A favorite bang bang shrimp dish turned into a creamy pasta that everyone will enjoy.

Total Time: 25 minutes
Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Back in the day… haha, like it was that long ago. Actually, now that I think about it, it was about 13 years ago. Yikes. Officially made myself feel super old. Ugh.

Anyway, I used to work at The Cheesecake Factory. Yes, it was a pretty awesome job for an 18 year-old but it also made me gain about 15lbs while I was working there. They gave us so much free food that I couldn't say no, and as a poor 18 year-old and college student, I was all about as much free food I could get. Even if it did cause me to gain some weight.

But I digress…

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

They had this dish on the menu (I'm not sure if it's still on there or not) but it was a bang bang shrimp dish that I absolutely loved. While I worked there, I tried just about everything on the menu but the bang bang dish was what I kept going back to when I didn't know what else to order.

Something about the spicy shrimp and crispy coating that made me keep going back for more.

Bang bang shrimp has also become my favorite way to prepare shrimp now. All from that one little dish at Cheesecake Factory.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

I can't remember if the version I used to have was in a pasta form or if you got just the shrimp, but I decided to make it in pasta form. It came out perfect and was super simple to make. All you have to do is cook the pasta, sear the shrimp in the pan and then cook with the sauce, add the cooked pasta… done! Easy peasy and a creamy sauce that even my kids will eat!

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 8 oz shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp paprika

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain well.
  2. Make sauce by whisking together mayo, chili sauce, garlic, lime juice, sriracha, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  3. In a pan over medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Add sauce and cook additional 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Stir in cooked pasta and serve immediately garnished with more red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

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  1. I tried this with what I had on hand. I had no sweet chili sauce, so I substituted some honey and some chopped hot chili pepper, and used penne instead of spaghetti, then garnished with some chopped Thai basil. It came out great, thanks for a simple and quick recipe.


  2. Oh yum! I’d gain like 30 pounds if I worked there — they have such a huge menu, I’d wanna try everything. I’ve never had their bang bang shrimp but I’ve had similar dishes from Bonefish Gril and a few seafood places around here. I LOVE em!


  3. As much as I love NYC, I hate that there aren’t any cheesecake factories anywhere near here! I’m such a chain restaurant-lover, deep down! Saving this recipe so that I can get my fix. haha!

  4. I think the Cheesecake Factory was one of the first places my husband took me for a date. He was *obsessed* with their key lime cheesecake and said I had to try it. This recipe sounds really good, and may happen later this week depending on how fast we get through some leftovers!

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