Skip to Content

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta recipe is prepared with garlic, Greek yogurt, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and paprika seasoned firecracker shrimp. This one-pot meal is perfect for weeknight dinners.

bang bang shrimp pasta in a white bowl with a fork

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure here.

What is Bang Bang Shrimp

You may also love my Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp and Sweet Chili Chicken Wings. Bang Bang Sauce and shrimp comes from the chain restaurant, Bonefish Grill. The flavor is a combination of sweet and savory with Sriracha and a sweet chili sauce.

Combined with pasta it definitely has a unique flavor to it. It won’t taste like a typical cream sauce pasta recipe. It tastes more like a fusion of Asian sweet and spicy sauce paired with pasta, shrimp, vegetables (I prefer broccoli), and no mayo.

cooked broccoli, Greek yogurt, sweet chili sauce, onions, and Sriracha in separate bowls

What Type of Pasta to Use

I like to use linguine for this recipe. Spaghetti or linguine will work really. Linguine is delicate and complements seafood and shrimp well, since the protein is often lighter than other meatier options like ground beef or sausage. Due to its narrow shape, you can complement linguine noodles with a thin sauce.

If you use something like fettuccine it’s wider than most pasta types and more hearty. It’s made for thicker sauces like alfredo and Bolognese, thinner pasta struggles to hold the sauce.

Feel free to use what you wish. If you’re looking to make this for leftovers spaghetti, linguine, and penne are my favorites to use.

Here’s a general list of pasta options:

  • Fettuccine
  • Penne
  • Linguine
  • Spaghetti
  • Farfalle
  • Rotini
  • Rigatoni
  • Campanelle
uncooked pasta in a glass bowl
cooked pasta in a colander

What Type of Shrimp to Use

Shrimp can be found at the grocery store in a few different ways. There is raw, pre-cooked, raw and frozen, deveined, tails on, tails off, etc.

I never use pre-cooked shrimp. There is an obvious difference in taste due to the lack of quality. The shrimp is cooked and then frozen and you have to cook it/warm it up again. This usually overcooks the shrimp. Raw shrimp only takes minutes to make, just buy it raw.

Always look for deveined, that’s my preference. The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is the digestive intestinal tract. Is this shrimp poop, yes.

You can buy it with the vein and remove it using a sharp paring knife to make a slit along the back and lift out the vein with the tip of the knife.

Check out tips on How to Peel and Devein Shrimp here.

broth, garlic, shrimp, and spices in separate bowls

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl of cold water. The shrimp will thaw within minutes and will be ready to peel.

Do You Leave the Tails on the Shrimp?

This is completely up to you and is a matter of preference. Often the tails are left on for presentation purposes only. The shrimp simply looks nicer and will have a nice curve to it when the tails are left on.

What Vegetables to Add to the Pasta

I like to add broccoli. Here is a list of additional options.

  • Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Artichokes
  • Sundried Tomatoes

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Cook the pasta in accordance with the instructions on the package.
  2. Place a large pot on medium-high heat with teaspoon of olive oil. Add the shrimp and season with paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  3. Saute onions and garlic until the veggies are translucent and fragrant.
  4. Add in broth and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot.
  5. Next add in Greek yogurt or sour cream, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha.
  6. Stir constantly and cook until the sauce is smooth.
  7. Add pasta and cooked broccoli to the pot.
  8. Serve the pasta topped with the shrimp.
collage of 4 photos with bang bang shrimp pasta in a large pot

Optional Toppings

  • Crushed Peanuts
  • Green Onions
  • Sesame Seeds

Bang Bang Sauce Substitutions

Bang bang sauce is often made with mayo, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha. I’m not a big fan of mayo-based pasta sauces so I used plain, Greek yogurt instead, which can also be substituted for sour cream. If you are looking for a rich pasta sauce with a hint of sweetness, you may want to go with cream cheese instead of Greek yogurt or sour cream. You can substitute a cup of mayo or 6-8 ounces of cream cheese for the amount of Greek yogurt used in this recipe.

bang bang sauce in a Dutch oven

What Type of Pot to Use

I’m a huge fan of making this a one-pot recipe. I go for this 7-quart Dutch oven. It’s large enough to cook the pasta in and it can withhold higher heat for sauteeing the vegetables and shrimp. If you want to make this using one pot, grab one that’s large enough and retains heat well.

If you use a smaller pot, the pasta has less water to cook in. This results in a higher amount of starch in the pot, which will cause your pasta will to come out sticky after you drain the water. To be safe, always go for a big pot, even if you’re only cooking a small amount of pasta. You can read about more Common Mistakes When Cooking Pasta here.

bang bang shrimp pasta in a Dutch oven

How to Store and Reheat

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge tightly sealed for 3-4 days. I reheat in the microwave. It will maintain some of its consistency and flavor if eaten within 3-4 days. This is a pasta dish I’m not a huge fan of reheating. It tastes better when fresh.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the dish tightly covered and sealed up to 2 months. With pasta, the faster you eat it after freezing, the better the texture and consistency. Since this dish has dairy, when you reheat you will notice separation. This is normal. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

bang bang shrimp pasta in a white bowl

More Pasta Recipes

Southern Chicken Spaghetti
Spaghetti Salad
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Seafood Stuffed Shells
Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Southern Soul Food Baked Mac and Cheese
Seafood Mac and Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
Cheesy Taco Pasta

