Air Fryer Shrimp

AIR FRYER SHRIMP

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I’m excited to share my go-to recipe for mouthwatering air fryer shrimp. Trust me, once you try this, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been cooking shrimp this way all along! We added just the right amount of seasoning to give the shrimp incredible flavor. Also, the air fryer works its magic in no time so you can have a delicious meal on the table in minutes. So, grab your air fryer, and let’s get cooking! This recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

Why You Will Love Air Fryer Shrimp

  • This recipe is convenient because the air fryer cooks the shrimp quickly.
  • Air frying shrimp results in tender juicy perfectly cooked shrimp.
  • We made this delicious air fryer shrimp with Old Bay seasoning.
  • It is a healthier option. There is minimal oil in this recipe, compared to frying.
  • This recipe is easy to make and the shrimp are packed with so much flavor.
  • It is incredibly versatile and you can serve this shrimp in many ways.

What Is Air Fryer Shrimp?

This air fryer shrimp recipe consists of shrimp that are seasoned and then cooked in an air fryer. Instead of deep frying the shrimp, only two teaspoons of olive oil are needed for this recipe. We seasoned the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning, which adds incredible flavor. Also, we added garlic for even more flavor. Then, the shrimp is quickly air-fried to perfection!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for air fryer shrimp
  • Shrimp: Use one pound of peeled and deveined raw large shrimp.
  • Olive Oil: You only need two teaspoons of olive oil. It helps coat the shrimp and ensures the seasonings stick.
  • Old Bay Seasoning: Season the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning for flavor.
  • Garlic: Crushed garlic cloves add another layer of flavor to the shrimp.
  • Lemon: You can add lemon wedges for serving.

How To Make Air Fryer Shrimp

Step 1: Peel and devein the shrimp. Then, rinse them under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.

Step 2: Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).

Step 3: Add the shrimp to a large bowl. Then, add the olive oil, Old Bay seasoning, and crushed garlic to the bowl.

Shrimp in bowl with seasonings

Step 4: Thoroughly mix the shrimp. Evenly coat the shrimp in the seasonings.

Seasoned shrimp in bowl

Step 5: Arrange the seasoned shrimp in a single layer in your air fryer. You may need to cook them in batches.

Seasoned shrimp in air fryer

Step 6: Air fry the shrimp. They should be pink and opaque when done.

Cooked shrimp in air fryer

Step 7: Once done, serve the shrimp and garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing over the shrimp.

Air fried shrimp on a plate

How Long To Cook Shrimp In The Air Fryer

Cook large shrimp in the air fryer at 400°F (200°C) for 6-7 minutes, or until fully cooked. For extra large shrimp, cook them for 7-8 minutes. Shake the air fryer basket halfway through.

What To Serve With Air Fryer Shrimp

  • Appetizer: Serve air-fried shrimp as an appetizer.
  • Sauce: You can dip these shrimp in sauces such as tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.
  • Tacos: Make shrimp tacos and add your favorite toppings, such as shredded lettuce, guacamole, salsa, and chopped cilantro. Use your favorite tortillas or lettuce wraps.
  • Vegetables: Serve air fryer shrimp with a side of steamed, air-fried, or roasted vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli, or asparagus.
  • Bowl: Serve this shrimp in a bowl with cooked rice, cauliflower, quinoa, or a combination.
  • Pasta: Make a pasta dish with this air-fried shrimp and your favorite pasta. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce such as Alfredo or pesto.
  • Salad: Add some of this air-fried shrimp to salads.
  • Sandwich: Make a sandwich with this air-fried shrimp and tartar sauce, or your sauce of choice.

Expert Tips

  • Cook Shrimp In Batches: You may need to cook the shrimp in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer basket.
  • Single Layer In Air Fryer: Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and make sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  • Shake Halfway: Shake the air fryer basket halfway for even cooking.
  • Pat Dry: After rinsing the shrimp with cold water, pat them dry with paper towels. Ensure they are completely dry before seasoning them so the seasonings stick.
  • Serve Warm: Enjoy the shrimp after air frying them while they’re warm.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover cooked shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat it in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes before serving again.

Variations

  • Extra Large Shrimp: If you have extra large shrimp, increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes to ensure they are fully cooked.
  • Small Shrimp: If you don’t have large shrimp, you can use small shrimp, but the cooking time will be slightly less.
  • Smoked Paprika: For a smoky flavor, add a pinch of smoked paprika.
  • Garlic Powder: We prefer the flavor fresh garlic adds. However, if you don’t have fresh garlic cloves, you can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder instead.
  • Add Spice: For a kick of heat add a pinch of chili powder or chipotle chili powder.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Air Fryer Shrimp Healthy?

Yes, air fryer shrimp is a healthier alternative to deep-frying shrimp. This recipe uses a few simple ingredients and only two teaspoons of olive oil. Also, we did not add additional salt to this recipe, since Old Bay seasoning already contains salt. In addition, this recipe is lightened up and gluten-free since there isn’t any breading.

Can I Freeze Air Fryer Shrimp?

Yes, you can freeze air-fried shrimp for 1-2 months in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer.

How Long Does Air Fryer Shrimp Last?

Leftover air-fried shrimp will last up to three days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can I Air Fry Frozen Shrimp With This Recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for this recipe. If your frozen shrimp is already peeled and deveined, thaw it completely before seasoning and air frying it. Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight or run them under cold water until they are no longer frozen. Then, pat them dry, season them, and air fry them. You may need to cook them for 1-2 extra minutes or until fully cooked. Also, you can use frozen cooked shrimp for this recipe. Follow the steps above to thaw, pat dry, season, and air fry. Since the shrimp are already cooked they don’t need to cook as long, only about 3-4 minutes.

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AIR FRYER SHRIMP

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

7

minutes
Calories

147

kcal

This is my go-to recipe for mouthwatering air fryer shrimp. I added just the right amount of seasoning to give the shrimp incredible flavor.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on or off

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

  • Peel and devein the shrimp. Then, rinse them under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Add the shrimp, olive oil, Old Bay seasoning, and crushed garlic to a large bowl.
  • Thoroughly mix to coat the shrimp in the seasonings.
  • Arrange the seasoned shrimp in a single layer in your air fryer. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Air large shrimp at 400°F for 6-7 minutes or 7-8 minutes for extra large shrimp, or until fully cooked. The shrimp should be pink and opaque when done. Shake the air fryer basket halfway through so the shrimp cooks evenly.
  • Once done, serve the shrimp and garnish with lemon wedges for squeezing over the shrimp.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories147
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4.4g 7%
    • Saturated Fat 0.3g 0%
  • Cholesterol 171mg 57%
  • Sodium 211mg 9%
  • Potassium 140mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1.5g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
    • Sugars 0.1g
  • Protein 23.4g 46%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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