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Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Instant Pot bang bang shrimp pasta is the best one pot meal your family will love. Tender seafood with noodles will be your next favorite pressure cooker meal you can make in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi too. Once you make our bang bang shrimp sauce you not only will make it with this but as a dip later on too. Creamy and tangy with a little spicy if you want it is beyond delicious.

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This Instant Pot bang bang shrimp recipe has become a new family favorite. Cooked all in one pressure cooker pot I can throw together a complete meal in no time. One of 101+ easy Instant Pot recipes here on the blog. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Bang Bang Shrimp

If you are using this multi-cooker you will use the lid that is not attached and the pressure cook button. We have shared a bunch of Instant Pot shrimp recipes throughout the years. When you can add pasta into the mix that means one pot to clean and dinner cooked in under 20 minutes.

You can use your Ninja Foodi or other brand pot too to make this. With this homemade bang bang sauce you’re surely want seconds…and maybe thirds….

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp no Pasta

You don’t have to make noodles to mix this with if you didn’t want to. Yes you can make just plain Instant Pot shrimp by itself. That is great if you need a gluten free meal, or just straight protein. We love bold flavors though!! You’ll get that with this kick butt sauce I tell you. 😉

What is bang bang sauce made of?

Mainly it is mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and some add hot sauce into the mix. Adjust that as needed depending on how spicy you want to make it. In a pressure cooker this comes out amazing!

Why is it called bang bang shrimp?

I mean it is just a fun name that means WOW to me. With a kick of Sriracha to amp up the heat it may just knock your socks off with every bite. Bonefish Grill made up the name originally.

Frozen Shrimp Pasta Instant Pot

Frozen shrimp, deveined with tail off shrimp were used and that is recommended to get them perfectly tender. There’s nothing worse than overcooked shrimp.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Instant Pot Ingredients

You’ll want to get the sauce ready while your pasta and meat is cooking. This will only take a few minutes and then you can set it aside until it’s ready to stir together. If you want it just sweet and tangy then omit the hot sauce all together. If you want a spicy sauce add 1 tbsp of Sriracha at a time, stir, taste, and adjust until it is perfect for YOU. Red pepper flakes are another option. Beyond that you just need:

  • Mayonnaise is the base of it. I do not recommend using Miracle Whip, reduced fat or fat free. Just go with the real stuff for the best flavor.
  • Sweet chili sauce is so good. We use it to dip our egg rolls in, and make our Instant Pot grape jelly meatballs too.
  • Sriracha will make it a bit spicy

Some like a squeeze of lime juice in it as well. If you haven’t tried this add in give it a whirl on the side. If you like it add 1 tsp at a time until it is just right for your taste buds.

bang bang shrimp sauce

Pressure Cooker Bang Bang Shrimp

Just mix your mayo, sweet chili sauce, lime juice and Sriracha together until smooth. This is what it looks like. You will need a few other items of course. I add jarred minced garlic to just about everything I make. Of course that would be optional but is a must for me. A bit of olive oil will help noodles not stick together too. Just a tad.

  1. Spaghetti noodles broken into three equal parts so it gets nice and tender is necessary. If this is “against your religion” Just use something smaller like medium size shells that don’t need to be broken.
  2. Garlic, I already expressed my obsession with this ingredient above…I could go on and on but I won’t…
  3. Olive oil
  4. Broth of any kind can be used. For this I think vegetable is great.

I recommend frozen large shrimp with tail off and deveined personally. Defrosted will get a bit more done and I don’t like tough meat. Now for adding noodles in an Instant Pot. There is a trick to this ladies and gentlemen. 😉 Just like when we explained our Instant Pot spaghetti to you, the rule stays the same.

You need to break noodles into thirds, don’t cry Italians. You need them shorter in order to be submerged into the liquid and get tender. Then the broth goes in with the garlic, shrimp and salt and pepper.

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instant pot shrimp and pasta

I got a lot of flack over this when I first shared this method years ago. People said it wasn’t right to break noodles, ever. Well when you’re making just about any of our Instant Pot pasta recipes you’ll need to.

How to Make Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

If you are totally opposed to the idea of breaking noodles, then use something like medium size shells or penne. Here’s how you make this pressure cooker pasta dish: Break spaghetti noodles 3rds and put into the pot. Make sure to sprinkle them in so they go in at different directions so they won’t be sticking together.