You may also enjoy our Shrimp Parmesan (Parmigiana) recipe.

bang bang shrimp pasta in a white bowl with a fork
Print Pin
5 from 8 votes

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta recipe is prepared with garlic, Greek yogurt, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and paprika seasoned firecracker shrimp. This one-pot meal is perfect for weeknight dinners.
Save this recipe here.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword bang bang pasta, bang bang shrimp pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 483kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 oz linguine or spaghetti pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound raw shrimp Peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon paprika I always use smoked paprika. Either will work fine.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves Minced.
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha Adjust to taste. If you aren't a fan of spicy start with 1 teaspoon and continue to build.
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta in accordance with the instructions on the package.
  • Place a large pot or Dutch oven on medium-high heat with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the shrimp and season with paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the shrimp turns bright pink and fully cooked through. Remove the shrimp and set it aside.
  • Add an additional teaspoon of olive oil (if necessary, your pot may be well coated from cooking the shrimp) along with the onions and garlic. Saute until the veggies are translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in broth and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the pot. After sauteeing the shrimp you may find the bottom of the pot has brown bits stuck to the pot. These bits are loaded with flavor. You deglaze the pot by using the spoon in conjunction with the broth to scrape up the bits.
  • Next add in Greek yogurt or sour cream, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha.
  • Stir constantly and cook until the sauce is smooth. Taste the sauce repeatedly to ensure it meets your liking. Add additional salt or pepper as needed.
  • Add the pasta and cooked broccoli to the pot. Reduce the heat to lower and cover for 5-10 minutes to allow the flavor of the sauce to penetrate the pasta.
  • Serve the pasta topped with the shrimp.

Video

Notes

  • The taste of this pasta has a fusion of Asian sweet and spicy sauce, it doesn’t have the flavor of a traditional cream sauce recipe.
  • Bang bang sauce is often made with mayo, sweet chili sauce, and Sriracha. I’m not a big fan of mayo-based pasta sauces so I used plain, Greek yogurt instead, which can also be substituted for sour cream.
  • If you are looking for a rich pasta sauce with a hint of sweetness, you may want to go with cream cheese instead of Greek yogurt or sour cream. You can substitute a cup of mayo or 6-8 ounces of cream cheese for the amount of Greek yogurt used in this recipe.
Recipe Tools Used in this RecipeAs an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 3g
Do you struggle with staying consistent at meal prepping?If you get tired of your Meal Prep Meals by Day 2 our Big Boss Meal Prep Guide is for you!
Need help planning keto friendly meals?Grab your 21 Day Keto Meal Plan here.!
Need Keto Recipes for the Summer?Access our 21 Day Summer Meal Plan here!
Looking for new ways to use your air fryer?Snag your 14 Day Air Fryer Meal Plan here!
Tried this recipe? Mention @Stay_Snatched or tag #StaySnatched! The recipe instructions noted here are the property of Stay Snatched and subject to copyright. Please do not screenshot and share this recipe on social.
Subscribe to our YouTube ChannelCheck out our YouTube Channel!
Join our Air Fryer and Instant Pot Facebook GroupClick here to join our Facebook Group!
Join our Keto Recipes Facebook GroupClick here to join our Facebook Group!
Nutrition DataMacros are provided as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. This information is calculated using MyFitnessPal.com. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator. You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.
Recipe Rating




Katie

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Thank you for another awesome recipe. Made this for dinner tonight it was so flavorful!

staysnatched

Friday 4th of March 2022

I'm so glad to hear that!

Stephanie

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

This was a total family pleaser and was definitely easy enough to make on weeknight! Win - Win! I also used smoked paprika (I’m a convert now!) and it added another dimension of flavor to the dish. FYI - there is another post by Brandi about how to tell when a shrimp is perfectly cooked and when it’s over cooked and I have found that to be immensely helpful!

staysnatched

Friday 4th of March 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Heather

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

WOW! I knew this would be good (like every recipe I’ve tried from your site), but this pasta was just incredible and so easy to make. A really nice blend between a typical creamy pasta dish and spicy Asian noodles! One serving was so satisfying, but the pasta was so yummy it was hard not to go for seconds! I will definitely make this again and again…and I’m going to try Tina’s idea to use zoodles one day, too.

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Elle

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I've never tried any "bang bang" or "yum yum" dishes because I hate mayonnaise. I never thought to sub Greek yogurt! 🤯 This was delicious! Thanks!

staysnatched

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Awesome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Megan C

Sunday 20th of February 2022

This recipe was amazing! My husband is pescatarian, so we are always interested in trying new recipes - especially meals that are easy for weeknight cooking. This recipe was perfect, and as soon as Brandi launched it I knew I had to try it. The sweet chili sauce is so flavorful and it paired so well with the shrimp. I even had all of the ingredients at home already.

staysnatched

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I'm glad you had the ingredients!