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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos - Super crisp shrimp tacos drizzled with the most amazing and epic sweet creamy chili sauce. It'll be hard to just stop at 1, or 10!

Super crisp shrimp tacos drizzled with the most amazing and epic sweet creamy chili sauce. It’ll be hard to just stop at 1, or 10!

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos - Super crisp shrimp tacos drizzled with the most amazing and epic sweet creamy chili sauce. It'll be hard to just stop at 1, or 10!

You know that popular bang bang chicken dish?

Well, I basically re-created that, subbed in shrimp, and stuffed it in some tacos.

 I know. Genius here.

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos - Super crisp shrimp tacos drizzled with the most amazing and epic sweet creamy chili sauce. It'll be hard to just stop at 1, or 10!

Now you can stuff 3 shrimp per taco.

Or you can shoot for the moon and stuff 4-6.

And don’t forget about that sweet chili sauce. It’s purpose is for drizzling, dunking or slathering as needed.

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Super crisp shrimp tacos drizzled with the most amazing and epic sweet creamy chili sauce. It’ll be hard to just stop at 1, or 10!

20 minutes10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, or more, as needed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the slaw

  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise*
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Frank’s Hot Sauce


  1. To make the slaw, combine cabbage, sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  2. To make the sauce, whisk together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce, honey and Frank’s Hot Sauce in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, flour, cornstarch, egg and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Working one at a time, dip shrimp into buttermilk mixture, then dredge in Panko, pressing to coat.
  6. Working in batches, add shrimp to the skillet and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  7. Serve immediately with tortillas and slaw, drizzled with sweet chili sauce and garnished with cilantro, if desired.


*Greek yogurt can be substituted.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 349.4 Calories from Fat 177.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.7g 30%
Saturated Fat 2.7g 14%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 128.5mg 43%
Sodium 410.1mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 29.1g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 15.9g 32%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. If anyone has made this recipe in their air fryer what temp and how long did you cook for ? TIA

  2. Delicious!!!! I just love your recipes! My husband and I both cooked this together so fun and easy. I did not have enough mayo darn it, but I made it work. I loved the crunch of the shrimp with the cabbage and sweet chili sauce.. This recipe is a definite keeper! Thank you

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    This was really delicious!  However,there’s no way the measurements are accurate. 1 cup of liquid plus an egg will never make a’dip’able mixture when adding 1-1/4 cup of flour and cornstarch.  I had to remake and cut the ‘powders’ in half.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    OK this is amazing! I try a-lot of difference recipes but rarely have much to say in response to the out come. This recipe is a little work but so worth it! The shrimp batter was enough to make 2lbs of shrimp which we used on a salad the next day.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    They were delicious. I held back a little on the bang because I don’t know hot spicy my son will eat.  They only thing I wasn’t crazy about was when I put the shrimp in the panko, the panko would get clumpy and even though I had plenty of panko in the bowl, I would have to pour more because the clumps wouldn’t stick to the batter. All in all, they were excellent!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was super amazing, the sauce and slaw are perfect. Trying tonight with tofu and hoping its super great like the shrimp. Thank you so much, love your site

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious!!!!  My family really enjoyed it.   The sauce was so  good.  Made the shrimp in the air fryer.  Made the slaw and the sauce ahead of time (In the morning).  Thanks for a great recipe!!!!

  8. I haven’t tried this yet, but could I make the shrimp in an air fryer??

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    The definition of the perfect bite. These tacos have become a favorite in my house.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made these tacos last night my boyfriend and his mom loved them. I actually used Sriracha hot sauce and 2 packets of honey for the sauce, it was delicious as well as the shrimp! Thank you for such an amazing recipe.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good! Even reheated well on a stone in the oven. We are changing our go to bang bang shrimp recipe to this one!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for such a yummy recipe! This was soooo good! I had to sub milk for buttermilk and made my own sweet chili sauce since I didn’t have any on hand. The slaw and sauce were amazing! I used the air fryer for the shrimp so the cooking process was pretty quick. They came out great! I will definitely be putting this in our rotation.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just want to say your website has inspired me to try so many different recipes…..all have been so amazing and I just want to keep trying more 🙂 We tried these tacos this evening and cannot believe how tasty they are. YUMMY! Thank you!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    We wanted to try something different for dinner and I came across this recipe.  I’m so glad I did..this recipe was amazing!! My daughter loved helping me make it and my husband couldn’t stop raving about it. 
    Thank you! Can’t wait to try even more of your recipes! 

