Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp are topped with a healthier version of the classic delicious sweet and spicy Bang Bang Sauce. They’re the perfect lightened up appetizer or meal!

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is a healthier take on the popular fried bang bang shrimp recipe! Bang Bang Sauce is such a delicious sauce; sweet and then a punch of spice, it’s perfect on pretty much everything! If you haven’t made my Bang Bang Chicken (in the instant pot), or my Bang Bang Shrimp Egg Rolls you need to give them a try!  Today’s post is sponsored by Lava® Soap, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

Do you have an Air Fryer? I am in LOVE with mine because it makes “frying” food healthier! It does a great job crisping food and doesn’t use any of the greasy oil! Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp is much healthier than the fried alternative because you don’t have to deep fry them. The prep is pretty much the same because you still have to coat the shrimp with flour, egg and then the crumb mixture, but then you just pop them in the air fryer. The only thing I don’t love about coating various foods to “fry” is how dirty my hands get! By the end of coating the shrimp, my hands are covered in flour, eggs, bread crumbs and all kinds of spices! This is where Lava® Soap comes in! It’s so versatile and great for getting grime, grease, paint, ink, glue and much more off of your hands.

How to make Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp:

**scroll all the way down for a full ingredient list and printable directions**

It’s very easy, and pretty much uses the same method as frying, but using the air fryer allows the oil to be left out!

  • Prepare a pound of large shrimp: make sure they are deveined with tails and shells are removed. They should also be defrosted if frozen (follow package directions ). You can also use fresh shrimp.
  • Setup all of the ingredients: it’s easiest to make the air fryer bang bang shrimp in somewhat of an assembly line. 

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

  • Add the shrimp to a plastic bag with the flour and toss to coat. Tap off any excess flour before the next step.
  • Add a few of the shrimp to the egg wash and toss to coat completely. Add the shrimp to the breadcrumb mixture and press the coating into the shrimp, being sure it sticks. Repeat for all of the shrimp. Wash hands with Lava® Soap to remove all of the grime from your hands!

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

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  • To cook the Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp:

    • Place the shrimp into the air fryer, adding only as many as will fit in a single layer. Give a quick spray of olive oil over the tops of the shrimp, then close the air fryer. Set the temperature at 400 degrees and the timer to 5 minutes. When the time is up, carefully flip the shrimp over, spray with olive oil, then close and set again to 400 degrees and set the timer for 3 minutes.
    • Remove when the time is up, then repeat until the rest of the shrimp are cooked.

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

How to make Bang Bang Sauce (lightened up):

Bang bang sauce is a sweet and spicy sauce that tastes great on EVERYTHING! The traditional version is made with full fat mayonnaise, but for this recipe I’ve lightened the sauce up. Since we are using the air fryer, and by doing so, saving a ton of fat and calories by not deep frying, I figured it would be nice to have a healthier sauce as well. The difference is Greek yogurt is used instead of using all mayonnaise! To make: Add all of the sauce ingredients into a bowl or jar (scroll down for amounts), then mix until completely combined. Place in the fridge until ready to use!

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

How and when to serve Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp:

  • Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp makes a perfect party appetizer! Serve it on a tray (add the sauce right before serving), with small forks or toothpicks on the side! Top with green onions or cilantro!
  • Bang Bang Shrimp also makes a great meal! Serve it over rice or cauliflower rice as a lower carb option and dig in! Top the shrimp with the sauce (add extra to the rice- YUM), then garnish with green onions and some cabbage slaw!

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

  • Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp would be GREAT in Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos! You can find my popular version of the recipe here, just substitute the deep-fried shrimp with the air fryer bang bang shrimp!
  • Add Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp into a quesadilla for lunch or the another great party appetizer option!

Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp (with lightened sauce)

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