My homemade Bang Bang Sauce recipe is oh-so-creamy! With 6 ingredients and ready In 5 minutes, you are just minutes away from this super tasty and versatile sauce you will want to drizzle on everything! Pair the bangbang sauce with Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp and Whole30 bang bang shrimp or try it with Bang bang salmon bites or Bang bang chicken skewers. See? It’s super versatile. Get ready for the yum!

Creamy tangy sauce in a glass jar with a spoonful of sauce dripping out
Creamy, tangy, a little spicy bang bang sauce with no added sugar!

Why Readers Love My Copycat Version So Much

This simple sauce is a healthier copycat recipe of a popular sauce made by Bonefish Grill restaurant. It’s Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 compliant, so even those with dietary restrictions can enjoy this delicious sauce.

Ingredients needed to make bang bang sauce
Simple pantry ingredients…ready in under 5 mins.!

Ingredients (What is bang bang sauce Made Of)

Did you know you can use the same sauce for bang bang cod and bang bang salmon? Allrecipes are based on the fan-favorite bang bang shrimp. One thing they all have in common is the creamy, tangy mayo-based bang bang sauce that I will show you how to make. So first, let’s gather a few simple ingredients.

For the sauce: Mayonnaise, rice vinegar, hot sauce, garlic clove, coconut aminos, ketchup, and coarse sea salt.

Ingredient Swap Tip

  • No rice vinegar: That’s ok. You can use apple cider vinegar instead.
  • Not a fan of mayo: You can use Greek yogurt, which will be just as delicious.
  • Out of hot sauce: Give yellowbird’s sriracha sauce a try.
  • Want a sweet sauce: Add a drizzle of honey to sweeten it naturally.
  • Following a vegan diet: No problem, you can substitute a vegan mayo.

Healthy Tip

Unlike store-bought Thai sweet chili sauce or chili garlic sauce, you will not find any cornstarch or hidden sugars in my homemade version. I use regular unsweetened hot sauce (Frank’s Red-Hot Originals works great) for this recipe; it is perfect every time.

How To Make The Sauce:

You could look for bang bang shrimp sauce at Walmart, but this recipe for bang bang sauce is so speedy and straightforward that you can whip it up in an instant without leaving the house. Follow my step-by-step instructions below for the perfect sauce every time.

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the bang bang sauce ingredients.
  2. Whisk well until you have a smooth, creamy texture.
  3. Adjust seasonings, and hot sauce amounts to personal preferences.
A photo shows what goes in to make bang bang sause

How To Store the sauce

You will want to put this sweet and spicy sauce on everything, so go ahead and make a huge batch. I have storage tips that will keep your leftover sauce fresh and delicious.

To Store: You could temporarily store your sauce in a small bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap, but for best results, I suggest placing the sauce in an airtight container (glass works best) and keeping it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

Common FAQs

Why is it called bang bang sauce?

Asian bang bang sauce (also known as bam bam sauce) is a sweet and spicy dipping sauce made famous as one of Bonefish Grill sauces, typically served alongside shrimp.

It is the phonetic spelling of the Mandarin character 棒 [bàng]. Bàng means that something is the best, fantastic, or like the gesture of being two thumbs up! In this case, it is absolutely correct; my bang bang sauce recipe is fantastic.

Is bang bang sauce the same as boom boom sauce?

Nope. Two different sauces here, though both are equally delicious. Bang bang sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce with a creamy, savory taste.

Boom Boom sauce has more tanginess and, with the addition of mustard, has a more vinegar-based flavor.

Can you make bang bang sauce recipes without mayo?

You sure can! You can use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo. You will end up with the same creamy texture but with some added tartness.

After the sauce is mixed to creamy smooth in a blue-white color bowl

What To Serve The Sauce With

This bambam sauce is so good you could eat it with a spoon. Seriously, it’s that yummy. It is also an extremely versatile and tasty sauce that goes great with various crispy baked or air-fried recipes. If you are looking for a few other ideas, give these delicious recipes a try, and let me know which one is your favorite.

More Healthy Homemade Sauce Ideas

Once you start making sauces at home, you will never want to go back to grocery store sauces. Here are a few more easy sauce recipes to try next time.

Umami Tips

  • Adjust the flavor to taste: Play around with the seasonings (add a little garlic powder, perhaps?) and hot sauce (for extra spice) to make this sauce your own.
  • Want a bit more sweetness: Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  • Looking for a mayonnaise alternative: Try using Greek yogurt instead; you’ll end up with the same great sauce but with a bit more tanginess.
  • Super versatile: Use as a dipping sauce or salad dressing, it also makes a great paleo sandwich bread spread.
A spoonful of bam bam sauce dripping out of the glass jar
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Bang Bang Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 tablespoons
Author: ChihYu Smith
This bang bang sauce is creamy, tangy, a little spicy, and ready in under 5 minutes! Use all pantry ingredients with no added sugar. Perfect for air fried or oven baked crispy food such as shrimp, fish, chicken, or even potatoes! Makes about 1 cup.
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  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • ½-1 tsp hot sauce
  • 0.2 oz clove garlic, grated or crushed, about 1 large clove
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1.5 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 pinches of coarse sea salt


  • Add everything into a bowl. Mix well.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.


  • To Store: store the sauce in an airtight container (glass works best) and keeping it in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.


Serving: 1tbsp, Calories: 26kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 194mg, Potassium: 5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 7IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dipping sauce, Salad dressing, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bang Bang Sauce, bang bang sauce recipe, how to make bang bang sauce
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