No need to eat out tonight, we’re making Bang Bang Shrimp at home in the air fryer! This is our take on Bonefish Grill’s most popular appetizer, featuring crispy shrimp in a sweet and spicy sauce that will keep you coming back for seconds!
All of us hardcore air fryer fans have tried making shrimp in our air fryer. We love it right? Every shrimp recipe we have tried has turned out great from air fryer! We have made super duper easy recipes like air fryer frozen shrimp and air fryer shrimp fajitas, to just plain simple air fryer coconut shrimp and maple bourbon glazed shrimp.
I guess you could say we are kind of fanatics when it comes to air frying shrimp.
But trust me, there are all great! If you loved one of them, you will have to try the rest.
But let’s talk about this Bang Bang Shrimp! It’s the most addictive appetizer on the Bonefish Grill menu – super popular and tasty enough that you should consider ordering 2 servings, because you’ll want plenty to go around.
Or you can just our air fryer bang bang shrimp at home! 😉
The shrimp cooks up nice and crispy and then gets drizzled with a sweet, creamy, spicy sauce that is really the star of the show. It takes fried shrimp to the next level and everyone who tries it just loves it!
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Shrimp– 1 pound large raw shrimp, thawed, deveined, tails and shell removed. You an use any size shrimp you prefer – just adjust the cook time as needed.
Breading – You will need a couple of eggs, flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, and panko bread crumbs.
Bang Bang Sauce– This is really easy with mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, and sriracha. We recommend this brand of Thai sweet chili sauce.
How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp in the Air Fryer:
Prepare to bread the shrimp– Grab three shallow dishes that you can dip your shrimp into. The first dish needs flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. For the second dish, you need to crack two eggs and beat them until consistent as you would for scrambled eggs. For the final dish, add in your Panko bread crumbs.
Bread the shrimp– Dip each shrimp, one at a time into the flour dish, then egg, and finally the panko. When you get to the panko press the shrimp firmly into the panko to be sure it sticks well to the shrimp.
Cook the shrimp– Spritz or brush oil onto the air fryer basket then add your shrimp in a single layer, not letting them touch. Spritz the shrimp with oil spray also. Air fry for 10 minutes at 385 degrees F.
Make the sauce for the shrimp– Whisk together some mayo, chili sauce, and sriracha until it is smooth. It is now ready for dipping!
Serve – We like to serve our Bang Bang Shrimp as an appetizer, just like at Bonefish Grill. Make a bed of lettuce, pile on the shrimp, and drizzle with as much of the bang bang sauce as you like.
Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce:
Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce is a super simple sauce that consists of just three ingredients: mayo, Thai sweet chili sauce, and sriracha.
The sauce is sweet and creamy with a bit of spice. You can easily make this sauce more spicy by adding extra sriracha.
Bang Bang Sauce is also tasty as a dip for fried shrimp or chicken strips!
I am not sure if this name came from Thailand or the Bonefish Grill, but in America, it was certainly popularized by the Bonefish Grill. The name comes from the double spice, or double “bang” of Sriracha and Thai chili sauce.
If you are serving this as a main course we recommend rice or a light pasta. You could also serve with French fries or a roasted veggie as those go with just about everything.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions:
To quickly thaw frozen shrimp, add shrimp to a ziptop bag, remove as much air as possible, seal, and place the bag in a large bowl of cool water. It will take about 20 minutes for the shrimp to thaw.
To make life even easier, start with a box of frozen breaded shrimp and air fryer until cooked through and crispy. Add the sauce and dig in!
For the bang bang sauce, you can make it spicier by adding more sriracha to suit your tastes.
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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe
For the shrimp:
- 1 pound large raw shrimp thawed, deveined, tails and shell removed
- ½ cup flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
For the Bang Bang sauce:
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
- ½ teaspoon sriracha more to taste
To make the shrimp:
- Add the flour, cornstarch, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt to a shallow dish and whisk to combine.
- Add the eggs to a second dish and the panko to a third dish.
- Dip each shrimp, one by one, into the flour mixture, then the egg, and finally the panko. Press the shrimp into the panko to coat.
- Place shrimp in an oiled air fryer basket and spritz liberally with oil spray.
- Air fry at 385 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
To make the sauce:
- Whisk together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, and sriracha until smooth.
- Taste and add additional sriracha, if desired, for more spice.
- Drizzle the sauce over the shrimp and serve.