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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

If you are looking for a sweet and spicy recipe that will make everyone beg for seconds, then you need to make bang bang shrimp tacos with creamy cilantro lime slaw. 

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Bang Bang shrimp are my favorite Bone Fish dish. I used to go there all the time just to get these sweet and spicy shrimp, but lately, I really have been trying not to go out as much lately. 

I knew they had to be not too difficult to make, so I decided to try to make some copy-cat bang bang shrimp.  Surprisingly, the bang bang sauce is super easy to make at home. And shrimp is simple as well. 

These delicious shrimp needed something more though, and sincetacos are probably my favorite dish ever I decided to play around and turn my favorite restaurant copy cat food into something new and delicious!

How to Make Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos

Start with the ingredients. Everything you need to make this should be available at your local Walmart or another grocery store you prefer. I just like Walmart because they deliver right to me and I don’t have to leave the house. 

Cilantro Lime Slaw Ingredients

  • Slaw Mix – I used a broccoli slaw mix
  • Lime Juice
  • Sour Cream
  • Mayo
  • Cilantro
  • Sugar

Bang Bang Shrimp Ingredients

  • Raw shrimp ( deveined and peeled with tail off preferably)
  • Panko 
  • Flour
  • Corn starch
  • Paprika
  • Mayo
  • Egg
  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Corn Tortillas

Make Your Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

First, you will want to make the cilantro lime slaw. This is super simple and will only take you a few minutes. 

Simply combine the slaw mix, about 1/4 cup of mayo, 1/4 cup of sour cream, a pinch of sugar, about 1-2 Tbsp lime juice, and a heaping handful of cilantro. 

Mix well and taste. If you think it is too dry, add in more of the mayo or sour cream. If it isn’t sweet enough to your liking, add more sugar. Remember you can always add more slowly but you can never take out something if you add too much. 

Leave this in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat it.

copy cat bang bang sauce

Make Copy Cat Bang Bang Sauce

The bang-bang sauce is again, super simple to make! It is only three ingredients! 

In a bowl combine about 1/2 Cup mayo and 1 Tbsp sweet that chili sauce with a pinch of sugar. Once again, this is not an exact measurement type recipe. Try it, taste it, add more of what you feel you need as you need it. 

Copy Cat Bang Bang Shrimp but Make it Tacos!

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Now we need to batter and cook the shrimp. Again, this is super easy and measurements are not precise. 

Start out with 2 mixing bowls. In one, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1 Tbsp corn starch, 1 egg, a sprinkle of paprika, and a splash of water. 

Instead of water, you can use milk or coconut milk if you prefer. I just used water since it was what I had.  In the second bowl, pour out some panko bread crumbs. 

Coat your shrimp in the flour and egg mixture. Then dredge it in the panko and coat well. 

For cooking, I used my air fryer, but feel free to bake or deep fry if you prefer. 

Air fryer bang bang shrimp

If you use the air fryer as I did, preheat it to 400° then cook your shrimp for about 4 minutes.

Shrimp only takes a few minutes to cook. Which makes this a really quick recipe to make. 

When your shrimp are fully cooked, set them aside and warm up some corn tortillas. I pan fry my corn tortillas but you don’t have to. 

Then just build your taco! Shell, cold cilantro lime slaw, shrimp, top with bang bang sauce, and some diced green onions if you are feeling feisty. 

Printable Recipe

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Sweet and spicy, this is the perfect copy-cat bang bang shrimp recipe served on a warm taco with a simple cilantro lime slaw.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, air fryer, copy cat,
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 people


Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • 1 Bag Broccoli Slaw Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Pinch Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro

Bang Bang Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
  • 1 Pinch Sugar

Air Fryer Shrimp

  • 1 Bag Shrimp
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • Splash Water
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Corn Tortillas


Cilantro Lime Slaw

  1. Combine all slaw ingredients and mix well. Put it in the refrigerator and let it sit while you make the rest.

Bang Bang Shrimp Sauce

  1. Combine the Mayo, Sweet Chili sauce, and pinch of sugar. Set aside while you make your shrimp.

Air Fryer Shrimp

  1. Get out 2 medium mixing bowls. In one bowl, combine your flour, egg, paprika, a splash of water, and corn starch.

  2. In the other bowl, pour in some panko breadcrumbs.

  3. Batter your shrimp in the flour mixture bowl. Fully coat them.

  4. Dredge in the Panko and make sure they are fully coated.

  5. Cook in the air fryer at 400° for 4-5 minutes.

Build your Taco

  1. Warm up your corn tortillas.

  2. Place your saw on the warm tortilla. Top with Shrimp and drizzle with the bang bang sauce.

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Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Slaw

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