20-Minute Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe (Video) (2024)

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20-Minute Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer – Air fried jumbo shrimp is tossed in a crispy breading to make this easy 20-minute recipe. Finished with a homemade bang bang sauce, this is a great appetizer or main protein that’s impossible to resist!

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I love using my air fryer for quick recipes like spicy shrimp patties and air fryer chicken wings because it always saves me so much time. Quick, easy, and crunchy, this Bang Bang Shrimp is no different! Shrimp always cooks quickly no matter the method, so frying it in the air fryer means it’s going to be ready to eat in a flash!

This flavorful and spicy easy shrimp recipe is crisped up perfectly before being covered in a creamy homemade bang bang sauce. Each bite has plenty of crunch and just enough spice to give it a much-needed kick. Serve it as a fun appetizer on game day or as a main dish with an Quinoa Salad, Avocado Side Salad or Easy Fried Rice.

What is Bang Bang Shrimp?

Bang bang shrimp was made popular at the Bonefish Grill restaurant in the US. It’s a crispy fried shrimp appetizer that’s coated in a creamy and spicy sauce made from Thai chilis. Since the Thai chilis give your whole mouth a “bang” from the heat, the sauce was aptly named bang bang sauce!

Traditionally served as an appetizer, bang bang shrimp can also be served over rice, pasta, or even a bed of greens. This recipe is even better made at home from scratch!

Bang Bang Shrimp Ingredients

The ingredients in bang bang shrimp are fairly simple. The shrimp is coated in a panko and cornstarch breading to give it a crunch and dipped in a homemade bang bang sauce. Everything you need to make air fryer shrimp at home can easily be found at any major grocery store:

  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Buttermilk
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Cornstarch
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Sweet chili sauce
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How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp in the Air Fryer?

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer and spray a bit of cooking oil on the bottom of the basket.

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Step 2: Make the sauce by whisking the mayo, sriracha, and chili sauce together until fully combined. Set aside.

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Step 3: Coat the shrimp by dredging it in cornstarch first, then buttermilk, and finish in the Panko breadcrumbs. This is easier when you work in batches.

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Step 4: Place the breaded shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 5 minutes, flip, and cook for another 5 minutes.

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Step 5:Remove from the air fryer, drizzle with bang bang sauce, and top with fresh parsley or cilantro.

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How to MakeBang Bang Shrimpin aSkillet

Step 1:Make the bang bang sauce and coat the shrimp in breadcrumbs as instructed.

Step 2:Preheat a nonstick skillet with some oil on medium/high heat.

Step 3:When the oil is hot, cook the coated shrimp in the skillet for a few minutes on each side. Plate the cooked shrimp and add a drizzle of the bang bang sauce on top.

Serving Suggestions

My bang bang shrimp air fryer recipe is the perfect party or game day snack. Serve a batch next to more fun party snacks likeAir Fryer French FriesandSpinach Artichoke Dipwith veggies. You could even replace the shrimp and make this recipe withbang bang chickenfor a more hearty appetizer.

Make it a main dish and use the bang bang shrimp inHomemade Shrimp Tempura Rollfor a fun and crunchy twist or add it as a topping onShrimp Avocado Saladwith quinoa.

More Air Fryer Recipes to Try

If you love making this easy shrimp recipe in your air fryer, you’ll want to give these extra crunchy air fryer recipes a try as well:

  • Spicy Shrimp Patties
  • Lobster Tails with Garlic Butter
  • Chicken Wings with Garlic Marinade
  • Whole Chicken Recipe

Q. Do YOU like this Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe?

Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

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When YOU make this Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe tag us on Instagram@MunchkinTimeBlog we would love to see your creation!

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Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

Love Keil

Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer –Bang Bang Shrimp recipe cooked in Air Fryer with a little bit of oil and served with an amazing bang bang shrimp sauce.

4.67 from 9 votes

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Course Main Coarse, Seafood

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Calories 537 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Bang Bang Sauce

Bang Bang Shrimp Batter

  • 1-2 lb jumbo shrimp shell off and deveined
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch *NOT FLOUR
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon parsley or cilantro finely chopped, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil for brushing air fryer pan and shrimp

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add sauce ingredietns and whisk until everything is combined. Set aside.

    Next, preheat AIR FRYER (this is the one I have and love using!) to 400F. Grease air fryer pan with a little bit of oil of your choice, I like to use avocado oil.

  • Working in batches, coat shrimp in cornstarch, after dip it in buttermilk and finally toss shrimp in bread crumbs.

  • Add shrimp to the air fryer pan (make sure shrimp is not touching each other), then cover and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, flip shrimp on the other side and brush or spray a little bit of oil on the top, cover and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked thru and has crispy texture.

  • Drizzle bang bang sauce over the shrimp and garnish it with greens of your choice like parsley or cilantro. Enjoy!

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Notes

How to make Bang Bang Shrimp in the Skillet?

After step #3, preheat a nonstick skillet on medium/high heat and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of oil into the skillet.

Once the oil gets hot, add coated shrimp & cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until shrimp is cooked thru. Drizzle the sauce of the shrimp. Enjoy!

When YOU make this Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe tag us on Instagram@MunchkinTimeBlog we would love to see your creation!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 27gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 301mgSodium: 1375mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 3mg

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65 Comments

  1. 20-Minute Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe (Video) (10)

    Wow, this recipe looks amazing! I love that it’s so quick and easy to make in the air fryer. Can’t wait to try it out and impress my friends with these delicious shrimp dishes. Thanks for sharing! 🦐🍗

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      Munchkin Time

      February 23, 2024 at 4:39 AM ·Reply

      Thank you! Can’t wait for you to try it!

