Bang bang sauce, with its simple yet sophisticated flavor profile, is a must-try for anyone who loves to add a little zing to their meals. The creamy base of the mayonnaise is perfectly complemented by the sweet heat of the chili sauce and the customizable kick of the sriracha, allowing you to adjust the spice level to your liking. A touch of honey balances the flavors, creating a harmonious blend that is as tempting as it is delightful. Its versatility makes it a fantastic choice for a variety of dishes, whether you’re throwing together a weeknight meal or adding a special touch to party snacks. Plus, its quick and easy preparation makes it an ideal sauce for busy moms who want to add a burst of flavor to their cooking without spending hours in the kitchen.
Because you will love this recipe
- Quick and easy: Ready in minutes, perfect for busy schedules.
- Adjustable heat: Adjust the sriracha to suit your spice preferences.
- Flexible use: Excellent as a dip, dressing or sauce for various dishes.
- Perfect for entertaining: A hit at parties, barbecues and family gatherings.
Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients & Substitutes
Every ingredient in bang bang sauce plays a key role:
- Mayonnaise: Creates a creamy base. Substitute with light or vegan mayonnaise or Greek yogurt for a lighter version.
- Sweet chili sauce: Adds sweetness and mild heat. For a less sweet alternative, try apricot preserves mixed with a dash of hot sauce.
- Sriracha: Offers a spicy kick, adjustable to taste. Use hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes as alternatives.
- Honey: Balances the flavors with a hint of sweetness. Maple syrup or agave nectar are great substitutes.
The use of substitutes may affect the final taste and texture.
Yes, you can definitely make this sauce ahead of time. In fact, making it ahead of time is a great idea if you plan to use it for a party or gathering. The flavors will have time to meld, resulting in a tastier sauce. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Yes, bang bang sauce is a great marinade for meat, poultry or seafood. Simply spread the sauce over the food and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to overnight) before baking, grilling or sauteing. Gravy will add a wonderful layer of flavor to your dishes and help keep the food moist and juicy.
The heat level of the bang bang sauce can be adjusted based on your personal preference. If you are sensitive to spices, you can reduce the amount of sriracha or chili sauce used in the recipe. Additionally, you can add some honey or mayonnaise to balance the heat.
This recipe makes enough sauce for a small gathering, but it’s easy to double or triple the recipe as needed.
You knew that?
Bang bang sauce has its roots in Chinese cuisine, originally served as a side dish to the traditional dish “bang bang ji” (pounded chicken). The name “bang bang” refers to the wooden stick used to tenderize the chicken. This original version featured a sesame-based dressing that showcased the local ingredients and flavors. Over time, as the sauce gained popularity in the West, it evolved into the creamy, sweet and spicy version it is known for today, combining Asian culinary traditions with Western flavors.
Serving suggestions for Bang Bang Sauce
Bang bang sauce is known for its versatility, making it a great accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. The unique blend of creamy, sweet and spicy flavors can enhance meals in a variety of cuisines. Here are some creative and delicious ways to serve bang bang sauce:
- As a dip: Ideal for appetizers, bang bang sauce goes great with finger foods. Try it with crispy chicken tenders, spring rolls, tempura vegetables or as a dip for French fries and sweet potatoes. It’s also a party hit as a shrimp cocktail dip.
- With seafood: The sweet and spicy notes of the sauce are a natural complement to the seafood. Drizzle over shrimp, salmon, or use as a glaze for baked fish. It’s especially delicious with fish tacos, adding a creamy zest that elevates the dish.
- In sandwiches and wraps: Spread bang bang sauce on sandwiches and wraps for extra flavor. Pairs well with charcuterie, grilled chicken or crispy tofu. Add it to a veggie wrap or a classic BLT to give a regular sandwich an exciting twist.
- With Asian cuisine: Embrace its Asian roots by using it in dishes like stir-fries or as a dressing for Asian noodle salads. It can also be mixed into fried rice or drizzled over steamed vegetables for an added flavor dimension.
- On grilled meats and barbecues: Use bang bang sauce as a marinade for chicken, pork or beef before grilling. Its flavor profile works great for barbecues, adding a delightful twist to traditional grilled meats.
- For breakfast and brunch: Add an unexpected yet delicious twist to your breakfast or brunch by serving it with scrambled eggs, omelettes or breakfast burritos. It can also be a great addition to avocado toast.
- Too thick sauce? Dilute it with a little water or lemon juice.
- Too spicy? Add more mayo and honey to balance the heat.
- Not spicy enough? Gradually add more sriracha until desired heat is reached.
- Does the sauce separate after storage? Just mix well to recombine.
Tips from the chef
- For smoother texture, beat or use a blender.
- Let the sauce sit for a few minutes after mixing to bring the flavors together.
- Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
- Freeze: Not recommended.
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