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These Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos will whisk you away to a tropical paradise – with crispy shrimp, a fruity salsa, and a sauce with a touch of heat, these tacos have it all! They’re perfect for taco night or an easy weeknight dinner!

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Boom boom shrimp tacos with shrimp, cabbage, mango salsa and boom boom sauce on a wooden board.

After a trip to Florida a couple years ago, I couldn’t wait to recreate the most delicious shrimp tacos we had at a restaurant.  The flavors reminded me a lot of the bang bang shrimp at Bonefish Grill – but then topped with crisp cabbage, a deliciously spicy sauce and a flavorful mango salsa!  Simply INCREDIBLE.  

And my recreation of the dish is pretty much spot on – a great recipe for Taco Tuesdays or Friday meals during Lent!  I think you’re going to LOVE it, so let’s bring the tropics home!

Ingredients needed to make Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos laid out on a white background.

Ingredients Needed

  • Tortillas – You can use flour tortillas but I much prefer the flavor and texture of corn tortillas in this recipe!
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Popcorn Shrimp – I love the convenience of popcorn shrimp in the recipe!  You could also use breaded fish or make your own breaded fish (perfect for those days at the lake!!).  You could also use large shrimp (breaded) instead of popcorn shrimp if you prefer!
  • Cabbage – Green or purple cabbage will work great; you could also use a fresh bag of crunchy slaw if you’ve got that on hand!
  • Mayonnaise – You can use light or regular mayonnaise.  If you’re wanting to keep it a little more light, use half mayo and half plain greek yogurt.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce – Sometimes called “sweet Thai chili sauce” this condiment is typically in the international section of the grocery store.  You can also make your own.
  • Cayenne Pepper – Can use more or less if you want more or less heat!
  • Garlic – You can use minced garlic or replace it with 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sriracha – Feel free to vary the amount of sriracha for more or less heat!
  • Mango – I love the flavor of fresh mango in this recipe!!  If you don’t have any fresh mangos, you can thaw some frozen mango OR use fresh pineapple instead!
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro – You’ve gotta go with fresh cilantro here!
  • Lime Juice – I like to use fresh lime juice for this and serve the tacos with additional lime slices!
  • Salt

​How to Make Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos

Make the Sauce

I like to start with the simple sauce recipe so the flavors have a little time to meld together!!  

To make it, you’ll whisk together mayo, Thai sweet chili sauce, spices and sriracha.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Make the Salsa

​Combine the diced mango (or pineapple!), red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a small bowl.  

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge until it’s time to enjoy!

​Cook the Shrimp

You’ll cook the shrimp according to the package instructions.  Most instructions give you an option to cook them in the oven, in an air fryer or deep fry.  

Popcorn shrimp on a baking sheet.

With my family of five, I find it easiest to dump the bag out on a baking sheet (in a single layer) and bake in a hot oven!

Warm the Tortillas

Corn tortillas must be cooked to reach the perfect texture!  You’ll brush them with oil and cook them in a skillet on both sides until you get lovely little golden brown spots.  

Once they’re cooked, cover with aluminum foil as warm taco shells are much more pliable.

Assemble the Tacos!

Grab a warm tortilla and fill it with crunchy shrimp, cabbage, salsa and the delicious sauce!  I like to serve these with lime wedges and hot sauce!  Bon appétit!

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Four bang bang shrimp tacos lined up on a wooden board.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these called “Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos?”

It’s all about the flavorful sauce that tops these tacos!  Some call it “boom boom sauce” and others call it “bang bang sauce.”  Either way, it’s a mayo based sauce with a little sweetness and some spice!  So, call them what you want…..just know they’re GOOD. 😉

How should I store leftovers?

I recommend storing the sauce, salsa, cabbage, shrimp and tortillas all separate.  Though it takes a few containers, it’ll keep the integrity of all the unique textures that make these tacos SO good!  
When you’re ready to enjoy them next time, warm the tortillas by placing a couple on a microwave-safe plate, cover them with a damp paper towel and microwave for 15-30 seconds.  The shrimp can be reheated in the air fryer, oven or microwave!

​Are shrimp tacos gluten free?

Not inherently, no.  However, with a few changes, you can certainly make them gluten free!  Start with a store-bought gluten free fried shrimp (I’ve seen them at Trader Joes!) or make your own!  You’ll also need to make sure you find a sweet chili sauce that is gluten free.

A shrimp taco with toppings on a wooden board surrounded with extra cilantro, salsa, sauce and cooked tortillas.

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Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos on a wooden board.
5 from 1 vote

Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
8 tacos
These tacos will whisk you away to a tropical
paradise – with crunchy shrimp, a fruity salsa, and a sauce with a touch of
heat, these tacos have it all!


Boom Boom Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha

Mango Salsa

  • 1 cup fresh diced mango
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Remaining Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen popcorn shrimp
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • Extra cilantro and lime if desired for garnish


Make the Boom Boom Sauce

  • Combine the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, cayenne, garlic and sriracha.  Stir well and
    refrigerate until the tacos are ready to serve. 
    1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon sriracha

Make the Mango Salsa

  • Combine the mango, onion, cilantro, lime, and salt.  Stir well and refrigerate until the tacos are ready to serve.
    1 cup fresh diced mango, 1/4 cup minced red onion, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt

Make the Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos!

  • Prepare the shrimp according to the package’s instructions.
    3 cups frozen popcorn shrimp
  • While the shrimp is baking, heat up the corn tortillas*, if desired. To do this, I use a kitchen brush to spread a little vegetable oil on both sides of each tortilla. Then, I heat a skillet on the stove on medium heat and let each tortilla cook for a minute or two, flipping the tortilla once it's turned a nice golden brown.
    8 corn tortillas, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Build your taco: Grab a tortilla, add the shrimp (or fish), and top with cabbage, mango salsa, boom boom sauce, and extra cilantro and lime juice, if desired.
    1 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage, Extra cilantro and lime


*These tacos can be made with flour or corn tortillas – I just prefer the corn tortillas as it adds another dimension of flavor to the tacos.
*This salsa could also be made with pineapple or peaches in place of the mango – experiment and see what you like!
*Not a huge fan of shrimp?  Try fish sticks or baked fish instead.
*We use about 1 tablespoon of the sauce on each taco.  If you do the same, you’ll have some leftover.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 5.4g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.8mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Four Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos in a line, on a dark surface, and with a lime wedge.
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A close up view of the filling of the Boom Boom Tacos.

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  1. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe! I don’t get much fresh seafood out my way, so I typically have to order from a website far in advance (if any other landlocked chefs are reading this, this website has been useful: The Boom Boom Shrimp Tacos took a little more planning than a normal weekend dinner, but they were delicious! Thank you for sharing.