Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is a super quick and delicious dish that is perfect for busy nights.

Delicately seasoned shrimp are cooked in garlic butter and smothered in a creamy thai chili sauce, then served over spaghetti or your favorite pasta! In just 20 minutes you’ll be sitting down to a creamy satisfying dinner!

Closeup of Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta with spaghetti twirled on a fork and a piece of shrimp on the end.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is going to be your new go-to dinner. Shrimp and pasta were made for each other! Not only do they taste great together but both are super easy to cook and do so quite quickly making them great for whipping up a quick dinner. Add to this a delicious dessert and your family will be thrilled!

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta in a skillet, sprinkled with cilantro and red pepper flakes.

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta:

Since this meal comes together quickly it’s important to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to add at the proper time.

  • Sauce:
    • Combine mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and sriracha.
    • If you want to keep this meal mild, you can decrease or omit the sriracha.
    • You can use regular mayonnaise, light, or even Greek yogurt.
  • Pasta:
    • Cook noodles according to package.
    • Any shape of noodle works, just use what you have on hand and cook until al dente.
  • Shrimp:
    • Easily cook shrimp by sauteeing it in a pan with butter.  Simply melt the butter in a pan and then cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side until pink.
    • Add the garlic for the last 30 seconds, turn off the heat, and then you can add in the drained noodles and the sauce. Toss it until everything is evenly coated in that yummy creamy sauce.

Finish off the dish by sprinkling with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Many other recipes call for parsley or green onions but I love the refreshing flavor that cilantro brings and it always pairs wells with Thai Sweet Chili sauce.

Top view of creamy Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta garnished with cilantro and red pepper flakes.

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes! That’s what I use and it is a great idea for always having on hand for when you want to whip up this meal. To thaw the shrimp quickly, place them in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes. I recommend buying deveined shrimp so that all you have to do after the shrimp thaws is peel it.

Fork full of spaghetti and shrimp in a skillet of Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta.

This Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is great for busy weeknights during the school year or during the summer when you want to spend more time out in the sun and less time in a hot kitchen. Enjoy!

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4.5 from 2 votes
Servings: 4
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bang bang shrimp pasta, shrimp pasta

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is a super quick and delicious dish that is perfect for busy nights. In just 20 minutes you'll be sitting down to a creamy satisfying dinner.

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 10 ounces shrimp deveined and peeled
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • red pepper flakes
For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise regular, light, or Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sweet thai chili sauce
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix all sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  2. Cook spaghetti noodles according to direction on box and then drain.
  3. Meanwhile, season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and paprika. Melt the butter in a 12 inch pan and add the shrimp. Cook 1-2 minutes per side, adding the garlic the last 30 seconds.

  4. Turn off the heat and add the pasta and sauce and toss together. Sprinkle with cilantro and chili flakes.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 570, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 205mg, Sodium: 1021mg, Potassium: 192mg, Carbohydrates: 54g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 22g, Vitamin A: 315%, Vitamin C: 5.4%, Calcium: 119%, Iron: 2.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Melanie is a Midwest girl currently living in Nebraska with her husband and daughters. She started rubbing elbows with her mom in the kitchen as soon as she discovered she could lick the bowl clean. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating healthy dinners and indulgent desserts for her family and friends. You can visit Melanie on her blog: Garnish & Glaze.

12 comments on “Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta”

  1. 4 stars
    My husband really liked this recipe. I didn’t have sriracha so I added a few dashed of hot sauce. Left off the red pepper flakes just to try heat level. Next time I’ll add some. 

  2. I have cooked frozen shrimp can I use them in Bang Bang Shrimp……..thank you

    • I have only tried the recipe as written, but think that would work. You’ll want to warm the shrimp and brown it a little for best flavor. Let us know if you try it Linda!

  3. Question…for the lime juice, is it cup or teaspoon? Doesn’t say which measurement so I wasn’t really sure.

  4. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe for the Bang Bang Pasta with Shrimp, until I read the sodium count, fat count, way too much for me! But sure looks scrumptious for sure!

  5. I was thinking about adding smoked sausage next time I make this…or chicken breast

  6. How would scallops do in this dish

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