Bang Bang Shrimp

Now here’s a retro recipe that needs some love: bang bang shrimp. Or bang bang prawns. Regardless of what you want to call this classic, one thing’s for certain – nostalgia never tasted so good.


Bang Bang Shrimp

10 minutes
10 minutes

500g (1 lb) raw prawns, deveined, tail intact

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground white pepper

½ cup buttermilk

vegetable oil, for deep-frying

2 cups cornflour (cornstarch)

2 cups iceberg lettuce, thinly shredded

coriander (cilantro) sprigs, to serve (optional)


Spicy mayo sauce

¼ cup whole egg mayonnaise

3 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

3 tsp sriracha

  • Step 1

    Place the prawns into a large mixing bowl and add the salt, pepper and buttermilk. Combine everything then set aside.

  • Step 2

    For the spicy mayo sauce, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Fill a wok one-third of the way up with vegetable oil and place over medium heat. The oil is hot enough for cooking at 180°C (350°F), or until a chopstick or wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small bubbles.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, line a tray with paper towel. On a separate tray, spread the cornflour out. Transfer the prawns to the cornflour, then use your hands to coat them evenly until they have a craggly coating.

  • Step 5

    When the oil is at temperature, cook the prawns, in batches and turning often, for 3–4 minutes or until golden and crispy. Transfer to the lined tray to drain.

  • Step 6

    Add the shredded iceberg lettuce to a serving plate and spread into an even layer. Next, place the prawns into the bowl of spicy mayo sauce and toss everything together until the prawns are evenly coated.

  • Step 7

    Spoon the prawns out onto the lettuce and top with coriander sprigs, if using. Serve immediately.

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Bang bang shrimp

February 5, 2024

This bang bang shrimp is delicious, I definitely would recommend and fix this again!!!

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Belva S

Easy to follow recipe

June 29, 2023

Always get it right following the recipes and videos. Thanks Marion for the amazing recipes.

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