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 mayonnaise is perfectly complemented by the sweet heat of chili sauce and the customizable kick of sriracha, allowing you to tailor the spice level to your preference. A touch of honey balances the flavors, creating a harmonious blend that’s both enticing and delightful. Its versatility makes it a fantastic choice for a variety of dishes, whether you’re spicing up a weeknight dinner or adding a special touch to party snacks. Plus, its quick and easy preparation makes it a go-to sauce for busy moms looking to add a burst of flavor to their cooking without spending hours in the kitchen.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick and Easy: Ready in minutes, perfect for busy schedules.
- Customizable Heat: Adjust the sriracha to suit your spice preference.
- Versatile Use: Great as a dip, dressing, or sauce for a variety of dishes.
- Perfect for Entertaining: A hit at parties, BBQs, and family gatherings.
Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients & Substitutions
Every ingredient in bang bang sauce plays a crucial role:
- Mayonnaise: Creates a creamy base. Substitute with light or vegan mayo, 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: Provides a spicy kick, adjustable to taste. Use hot sauce or crushed red pepper flakes as alternatives.
- Honey: Balances the flavors with a touch of sweetness. Maple syrup or agave nectar are great substitutes.
Using substitutions may affect final taste and texture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can definitely make this sauce ahead of time. In fact, making it in advance is a great idea if you’re planning to use it for a party or gathering. The flavors will have time to meld together, resulting in a more delicious sauce. Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Yes, bang bang sauce makes a great marinade for meats, poultry, or seafood. Simply brush the sauce onto the food and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes (or up to overnight) before grilling, baking, or sautéing. The sauce will add a delicious layer of flavor to your dishes and help keep the food moist and juicy.
The heat level of bang bang sauce can be adjusted based on your personal preference. If you’re sensitive to spice, you can reduce the amount of sriracha or chili sauce used in the recipe. Additionally, you can add a little more honey or mayonnaise to balance out the heat.
This recipe makes enough sauce for a small gathering, but it’s easy to double or triple the recipe as needed.
Did You Know?
Bang bang sauce finds its origins in Chinese cuisine, originally served as a complement to the traditional dish “bang bang ji” (pounded chicken). The name “bang bang” refers to the wooden stick used to tenderize the chicken. This initial version featured a sesame-based dressing, showcasing the local ingredients and flavors. Over time, as the sauce gained popularity in the West, it evolved into the creamy, sweet, and spicy version known today, blending Asian culinary traditions with Western tastes.
Serving Suggestions for Bang Bang Sauce
Bang bang sauce is renowned for its versatility, making it an excellent accompaniment to a wide array of dishes. Its unique blend of creamy, sweet, and spicy flavors can enhance meals across various cuisines. Here are some creative and delicious ways to serve bang bang sauce:
- As a Dip: Perfect for appetizers, bang bang sauce pairs wonderfully with finger foods. Try it with crispy chicken tenders, spring rolls, tempura vegetables, or as a dipping sauce for French fries and sweet potatoes. It’s also a hit at parties as a dip for shrimp cocktail.
- With Seafood: The sauce’s sweet and spicy notes are a natural complement to seafood. Drizzle it over shrimp, salmon, or use it as a glaze for baked fish. It’s particularly 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 an extra flavor kick. It pairs well with cold cuts, 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.
- In Grilled Meats and Barbecues: Use bang bang sauce as a marinade for chicken, pork, or beef before grilling. Its flavor profile works wonderfully for BBQs, adding a delightful twist to traditional grilled meats.
- For Breakfast and Brunch: Add an unexpected but delicious touch to your breakfast or brunch by serving it with scrambled eggs, omelets, or breakfast burritos. It can also be a great addition to avocado toast.
- Sauce too thick? Thin it with a bit of water or lemon juice.
- Too spicy? Add more mayonnaise and honey to balance the heat.
- Not spicy enough? Gradually add more sriracha until desired heat is reached.
- Sauce separated after storing? Just give it a good stir to recombine.
Tips From the Chef
- For a smoother texture, whisk vigorously or use a blender.
- Let the sauce sit for a few minutes after mixing for flavors to meld.
- Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
- Freeze: Not recommended.
Watch the video below where Caytlin will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.