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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is crispy shrimp smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce. Bang bang shrimp packs a nice punch of heat in every bite of this air fryer seafood recipe.

Bang Bang shrimp on plate

This shrimp recipe is so easy to make in your air fryer. If you are a fan of shrimp, here is a great way to try out something new.  If you like Bang Bang Shrimp you will love Instant Pot Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta Or even Cajun Shrimp Boil in the Instant pot. So, Skip takeout and make your own bang bang shrimp at home without all the deep frying.

close up of bang bang shrimp

Ingredients to get started

ingredients for air fryer shrimp

Shrimp Breading:

  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • corn starch
  • buttermilk
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • Chives for garnish (optional)

Bang Bang Sauce:

  • mayonnaise
  • sriracha sauce
  • sweet chili sauce
  • honey
  • Juice from ½ a lime

How to make bang bang Air Fryer shrimp:

  • In a mixing bowl, add all the bang bang sauce ingredients and whisk until everything is combined. Set aside.
Mix bang bang sauce ingredients
  • Preheat air fryer to 375℉ and coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray
  • Bread the shrimp, first in cornstarch, then buttermilk and finally in the panko.
  • Work in batches.

  • Add the shrimp to the airfryer basket, fry the shrimp making sure the shrimp are not touching each other.
  • Spray the shrimp with some cooking spray and cook for 5 minutes.
place shrimp in air fryer basket
  • Remove shrimp from the airfryer basket and place in a mixing bowl. Repeat with the rest of the shrimp.
  • Toss the Shrimp with ½ of the bang bang sauce, leaving the other half to drizzle on more later.
  • Plate shrimp and garnish with fresh chives or green onions.
dip shrimp in dipping sauce

Chef Tips & Tricks

  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Devein shrimp before cooking.
  • Save half of the sauce for dipping.

How To Devein Shrimp 

  1. Remove shell-on shrimp and feel free to remove the tail as well. 
  2. Start by taking a sharp knife and making a slit in the back of the shrimp where you see the black/dark vein. This will expose the vein. 
  3. Then with a toothpick or skewer – stick it under a piece of the vein and gently pull up.  
  4. Normally the whole vein will come right out.
  5. Once cleaned you can toss in a bowl with cold water to rinse the shrimp before prepping for the recipe. 

By taking the time to clean your shrimp you will find it is worth it. 

Shrimp on fork in front of air fryer

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Bang Bang Shrimp Spicy

This is a sweet and spicy shrimp. You can adjust the heat you like by adding more sriracha or red chili flakes.

How to Store Leftover Bang Bang Shrimp

If you have leftover shrimp you will want to place in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. This shrimp will last 2-3 days. 

How To Reheat

To reheat you can warm up in the microwave or oven toss it in the oven for a quick reheat. The one thing about shrimp being reheated is you can tend to overcook it and the shrimp becomes rubbery. 

What To Serve With Bang Bang Shrimp

  • Fried Rice
  • Plain rice
  • Serve over a bed of kale for a salad
  • Steamed or any other roasted veggies on the side
  • Lo Mein or another type of noodles

You can really pick and choose whatever you want but this dish is exceptional however you pair it.

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is crispy shrimp smothered in a sweet and spicy sauce. Bang bang shrimp packs a nice punch of heat in every bite of this air fryer seafood recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • Chives for garnish (optional)

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice from ½ a lime

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the bang bang sauce ingredients and whisk until everything is combined. Set aside.Mix bang bang sauce ingredients
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 375℉ and coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray
  3. Bread the shrimp, first in cornstarch, then buttermilk, and finally in the panko. Work in batches.last dip shrimp in panko
  4. Add the shrimp to the air fryer basket, making sure the shrimp are not touching each other. place shrimp in air fryer basket
  5. Spray the shrimp with some cooking spray and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove shrimp from the air fryer basket and place in a mixing bowl. Repeat with the rest of the shrimp.Remove from air fryer
  7. Toss the Shrimp with ½ of the bang bang sauce, leaving the other half to drizzle on more later. Plate shrimp and garnish with fresh chives.

Notes

You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it for later for up to 7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 559mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 8g

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Carolyn

Saturday 6th of March 2021

I cannot find bang bang sauce where I live. Can I make the sauce from your Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta and use that as a substitute?

Carolyn

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

What size shrimp do you recommend?

(I have enjoyed your bang bang shrimp pasta and am looking forward to trying this!)

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