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Buttermilk Fried Shrimp with Bang Bang Sauce

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Crunchy Buttermilk Fried Shrimp tossed in sweet and spicy Bang Bang Sauce. Make a fan-favorite appetizer into a full meal at home.

buttermilk fried shrimp with bang bang sauce in a platter

Bang bang shrimp is a very popular appetizer at several restaurants throughout the states. Buttermilk fried shrimp topped with a sweet and spicy sriracha mayo that will send your taste buds into orbit. Making this yummy dish at home is unbelievably easy and just as delicious.

What’s in bang bang sauce

bang bang sauce close up

Bang bang sauce is made with mayo, sweet Thai sweet chili sauce, and a bit of sriracha. Typically I use my Sriracha Sweet Chili Sauce but wanted to try a version from scratch. Honey and red chili flakes recreate sweet chili sauce flavor. Personally, I think this version of the sauce is just as good if not better than the original recipe. But if you have chili sauce on hand, swap it in to replace the honey and red pepper flakes.

Ingredients needed to make Buttermilk Fried Shrimp and Bang Bang Sauce

Shrimp
Buttermilk
Seasoning
Panko
Flour
Oil for frying
Mayo
Sriracha
Honey
Lime juice
Fish sauce
Rice wine vinegar
Spices
Red pepper flakes

How to make Buttermilk Fried Shrimp

In a mixing bowl, toss the shrimp with the salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Pour the buttermilk over seasoned shrimp; marinate for 15-20 minutes. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, panko, salt, and garlic powder. Coat shrimp in the breading and all let them rest while the oil heats. 

buttermilk fried shrimp close up

Heat oil to 350 degrees in a skillet and fry in batches, being careful to not overcrowd the pan. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes. They brown fairly quickly, so monitor the temperature. Drain on a wire rack. 

bang bang sauce close up

Mix together with a wire whisk the mayo, honey, lime juice, sriracha, vinegar, and fish sauce. Can be served at room temp or cold. 

Bang Bang Shrimp lettuce wraps

bang bang sauce over shrimp

I’m serving these babies in lettuce wraps with a side of Sesame Ginger Slaw. The sauce is served on the side since I have a little guy around and it’s easier for everyone to chose their own portions. To make a wrap I fill a lettuce leaf with rice, a slice of avocado, and a little of the sesame slaw, and a shrimp (or two). A drizzle of the bang bang sauce and a squeeze of lime for the perfect mouthful.

Ways to serve Buttermilk Fried Shrimp

crispy french fries on a wire rack

Fried shrimp is perfect as a stand-alone main dish. Just add a batch of Homemade French Fries to make a shrimp basket. Don’t forget the coleslaw!

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***This recipe was updated on 6/5/2020. It was originally posted on 7/5/2018.***

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Buttermilk Fried Shrimp with Bang Bang Sauce

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Crunchy Buttermilk Fried Shrimp tossed in sweet and spicy Bang Bang Sauce. Make a fan-favorite appetizer into a full meal at home.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Resting time:1 hr
Total Time:40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb large shrimp peeled + deveined
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c pankos bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • oil for frying

Sriracha Mayo

  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 1 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Garnishes

  • Bib lettuce
  • Cooked rice
  • Avocado
  • Scallions thinly sliced
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  • Mix together with a wire whisk the mayo, honey, lime juice, sriracha, vinegar, and fish sauce. It can be served at room temp or cold.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the shrimp with the salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Pour the buttermilk over seasoned shrimp; marinate for 15-20 minutes. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, panko, salt, and garlic powder. Coat shrimp in the breading and all let them rest while the oil heats.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees in a skillet and fry in batches, being careful to not overcrowd the pan. Shrimp should cook for 2-3 minutes. They brown fairly quickly, so monitor the temperature. Drain on a wire rack.

Notes

Nutrition calculations do not include oil for frying. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 598kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 447mg | Sodium: 2523mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Iron: 6mg
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: lettuce wrap, shrimp, sriracha, sweet chili
Servings: 4
Calories: 598kcal
Author: Ty

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