Bang Bang Sauce

Learn how to make easy bang bang sauce, a creamy mayo mixture jazzed up with sweet chili sauce, a hit of sriracha and a few other ingredients. Perfect for dunking, drizzling, or dressing anything that dares to be delicious, tangy, sweet and a little spicy. Be warned—it’s addictive!


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What Is Bang Bang Sauce?

Bang Bang Sauce is a creamy, spicy, tangy and sweet sauce commonly used in American-Chinese cuisine but has roots in other Asian culinary traditions. The sauce typically combines mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha or hot sauce. Some versions also incorporate ingredients like honey, vinegar, soy sauce or lime juice to enhance its complexity.

This sauce is versatile and often served as a dipping sauce for shrimp or other seafood, fried or grilled chicken, or vegetables. It’s also popular as a dressing for salads or bowls (hello, poke bowl!), or drizzled over tacos and wraps to add a zesty, creamy element. The name “Bang Bang” likely refers to the bold impact of its flavours, delivering a lively punch with each bite.

I often make a batch of bang bang sauce for the fridge and use it throughout the week. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

bang bang sauce recipe with chicken dipped into it

What You’ll Need

Here are the key ingredients for bang bang sauce recipe. Find the full measurements in the recipe card below.

  • Mayonnaise – choose whole egg mayo that’s not too sweet as we’ll be adding a few sweet ingredients and it can get too much.
  • Sweet chili sauce – I like Thai sweet chili sauce as it has a more aromatic flavour but you can use any type.
  • Sriracha sauce – one of my favourite Asian ingredients, Sriracha sauce is a mild hot sauce that’s very flavourful; if you can’t get Sriracha, use regular hot sauce and add 1/2 clove of minced garlic.
  • Honey – this will add extra sweetness, almost caramel-y flavour to the sauce.
  • Soy sauce – you can use regular, Tamari or coconut aminos; this will add a touch of salt and umami to the sauce.
  • Lime juice – every creamy sauce needs a touch of acidity in my opinion and lime juice is perfect; you can also use lemon juice or rice vinegar here.
bang bang sauce ingredients

How To Make Bang Bang Sauce

Find the full recipe and nutritional information below. Here are some handy step-by-step photos.

  • In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha sauce, honey, soy sauce and lime juice.
  • Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the sauce is smooth. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings according to your preference.
  • Transfer the sauce to a jar or airtight container. Refrigerate the bang bang sauce for at least 30 minutes before using it to allow the flavours to meld together.
how to make bang bang sauce step by step

Recipe Tips

  • Adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences. If you prefer a spicier sauce, you can increase the amount of Sriracha sauce or add a pinch of cayenne pepper. To make it a bit tangier, you can add a splash of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Experiment with different variations by adding minced garlic, grated ginger, or chopped cilantro for additional flavour.
  • The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The sauce will thicken slightly as it chills in the refrigerator.
  • For a smoother consistency, you can use a blender or food processor to mix the ingredients.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the bang bang sauce as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled shrimp, fried or grilled chicken, fries or roasted potato chips or wedges, or with grilled vegetables.

It’s great as a drizzle sauce on poke bowls, tacos, grilled salmon bowl, stuffed sweet potatoes, pizza, salad bowls and so on. It’s also great as a spread for sandwiches or wraps.

bang bang sauce with fried chicken
Bang Bang sauce on chicken tacos

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Bang Bang Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 10 servings
Course: Condiment or Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
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5 from 5 votes
Calories: 172kcal
Here is a simple recipe for making Bang Bang Sauce—a creamy concoction of mayo, sweet chili, and a dash of sriracha, plus a few extra touches. Ideal for dipping, drizzling, or dressing up any dish that craves a delicious blend of tangy, sweet, and mildly spicy flavours. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha sauce, honey, soy sauce and lime juice.
  • Stir well until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the sauce is smooth.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings according to your preference.
  • Transfer the sauce to a jar or airtight container.
  • Refrigerate the Bang Bang Sauce for at least 30 minutes before using to allow the flavours to meld together.
  • Serve the Bang Bang Sauce as a dipping sauce for fried shrimp, chicken, or other appetizers, or use it as a spread for sandwiches or wraps.

Notes

Storage tips – The sauce can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just make sure to give it a good stir before using it, as the ingredients may separate slightly during storage.
Is this sauce spicy? The level of spiciness can be adjusted according to your taste. The combination of sweet chili sauce and Sriracha sauce provides a medium level of heat. If you prefer it spicier, you can increase the amount of Sriracha sauce or add additional chili flakes or hot sauce.
Can I make a healthier version of Bang Bang Sauce? Yes, you can make a lighter version of Bang Bang Sauce by using lower-fat mayonnaise or a mixture of mayonnaise and low-fat yogurt. You can also reduce the amount of sweet chili sauce or honey for a lower sugar content. Experiment with alternative sweeteners like maple syrup or agave nectar.
Can I freeze Bang Bang Sauce? It is not recommended to freeze it, as the texture and consistency may change when thawed. It is best enjoyed fresh or stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can I adjust the ingredients to make a larger batch?
You can easily scale up the recipe to make a larger batch by multiplying all the ingredients by the desired factor. Just keep in mind the proportions and adjust the seasonings to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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5 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    This is better than any bang bang sauce I’ve ever bought at the store or a restaurant. I served it with chicken fingers last night, and everyone loved it.

  2. 5 stars
    I want to put this sauce on everything. I dipped air fryer cauliflower in it and it was SO good.

  3. 5 stars
    This bang bang sauce was soooo flavorful! Reminds me of what I’d get at my favorite restaurant!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m already thinking of all the foods I’m going to be dipping into this delicious bang bang sauce. It’s a perfect addition to my condiments.

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