Do you want to try shrimp in a different way? Give a try to frozen popcorn shrimp. I was also amazed when I first heard about this recipe but believe me, it’s really worth trying it.
Frozen popcorn shrimp cooked in the air fryer is a timesaving, simple, and healthy alternative to deep-frying. Enjoy the distinct flavor of frozen popcorn shrimp by cooking them straight from the freezer.
I know I’m a little bit obsessed with my air fryer, but I must say it saves me so much time and makes things so much easier for me while I’m cooking. Whether it’s popcorn shrimp, English muffin pizza, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken thighs; all goes well in the air fryer.
How To Cook Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp
You just need your favorite brand of popcorn shrimp and an air fryer. They can be cooked in just 10 minutes. And air frying ensures the popcorn shrimp remains tender and flavorful on the inside.
1 bag of breaded popcorn shrimp
olive oil spray, optional
Step-1: Preheat your air fryer to 400 F.
Step-2: Spray the basket with cooking oil. Place the popcorn shrimp in an air fryer basket in a single layer. Make sure not to overfill the basket.
Step-3: Spray oil on popcorn shrimp before cooking them in the air fryer.
Step-4: Cook them for 8-10 minutes at 400 F while flipping them halfway through.
And that’s it, your air fryer popcorn shrimp are ready. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!
Tips & Notes
1- You can use parchment paper as well instead of spraying the basket with oil.
2- This recipe was tested in a Cosori max XL Air fryer. If you are using a different brand or model of air fryer, then I would suggest cooking a small batch and testing the timing and temperature as different air fryers operate slightly differently.
3- Preheating works best with this recipe and the shrimp crisps up nicely.
4- For this recipe, use breaded popcorn shrimp.
5- For this recipe, I have used sea-pack frozen popcorn shrimp.
Why are they called popcorn shrimp?
Popcorn shrimp are breaded, ball-shaped, and bite-sized shrimp. They are called popcorn shrimp because of their smaller size, and fluffy and moist surface just like popcorns. When they are offered, they are typically scattered on a dish like popcorns.
What is the best temperature for air-frying frozen popcorn shrimp?
The popcorn shrimp air fryer temperature can vary. I cook them at 400 F as frozen foods cook well at high temperatures. And the same trick goes best with frozen popcorn shrimp. The high temperature cooks them quickly and makes them crunchy and crispy.
How long does it take to air fry frozen popcorn shrimp?
8-10 minutes is good enough for air frying frozen shrimp in the air fryer. However, the accurate cooking time may vary depending on the air fryer model and the size of the shrimp. Large jumbo-size shrimp will take more time to cook, and different air fryers also perform differently.
What you can serve with popcorn shrimp?
You can eat them plain with any dipping sauce or you can pair them with any of your preferred dishes. My favorite ones are:
What Sauces Tastes Best With Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp?
You can try any of the below for popcorn shrimp sauce.
- Tartar Sauce
- Sriracha mayo
- Cocktail Sauce
- Buffalo Sauce
- Honey mustard Sauce
- Cilantro lime sauce
- Chipotle Mayo
- Spicy Cajun Dipping Sauce
- Sweet Chili Sauce
How Can You Reheat Leftover Popcorn Shrimp In Air Fryer?
1- Preheat the air fryer: Set the air fryer to 350°F (180°C) and let it preheat for a couple of minutes.
2- Arrange the shrimp: Place the leftover popcorn shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring that they are not overcrowded to allow for proper air circulation.
3- Reheat the shrimp: Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes. Or until warm enough.
- 1 bag of breaded popcorn shrimps
- olive oil spray, optional
- Take a pack of seapak popcorn shrimp,
- Turn on the air fryer and preheat it to 400 F.
- Spray some oil on the basket. Put the popcorn shrimp in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Be careful not to fill the basket too much.
- Before frying popcorn shrimp in an air fryer, spray them with oil. Cook them for 8 to 10 minutes at 400 F, turning them halfway through.