April 20, 2022

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

These crunchy, crispy air fryer bang bang shrimp are absolutely irresistible and the perfect side, appetizer or even as part of your main dish. The spicy bang bang sauce is TOO good tossed on these shrimp. Seriously, I became so obsessed with this sauce that I had to create this Thai noodle salad with it.

I love using my air fryer for quick recipes because not only is it super efficient (especially for serving one to two people) but it really gets your food crispy. I love using it for seafood, see my coconut shrimp here, or crispy air fryer calamari. But it's also great at making chicken wings, check out these air fryer Mexican inspired wings! It's also super handy for making appetizers, like these adorable crispy chicken taquitos or these jalapeño poppers. If you are on the fence about getting an air fryer, I'd say it's definitely worth it, in my opinion.

air fryer bang bang shrimp


  • Raw shrimp: You'll need 1 pound of large raw shrimp. Frozen shrimp is fine, just be sure to let them fully defrost before making them. To defrost them quickly, place them in a plastic ziploc bag and let them soak in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes or so, making sure to move them around so they can all fully defrost.
  • All purpose flour: feel free to use regular all purpose flour or a gluten free all purpose flour if needed.
  • Egg
  • Panko: I love the texture and crunch from panko. If you need these to be gluten-free, use a gluten-free panko mix.
  • Avocado oil spray: I like avocado oil spray because it's great for higher heat cooking and has a neutral taste. You can use another spray if you like, but be sure to give them a spray as this helps them get extra crispy.
  • Mayonnaise: i like using avocado oil based mayonnaise for this, but any mayo will work.
  • Sriracha
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar

How to Make Crispy Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

This recipe for air fryer bang bang shrimp really couldn't be any easier. Here's what you need to do!

Get your breading station ready

Set up your breading station. Start by, adding your flour and salt to one shallow bowl, the panko to another shallow bowl and then whisk your egg in the third shallow bowl.

Pat the shrimp dry with some paper towel and lightly season with a small pinch of salt.

ingredients in bowls

Preheat your air fryer

Now, preheat your air fryer to 400℉. Preheating it makes sure that your shrimp all cook evenly and quickly.

Coat your shrimp

Use one hand to take your shrimp and dip it in the flour first and shake off any excess flour. Then, using a different hand, dip it in the egg. Use your dry hand to then dip it in the panko mixture.

Press the panko mix into the shrimp to make sure it adheres. This is why it's important to use one hand for dry and one hand for wet, it just keeps things clean and organized. Place the coated shrimp on a plate, while you coat the remaining shrimp.

Time to Air Fry

Spray your air fryer with some avocado oil first. Then add the shrimp to the air fryer compartment. Make sure you leave some space between the shrimp so they aren't all overlapping. Spray the shrimp with avocado oil.

shrimp in air fryer

Set your timer for 5 minutes, then open, and flip them over and spray them again lightly with avocado oil. Continue baking for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, until just golden brown and crunchy.

shrimp crispy in air fryer

How to Make Bang Bang Sauce for your Shrimp

This bang bang sauce isn't traditional, as it doesn't have Thai sweet chili sauce. If you prefer to use that, you can. I don't typically have it on hand and don't always feel like making it myself.

You can also check out my DIY Thai sweet chili sauce over here if you'd like.

Instead, I use sriracha, honey and rice vinegar or lime juice.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sriracha, honey and rice vinegar or lime juice and set that aside.

bang bang sauce in bowl

Time to Assemble

Once all the shrimp are done cooking, place them in a large bowl and toss with the bang bang sauce.

Top with some chopped chives and enjoy immediately!

air fryer bang bang shrimp


Check on them: the beauty of an air fryer is that you can open it up at any time to check on your food. I recommend taking a peek to see how they're cooking to avoid any burning. This goes for any recipe you're making in an air fryer.

Space them out: you want to ensure these air fryer bang bang shrimp get crispy, so try and space them out a bit. Don't layer them, they should all be in one single layer.

Keep the tails on: this makes it easier for dipping, plus it also looks better too!

Use larger shrimp: I recommend using large shrimp for this recipe as they taste the best for this type of recipe.

Pat the shrimp dry: this will help to ensure that your shrimp can adhere to the coating and will get them extra crispy.

Use avocado oil spray: I like avocado oil spray because it's great for higher heat cooking and has a neutral taste. You can use another spray if you like, but be sure to give them a spray as this helps them get extra crispy.

air fryer bang bang shrimp


Storing: air fried bang bang shrimp will last in your fridge (cooked) for up to two days. You can keep the sauce separate and then reheat the shrimp for a few minutes in the air fryer to get them crispy again and toss with the sauce.

Reheating: to reheat cooked air fried shrimp, simply place in your air fryer to heat through. I'd recommend heating around 375℉ for about five minutes, flipping halfway through.

What to serve with it: I love serving these air fryer bang bang shrimp with a nice salad, or veggies.

Which Air Fryer Do I Use and Recommend

I've tried three different air fryers over the years, and my most recent is also my favourite.

It's the Wonder Oven from Our Place. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it, for several reasons.

  • Aesthetically pleasing: as with all Our Place products, the design is unmatched. This means you can leave it out on your countertop and don't need to hide it away in a cluttered drawer.
  • Non-toxic: the trays that come with the Wonder Oven are all non-toxic and made from stainless steel and aluminum with a toxin-free nonstick ceramic coating. This is SO hard to find with other types of air fryers and is the main reason I use it so much.
  • Different cooking modes: this is not just an air fryer, it can air fry, bake, toast, roast, reheat and broil. I also love the steam function for bringing breads back to life.
  • Compact size: I love how small and mighty it is. It won't take up much room on your countertops, something that was so important to me living in a condo with limited countertop space.

The only drawbacks I've noticed while using this is the timer function. It's not digital and can be hard to be precise when using it. So I prefer to just use the timer on my oven or microwave when using it to be sure it's exact. The knob also has to be turned off manually by turning it rather than having an on/off switch.

But honestly, other than those missing features, it's such a great appliance and I do recommend it.

You can check out Our Place Wonder Oven here!

air fryer bang bang shrimp

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Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp

Crunchy, crispy air fryer bang bang shrimp tossed in that signature spicy sauce is the perfect appetizer or side.



  1. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towel and season lightly with a dash of salt.
  2. Pour the flour into one bowl, whisk the egg in a second bowl and pour the panko in a third bowl.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 400℉.
  4. Using clean hands, dunk each shrimp into the flour, followed by the egg and then the panko. Repeat until all shrimp are done.
  5. Place in the air fryer basket and spray with avocado oil. Bake for five minutes, remove and then flip and bake for five to six minutes more, until browned and crispy.
  6. While the shrimp are baking, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, honey and rice vinegar in a bowl.
  7. When all the shrimp are done baking, toss them with the bang bang sauce in a large bowl. Top with chives. Enjoy!


Air fryers can vary from brand to brand, check on the shrimp after four minutes to see how they are cooking.*

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