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Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp is the best, quick and easy, healthy, air-fried seafood recipe with bread crumbs, sweet chili and Sriracha dipping sauce. This post will outline how to fry shrimp in the air fryer. You can even try frozen or grilled shrimp!  Looking to cut the carbs, prepare this dish with no breading.

air fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp on a white plate served with a spicy sweet chili sauce

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This post was originally published in September 2017 and has since been updated.

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Hello Air Fryer BANG BANG Fried Shrimp recipe! Can you tell that I am excited? I am definitely not trying to hide it. I first had bang bang shrimp years ago at Bonefish Grill Restaraunt. I have not been to the restaurant in ages. At the time the shrimp was their most popular appetizer. This still may be the case, I am not sure. 

After whipping up my Air Fryer 3 Ingredient Catfish I couldn’t wait to test out seafood again in the Air Fryer.

The idea for this recipe came to me because I have already prepared chicken and fish in the Air Fryer. I had to add shrimp! Plus, shrimp is very rich in protein. One serving of shrimp for this recipe is about 40 grams of protein and only 1 gram of fat, thanks to air frying. Can you believe that?

Can shrimp be cooked in the air fryer? Absolutely!

raw shrimp and ingredients for bang bang shrimp on a flat surface

What Type of Shrimp to Use

Shrimp can be found at the grocery store in a few different ways. There is raw, pre-cooked, raw and frozen, deveined, tails on, tails off, etc.

I never use pre-cooked shrimp. There is an obvious difference in taste due to the lack of quality. The shrimp is cooked and then frozen and you have to cook it/warm it up again. This usually overcooks the shrimp. Raw shrimp only takes minutes to make, just buy it raw.

Always look for deveined, that’s my preference. The black vein that runs along the back of the shrimp is the digestive intestinal tract. Is this shrimp poop, yes.

You can buy it with the vein and remove it using a sharp paring knife to make a slit along the back and lift out the vein with the tip of the knife.

Buy large shrimp. No one likes those baby shrimp and they are harder to fry.

How to Thaw Frozen Shrimp

Place the frozen shrimp in a large bowl of cold water. The shrimp will thaw within minutes and will be ready to peel.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp

  1. Create a cooking station with all-purpose flour, egg whites, and panko breadcrumbs. Dip each of the shrimp in the flour, egg whites, and then the panko breadcrumbs.
  2. Place the shrimp in the air fryer and spray with cooking oil.
  3. Air fry.
Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

How Long Does it Take to Cook Raw Shrimp?

Raw shrimp doesn’t take long to cook in the air fryer. I recommend frying for 8 minutes. Monitor and adjust to your liking.

Air Fryer Temperature

I like to fry the shrimp at 400 degrees.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

How Long to Cook Frozen Shrimp

Frozen shrimp in air fryer is pretty easy! For raw, frozen shrimp, cook the shrimp for 10 minutes on 360 degrees. And then another 5 minutes on 400 degrees or until crisp. Add seasoning once the shrimp is no longer frozen, but before it becomes crisp.

For frozen breaded shrimp, cook the shrimp 16 minutes on 330 degrees.

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ingredients for bang bang sauce in a bowl
air fryer bang bang sauce

How to Fry Shrimp with No Breading

Simply omit the panko breadcrumbs in this recipe. The cook time will remain the same.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

Recipe Tips

  • Find the biggest shrimp/prawns that you can! Big shrimp is a major win for this recipe.
  • Bang bang shrimp is a recipe that includes crispy fried shrimp that is usually tossed in a spicy, sweet chili sauce. Instead of tossing the shrimp in the sauce, I decided to create a separate dipping sauce. This will ensure the shrimp remains crunchy for as long as possible.
  • I also added plain, non-fat Greek yogurt to the dipping sauce to substitute. Greek yogurt also provides an additional boost of protein.
  • If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs on hand, standard breadcrumbs will work just fine. 
Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp

Pair this shrimp with Air Fryer French Fries, Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes, or Air Fryer Asparagus.

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air fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp on a white plate served with a spicy sweet chili sauce
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Air Fryer Bang Bang Fried Shrimp

Air Fryer Bang Bang Panko Breaded Fried Shrimp is the best, quick and easy, healthy, air-fried seafood recipe with bread crumbs, sweet chili and Sriracha dipping sauce. This post will outline how to fry shrimp in the air fryer. You can even try frozen or grilled shrimp!  Looking to cut the carbs, prepare this dish with no breading.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer fried shrimp, air fryer seafood, air fryer shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 242kcal

Ingredients

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1/3 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Season the shrimp with the seasonings.
  • Place the flour, egg whites, and panko bread crumbs in three separate bowls.
  • Create a cooking station. Dip the shrimp in the flour, then the egg whites, and the panko bread crumbs last.
  • When dipping the shrimp in the egg whites, you do not need to submerge the shrimp. Do a light dab so that most of the flour stays on the shrimp. You want the egg white to adhere to the panko crumbs.
  • Spray the shrimp with cooking oil.
  • Add the shrimp to the Air Fryer basket. Cook for 4 minutes. Open the basket and flip the shrimp to the other side. Cook for an additional 4 minutes or until crisp.

Bang Bang Sauce

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly to combine.

Notes

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe Tips:
  • Find the biggest shrimp/prawns that you can! Big shrimp is a major win for this recipe.
  • Bang bang shrimp is a recipe that includes crispy fried shrimp that is usually tossed in a spicy, sweet chili sauce. Instead of tossing the shrimp in the sauce, I decided to create a separate dipping sauce. This will ensure the shrimp remains crunchy for as long as possible.
  • I also added plain, non-fat Greek yogurt to the dipping sauce to substitute. Greek yogurt also provides an additional boost of protein.
  • If you don’t have panko breadcrumbs on hand, standard breadcrumbs will work just fine.
  • Use your judgment for cook time. I like for my shrimp to be extra crispy, so 8-10 minutes works for me.
 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 1g
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Thursday 8th of October 2020

great recipe

Helen

Saturday 19th of September 2020

This was the first recipe I tried in my new air fryer. So easy and tasty. The sauce is wonderful too. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

staysnatched

Monday 21st of September 2020

Yay! You're welcome. This is awesome for a first time recipe.

Kelly Chelten

Friday 14th of August 2020

Planning on making this tonight! Question, can you use something other than Greek yogurt for the dipping sauce? Like mayo or sour cream? My husband isn’t a fan of yogurt or Greek yogurt.

staysnatched

Friday 14th of August 2020

Greek yogurt is a healthier substitute for sour cream. You can use sour cream if you wish.

Matthew Plodinec

Saturday 18th of July 2020

Prepare to have your mind blown. Serve this with grits for kicked up version of shrimp and grits. Make the shrimp. Male the sauce. Make some cheese grits. Pour grits in a bowl and top with an asterisk of the sauce. At each point put a shrimp. For some variety add a few slices of chorizo. Put shrimp/chorizo in the middle and garnish with green onions.

staysnatched

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I love all of these additions!

Brooke

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

These were so good and so was the sauce! They were restaurant quality!

staysnatched

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it!