Air fryer shrimp are cooked to perfection in minutes with little effort. Enjoy these on their own or use them in your favorite recipes!
Five simple ingredients are all it takes to create tender bites of seafood that are bursting with flavor!
Plus, there’s no need to babysit a pan on the stove or worry about splatters of butter and oil. Just pop them in the basket, set it to cook, and give it a shake around the halfway point. You can also pair them with our air fried brussels sprouts for a fantastic meal.
Or, toss them on the smoker with your favorite sides for a quick and easy meal.
Air Fryer Shrimp – Tips and Tricks
- Save time and effort. I prefer to buy my shellfish already peeled and deveined so I can get right to cooking. If these aren’t available, you can find instructions to do it yourself in this post.
- Get creative with spices. Cajun blends add a nice kick, while lemon pepper or oregano are perfect for a Mediterranean flavor.
- Remove from the basket immediately! Since shellfish cooks quickly, leaving it in longer will cause it to become dry and overcooked.
- Feeding a large group? This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, but you may need to work in several batches depending on the size of your model. Keep everything in a single layer for best results, without too much touching or crowding.
Air fryer shrimp is delicious with a green salad, seasoned vegetables, or pasta with cream sauce.
If you want to keep your kitchen cool, use the same appliance to make corn on the cob, baked potatoes, or crispy cauliflower. Tent the veggies with foil so they stay warm while you prepare the shellfish.
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FAQ – Common Recipe Questions
How will I know when air fryer garlic shrimp is done?
The cooking time is pretty straightforward, but you can go by appearance the first time to be safe.
When cooked, the color changes from grey and translucent to pink/white and opaque.
Also, each one should curl into a “C” shape – if it’s tightly curled or shaped like an “O” then it’s probably overdone.
Should I remove the tails first?
If you’ll be eating air fried shrimp on its own, I recommend leaving the tails on. They’re easier to grab and look much prettier on the plate this way.
Otherwise, it’s entirely up to you if you want to remove them first or chop them all off after they’ve been cooked.
Can I use frozen shrimp instead of fresh?
Absolutely! Place them in the refrigerator overnight to thaw safely, adding extra time if you’ll be cooking more than a pound.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Air Fryer Shrimp
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, Peeled, shelled and deveined.
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
- Pat Shrimp dry with paper towel if they are wet.
- In a medium bowl combine shrimp, olive oil and spices and toss together.
- When the Air Fryer is hot place the shrimp in a single layer on the tray and adjust the temperature to 370 degrees. Cook for 5 minutes shaking or flipping at the halfway point of cooking.
- Serve immediately and garnish with fresh chopped parsley, melted butter and a squeeze of lemon. Enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published September 2021
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