Homemade Boom Boom Sauce

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Boom boom sauce is a fantastic dipping sauce, perfect dipping chicken tenders on your next family game night or football party! It has a sweet and tangy flavor with a little bit of spiciness.

This is one of my family’s favorite dipping sauces because it isn’t too spicy. Some of us, like my son, love hot and spicy everything, but others, like me, prefer a milder flavor. This sauce is the ideal balance of sweet and spicy.

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And making homemade dipping sauces is a great way to save money! This recipe has only 5 simple ingredients, and it takes no time at all to make. So why buy an expensive bottle when you can make this tasty boom boom shrimp sauce at home?

Find more homemade sauces! Try Copycat Chick Fil A Sauce, Fry Sauce, or Blooming Onion Sauce for more homemade deliciousness.

❓What Is Boom Boom Sauce?

Boom boom sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce with add Thai sweet chili sauce. It also includes some ketchup and Sriracha. It is mildly spicy and sweet, with a hint of tomato flavor.

It was popularized at Sheetz gas stations, where it is frequently served with their fried pickles. You can buy bottles on Amazon or at most Sheetz locations, but making your own is much less expensive!

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🥘Simple Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Garlic powder
boom boom sauce labeled ingredients

🥣How to Make Boom Boom Sauce

This is a super easy recipe to make! Just combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a whisk or a spatula to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

The flavors need a little while to blend together, so for best results, refrigerate the sauce, covered, for 30 minutes before using.

adding ketchup to the sauce
Mixing the ingredients
mixing the sauce
Stirring the sauce
whisking the boom boom sauce
Finished sauce


  • Use lower-fat mayonnaise for a lower-calorie sauce. Or use vegan mayonnaise.
  • While Sriracha is the most common hot sauce used, you can substitute a different one such as Louisianna hot sauce or tabasco sauce.
  • Add additional seasoning like onion powder instead of garlic powder or some salt and black pepper.

🍟Serving Ideas

This spicy sauce goes with almost anything. It is a great dipping sauce for a party because it is not too spicy, so it suits most tastes. One of my favorite ways to use it is as boom boom shrimp sauce. Some other great things to dip into it are:

But it doesn’t have to just be used for dipping. I love to use it on a burger or shrimp taco or to brush on chicken thighs right before serving. It is very versatile and delicious!

diping a nugget in the sauce

💭How to Store

Store leftover sauce in a tightly covered, airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for about 2 weeks.

❓Is Boom Boom Sauce the same as Bang Bang Sauce?

The two are similar but not identical. Boom boom sauce includes ketchup, which gives it some tomato flavor. It is also less spicy than bang bang sauce.

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Boom Boom Sauce Recipe

Published By Anne
Boom boom sauce is a fantastic dipping sauce with a sweet and tangy flavor and a little bit of spiciness that is addictive!
Prep Time5 minutes
Chilling Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 12
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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
    1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Whisk to mix.
  • Refrigerate for 30  minutes before serving to let the flavors meld.


  • This keeps for about 2 weeks, tightly covered in the refrigerator.
  • Use lower-fat mayonnaise for a lower-calorie sauce. Or use vegan mayonnaise.
  • You can substitute a different hot sauce such as tabasco sauce.
  • Add additional seasoning like onion powder instead of garlic powder or some salt and black pepper.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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