliflower rice, it will have 3 net grams of carbs.
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Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
For the sauce
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tbsp Sriracha
- 1 tbsp chili sauce (like Sambal Oelek)
- 1/4 tsp sugar substitute like Xylitol or Swerve or sugar-free maple syrup
For the shrimp
- 2 lb shrimp peeled, deveined, cleaned
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups cauliflower rice
- 2 green onions chopped
- Mix the sauce ingredient together in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the olive oil, then add the peeled and cleaned shrimp. Saute for 5 minutes per side, or until no longer translucent.
- When done, add the shrimp to the bowl with the sauce and toss to coat.
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