  • Pour vegetable broth over noodles. Add frozen shrimp, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper on top of that.
  • Seal pressure cooker lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes cook time with a quick release when done.
  • While cooking whisk together mix the sauce together in a medium bowl. Mayonnaise, chili sauce, and add Sriracha if you want heat in the bowl well.
  • Open lid, stir contents to separate noodles, then pour your mayo sauce on.
  • Stir together to coat everything in the pot nicely. Serve with some shredded parmesan cheese on top.

Top with green onions and serve in bowls! I mean you don’t need a side. You have your carbs and protein together but broccoli is a good

bang bang shrimp and noodles

How to you reheat bang bang shrimp?

If you aren’t making a dish that includes pasta like this one you might want to use your oven. My air fryer fried shrimp using this same sauce is amazing, and best eaten fresh for sure. BUT can be reheated at 400 F. In case of this one with noodles I would freeze in souper cubes. Then you can reheat just one serving at a time.

Pop out into an oven safe dish. Reheat in your microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between. Top with additional parmesan before the last cook time so it melts and serve!

  • Ideally it is best if you make more bang bang sauce and toss with some more at the beginning. It will get a bit drier in the fridge but this will help moisten it back up.

Want to try another favorite shrimp recipe?? Give our Instant Pot shrimp alfredo a whirl this week too!!

instant pot shrimp alfredo

Who has Bang Bang Shrimp?

If you don’t want to make it yourself, or you want a different version then visit Bonefish Grill. We have one in Boise but you can search their website to see if there is one near you too. OR make this copycat air fryer bang bang shrimp at home.

Nowadays it is kinda’ easier to make a copycat recipe right at home though. With the right ingredients you can tweak the spiciness to your liking and enjoy dinner together for a lot less money. Let us know what you think!

If you do happen to have leftovers they save quite well, just remember to keep all of the sauce in that pot. Let it cool completely and then move it to a container with a tight lid on top. Transition to a microwave safe bowl when reheating and warm for about 1 minute. You don’t want to overcook shrimp or it will become rubbery.

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Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp

Instant Pot bang bang shrimp and pasta cooked together is the best one pot meal for your family. Made with a killer sauce and tender seafood in Ninja foodi pressure cooker or Crockpot Express.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bang bang, instant pot, ninja foodi, pasta, pressure cooker, shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 619kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Break spaghetti noodles into thirds and put into the pot sprinkling them in so they're in different directions to avoid sticking together.
  • Pour broth over noodles, add shrimp, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper on top.
  • Seal pressure cooker lid and steam valve. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes with a quick release when done.
  • While cooking whisk together the sauce with mayo and chili sauce in a bowl. When noodles are done open lid, stir to separate noodles, pour mayo sauce on and stir together to coat everything in the pot nicely.
  • Serve with some shredded parmesan cheese on top.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 202mg67%
Sodium 2024mg88%
Potassium 237mg7%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 311IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Mr. Tom

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I was just re-reading my comment. Not quite clear on a couple of things. 1) Cover them in cornstarch BEFORE cooking them in case you didn't catch that (lol), and 2) we used the full recipe for the mix (including, and most importantly, the mayonnaise and olive oil), but no need for sunflower oil anymore (very expensive, at least down here!)

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

Not following you as there is no cornstarch listed for this recipe, or sunflower oil

Mr. Tom

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

We've been making 'Bang-Bang Shrimp' for a few years now after experiencing it at Bonefish Grill in Michigan. We live in Panama now and the 'large' shrimp here are called Langostinos, bigger than the largest shrimp in the US (3 lbs. is about 20 langostinos, 5 is plenty for a single serving). We use cornstarch to give the shrimp a slight crunchiness before dumping them into the mix (we use Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and three squirts of Sriracha). We were frying them in sunflower oil until we just bought our Ninja Foodi. We tried cooking it your way (in air fry mode) and it came out GREAT! You can't really overcook because they're so big. We did them alone...can't wait to try with pasta. Thanks for the tips on mixing in the Foodi. Works great so far.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

Oh yay, glad it has been a hit


Friday 24th of June 2022

Hey there, making for a larger crowd. Double the recipe? Will it all fit at once or will I have to do it twice?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 25th of June 2022

I always prefer to do 2 batches especially with pasta myself


Sunday 16th of January 2022

Does the shrimp have to be thawed or can it be put in frozen?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Typically frozen or fresh shrimp doesn't take much more time


Monday 29th of March 2021

Good and easy recipe.. added a few goodies like spinach and sliced portabella mushrooms to give it a bit more of a health kick.. cam out great! My 18 month old baby ate it up like there was no tomorrow LOL .. Cheers!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Great idea

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