Well folks Valentines Day just passed, and I really hope you enjoyed it. Whether that meant hanging out with your best friends for an anti-valentine celebration or a planned a steamy date with your loved one. Usually on this special day I order some flowers for my fiancee, get us a nice bottle of wine, and then make a delicious dinner. Don’t get me wrong you could go out and have some delicious food and a great time, but for me it seems like the crowds are larger, the service is a little flustered, and the worst part all your favorite items are gone and a new tier of pricing gets introduced. So for the last couple of years, I decided it would probably be better if I just cooked some yummy food at home.
This year I came up with the great idea of making some bang bang shrimp tacos. Both Lauren and I love getting the bang bang shrimp when we go to Bone Fish, so I thought it would be a great dish to incorporate with some tacos. At first, I thought that it was going to be very difficult and that it wasn’t going to turn out as I planned, but it actually was pretty spot on. Apparently corn starch and butter milk are the secret to the batter, and for the thick sauce its just mayo, Thai sweet chili, and sricha. If you have all that then you’re in business. To top of the tacos I made an asian slaw that just used multi colored cabbage slaw, sesame oil, soy sauce, and then lemon juice. If I were you Id make the slaw first and then let it marinate for a couple hours in the fridge. I also cut up some avocado and brought out more sriracha sauce to add some garnish.
To make the shrimp, you first peel them and then devein the shrimp. You then soak them in butter milk (I only did this for 30 minutes) then you drain off the excess butter milk and then coat them in the cornstarch. After battering the shrimp, you ready a hot pan of oil (for this I used vegetable oil, but you can use really anything you want). After the oil gets hot, you drop in the shrimp and let them cook for 5 minutes until they turn golden brown (make sure you flip them but don’t stir them so the battering doesn’t fall apart). I guess I should also tell you that I used raw shrimp and not precooked shrimp, because I am assuming it would take a littler longer than precooked to fry them. Once the shrimp were fried, I had a bowl ready with some paper towels at the bottom in order to drain the excess oil. In a separate bowl, I mixed up the mayo, sriracha, and the sweet Thai chili sauce. It was 1 cup of mayo, 1 tablespoon of sriracha, and then 1/4 of sweet thai chili sauce.
Once your shrimp and sauce are ready to go, then you can start to heat up your tortillas in the oven or if you are trying to be healthy you can make romaine lettuce tacos. And Viola, you add your shrimp to your tortilla, top it off with some of the special sauce, and then add the slaw and the avocado.
They turned out really delicious. The only recommendation I would give is to not add any seasoning to the cornstarch mixture. When I was preparing it, I thought to myself that it would be a good idea to add some Old Bay seasoning, but I think it make the batter kind of break up so some of the crunchy batter was falling off as I flipped the shrimp. Overall the shrimp tacos turned out amazing, and I would definitely make them again! My fiancee really loved them as well, and it goes to show that making this dish will show youre significant other that you really love them. Plus you can save money on going out to Bone Fish and instead make your own bang bang shrimp. Next valentines day instead of going out and spending $100 and waiting a couple hours for a table, I hope that instead you make yourself some bang bang shrimp tacos at home!