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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp


Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is one of my favorite ways to make crispy shrimp, then drizzle it with a homemade bang bang sauce. This makes for a fantastic appetizer or weeknight dinner to serve up the family.

fork with a shrimp dipping in sauce

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Making bang bang shrimp in the air fryer is a healthier alternative to deep-frying shrimp. This popular appetizer from the Bonefish Grill restaurant is always a hit in my house and is often one of our favorite main courses too.

We love making Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos on a busy weeknight.

This recipe is similar to Bonefish Grill’s bang bang shrimp!

Some might call this a boom boom shrimp. But, for me boom boom sauce is slightly different than a bang bang sauce because it has mustard in it giving it a more tangy taste.

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Ingredients Needed

Shrimp – Use fresh or raw shrimp that have been peeled and deveined. You can choose to leave the tail on if you want.

Corn starch – this will make a super crispy coating! Rice flour is a great substitute.

Milk – I like whole milk but feel free to use your milk alternative.

Panko – This makes it crunchy. Substitute regular bread crumbs if needed.

Bang Bang sauce Perfect for dipping!

What size Shrimp to use

How many shrimp you will get with this recipe depends on the size of the shrimp you use.

Shrimp come labeled with some numbers (16-20, 21-25, etc). This is how many shrimp (average) that are in a pound.

So 21-25 shrimp (which is what I use for this recipe) means that there are 21-25 shrimp per pound.

You can use larger or smaller shrimp but it will affect your cooking times.

For this bang bang shrimp recipe, I recommend using shrimp that has been peeled and deveined.

If you want, you can leave the tails on which I like for dipping.

If you are planning on tossing the shrimp in the bang bang sauce, I recommend taking the tails off so people won’t eat them on accident.

This can post a choking hazard.

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How to make Bang Bang Shrimp

First: Start by removing the tails and devein the shrimp. In multiple small separate bowl add your cornstarch, milk, and panko crumbs.

Second: One shrimp at a time, coat the shrimp in cornstarch, then milk, then roll in panko.

Third: Air fry for 5 minutes, flip, and continue to cook until the shrimp is done. Once done remove and serve with bang bang sauce.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

How long do you cook shrimp in the air fryer?

You will cook your shrimp for around 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp.

If you use smaller shrimp the cook time might be shorter. And it will be longer for larger pieces of shrimp.

shrimp and sauce on a plate

What to serve with Bang Bang Shrimp

Not sure how to serve bang bang shrimp? Drizzle with your spicy sauce and serve up as an appetizer or serve on a bed of white rice.

This battered and air fried shrimp is full of flavor and can be paired so many ways.

How to Store and Reheat

This shrimp is best served warm, as with any battered shrimp it will soften up a bit and not keep the same texture. If you have leftovers just store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a couple of days. 

To reheat you can toss in the microwave for a quick reheat. Or toss in the air fryer for a crispier texture to just reheat and then pair with your dipping sauce and enjoy.

fork and shrimp dipping in bowl

What if I don’t have panko for breading?

If you don’t have panko you can reach for regular bread crumbs to replace the panko.

It won’t create a crunchy shrimp crust as panko but it will still give this air fryer shrimp incredible texture. 

Just make sure to not use Italian breadcrumbs, as you do not want the seasoning in the breadcrumbs.

You can also use gluten free panko. It’s made with rice flour and it makes them just as crispy.

I did find that the crumbs were larger than traditional panko so I just crushed them a little smaller before breading the shrimp.

If you prefer some extra seasoning in the coating, sprinkle in a little garlic powder and onion powder.

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to leave room between each piece of shrimp to allow an even cook on all the shrimp. If it touches it will not get a crispy texture like you want. 
  • Pat the fresh shrimp dry before rolling in the cornstarch, to help allow the cornstarch to stick.
  • Spray with cooking spray to make the color a deep golden brown.
  • Letting the shrimp set for a few minutes after breading will help the breading stick to the shrimp better.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees before starting. Some will have a preheat time if you just start it and then start the cooking time so make sure you preheat BEFORE you put the shrimp in or you will have overcooked shrimp.
  • When air frying in batches, place the cooked shrimp on paper towel while air frying the rest of the shrimp. This will help them stay crunchy!
  • If you are wanting to season with salt and pepper, do it right after they come out of the air fryer. The seasoning will stick better.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions for a pop of color.
  • Make a quick copycat recipe of the bang bang sauce by combining thai sweet chili sauce and mayo.

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This copycat Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp recipe is a delicious appetizer and one of my family’s favorite recipes.

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is one of my favorite ways to make crispy breaded tender shrimp, then drizzled with a homemade bang bang sauce.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Easy Finger Foods
Cuisine: American/ Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 365kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds shrimp I used 21-25 size
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • cooking oil spray for spraying in air fryer
  • Parsley for garnish optional
  • 1 cup bang bang sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Make sure shrimp are peeled, deveined, and tails removed.
  • Place the cornstarch, milk, and panko in separate bowls for the breading process.
  • One at a time, coat the shrimp in cornstarch, then dip in milk, then roll in panko to coat.
  • Place on a baking sheet or large plate while you continue coating the shrimp.
  • When all the shrimp are coated, preheat your air fryer to 400F.
  • Place the shrimp in a single layer (do not crowd the basket so cook in multiple batches if you need to).
  • Spray lightly with oil.
  • Air fry for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the shrimp over and respray with oil. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes until the shrimp is crispy and golden brown.
  • Remove from the basket and continue cooking until all the shrimp are air fried.
  • Serve with bang bang sauce.

Notes

  • Make sure to leave room between each piece of shrimp to allow an even cook on all the shrimp. If it touches it will not get a crispy texture like you want. 
  • Pat the fresh shrimp dry before rolling in the cornstarch, to help allow the cornstarch to stick.
  • Spray with cooking spray to make the color a deep golden brown.
  • Letting the shrimp set for a few minutes after breading will help the breading stick to the shrimp better.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees before starting. Some will have a preheat time if you just start it and then start the cooking time so make sure you preheat BEFORE you put the shrimp in or you will have overcooked shrimp.
  • When air frying in batches, place the cooked shrimp on paper towel while air frying the rest of the shrimp. This will help them stay crunchy!
  • If you are wanting to season with salt and pepper, do it right after they come out of the air fryer. The seasoning will stick better.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions for a pop of color.
  • Make a quick copycat recipe of the bang bang sauce by combining thai sweet chili sauce and mayo.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 322mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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