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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Bang bang shrimp. What is bang bang shrimp!? Just about the yummiest spicy shrimp pasta ever.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: bang bang shrimp, sambel olek, shrimp, yogurt
Author: Tara Moore


  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb shrimp deveined, cleaned and dried on paper towels
  • 1 tbsp high heat oil sunflower oil is my choice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 7 oz greek yogurt small container
  • 3 tbsp sambal olek
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp sriracha
  • 1/2 c reserved pasta water

shrimp seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • a few pinches of salt and pepper
  • *optional garnishes: green onions crushed red pepper and sesame seeds


  • Cook the spaghetti and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water
  • Season cleaned and dried shrimp with paprika, salt, pepper and corn starch
  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp oil
  • Add the shrimp evenly so they aren't overlapping, cook until pink and transfer to a plate
  • Turn heat down to low and add the butter and garlic, cook for 2 minutes until fragrant
  • To the pan add the greek yogurt, samba olek, lemon juice, sriracha and pasta water, whisk until combined and smooth (it may look a bit separated at first, just keep whisking it WILL come together)
  • Add back in the shrimp and the spaghetti, toss everything together
  • Serve with some sliced green onions, crushed rep pepper and sesame seeds