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!

Bang bang shrimp pasta on a fork garnished with cilantro

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 pan garnished with cilantro

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.

Bang bang shrimp pasta in a pan with cilantro on top

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.

Bang bang shrimp pasta in a pan with a bite on a fork

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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Bang Bang 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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles
  • 10 ounces shrimp deveined and peeled
  • Salt & pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • red pepper flakes

For the Sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise regular, light, or Greek yogurt
  • cup sweet thai chili sauce
  • juice of ½ of a lime
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce


  • Mix all sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Cook spaghetti noodles according to direction on box and then drain.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the heat and add the pasta and sauce and toss together. Sprinkle with cilantro and chili flakes.


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Nutrition Information

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

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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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.
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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for Sunday family dinner! Soooo good! I was fortunate enough to have some left-over and it was delish the next day! Great recipe!

  2. I made this for dinner tonight but cut back on the sriracha and didn’t put the red hot seeds. It was amazing and still quite spicy and I’m adding it to my menu

  3. My husband and I loved this recipe. I used a pound of shrimp, cause that is what I had. I used less of hot sauces that was called for. If you like it HOT use more. We both liked it very much, will make again. It’s really good leftover.

  4. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe. I made it as written, using regular mayonnaise in the sauce. Even though a pasta sauce with a mayonnaise base might sound odd, the garlic and butter cooked with the shrimp really bring together the sauce ingredients. The only thing I added at the end was chopped green onions on top with the cilantro and red pepper flakes. And left the bottle of Sriracha on the table for anyone who wants an extra dose of spice (me!). Would definitely make it again since we are trying to include more seafood in our diet. The frozen raw shrimp (peeled and deveined with tails on) from Trader Joe’s worked perfectly.

  5. The sauce wasn’t great, which is what makes Bang Bang Shrimp the yummy dish it’s supposed to be.
    I used a plain Greek yogurt, and I think it might have turned out better with regular Mayo. The Greek yogurt made it much thicker.
    I also added way more Sriracha and red pepper flakes than the recipe called for, because it wasn’t spicy with the amount the recipe said to use.
    Overall I won’t make this recipe again.

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe!!! Whole family loved it too! The only complaint from them is they wanted it spicier, but my family loves spicy foods. I made this for my grandmother and she said it was perfect. 10/10 recommend!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this while camping, well, really glamping! We loved it. Taste is outstanding and it is so easy to pull together!

  8. 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. 

    1. 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!

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

  10. 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!