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Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

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Air Fryer Shrimp

Do you crave something quick and delicious for dinner? Cooking shrimp in an air fryer is a game-changer. With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can have perfectly cooked, juicy shrimp in no time.

You don’t need to be a pro chef to get it right. Whether you use fresh or frozen shrimp, the air fryer simplifies the cooking process while ensuring great flavor. Pair your air-fried shrimp with a fresh salad or over pasta, and you’re set for a satisfying meal.

Shrimp cooks fast in an air fryer – usually in under 10 minutes. Plus, the spices and seasonings you choose will have a big impact on the final dish. Get ready to enjoy a meal that’s crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and sure to impress.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

When making air fryer shrimp, you don’t need many ingredients. Below is a simple list with possible substitutes.

  • Shrimp: You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. If you use frozen, make sure to thaw them. Substitute with prawns if needed.

  • Olive Oil: Helps the seasoning stick. Can substitute with vegetable oil, avocado oil, or melted butter.

  • Salt: Enhances the flavor. Sea salt or kosher salt can be used. You can also try garlic salt for added flavor.

  • Garlic Powder: Adds a nice garlic flavor. Substitute with minced fresh garlic or garlic paste.

  • Onion Powder: Adds a bit of sweetness. You can use finely chopped onions as an alternative.

  • Ground Black Pepper: Adds a bit of heat. Replace with white pepper or crushed red pepper flakes if you like more spice.

  • Cornstarch: Gives shrimp a crispy texture. Use flour or potato starch as substitutes.

  • Lemon Wedges (optional): For serving. Lime wedges or a splash of vinegar can be used instead.

By keeping these ingredients and possible substitutes in mind, you can easily make delicious air fryer shrimp with what you have on hand.



  • 1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to 400°F and let it heat up for about 5 minutes.

  2. Prepare the Shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. This helps them get crispy.

  3. Season the Shrimp: In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Toss until the shrimp is evenly coated.

  4. Arrange in the Air Fryer: Place the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure they aren’t overlapping so they cook evenly.

  5. Cook: Air fry the shrimp at 400°F for 5-6 minutes. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.

  6. Serve: Once cooked, remove the shrimp from the air fryer. Serve immediately with lemon wedges if desired.


  • Don’t Overcrowd: If you’re making a large batch, cook the shrimp in batches.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Feel free to add or reduce spices according to your taste.

Enjoy your delicious, crispy air fryer shrimp!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Cooking Tips:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for the best results.
  • Use fresh or well-thawed shrimp for even cooking.
  • Toss the shrimp with a little oil and your favorite seasonings before cooking.

Cooking Time:

  • Cook shrimp for 8-10 minutes at 400°F.
  • Flip the shrimp halfway through cooking to ensure they cook evenly.
  • For smaller shrimp, reduce cooking time slightly.

Tricks for Perfect Shrimp:

  • Don’t overcrowd the basket; cook in batches if needed.
  • Use a thermometer to check that the shrimp reach an internal temperature of 120°F.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon for a fresh flavor boost.

Storing and Reheating:


  • Refrigerate: Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, freeze the cooked shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a zip-top bag or container.


  • Air Fryer: Reheat shrimp in the air fryer at 350°F for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Microwave: Use the microwave on a low setting for short bursts of heat, ensuring the shrimp doesn’t become rubbery.

Additional Tips:

  • Always pat shrimp dry before seasoning to ensure the spices stick well.
  • Experiment with different spice blends to find your perfect flavor.

Keep these tips in mind and enjoy delicious, easy air fryer shrimp every time!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

You can easily switch up the flavors of your air fryer shrimp by trying different seasonings and marinades. Here are some simple and tasty variations:

Garlic Lemon Shrimp:

  1. Toss shrimp in olive oil, minced garlic, and lemon juice.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  3. Air fry at 400°F for 6-8 minutes.

Coconut Shrimp:

  1. Dip shrimp in beaten egg.
  2. Coat with shredded coconut.
  3. Air fry at 360°F for 10 minutes, turning halfway.

Spicy Cajun Shrimp:

  1. Mix shrimp with olive oil, Cajun seasoning, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  2. Air fry at 400°F for 6-8 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Tacos: Serve shrimp in corn tortillas with shredded lettuce, avocado slices, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Salads: Top a fresh green salad with air-fried shrimp for added protein and flavor.
  • Pasta: Toss shrimp with cooked pasta, garlic, olive oil, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • Rice Bowls: Combine shrimp with rice, beans, corn, and salsa for a quick bowl.

Dipping Sauces:

  • Garlic Aioli
  • Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Spicy Mayo

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to discover your favorite combinations! Enjoy your delicious air fryer shrimp creations.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.