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

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 shrimp patties and 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 Avocado Side Salad or Easy Fried Rice.


Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

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


Greasing air fryer with oil before baking.

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.

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce.


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


Shrimp tossed in corn starch.


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.


Shrimp tossed in bread crumbs.


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.


Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe.

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

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp in a Skillet


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 like Air Fryer French Fries and Spinach Artichoke Dip with veggies. You could even replace the shrimp and make this recipe with chicken for a more hearty appetizer.


Make it a main dish and use the bang bang shrimp in Homemade Sushi for a fun and crunchy twist or add it as a topping on Shrimp Avocado Salad with 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:

Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

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. 
4.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Coarse, Seafood
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 537 kcal



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


  • 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.
    Greasing air fryer with oil before baking.
  • Working in batches, coat shrimp in cornstarch, after dip it in buttermilk and finally toss shrimp in bread crumbs.
    How to make bang bang shrimp?
  • 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.
    Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe.
  • Drizzle bang bang sauce over the shrimp and garnish it with greens of your choice like parsley or cilantro. Enjoy!
    Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe



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!
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Serving: 1gCalories: 537kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 27gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 301mgSodium: 1375mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 68IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 226mgIron: 3mg
Keyword air fryer, shrimp
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Bang Bang Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

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

  5. 5 stars
    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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  7. What does it mean to cover ?

  8. Can I use a different type of milk beside buttermilk?

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  10. Do I have to use Jumbo Shrimp?

  11. Elizabeth M Brooks

    Can you use cooked shrimp? That’s what I have at home.

  12. What does it mean to cover shrimp before cooking. Does that mean with foil


  14. 5 stars
    I’m not a fan of shrimp (it’s a texture thing), but the rest of my family LOVES it. I got an air fryer for Christmas and thought this would be a perfect recipe to try out on them. I used extra large instead of jumbo shrimp and they loved it!! They were ranting and raving about the sauce. I’ll definitely make it again for them.

  15. Can you use frozen shrimp or must it be thawed?

  16. Did you use uncooked shrimp or precooked shrimp ?

  17. What is the batter Made for 1 pound or 2 pounds of shrimp since it said one-two pounds of shrimp?

  18. Are the nutrition facts for 1 serving or 4? Seems high for one serving

  19. 5 stars
    This was fantastic!! Pain in the but coating shrimp but so worth the effort. The sauce was great too and we also added just a touch more sriracha for a little more of a kick. Loved this and will definitely make again!

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  21. Hello, i was wondering if i could use a dairy free milk instead of butter milk with this recipe? This sounds delicious (:

    • Hi Megan, that’s a great questions, I never tried using dairy free milk instead of buttermilk, but if I had to try it I would use dairy free milk and 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice. Hope this helps!

  22. Janet Bradley

    5 stars
    Soooooo want to try this recipe. I have. NF Grill. Do you think I could cook it in that.

    Thanks, Janet

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  24. I have the Instant Pot Vortex 7-in-1. When you say “cover” the shrimp, are you referring to foil?

  25. What temperature did you set the ninja air fryer to?

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