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Bang Bang Shrimp with Homemade Sauce

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Bang Bang Shrimp is a battered and deep-fried breaded shrimp that gets dipped into a homemade tangy sweet chili sauce. Skip ordering takeout and make this buttermilk fried shrimp and homemade bang bang shrimp sauce for your next appetizer or dinner.

buttermilk fried shrimp on a platter with green onion slices

You are going to get rave reviews over this Asian fried shrimp. Serve over a bed of rice, with some noodles, or any other fixings! Or if you are looking to entertain, serve this up as a party appetizer.

An easy bang bang shrimp recipe that can be made fried in oil or even convert to an air fryer bang bang shrimp recipe if you have an air fryer.

🍤 Why You Want To Try This Recipe

  • Similar to Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp but a fraction of the cost Or even bonefish grill!
  • Simple Pantry ingredients
  • Easy to make
  • Quick fry time
  • Tasty seasoned flour breaded
  • Homemade bang bang dipping sauce
  • Great appetizer for holiday entertaining
  • Delicious dinner idea
ingredients for breaded seafood

🥢 Ingredients

  • Shrimp
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Peanut Oil or Other Frying Sauce
  • Cornstarch
  • Garlic Powder
  • Creole (optional)
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Mayo
  • Honey
  • Green onions or Chives for garnishment

🥘 How to Make

steps to make bang bang shrimp
  • Prep Shrimp
  • Soak in Buttermilk
  • Bread and Fry
  • Prep Sauce
  • Serve and Devour
sweet chili sauce in a bowl getting mixed up

Sweet Chili Sauce

Making a homemade sweet chili sauce is so easy. Now, if you don’t want to make your own, go buy some Bang Bang sauce at your grocery store.

fried shrimp on a bed of rice

🌶️ Expert Tips For Frying Shrimp

  • Make sure your shrimp is close in size so you can get an even cook. You don’t want all sizes or you will run into undercooked and overcooked areas.
  • Medium-sized shrimp is best when you are frying.
  • Use a deep-fry thermometer and ensure your peanut oil reaches 375 degrees before tossing in the shrimp.
  • Dip in the shrimp sauce, or drizzle all over the shrimp for a tasty pairing.
  • Like any fried food, you want to serve right away.

🍙 Recipe FAQs

What is bang bang sauce made of?

Bang bang sauce is made with mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, and a splash of Sriracha. You will find some recipes call for hot sauce.

Why is it called Bang Bang shrimp?

This recipe got its name from the kick of flavor from chili sauce and other ingredients. While it is spicy it helps to keep things going. Hence bang bang.

How to serve bang bang shrimp?

Serve this buttermilk fried shrimp as an appetizer or a main dish. If you serve as a main dish pair with rice, bed of rice noodles, etc. It is a versatile dish.

Can you make bang bang shrimp in air fryer?

Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees. Batter up your shrimp and make sure to use an oil mister to coat the basket or tray. Place shrimp on it, and spritz with oil. Air fry for 2-3 minutes per side.

shrimp on a platter with sauce

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buttermilk fried shrimp

Bang Bang Shrimp

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Bang Bang Shrimp is a battered and deep-fried shrimp that is dipped in a sweet chili sauce. Serve this up as an appetizer or dinner for any night of the week. Buttermilk shrimp that will rock your world with one single bite.


  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Chives, chopped for garnish
  • Peanut Oil for frying

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce


  1. Wash and prep your shrimp, making sure to remove tails and devein the shrimp.
  2. In a deep skillet or deep fryer you will heat your oil to 375 degrees. You can use peanut oil.
  3. Now in a large bowl add in your shrimp that has been prepped and cover with buttermilk. Set aside as you are doing the rest of the prep.
  4. Now you will mix your cornstarch, salt, peper, and creole and garlic powder together.
  5. Remove shrimp one at a time, shaking off excess buttermilk. Roll in the coating and shake off excess.
  6. Place in oil and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the shirmp is fully cooked.
  7. Once shrimp is done place on a paper towel lined plate.
  8. In a bowl add your Sriracha, mayonnaise, honey, and the sweet chili sauce. This is a homemade bang bang sauce. Use it to dip shrimp or drizzle all over the shrimp.
  9. Enjoy this easy but delicious bang bang shrimp sauce with homemade dipping sauce.


To air-fry preheat to 400 degrees. Then spritz basket or tray with oil mister as well as the shrimp. Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Flipping.

Batch cook your shrimp 6-8 in a pan with oil. Just don't overstuff as it will drop the temperature.

Place fried shrimp on a paper towel-lined plate to cool before serving.

You can buy sauce or make homemade.

This shrimp can store for up to 2 days in the fridge, then reheat how you would like. The breading will be a bit softer in texture.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 1479mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 19g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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