  15. Thank you for sharing this easy yet delicious recipe. My family and I really loved it! A 5 -star shrimp tacos :)) 

  16. I want to try this. what kind of sweet chili sauce do you use?

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Another hit!  OMG, this is now the only taco I will ever make!  I’ll admit, I was super lazy and bought frozen breaded shrimp, but still delicious, which means if I ever decide not to be lazy, they’ll be even more amazing.  You are now my go to food blog.  If I find a recipe on another blog, I come here and search for something similar and  use your recipe instead.  Just wanted to send a big thanks for spicing up my kitchen!

  18. If I had seen this recipe on any other blog, not only would I have moved on the the next, I would probably have done an eye roll as well. BUT, your recipes have never failed me, and this one did not either!

    I was a bit hesitant about mixing together the egg, flour, cornstarch and buttermilk all together. “Tradition” tells us that we coat the food to be fried in flour (or cornstarch), then a quick bath in beaten egg, and then into the crumbs. Your “combine it all together” made such an amazing, clinging mix for the panko to cling to. My shrimp (and chicken tenders for my daughter) came our amazing!

    Thank you so much. I’ve been cooking for over 50 years, but you can still teach an old dog new tricks.

  19. Do you serve these in raw corn tortillas? That does not appeal to me at all.

  20. Can’t wait to try these tacos. My husband hates cilantro, what to do?

  21. These were so amazing, I can’t believe I have never made them before. So crispy and flavorful, I used corn/flour mix tortillas. My husband loved them so much, I can’t wait to make them again!

  22. Hello,
    I was looking at the nutritional facts and getting a bit confused with “Serving per container 12” – do you mean this recipe makes 12 tacos? Also because I am looking into increasing my protein intake, is it 15.9 gram of protein per each taco? Sorry I am new to the world of meal planning.

  23. I made these Shrimp Tacos and they were Amazing!! My Man flipped for them! Thank you for sharing I don’t need to go to any restaurant again for a shrimp taco because I can make these at home

  24. Oh my gosh!! These were amazing! Thank you so much!!!

  25. May I ask what brand of hot sauce did u use for the shrimp mixture? You mentioned hot sauce only . Thanks for the amazing recipes 🙂

  26. I love this recipe and use it frequently!! Tastemade just posted a video of this recipe on their Instagram, I hope they didn’t steal it from you?

  27. I just made these aND they were amazing

  28. I tried it and absolutely love it!! My mom has me making it tonight for dinner! Great recipe 

  29. Made these for dinner tonight. I followed the recipe EXACTLY and they were Ah-May-Zing!!!!!!

  30. This very easy and fun to make. My dinner company loved the taste and appearance of this dish very much. We had no leftovers.. oh well have to make it again I guess!!!

  31. We LOVE “bang bang” anything. When I saw these, I knew I had to make them. They didn’t disappoint! Of course, mine did not look NEARLY as pretty as your photos, but the taste was spot on. A little more time consuming than our go-to dinners, but will throw into the rotation every once in a while. 

  32. I made these tonight, and although they could have been a bit spicier (easily remedied next time I make them), I have to say they were excellent. The sourness of the cilantro lime slaw, the sweetness of the remoulade, and the crunchiness of the shrimp made for an excellent bite when taken altogether. I do have one suggestion for those trying to make these. Before dipping the shrimp into the buttermilk batter, dust them with flour first. It will help the batter stick to the shrimp a bit better. I had a few problems with the last half of my batch of shrimp as all I seemed to have left was messy, wet panko crumbs to bread with and the batter kept slipping off.

  33. Can I use milk if I do not have buttermilk on hand?

  34. Why leave the tails on for a taco? It would be sad to see people spitting out part of the food you made them 🙁

  35. This looks so yummy, and its making me feel hungry now, a must try!!!

  36. Oh, I love some bang bang shrimp! Great recipe, Chungah. Now I feel the need to get to Whole Foods and grab some shrimp and sweet chili sauce…

  37. Wow, these look amazing! The colors and the photography are making the tacos just jump off the page! I am pinning for later! have a wonderful day – Christine

  38. Your chili sauce sounds delicious!

  39. A day without Chunga is like a day without sunshine!

  40. What a fun recipe name! These are so colorful and look absolutely delicious. Definitely want to try this but with tofu for a veggie option!

  41. I’ve been craving shrimp tacos like no other, and after seeing these I don’t think I can go without them any longer. These look so stinking delicious!

  42. My husband just said these are a winner….will probably be making them at least once a month. So good!! Thanks

  43. I love shrimp tacos and this sounds wonderful. Just reading the recipe sets my tastebuds at attention. Can’t wait to try this.

  44. Hi Chungah!

    These shrimps look gorgeous with the Panko coating.
    I think I’ll finish eating all the shrimps even before stuffing them into the tortillas! Haha~
    Thanks for another easy recipe!! 🙂