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Buttermilk Bang Bang Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Delicious southern buttermilk fried shrimp with a major kick! The sweet chili mayo gives these buttermilk bang bang shrimp lettuce wraps life in the best possible way. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: lettuce wrap, shrimp, sriracha, sweet chili
Servings: 4
Calories: 471kcal
Author: Ty


Shrimp Marinade & Breading

  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled + deveined
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp sriracha sauce optional
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • 1/2 c pankos bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • oil for frying

Chili Mayo

  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 3 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce


  • bib lettuce
  • rice
  • red cabbage
  • avocado
  • scallions thinly sliced
  • lime wedges


Chili Mayo

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


  • In a lidded container add shrimp, salt, garlic powder, ginger, and white pepper. Massage spice into shrimp to coat well. Whisk the buttermilk and lime juice (sriracha if you're using it) and pour over seasoned shrimp. Refrigerate covered for at least 1 hour. 
  • Prepare breading bu tossing together cornstarch, panko, baking powder, salt, white pepper, and remaining garlic powder in a closed container and set aside.
  • To prepare, remove shrimp from the marinade shaking the excess off. Coat shrimp in the breading by sealing the container and shaking until fully breaded. 
  • Heat oil to 375 in a skillet and fry in batches, being careful to not overcrowd the pan. Should cook for 4-5 minutes. They brown fairly quickly, so monitor the temperature. Drain on paper towels or wire rack. 

To Serve

  • Serve shrimp topped with chili sauce on lettuce with rice and desired garnishes. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 304mg | Sodium: 2587mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 3mg