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This recipe is for all the crispy shrimp lovers! Low carb keto bang bang shrimp makes a restaurant-style dish low carb, but keeps all the creamy, spicy flavor. Serve this copycat bang bang shrimp recipe as an appetizer, in lettuce wrap tacos, or in an easy salad — there’s no wrong way to enjoy them! The sauce also goes equally well with coconut shrimp.
The secret to keeping shrimp crispy, sweet, and keto comes down to the right ingredients. This bang bang shrimp sauce is sweetened with natural Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend, which dissolves effortlessly for a silky smooth sauce, no aftertaste, and no grit. For the coating, I created a batter that blends Wholesome Yum Almond Flour, Wholesome Yum Coconut Flour, and whey protein powder to create the right amount of airy crunch. (Psst… I use a similar batter method for keto fish & chips and onion rings in my Easy Keto Carboholics Cookbook.)
What Is Bang Bang Shrimp?
Bang bang shrimp is a popular dish from the restaurant Bonefish Grill (though you may have had a similar dish, dynamite shrimp, at Cheesecake Factory restaurants). It consists of crispy fried shrimp coated in a creamy, spicy sauce, often served with tortillas as tacos.
Why You’ll Love This Keto Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe
- Sweet, spicy flavor
- Crispy breading with creamy sauce
- Easy one-step batter (no need to dredge, dip in egg, and dip in coating separately!)
- Ready in 15 minutes
- Just 4.6 grams carbohydrates and 2.2 grams net carbs per serving
- Perfect healthy appetizer or main dish
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for keto friendly bang bang shrimp, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
For The Keto Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce:
- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – Dissolves with ease into the bang bang sauce, for the perfect amount of sweetness with 0 grams of net carbs. You can substitute other sweeteners, but most others (such as Swerve or Lakanto) won’t dissolve as well and may crystallize if you make the sauce ahead. If you do use another sweetener, make sure it’s powdered.
- Avocado Oil Mayonnaise – Use a store-bought variety, or make homemade avocado oil mayo.
- Chili Garlic Sauce – This Vietnamese sauce is a blend of coarsely ground chilies and garlic, commonly used in Asian dishes. Unlike sweet chili sauces, this one has no added sugar. (If you’re a big fan of garlic, you can add some garlic powder to the sauce as well.)
- Sriracha – Adds heat. Adjust to your liking.
For The Breaded Shrimp:
- Wholesome Yum Flours – Almond Flour and Coconut Flour blend together to add body and crispiness to the batter. I personally curated the Wholesome Yum brand flours to have the finest consistency out there and the righty moisture level, for the best texture in your breading.
- Whey Protein Powder – Another important flour and cornstarch substitute for creating a light, crispy texture. Unfortunately, other protein powders I have tried (such as egg white protein or collagen) don’t work the same way, and the texture ends up chewy instead of light and crispy.
- Eggs – Allows the batter to bind to the shrimp. Use whole, large eggs. Flax eggs might work as a substitute, but I haven’t tried it.
- Sparkling Water – Traps air bubbles in the batter for a lighter, crispier texture. Make sure your sparkling water is unflavored.
- Shrimp – Use medium, peeled, deveined shrimp, preferably with tails for the best flavor. You can learn more about choosing shrimp in my lemon butter shrimp post. If you or any family members aren’t fans of shrimp, you can also make the same dish using small pieces of chicken instead.
- Salt & Pepper
- Avocado Oil – This is my preferred oil for high-heat frying, but use your favorite neutral oil that is safe for high temperatures. Olive oil is another good option.
How To Make Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
This section shows how to make bang bang shrimp keto, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Make sauce. Add low carb bang bang shrimp sauce ingredients to a bowl and stir together. Set aside.
- Make batter. Combine protein powder, flours, sea salt, and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Add beaten egg and sparkling water. Whisk to combine fully. Meanwhile, heat avocado oil in a Dutch oven (or large, heavy-bottomed pan or skillet) to 350 degrees.
- Fry. Dip shrimp in the batter mixture to coat, allow excess to drip off, and add in a single layer to hot oil. Fry, remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
- Finish. Toss fried shrimp in sugar-free bang bang sauce, and serve with fresh chives if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Bang Bang Shrimp Have Dairy?
Some recipes for this dish do contain dairy, as many bang bang shrimp recipes use buttermilk to coat the shrimp. Always read ingredient lists to know for certain.
This healthy bang bang shrimp also contains dairy, as they whey protein used to make the shrimp crispy contains lactose.
Are Bang Bang Shrimp Spicy?
These shrimp are spicy, and balanced perfectly against their creamy sauce. If you like spicy dishes, you’ll love these shrimp!
Are Bang Bang Shrimp Gluten-Free?
Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp are not gluten-free, and many versions of the recipe have gluten-containing ingredients. However, this low carb bang bang shrimp is naturally gluten free!
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you know you’ll have extra, store the shrimp and sauce separately.
- Reheat: Reheat in a 350 degree F oven, until warm.
- Freeze: Keto bang bang shrimp sauce does not freeze well, but you could freeze the breaded shrimp if you like. Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet, place in the freezer until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
What To Serve With Low Carb Bang Bang Shrimp
There are so many delicious ways to serve these shrimp! Try these pairing ideas:
- Rice swaps – Serve this shrimp with cauliflower rice or shirataki rice for a filling meal.
- Taco fixings – Plate shrimp with taco slaw and almond flour tortillas for a keto taco night. You can also trade them for the shrimp in Thai shrimp lettuce wraps.
- Asian appetizers – Create a platter with these delicious shrimp, keto crab rangoon, crispy pork belly, and low carb sushi.
Keto Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe
Keto Bang Bang Shrimp
Keto bang bang shrimp is a crispy, creamy, and spicy dish inspired by Bonefish Grill. Make low carb bang bang shrimp with just 2.2g net carbs in only 15 minutes.
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Keto Bang Bang Sauce:
Bang Bang Shrimp:
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Keto Bang Bang Sauce:
Add the mayonnaise, chili garlic sauce, sriracha, and sweetener to a small bowl. Whisk ingredients until bang bang sauce is fully combined. Set aside.
Bang Bang Shrimp:
In a large bowl, mix together the whey protein powder, almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, and black pepper. Add the whisked eggs and sparkling water. Whisk until batter is fully combined.
Add the avocado oil to a Dutch oven and heat to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
Dip the shrimp into the batter to coat. Let the excess batter drip off, and add the shrimp to the hot oil in a single layer. Fry for 2 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Working in batches, repeat with the remaining shrimp.
Toss the cooked shrimp in the keto bang bang sauce and serve.
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