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 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!

Whole30 bang bang shrimp topped with green onions and sesame seeds on a bed of romaine lettuce
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.

Whole30 bang bang shrimp topped with green onions and sesame seeds on a bed of romaine lettuce

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.

Whole30 bang bang shrimp topped with green onions and sesame seeds on a bed of romaine lettuce

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.

Namely: my Whole30 sriracha recipe, my Whole30 ketchup recipe, and my Whole30 immersion blender mayonnaise recipe.

Whole30 bang bang shrimp topped with green onions and sesame seeds on a bed of romaine lettuce

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!

Perfectly made with my Whole30 sriracha recipe, Whole30 ketchup recipe, and Whole30 immersion blender mayonnaise recipe.

4.96 from 62 votes

Whole30 Bang Bang Shrimp (Paleo, Grain Free, Nut Free)


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 20 minutes
These Whole30 bang bang shrimp are crispy, tender, spicy, and creamy! They make a fantastic Whole30 dinner recipe and are paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, refined-sugar-free, and nut-free. Tossed in a sriracha-spiked creamy sauce, these Whole30 bang bang shrimp are seriously good! A perfect Whole30 dinner recipe for company, too.
4 people

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 egg whisked well
  • cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • ½ 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

Bang Bang Sauce

Instructions

  • 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.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Calories: 434calProtein: 28gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 336mgSodium: 1488mgPotassium: 132mgTotal Carbs: 28gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gNet Carbs: 20gVitamin A: 116IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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129 Comments

  1. This was a very great meal. I especially loved the sauce. The only thing I want to point out is that the sauce has a little to much mayo. Other than that, definitely a 5 star meal!!!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for the review, Ian! So glad you enjoyed. Sorry the mayo was a little heavy for you on this recipe, feel free to adjust if you make it again!

  2. Super love this recipe it is now one of my favorite go tos. I made my ketchup with delish ketchup recipe and I always make extra bang bang sauce because it goes great with chicken and sandwiches.5 stars

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I love the idea of putting the bang bang sauce on sandwiches, too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This was another winner from 40 aprons (but all of them to-date have been)! So good, even with my freezer burnt shrimp (oops) and the ingredients are all fridge and pantry staples for me — even better!
    I served over romaine with a cilantro lime dressing. This is a keeper!5 stars

  4. Deeeeelicious! We couldn’t find red jalapeños so we used red chiles in our sriracha, but the sauce came out perfect. The whole family gobbled up all the shrimp and are already asking me when I can make this dinner again. It’s definitely a winner!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Shannon! We’re thrilled everyone loved it so much!

  5. If all I have on hand is arrowroot powder can I double it instead of the coconut flour or do I need to get coconut flower?

    1. We haven’t tested this with arrowroot powder, but they can typically be used interchangeably. Worth a shot!5 stars

  6. This was delicious! Initially, my oil wasn’t hot enough but I figured it out! I will definitely be making this again!5 stars

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