These healthy bang bang shrimp are crispy, tender, spicy, and creamy! They make a fantastic dinner recipe and are paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, grain-free, refined-sugar-free, and nut-free. Tossed in a sriracha-spiked creamy sauce, these bang bang shrimp are seriously good!
Let’s play a quick game of Never Have I Ever. I’ll start.
Never have I ever… won a game of Never Have I Ever.
Never have I ever watched the American Office. (I know. Don’t even try to convince me. It ain’t gonna happen. #Gervais4life).
Never have I ever gone to Bonefish Grill and not ordered bang bang shrimp.
Anyone drinking? Anyone at all? No? Didn’t think so.
It’s not difficult to understand why we’d all love crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce, is it? The shrimp are so tender, wrapped in a crunchy little hug, coated in a sauce that brings in all the goodness from life and leaves behind all the poo-pooness. Well, no.
These Whole30 bang bang shrimp bring in all the goodness from life and leave behind all the poo-pooness. Because, of course, there are all sorts of wacky weirdness in those bang bang shrimp that make them, eh, not the best choice when you’re trying to eat healthily, avoid vegetable oils, refined grains, sugars, and preservatives. But don’t you worry, sister! These Whole30 bang bang shrimp are here to rescue you.
They’re dredged in an arrowroot and coconut flour mixture and pan-fried in your favorite oil then tossed in a homemade mayo + sriracha + coco aminos + ketchup mixture. Crispy, tender, spicy, creamy, perfection.
These Whole30 bang bang shrimp are, of course, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, refined-sugar-free, and even nut-free, making them perfect to serve to almost anyone you know, except, of course, the vegetarians and vegans. And this recipe takes full advantage of homemade condiments that are super easy to prepare but that make all the difference in flavorful recipes.
I highly, highly, highly recommend you keep the Whole30 sriracha on hand, but if you don’t have any, can’t make it (Please try if you can! You’ll freak out, I promise), and are on a Whole30, compliant hot sauce will do in a pinch. I’d recommend a more pepper-forward hot sauce in this case, like Cholula, rather than a more vinegar-forward hot sauce like Tabasco or Frank’s Red Hot.
And make sure that when you dredge your shrimp, you ensure there’s no excess clinging on – you want just the coating on the shrimp to form a light and crispy shell around your crustaceans. A clumpy dredge will result in ultimately soggy shrimp – not what you want here!
Whole30 Bang Bang Shrimp (Paleo, Grain Free, Nut Free)
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 egg whisked well
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pepper to taste
- coconut or avocado oil for frying
- sliced green onions green part only, for garnish, optional
- sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- Stir together all sauce ingredients and set aside.
- Whisk together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and pepper in a wide bowl. Dip shrimp in eggs then dredge in flour. Shake off excess and place on a baking sheet or plate. Repeat with all shrimp.
- Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, fry shrimp, making sure not to crowd. Wait until the bottom side is nicely browned before flipping, then flip and cook through on the other side. Shrimp should be beautifully browned and crispy. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and repeat until all shrimp are fried.
- In a large bowl, toss shrimp with half of the sauce. Add more sauce to taste and toss. Serve with remaining sauce (if you have any). Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
Cheryl Malik is the recipe developer, writer, and photographer behind the healthy, flavorful, family friendly recipes at 40 Aprons. She’s been a blogger for 10+ years and is known for her delicious recipes and detailed recipe instructions. Cheryl is a mom of three who lives in Memphis, TN.