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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe


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This Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp with a creamy spicy chili sauce makes a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a delicious meal.

Bang Bang Shrimp is the most popular item at Bonefish Grill and for good reason! Crispy, flavorful shrimp kicked up a notch with a sensational sauce — these bite-sized morsels are perfection.

The authentic Bonefish Grill version contains 780 calories and 61 grams of fat. The most troublesome nutrition stat from this dish is that it contains 11 grams of saturated fat.

By making Bang Bang Shrimp in an air fryer, we can slash several dozen calories and reduce the saturated fat substantially.

Bang Bang Shrimp in a white bowl with more shrimp and an air fryer in the background

This is an easy recipe that doesn’t require special skills (if it did, you wouldn’t find it on this site!). You won’t believe how simple it is to make this copycat version of Bonefish Grill’s bang bang shrimp!

Why is it called Bang Bang Shrimp?

The story behind this name is actually pretty interesting since it’s a pretty thin line that leads us from the origin to the modern dish.

The term “bang bang” was initially used in connection with chicken. Specifically, it is a Szechuan dish that is prepared by beating the chicken with a wooden baton to tenderize it. “Bàng” is the Chinese word for baton.

Bang Bang chicken is served with a sweet and spicy sauce. And that is how we make the jump to Bang Bang Shrimp even though we don’t beat the shrimp with a baton.

To add to the confusion, at Bonefish Grill, they use a sweet Thai chili sauce in their signature Bang Bang sauce which leads many people to believe Bang Bang Shrimp is a Thai recipe.

Oh, and some people also call this dish “Boom Boom Shrimp” instead. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious!

Bang Bang Shrimp on a white plate with more shrimp, a bowl of rice and an air fryer in the background

Ingredients for Bang Bang Shrimp

One of the best things about this recipe is that it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. All you’ll need are:

ingredients needed to make air fryer bang bang shrimp

Substitutions

Bang Bang Sauce: The first three ingredients are for homemade bang bang sauce. You may be able to find pre-made bang bang sauce like this one at your local grocery store.

You can also use Boom Boom sauce. If you don’t want your shrimp to be spicy, you can substitute Yum Yum sauce instead.

And it’s just a coincidence that all these sauce names repeat themselves, I swear.

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce: If you don’t have Thai chili sauce, you can double the sriracha and combine it with a tablespoon of honey.

Sriracha: Although sriracha is a hot sauce, you can’t simply swap in Tabasco or Cholula. You’re better off subbing in a chili paste or sprinkling in crushed red chili or ground cayenne to kick up the heat.

Panko Bread Crumbs: Panko works best in this recipe to give you a nice crispy but light crust on the shrimp. In a pinch, you can use regular bread crumbs. For a keto or low-carb version, use pork rind crumbs instead.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

  • Air fryer: We’ll be air frying the shrimp to avoid deep frying so we can cut the calories and fat but keep all the crunch and flavor
  • 2 small mixing bowls: One for the sauce and another for the egg
  • 2 shallow dishes: For the cornstarch and panko
  • Dipping sauce bowls: To portion out sauce for each person without worrying about double dippers
  • Chopsticks: Not necessary at all but may slow down your eating so you don’t down the whole plate in a few minutes!

How to Make Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

This recipe is pretty straightforward. We just coat the shrimp, air fry them and serve them with the sauce.

I’ve broken the process down step-by-step below just in case you want to check your home version against mine as you cook.

Step 1: Prepare the sauce

Even though we won’t use the sauce until we serve, we’re going to prepare it first to give the flavors time to combine.

Just add the mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and sriracha to a small bowl and stir together until well blended.

sauce and a spatula in a glass bowl next to two emptied out bowls

Step 2: Coat the shrimp

Next, you’ll prepare the shrimp. You’ll need one pound of peeled, deveined shrimp.

Add the eggs to a small bowl and whisk together. In a separate, shallow bowl, add the cornstarch. And in another shallow dish add the panko.

shrimp, cornstarch, panko and eggs in dishes

Take each shrimp and coat it first in cornstarch. You want a nice, even coat on each shrimp.

a bowl of shrimp, cornstarch in a glass dish, shrimp coated in cornstarch on a plate

Then, dip each cornstarch-coated shrimp in the beaten egg and then in the panko breadcrumbs.

shrimp being dipped in egg, panko crumbs and cornstarch, and placed in an air fryer

Step 3: Air fry

Once all the shrimp are coated, it’s time to air fry! Place the breaded shrimp in a single layer inside the air fryer basket and spray with cooking oil.

Make sure the shrimp aren’t overlapping. We want the air to flow around each piece to cook them evenly so we get perfectly crispy shrimp. If you have a small air fryer, you may need to cook in batches.

coated shrimp in an air fryer

Cook at 400°F for 5 minutes. Then, flip the shrimp over, spray with cooking oil, and cook for another 5 minutes.

They should be a nice golden brown when they’re ready.

shrimp cooked in an air fryer

Step 4: Finish and Serve

Place the shrimp on a plate and drizzle with spicy bang bang sauce. For added color, sprinkle the shrimp with fresh chopped parsley or green onions.

a closeup of Bang Bang Shrimp on a white plate with more shrimp, a bowl of rice in the background

If you’re preparing Bang Bang Shrimp as a meal, you can stuff them inside a flour or whole wheat tortilla for shrimp tacos. This is my favorite way to eat them. Just top with a broccoli slaw (broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage).

Or, serve them in a bowl over rice (or cauliflower rice if you’re watching carbs) for a simple, easy one-bowl meal.

a closeup of Bang Bang Shrimp in a white bowl with more shrimp and an air fryer in the background

Tips & Tricks

  • Breading: Minimize the mess by using one hand for the egg and the other for the cornstarch and panko. Coat the shrimp in cornstarch first, then use the “dry” hand to drop it into the egg. Use the “wet” hand to coat it in egg and drop it into the panko. Use the dry hand to scoop panko over the shrimp, then coat it completely.
  • Sauce: Drizzle the sauce over the shrimp rather than tossing the shrimp in the sauce to prevent the breading from falling off. If you want more sauce, serve the sauce on the side to dip the shrimp in as you eat.
  • Spice Level: Bang Bang Shrimp is best when you strike the right balance between sweet and spicy but that perfection point is different for each of us. Change the proportion of sweet chili sauce to sriracha to achieve your ideal balance. If you like spicy food, use more sriracha. To tone it down so the whole family can enjoy it, use more chili sauce.

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 444 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley optional (for garnish)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce and sriracha. Stir until well blended.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs and set aside. Place cornstarch in a shallow dish. In a separate shallow dish, add panko crumbs.
  • Dip the shrimp in cornstarch first, then egg wash and finally, in the panko.
  • Place shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook at 400°F for 5 minutes. Flip shrimp over and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from air fryer and drizzle bang bang sauce over shrimp. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 27gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 379mgSodium: 1319mgPotassium: 158mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 311IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 196mgIron: 3mg
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Bang Bang Shrimp on a white plate with more shrimp, a bowl of rice and an air fryer in the background with title text reading Made in the Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

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