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This easy homemade Bang Bang Sauce Recipe is a copycat of the sweet and spicy sauce you'll find at Bonefish Grill and other restaurants.
There are just 4 ingredients, and it takes 5 minutes to make. So what are you waiting for? This is the easiest recipe ever and delivers big results.
I order the bang bang shrimp appetizer at Bonefish Grill restaurant every time I go! So, I've had lots of opportunities to perfect this homemade version.
And I find lots of ways to use it. Lately, my favorite dinner plan is to drizzle the creamy sauce over lightly-breaded chicken nuggets. Of course, I drizzle it over roasted cauliflower and broccoli when it's on the menu too!
No matter what's on the table, it's always the perfect sauce! And it's low-carb to boot.
This easy bang bang sauce recipe takes a few simple ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
- Mayonnaise - I bet you have a brand that you love. Use that one. Vegan mayo or plain Greek yogurt can be used too. Kewpie is a Japanese brand that's particularly luscious because it's made with only egg yolks. Duke's does too!
- Thai Sweet Chili Sauce or (sweet red chili sauce) adds sweetness and zest to this homemade sauce. Look for this condiment on the international foods aisle, or make this DIY sweet chili sauce by Chili Pepper Madness.
- Note: Chili sauce, which is more tomato based, is not the same thing and will not work!
- Sriracha sauce adds heat to the mixture, and the amount can be adjusted so the spice level is to your liking.
- Note: Sriracha differs from Tabasco, Texas Pete, or other hot sauces. It's not as hot, and it's a little thicker.
- Seasoned rice vinegar adds tang and sweetness. Apple cider vinegar will work in a pinch.
- Note: Unseasoned rice vinegar does not have sugar in it. You can use it, but the result will be a bit different.
This mayo-based sauce is often compared to boom boom sauce and yum yum sauce, but it has a different flavor profile.
Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions.
To make this easy bang bang sauce, simply mix the ingredients together!
- Add mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, and sriracha sauce to a mixing bowl.
- Mix well with a whisk or fork until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
Adjust the Level of Spice
The beauty of making DIY Bang Bang Sauce is that you decide how much spicy kick to give it. Just mix, taste, and tweak the result the first time you make it.
- Start with 1 teaspoon of Sriracha. This version will be very mild. So, you'll probably need to add a little more.
- 2 Teaspoons is the perfect amount, in my humble opinion. It's hot, but not too hot. It's definitely not as hot as the sauces at Bonefish Grill or The Cheesecake Factory.
- 3 teaspoons make it pretty hot, but that's how my daughter likes it!
These suggestions are based on the full ingredient quantities in the recipe below. If you're cutting the recipe in half, or doubling it, be sure to adjust spicy Sriracha accordingly!
Ways to Use Bang Bang Sauce
There are many ways to use this versatile sauce, and you may want to adjust the spice level depending on how you use it. Here are some ideas:
- Bang Bang Salad - Cook chicken tenders, nuggets, or shrimp, layer over your favorite salad greens mixture, and drizzle the sauce on top. The delicious sauce gets all over the greens and doubles as the salad dressing!
- Bang Bang Pasta - The creamy sauce will easily coat the noodles. Top it with protein and vegetables, and dinner is done!
- Tacos with shrimp, chicken, or tofu, breaded or not. Drizzle the sauce over everything inside the tortilla wrap or taco shell.
- Nachos - Drizzle this easy sauce over a platter of chips!
- Sauce for Vegetables - Take roasted cauliflower or broccoli to the next level!
- Spicy Dipping Sauce for chicken nuggets, chips, or fries
- Chicken Wings - It's the perfect saucy coating for chicken wings! Sprinkle sliced green onions over the top too!
- Crab Cakes - A dollop on crab crakes is perfection!
Since it's so easy to whip up a batch of bang bang sauce, I usually don't make large quantities. But you can!
Store leftover sauce airtight container or jar covered with plastic wrap for about 7 days in the refrigerator!
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Bang Bang Sauce Recipe: Easy Homemade Copycat
- ½ cup Mayonnaise Any type, including vegan; Can use yogurt instead.
- 3 Tablespoons Thai style sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoon sriracha sauce or to taste See the notes below to adjust the level of heat.
- Add ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix with a fork or whisk until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
- 1 teaspoon is fairly mild
- 2 teaspoons is what we suggest
- 3 teaspoons is spicier and similar to what is served at restaurants.