Air Fryer Shrimp

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Air fryer shrimp are cooked to perfection in minutes with little effort. Enjoy these on their own or use them in your favorite recipes!

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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.

If you love this air fryer garlic shrimp, I’ve got plenty more recipes to try! There are skillet versions with a tangy honey lime or lemon butter sauce.

Or, toss them on the smoker with your favorite sides for a quick and easy meal. 

air fryer garlic shrimp ingredients

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.
raw shrimp in a bowl

Serving Suggestions

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.

You can also adjust the spices and seasonings on air fried shrimp for tacos, pasta salad, or just to have something different!

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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.

air fryer shrimp cooked

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.

air fried shrimp on a plate


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Air Fryer Shrimp

Donna Elick
Air fryer shrimp are cooked to perfection in minutes with little effort. Enjoy these on their own or use them in your favorite recipes!
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Method Air Fryer
Servings 4


  • 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!


Serving: 1 | Calories: 238cal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1224mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

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.

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Originally published September 2021

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I was a little unsure about how shrimp would come out in the air fryer, but this was really good! They came out perfectly! So easy to make too!

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