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    Heather

    February 5, 2023 at 9:27 PM ·Reply

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    This is a fantastic recipe! I did not have buttermilk handy (plus hubby is lactose intolerant) so I mixed up some lactose free sour cream, milk and fresh lime juice with a couple cranks of sea salt to get close to the texture/flavor. Worked great. I added a couple cranks of salt to the corn starch and panko as well. Seven min at 400 for 21-24 count shrimp was perfect for us. The shrimp was perfectly cooked inside, golden brown and crispy on the outside. My husband INHALED his shrimp which never happens and then was looking like he wanted to tussle for the last one! The only change I would make next time is to either leave the mayo out entirely for maximum heat or add it a tablespoon at a time until it hits the right spicy/creamy note. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Munchkin Time

      February 7, 2023 at 1:27 PM ·Reply

      Thank you, Heather for sharing this awesome recipe review!

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    Rita

    October 10, 2022 at 1:53 PM ·Reply

    The Bang Bang Shrimp recipe sounds delicious. I will be trying it soon.

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      Munchkin Time

      October 12, 2022 at 5:26 AM ·Reply

      Thank you Rita! SO happy to hear this!

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    Jenny

    September 26, 2022 at 4:51 AM ·Reply

    Are the shrimp frozen or thawed?

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      Munchkin Time

      September 26, 2022 at 4:14 PM ·Reply

      Hi Jenny, the shrimp were thawed!

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    Lala

    September 14, 2022 at 4:26 AM ·Reply

    Fresh or leave shrimps frozen?
    Looks delicious.

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      Munchkin Time

      April 11, 2023 at 10:20 AM ·Reply

      Fresh raw shrimp.

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    Ande

    September 2, 2022 at 2:43 PM ·Reply

    Hi. Thanks for the recipe post. Have you or know of anyone who has used arrowroot instead of cornstarch?

    Thanks!

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      Munchkin Time

      April 11, 2023 at 10:24 AM ·Reply

      Hi Ande! I am sorry but I don’t know anyone who use arrowroot instead of cornstarch.

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      Beth

      December 2, 2023 at 11:41 AM ·Reply

      Did you try it with arrowroot? I’m gluten free and was wondering. Thank you

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        Munchkin Time

        December 4, 2023 at 9:13 AM

        Hi Beth! I haven’t tried it with arrowroot, if you use it I would love to know if you liked it. Thank you!

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    Tricia

    August 9, 2022 at 6:20 AM ·Reply

    Do you use raw shrimp or shrimp that’s already precooked for this recipe?

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      Munchkin Time

      August 9, 2022 at 8:28 AM ·Reply

      Raw shrimp 🙂

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    Kris larsen

    July 25, 2022 at 2:43 PM ·Reply

    What temperature do you set your air fryer on

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      Munchkin Time

      July 25, 2022 at 4:51 PM ·Reply

      Hi Kris, I set it to 400F.

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    Paulette

    May 16, 2022 at 4:42 PM ·Reply

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    Absolutely fabulous! This was the best shrimp I’ve ever tasted and so easy. Loved the sauce.

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      Munchkin Time

      May 18, 2022 at 10:09 AM ·Reply

      Thank you, Paulette! So happy to hear this!

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    Camryn Froio

    November 1, 2021 at 5:02 PM ·Reply

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    Everything was delicious besides the sauce. Way too much mayo. We added soy sauce and put the shrimp over rice.

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      Munchkin Time

      November 4, 2021 at 8:45 AM ·Reply

      Thank you Camryn!

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    Beth

    August 15, 2021 at 5:30 AM ·Reply

    Looks great! Did you use precooked shrimp?

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      Munchkin Time

      August 15, 2021 at 8:08 AM ·Reply

      Thank you! I used RAW wild-caught shrimp 🦐

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    Emily

    June 15, 2021 at 6:01 AM ·Reply

    Can you use something other than buttermilk?

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      Munchkin Time

      June 16, 2021 at 3:30 PM ·Reply

      You can use milk and a splash of lemon juice.

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    S. Walker

    May 9, 2021 at 6:29 PM ·Reply

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    The air fried shrimp turned out perfectly.

    I didn’t love the sauce. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t quite as flavorful as I’d like. Next time, I’ll add probably as some garlic and smoked paprika.

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      Munchkin Time

      June 9, 2021 at 5:54 PM ·Reply

      Thank you for sharing your recipe review!

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    Carla

    February 21, 2021 at 12:53 PM ·Reply

    Looking forward to making this tonight. Never used a chili sauce before. Is there a brand you recommend?

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      Munchkin Time

      March 25, 2021 at 9:15 PM ·Reply

      I usually use whatever I can find in the store 🙂 hope this helps!

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    Ellie Haley

    February 19, 2021 at 7:36 AM ·Reply

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    I can’t give this one enough stars! The recipe is so easy and SO delicious. I ran out of panko breadcrumbs halfway through breading my shrimp and had to use regular breadcrumbs, both came out so well! Will definitely stay in our dinner rotation!

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      Munchkin Time

      March 25, 2021 at 9:14 PM ·Reply

      Thank you so much, Ellie, for an amazing recipe review! I appreciate it!

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