This Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp recipe lightens up traditional Bang bang Shrimp because you don’t have to fry anything…but you still get the delicious, creamy sauce.
Lately, I’ve been making fried foods that I love in my air fryer. I recently shared my recipe for Bang Bang Shrimp, so I decided that air fryer Bang Bang Shrimp was next on my list.
Lighter Fried Shrimp
I’m not big on fried foods, but there are some restaurant style classics that I love to make at home. They’re generally not the healthiest. That’s why I love making Bang Bang Shrimp in the air fryer, no oil, just hot, circulating heat to crisp the lightly battered shrimp.
I always have a bag of frozen shrimp on hand, and I thaw it out when I’m in the mood for seafood. I’ve been making shrimp in my air fryer and I usually serve it over rice, a salad, whatever. But on a Friday when I have company and I don’t want to turn the oven on, this is my new go-to for shrimp.
Making Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp
I take peeled shrimp, with the tails on, and let it soak in buttermilk for a few minutes before coating them in cornstarch. This is what gives that light coating. The shrimp go directly in the air fryer and they cook for about 5 minutes.
Once they’re done, and while they’re still hot, they get coated in the Bang Bang sauce – which is really just mayonnaise, chili sauce, sriracha, and honey. I usually have those ingredients laying around in the pantry.
It all comes together in 20 minutes, and you’ve got a restaurant-style appetizer at home (without the mess).Print
This Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp recipe lightens up traditional Bang bang Shrimp because you don’t have to fry anything… but you still get the delicious, creamy sauce.
Garnish with chopped green onions.
- ¼ cup sweet Thai chili sauce
- 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp. Sriracha
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 lb. raw shrimp, shelled and deveined (41/50 count)
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. pepper
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- In a small bowl, combine the chili sauce, mayonnaise, Sriracha, and honey. Whisk until fully combined. Set aside.
- Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Pour the buttermilk over the shrimp and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Place the cornstarch in a zip top bag.
- Remove the shrimp from the buttermilk, shaking off any excess and place in bag with cornstarch. Shake to coat.
- Place the shrimp in the tray of the air fryer in a single layer.
- Turn the temperature to 400°F and slide the tray in. Cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and place them in a bowl. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and toss to coat.
- Serve in butter lettuce cups with green onions.