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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Golden, crispy air fried shrimp are tossed in a sweet and spicy homemade bang bang sauce to create this easy Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp! Perfect for an appetizer or even as a main dish, grab your air fryer and let’s get cooking.

Bang bang shrimp on a plate with a fork picking up one shrimp with sauce on it.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

I love using my air fryer for quick and easy recipes like this air fryer bang bang shrimp because it always saves me so much time! This shrimp is quick, easy, and crunchy with a spicy kick in every bite. We never have any leftovers when we make this recipe!

Jumbo shrimp are crisped to perfection before being doused in our knock off recipe for Bonefish Grill’s popular Bang Bang Sauce. Made with mayo, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha, this bang bang sauce is sweet and savory with a little kick. Each bite of crispy air fryer shrimp has plenty of crunch and is full of Asian inspired flavors. 

Serve these flavorful shrimp as a fun appetizer for game day or as a main dish with veggies, salad, or fried rice for dinner. They also go great on top of a salad too! 

Ingredients for air fryer shrimp in white plates and bowls.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Ingredients

For this sweet and tangy recipe, you’ll need just a few ingredients to whip together your crispy Bang Bang Shrimp. Here’s what you need:

  • Shrimp: I used jumbo or large shrimp that is cleaned and deveined. 
  • Corn starch: Corn starch is the secret to the crispiest breaded shrimp. 
  • Buttermilk + Egg: Buttermilk and an egg helps the breadcrumbs stick to the shrimp. 
  • Bread crumbs: It’s important that you use panko bread crumbs versus a traditional breadcrumb. Panko bread crumbs have a dryer and flakier consistency than regular breadcrumbs, and they absorb less oil when fried. Panko bread crumbs produce a lighter and crunchier tasting fried food.
  • Bang Bang Sauce: an easy homemade sauce made with sweet chili sauce, mayo, sriracha, rice vinegar and a clove of garlic!
Ingredients for air fryer shrimp on gray plates and bowls.

How to Make Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Get out that air fryer for a quick and easy recipe the whole family will love. Follow the simple steps below:

Preheat: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F.

Bread the Shrimp: Working in batches, coat your shrimp in cornstarch, then dip each shrimp in buttermilk, and then toss them in bread crumbs. 

Mist with cooking oil: Next, put your shrimp in the air fryer basket and lightly mist with cooking oil. Leave space between the shrimp so it’s not overcrowded. 

Cook the shrimp: Cook your shrimp for 5-minutes. Then, turn the shrimp over and cook them for another 3-5-minutes or until the shrimp has a nice crispy texture. 

Toss with sauce: Once the shrimp are cooked, you can toss the shrimp in the sauce to coat them. You can also lightly drizzle or just dip your shrimp straight in! Enjoy!

Bang Bang Shrimp Tips

Air fryer recipes are some of the easiest, but I still have a few tips for you to keep in mind. 

  • Use cooking oil. Misting the breaded shrimp, lightly, with cooking oil or avocado oil will help the breading to crisp up and brown. It’s an optional step, but makes a big difference!
  • Store the sauce for later. You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it for 7 days in the refrigerator. 
  • Serve your shrimp fresh. Fried shrimp do not really store well because they get soggy in the refrigerator, especially if the sauce is added. Only make as much as you plan to eat!
  • Don’t skip the cornstarch! The secret to these perfectly crisp air fried shrimp is the cornstarch step. Don’t skip it!

What Shrimp Should I Use?

For this recipe, you will want to use large or jumbo shrimp. Additionally, you will want to grab a bag of raw shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined to make this recipe extra quick and easy.

If you have frozen shrimp, you will need to thaw the shrimp before using them in this recipe.  

What Is Bang Bang Sauce Made Of?

Bang Bang Sauce was made popular thanks to the Bonefish Grill restaurant. The flavorful Asian inspired sauce is made of mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, sriracha and rice wine vinegar.

These ingredients may be a little different than you are accustomed to, but they are readily available in the Asian food aisle at most grocery stores.

Serving Suggestions

These air fryer bang bang shrimp are the perfect party or game day snack, but you can also make it your main protein for dinner. Serve them with rice, pasta, corn on the cob, or roasted vegetables. Or, serve them next to other fun party snacks like:

Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Bang bang shrimp on a plate with a fork picking up one shrimp with sauce on it.

Golden, crispy air fried shrimp are tossed in a sweet and spicy homemade bang bang sauce to create this easy Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp! Perfect for an appetizer or even as a main dish, grab your air fryer and let's get cooking.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray, optional
  • Bang Bang Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F. Working in batches, coat shrimp in cornstarch, dip each shrimp in buttermilk, then toss shrimp in bread crumbs.
  2. Place shrimp in air fryer basket and lightly mist with cooking oil (I used avocado oil), if desired. Make sure to leave space between the shrimp and do not overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  3. Cook shrimp for 5 minutes, then turn shrimp over and cook for 3-5 minutes more, until shrimp is cooked thru and has a crispy texture.
  4. Once shrimp are cooked, remove from air fryer. You can toss shrimp to coat in sauce, drizzle the sauce lightly over the shrimp or you can just dip your shrimp! Enjoy!

Notes

  • Misting the breaded shrimp lightly with a cooking oil (like avocado oil or olive oil) will help the breading to crisp up and brown.
  • You can make the sauce up to a couple of days before and store it in the refrigerator for an easy dinner later in the week.
  • The shrimp are best served fresh and do not store well. They will get soggy, especially if the sauce is added. So only make as much as you plan to eat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4 servings

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 288mgSodium: 1492mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

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2 Comments

  • Rachel
    November 9, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    I don’t have an actual air fryer but I do have the air fryer setting for my oven. Would I be able to use that instead?

    Reply
    • Ellen
      November 10, 2021 at 11:49 am

      I have not tried these in the oven air fryer but I think it’ll work. Please let us know 🙂

      Reply

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