Firecracker Shrimp

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bang bang shrimp

Bang Bang, Baby.

Not only does this shrimp look like a firecracker, but it will also make your taste buds explode like one too.

Trust me, this recipe is not for the faint-hearted. It packs a punch of delicious heat that will have you reaching for a glass of water before you even finish your first shrimp. But let me tell you, the taste is absolutely worth it, and you’ll find yourself gladly enduring the spiciness for another bite.

ingredients for bang bang shrimp

Here’s What You Need:

These ingredients work together to create a flavorful and spicy marinade, and the wrappers and oil are essential for achieving the desired crispy texture when frying the shrimp.

  • Shrimp: The star of the dish, providing a seafood element and adding texture and flavor.
  • Egg roll wrappers / Wonton wrappers: These wrappers serve as the outer casing for the shrimp, providing a crispy and golden shell when fried.
  • Soy sauce: Adds a savory and umami flavor to the marinade, enhancing the overall taste of the shrimp.
  • Sriracha: Provides a spicy kick to the marinade, adding heat and a bold flavor.
  • Spicy ginger sauce: Contributes additional heat and a zesty ginger flavor to the marinade, complementing the shrimp.
  • White sugar: Balances out the flavors by adding a touch of sweetness to counteract the spiciness.
  • Minced ginger: Enhances the marinade with its distinct ginger aroma and flavor, giving the shrimp a hint of warmth.
  • Minced garlic: Adds a pungent and aromatic taste to the marinade, infusing the shrimp with a savory note.
  • Parsley: Offers a fresh and herbaceous element to the marinade, brightening the overall flavor profile.
  • Lemon juice: Provides a tangy and citrusy note, adding a refreshing element to the marinade.
  • Lime juice: Adds a zingy and acidic taste, further enhancing the citrus flavor in the marinade.
  • Vegetable oil: Used for frying the wrapped shrimp, providing the necessary heat and medium for achieving a crispy texture.
  • Cornstarch: Combined with water to create a mixture used for sealing the wraps, ensuring the shrimp stays securely wrapped during frying.
  • Water: Mixed with cornstarch to create a sealant for the wraps, helping to keep the shrimp securely enclosed.

Let’s Jump Into It!

marinade for shrimp

To get started, whisk together the marinade. In a bowl, combine soy sauce, sriracha, ginger sauce, minced ginger, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, and a hint of sugar.

This flavorful concoction will infuse the shrimp with a tantalizing blend of savory, spicy, and tangy notes.

whisked marinade with sugar

Now, onto the shrimp. Make sure they are cleaned and deveined, but leave the tails intact for that extra touch of presentation. Place the shrimp in the marinade and let them soak for about 15 to 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to penetrate the shrimp and elevate their taste to a whole new level.

Once the shrimp have marinated to perfection, it’s time to wrap them up. Take a piece of wrap and place the shrimp in one corner, making sure to let any excess marinade drip off.

marinated shrimp in wrapper

Now, roll the wrap once with the edge tucked, and then fold over the top to secure the shrimp inside. Think of it as creating a little shrimp burrito.

wrapped shrimp

To seal the edges and ensure everything stays intact during cooking, prepare a simple cornstarch and water mixture. Dip your finger in the mixture and run it along the edges of the wrap, then finish rolling up the shrimp. This technique will help seal the wrap and keep all the goodness inside.

shrimp wrapped in wonton

Now, a word of caution: be mindful not to go overboard with the water when sealing the rolls. Too much moisture can make the wraps soggy. To prevent this, place the wrapped shrimp on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture while you prepare for frying.

drying shrimp in wonton wrappers

For the ultimate crispy texture and golden perfection, it’s time to fry these little firecrackers. If you have a deep fryer, that’s great!

Alternatively, you can use a shallow pot with about an inch of oil. Personally, I received a Fry-Daddy from my thoughtful boyfriend as a Christmas gift, and let me tell you, it has taken my frying skills to new heights.

frying shrimp in wonton wrappers

Carefully place the wrapped shrimp into the hot oil, ensuring they are fully submerged. Fry them until they turn a beautiful golden brown, which usually takes around 3 to 4 minutes. Once they are done, remove them from the oil and let them drain on a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil.

Now, it’s time to serve up these spicy delights. I highly recommend pairing them with some Singapore Glass Noodles, which have a delicate flavor that complements the shrimp perfectly. And for an extra treat, whip up some Shrimp Rangoon as well. The combination of flavors and textures will make for a delectable – and surprisingly spicy – weeknight meal that you won’t soon forget.

So, grab your ingredients, buckle up for the flavor explosion, and get ready to enjoy some mouthwatering Firecracker Shrimp. Trust me, it’s worth every fiery bite!

firecracker bang bang shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp

The Starving Chef
Spicy marinated shrimp wrapped in crispy egg roll wrappers, fried to perfection, and served with a tangy dipping sauce for a flavor-packed appetizer or meal.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Finger Food, Seafood
Servings 6


  • 6 shrimp
  • 3 egg roll wrappers / wonton wrappers sliced diagonally
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons spicy ginger sauce
  • 1 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water for sealing the wraps


  • Begin by cleaning and deveining your shrimp, leaving the tails intact. In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients (except for the egg rolls, sesame oil, and cornstarch) to create the marinade.
  • Let the shrimp marinate in the mixture for at least 15-30 minutes. Heat a shallow pot with about 1 inch of sesame oil or heat up your fryer while the shrimp marinates.
  • Slice each egg roll wrapper in half diagonally, from corner to corner. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and allow the excess marinade to drip off. Place a shrimp in the corner of each wrapper.
  • Fold one corner of the wrapper under the shrimp and roll it once. Then, fold down the top corner of the wrapper and seal the roll using the water and cornstarch mixture.
  • Drop each wrapped shrimp one by one into the hot oil and fry for about 1 minute, or until the wrapper is puffed, crispy, and just turning brown.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried shrimp from the oil and transfer them onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Serve the Firecracker Shrimp immediately alongside a small bowl of spicy dipping sauce. Enjoy!
Keyword finger food, fried, shrimp
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