PF Chang Dynamite Shrimp features crispy tempura battered shrimp with a spicy sriracha aioli. At the PF Chang’s near me, the price of the PF Changs Dynamite Shrimp is $15. With this PF Chang’s Dynamite Shrimp recipe copycat, you can recreate this dish at home with only 3 simple ingredients. Making delicious dynamite shrimps with bang bang sauce is easier than you might think!
🍤 What is dynamite shrimp made of?
Dynamite shrimp (AKA bang bang shrimp) is a crispy fried shrimp coated with a tempura batter. The shrimp is dipped in a spicy sauce made of mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha sauce. If you’re looking for shrimp appetizers with all the flavor, this one is a great choice.
There are three main ways to enjoy P.F. Chang’s dynamite shrimp:
- Order dynamite shrimp from a PF Chang’s restaurant.
- Get a package of frozen PF Chang’s firecracker shrimp from a grocery store (Walmart carries it) and cook according to package directions.
- Make your own version of the Dynamite Shrimp PF Chang’s recipe at home.
All three versions are similar, and result in a meal like sweet and sour shrimp from Chinese takeout, except the shrimp is spicy, not sweet. The copycat version is likely the best price, especially if you are feeding a lot of people. The original restaurant version was our winner on taste by a small margin, mostly because of the rice sticks.
If you try all three, drop me a comment and let me know which one you think is the winner!
➕ How to Make PF Changs Dynamite Shrimp
Here are the ingredients you need to make PF Chang Dynamite Shrimp:
- 12 ounces frozen tempura shrimp (340 grams; Trader Joe’s, Seapak, or another brand)
- 6 tablespoons PF Chang’s Dynamite Sauce (Hellmann’s sriracha mayo and Kum Lee brand sriracha mayonnaise have similar ingredients and are good substitutes)
- Green onion, sliced
Get a printable recipe card at the end of the post!
Here are the step-by-step instructions to make copycat PF Chang’s Dynamite Shrimp:
- Cook the frozen shrimp tempura according to package directions. Use an oven or air fryer to get them golden brown and crispy. I cooked my shrimp on a baking sheet in the oven at 400F (200C) for 8-10 minutes per side.
- If the shrimp pieces are long with tails, cut the tails off and cut the cooked shrimp in half. This will make the dish look more like the PF Chang original. (If your tempura shrimp comes with a sauce packet, don’t use it here.)
- Mix the shrimp with the dynamite sauce in a bowl, garnish with spring onion, and serve.
That’s all there is to it! No fussing with deep frying in hot oil, no need to dredge the shrimp in all purpose flour and egg, etc. It’s so easy, all you basically have to do is stir!
You could even experiment with variations on this recipe using tempura chicken or prawns if you don’t like shrimp. Add salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic, paprika, chives, or other herbs and spices for an additional kick of flavor.
🍚 What to Serve with PF Chang Dynamite Shrimp
Shrimp dynamite at PF Chang's is served over a bed of carrot and cabbage slaw, with green onions and crispy rice sticks sprinkled on top. Here is a crispy rice noodles recipe if you’d like to make them at home. Bang bang shrimp is often comes as an appetizer and pairs well with dishes like fried rice, steamed vegetables, salad, or Asian-style noodles.
📋 How many calories are in dynamite shrimp?
PF Chang’s dynamite shrimp from the restaurant serves two and has 290 calories per serving. PF Chang’s firecracker shrimp from the store also serves two and has 210 calories per serving. My dynamite shrimp copycat recipe serves four and has 247 calories per serving.
The origins of dynamite shrimp are unclear, but it is commonly associated with Asian and American fusion cuisine, particularly popularized by restaurants like PF Chang's.
To make air fryer PF Changs dynamite shrimp, air fry the frozen tempura shrimp for 8-10 minutes at 400F (200C). Turn or shake the shrimp halfway through cooking time for even browning. After you cook the shrimp, mix it with the sauce.
PF Chang’s dynamite shrimp roll has 100 calories per piece, or 800 calories per 8-piece order. Check the restaurant near you for the most current nutrition and calorie info.
👩🏻🍳 More Shrimp Recipes
Here are some other recipes for shrimp you may enjoy:
- Frozen Popcorn Shrimp in Air Fryer
- Frozen Shrimp in Air Fryer
- Shrimp Chowder (New England Style Recipe)
- Keto Coconut Shrimp (Air Fryer)
PF Chang Dynamite Shrimp (PF Changs Dynamite Shrimp Recipe)
- Cook the frozen shrimp tempura according to package directions. I cooked my shrimp on a baking sheet in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 8-10 minutes per side.
- If the shrimp pieces are long with tails, cut the tails off and cut the cooked shrimp in half. This will make the dish look more like the PF Chang's shrimp. (If your tempura shrimp comes with a sauce packet, don’t use it here.)
- Mix the cook shrimp with the dynamite sauce, garnish with scallion greens, and serve.
💭 Expert Tips from a DietitianThis is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Here is the nutrition information (per serving) for PF Changs shrimp with dynamite shrimp sauce at the restaurant. (Nutrition info for the shrimp dynamite P F Changs copycat is at the end of the recipe card.)
- Calories: 290
- Fat: 21 grams
- Saturated fat: 3.5 grams
- Cholesterol: 40 mg
- Sodium: 510 mg
- Total carbohydrates: 20 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Net carbs: 18 grams
- Sugar: 3 grams
- Protein: 7 grams