Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Have you ever had Bang Bang Shrimp?  I LOVE IT!  It is actually more like OBSESSED!  

If you have you know why I love it so much, and if you have not well then you need to make this ASAP.  

Not your typical version

The typical Bang Bang Shrimp is fried and then tossed in this amazing creamy sweet and spicy sauce.  It is crispy and delicious but also pretty heavy, and well fried.  For this pasta I wanted to lighten it up a bit, but still give you everything that makes Bang Bang Shrimp so amazing.

Instead of frying the shrimp I decided to pan sear them real quick and then toss them in a delicious sauce that makes this dish so, so good.

It is all about the sauce

To make this pasta dish as good as the original it was about recreating the sauce.  After several attempts, and many tweaks I finally found the right combo.  It is rich, creamy with just the right amount of heat and sweet.  If you want it less spicy you can easily reduce the amount of chili sauce and also leave off the chili powder from the shrimp.  I will tell you though a little heat is perfect in this dish.

The sauce is thick enough that it coats the pasta and shrimp perfectly, but still thin enough that is it not too heavy.  It is just so good.

Not a shrimp fan?

If you are not into shrimp don’t worry, you can easily make this dish with chicken.  Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and then season and then cook as directed, just making sure to increase cook time as needed to ensure chicken is cooked through.  

You could also serve this with grilled salmon or a perfectly grilled steak.  The options really are endless.

Time to bang, bang

Serves 8 servings


Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

A fun new take on Bang Bang Shrimp without all the guilt. The shrimp are sautéed instead of fried but still loaded with tons of flavor making this pasta dish something to remember.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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1 pound pasta (spaghetti, linguine, angel hair, fettuccine)
1 - 1 1/2 pounds medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined (or chicken)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 - 3/4 cup Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 limes juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
Chopped parsley (optional)


Cook pasta according to package instructions, draining and returning to pot when cooked
While pasta is cooking pat shrimp dry with a paper towel
Season with salt, pepper and chili powder, making sure they are evenly coated
In a medium skillet eat olive oil over medium heat
Add in shrimp, making sure to no over crowd the pan, you can make in 2 batches if necessary
Cook for 2-3 minutes on 1st side, until nicely browned and then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until just done
Remove from pan to a plate and cover to keep warm
In a medium bowl whisk together all the sauce ingredients until smooth
Taste and adjust seasoning as needed
Once pasta is done gently stir in sauce
Add in shrimp
Serve immediately with chopped parsley if using


You can use chicken instead of shrimp, cut into bite size pieces and adjust cooking times as needed



454 cal


18 g


56 g


20 g
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Quick and Easy

This dish comes together super quick making a perfect dinner option for the busiest of weeks or the laziest of weekends.   You can also make the sauce ahead of time and then warm it up when you toss it with the pasta in the pan.  Just make sure you make this dish soon…very, very soon.

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