Dinner Seafood

Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp

When you don’t feel like deep frying anything… this recipe for Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp will absolutely hit the spot! Juicy Cajun-style shrimp, seared and served over cilantro-lime rice with tons of bang bang sauce drizzled on top!

A bowl of Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp over rice with more shrimp, rice, and bang bang sauce on he side.

I came up with this recipe out of pure laziness – because I didn’t feel like cleaning up frying oil! Thank goodness for that, because this dish is really light, healthy, and fulfilling. You can use whatever grain or green you want as a base, and top it with tons of bang bang sauce and sesame seeds for crunch.


  • Large Raw ShrimpGrab a pack of large shrimp and then peel + devein them before seasoning.
  • Seasonings – For this recipe, we’re using a base of Old Bay seasoning plus a couple more spices and herbs to really round out our flavor.
  • Bang Bang Sauce – Check out the full recipe here, but our bang bang sauce is just 3 simple ingredients – mayo, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha. Easy peasy!

How to Pan Sear Juicy Shrimp

Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins because they take so little time to cook! And you want to be mindful of that to get the juiciest, restaurant-quality shrimp.

The longer you cook shrimp, the quicker it’ll be rubbery and lose its sweetness. The sweet spot for Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp is 5 minutes on medium heat – simply flip halfway to get a beautiful sear.

When we season the shrimp, we’re also going to add a bit of olive oil. So you don’t have to add any additional oil to the pan when searing.

I like to serve this over leafy greens for a really tasty salad, or serve with cilantro-lime rice like I did in my photo styling below. I could also see these being paired with crispy shoestring fries or a hearty baked potato + broccoli!

Chopsticks holding up a single Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp with sauce, and more of the dish plated in the background.

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A bowl of Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp over cilantro-lime rice with a lime on the side.

Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp

Shani W.
Skip the fryer – these Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp have all the flavor and none of the extra frying oil or breading. It's an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will love!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Lunch
Servings 2


Seasoned Shrimp

  • 1 lb. large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Bang-Bang Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha


  • Peel and devein your shrimp; then add them to a bowl and thoroughly pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Add the spices and oil to the bowl of shrimp. Stir until the shrimp are completely seasoned.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. While you're waiting, mix all of the bang bang sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Sear the seasoned shrimp in the skillet for about 2 ½ minutes on both side. Shrimp will be pink and juicy.
  • Remove, and toss with the bang-bang sauce or serve the sauce on the side. Enjoy!
Keyword Bang Bang Sauce, Bang Bang Shrimp, Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp, Seafood, Seared Bang Bang Shrimp

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A bowl of Grilled Bang Bang Shrimp over cilantro-lime rice with a lime on the side.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $4.84
  • Total Cost (2 servings): $9.67
  • Those Other Guys: $12.90 per serving

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