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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

# Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

This **Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta** is a delightful combination of sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors, with tender shrimp and perfectly cooked pasta. The sauce in this dish is truly amazing and will keep you coming back for more.

If you are a fan of shrimp dishes, you should also try our Baked Shrimp and Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara recipes.

## Recipe Details

I absolutely love this Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta recipe because it’s incredibly easy to make and bursting with delicious flavors. With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can whip up this dish in no time. Your family is sure to love it!

– **Taste**: This dish is smothered in a rich bang bang sauce that’s spicy, sweet, and tangy. The shrimp is seasoned with dried herbs and spices, adding extra flavor.
– **Texture**: The shrimp is tender and juicy, while the pasta is cooked al dente, providing the perfect amount of chew.
– **Time**: It only takes 25 minutes to make this dish.
– **Ease**: This pasta dish is straightforward to make and looks incredibly scrumptious.

## What You’ll Need

**Ingredient Notes**

– **Shrimp**: Large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
– **Butter**: Used for cooking the shrimp and adding flavor. Olive oil or coconut oil can also be used.
– **Pasta**: Any type of pasta will work, but spaghetti is used in this recipe.
– **Sriracha sauce**: Adds a nice touch of heat to the Bang Bang shrimp.
– **Thai sweet chili sauce**: Provides a sweet and spicy flavor to the dish.
– **Mayonnaise**: The base of the sauce and adds richness and creaminess.
– **Garlic**: Fresh garlic cloves for flavor and aroma.
– **Lime**: Adds fresh and zesty citrus notes. Fresh juice is recommended for the best flavor.

## Add-ins and Substitutions

– Substitute different types of pasta such as angel hair, penne, linguine, or gluten-free pasta.
– Adjust the heat level by adding more or less sriracha and red pepper flakes.
– Substitute shrimp with chicken, tofu, scallops, clams, or pork.
– Use Greek yogurt or heavy whipping cream instead of mayonnaise for a healthier and creamier alternative.

## How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

1. **Make the sauce**: In a saucepan, combine the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and sriracha. Bring the sauce to medium heat until it simmers slightly, then set it aside.
2. **Season the shrimp**: In a large bowl, mix the shrimp with pressed garlic, garlic powder, dried parsley, paprika, salt, black pepper, and optional red pepper flakes.
3. **Cook the shrimp**: In a large skillet, cook the seasoned shrimp in unsalted butter over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side.
4. **Cook the pasta**: While the shrimp is cooking, boil the spaghetti in salted water until al dente.
5. **Combine and serve**: Add the cooked pasta to the skillet of shrimp along with the reserved sauce. Toss everything together and serve.

*Pro Tip: Shrimp is ready when it turns pink and opaque, and curls into a tight C shape.*

## Recipe Tips

– Avoid overcooking the sauce to prevent it from reducing and thickening. Only simmer it gently and then remove it from the heat.
– Ensure the seasonings are well mixed for even flavor distribution.The spices should be mixed in thoroughly with the shrimp or added before the seasoning, so that each shrimp is evenly coated.

Choose already prepared shrimp to save time prepping.

Make sure to cook the pasta al dente, as it will continue to cook slightly when combined with the hot sauce and shrimp.

FAQs

What is bang bang sauce made of?
Bang bang sauce is made of mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce, sweet chili sauce, and an acid, usually vinegar or lime juice. Together they make a creamy sauce that is sweet, spicy, and tangy.

What do you eat Bang Bang Shrimp with?
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is a delicious dish that works with cucumber salad, soups, bread for sopping up the sauce, stuffed mushrooms, fried rice, or vegetables.

Serving Suggestions

This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is a versatile dish that is full of sweet and spicy flavor. Enjoy it with vegetables, salads, bread, or soups.

Bread: This pasta dish is great with toasted bread and butter or herb dipping oil, to sop up the yummy sauce. Try it with Focaccia Bread, Sourdough Bread, or Rustic Bread (overnight).
Salad: Serve it with a Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad, Spinach Salad, Warm Broccoli Salad, or Couscous Arugula Salad.
Soup: Enjoy this dish alongside a bowl of Potato Leek Soup, Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup, or Shrimp Tempura Udon Soup.
Vegetables: Serve this pasta recipe with some Keto Stuffed Mushrooms, Roasted Air Fryer Vegetables, Sauteed Garlic Asparagus, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Make This Recipe in Advance

Make ahead: You can make the bang bang sauce in advance and cook the shrimp, too. Just keep them in the fridge for a day in airtight containers. Then make the pasta, warm them up, and combine.

Storing: Store this Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Freeze: I don’t advice freezing this because the sauce will not thaw well and the shrimp, if already frozen and thawed, cannot be safely refrozen.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 637kcal
Author: Dina

Ingredients

  • 2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • Pinch“`html
    black pepper
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

Instructions

  • Create the sauce first: in a saucepan add the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and sriracha.
  • Heat the sauce to medium heat until it comes to a slight simmer. Give it a quick whisk and set aside for later.
    Steps to make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta: make the sauce by combining the mayo, sriracha, sweet chili sauce, and lime juice and simmering.
  • Then add the shrimp into a large bowl and add the pressed garlic, garlic powder, dried parsley, paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (optional).
  • Mix everything together thoroughly.
    Steps to make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta: combine the shrimp with the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, parsley, paprika, minced garlic, and garlic powder.
  • Add the unsalted butter to a large skillet and bring it to medium high heat.
  • Then cook the shrimp in the skillet for about 2-3 minutes per side. In the meantime, cook the spaghetti in a pot of well salted boiling water. Drain and set aside.
  • Now add the cooked pasta to the skillet of shrimp along with the reserved sauce.
    Steps to make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta: cook the shrimp in a skillet and then cook the pasta, and combine the pasta, sauce, and shrimp.
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Notes

  • Don’t overcook the sauce- Avoid reducing and thickening the sauce by gently simmering it and then removing it from the heat.
  • Mix the seasonings well- Pre-mix the seasonings before adding them to the shrimp or coat the shrimp evenly with each one.
  • Use prepped shrimp- Choose deveined and peeled shrimp to save time on prep.
  • Cook the pasta al dente- Cook the pasta al dente to prevent overcooking when combined with the hot sauce and shrimp.

Nutrition

Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 1476mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 2mg

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