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A pile of air fryer panko shrimp with bang bang sauce.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

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Created by Mariam E.
This incredible bang-bang shrimp air fryer recipe is the perfect appetizer or main dish. Crispy, crunchy air fryer panko shrimp is fried to golden perfection with just a spritz of oil then drizzled with a creamy and spicy sauce for bang bang shrimp.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Thai
Servings 4 servings


For Shrimp

  • 1 lb medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¾ tsp Salt to taste

For Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Fresh parsley to serve


  • Pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel and keep it aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch, salt and paprika. Mix it well.
  • Coat the shrimp in cornstarch mixture first, then dip it in buttermilk and finally dredge in the panko breadcrumbs until well coated and keep it in a parchment paper. Repeat the same with the remaining shrimp.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.
  • Arrange the shrimp single layer on the basket and air fry for 5 minutes, flip to the other side, and air fry further for 5 more minutes until shrimp turns crispy and golden.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the bang bang sauce by combining mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, sriracha sauce and honey in a bowl until well combined.
  • Drizzle the bang bang sauce over the shrimp and garnish with chopped parsley and serve.


  • If using frozen shrimp be sure to defrost them completely.
  • Dry the shrimp well before beginning the coating process. 
  • Use one hand for wet ingredients and one hand for dry when coating the shrimp.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. The shrimp will get crispier if they don’t overlap.
  • Cook the air fryer panko shrimp in batches if necessary. 
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp. 
  • Make a double batch of the sauce for bang bang shrimp or make it in advance. It will keep in the fridge for a week.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 996mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 307IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg
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