I love to eat seafood and air fryer shrimp is my favorite. It is a popular and delicious seafood dish known for its exceptional taste, texture, and crispiness. The air fryer’s efficient cooking method locks in the shrimp’s natural sweetness and succulence, while the hot circulating air helps to achieve a slightly crispy exterior.
In addition to their mouthwatering taste and texture, Air fryer shrimp is a quick and easy recipe to prepare, making it a great alternative for hectic weekday dinners or as a delectable appetizer for parties and gatherings.
How To Make Shrimp In Air Fryer
Air frying shrimp is very easy and quick. It just takes 8 minutes from start to end. The air fryer’s ability to cook food evenly and quickly without excessive oil results in a healthier and less greasy dish compared to traditional frying methods. And you will get a delightful texture that will contrast between the light crispiness on the outside and the delicate, succulent inside.
1 lb. shrimp jumbo size
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher or pink salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Fresh parsley (For garnishing)
Step-By-Step Guide For Air Fryer Shrimp
Step-1 Pat dry shrimp with a paper towel before cooking in the air fryer.
Step-2 Take a medium bowl and add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, lemon juice, olive oil, and paprika. Stir nicely until all ingredients are well mixed.
Step-3 Add shrimp to the bowl and coat well with ingredients.
Step-4 Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 2 minutes.
Step-5 Place shrimp in a single layer. Cook at 390 F for 4 minutes. After that shake the basket and cook further for another 2-3 minutes.
And that it, your air fryer shrimp are ready. Enjoy!
Tips & Notes
1- Instead of using lemon juice in the mixture of the ingredients , you can also use it after cooking the shrimp as well. This allows you to have a better sense of the flavor.
2- You can increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes but don’t cook the shrimp too much or else their juice will dry out.
3- After half time, flip the shrimp and give them a good shake for even cooking.
Serving Options For Air Fryer Shrimp
You can try plenty of varieties with air fryer shrimp. They are delicious but you can pair them with some other dishes to enhance the quality of their taste. Here are some serving options for air fryer shrimp:
How to Customize The Seasoning For Air Fryer Shrimp
The taste of air fryer shrimp can be easily customized with your choice of seasonings or marinades, such as garlic, lemon, Cajun spices, or chili flakes. The high heat and short cooking time helps to infuse the shrimp with flavor while preserving their tender and juicy interior.
The best thing about air fryer shrimp is that you can add or remove seasonings of your choice. One good combination is Italian seasoning that pairs well with air fryer shrimp. You can add other options too such as onion powder, old bay, tajin, sweet chili sauce, or anything unique.
What Temperature Should I Set My Air Fryer For Cooking Shrimp?
350-360 F is ideal for making shrimp. I would suggest cooking them at a moderate temperature as they become crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
How Long Do I Cook Shrimp In The Air Fryer?
With preheated air fryer basket, it will take from 6-9 minutes. The precise time will depend on your air fryer’s performance and efficient working. So, it’s always a good idea to experiment for the first time, then you will know exactly how long it takes for shrimp to cook in the air fryer.
Can I Cook Frozen Shrimp In The Air Fryer?
Yes, absolutely. You can follow the same steps and directions as stated in this recipe. But increase the time by further 1-2 minutes as frozen shrimp takes slightly more time to cook.
How Should I Store And Reheat Leftover Air-fried Shrimp?
You can store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days. Allow the shrimp to cool down properly and then pack them in an airtight container and place them in your fridge.
For reheating, take them out from the fridge and heat them up in an air fryer. Set the temperature to 360 F for 2-3 minutes and that’s it.
You can also reheat shrimp in the microwave, it just takes 40 seconds to reheat shrimp in the microwave.
- 1 lb. shrimp jumbo size
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp kosher or pink salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- Fresh parsley (For garnishing)
- Pat dry shrimp with a paper towel before cooking in the air fryer.
- Take a medium bowl and add salt, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger powder, lemon juice, olive oil, and paprika. Stir nicely until all ingredients are well mixed.
- Add shrimp to the bowl and coat well with ingredients.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 F for 2 minutes.
- Place shrimp in a single layer. Cook at 390 F for 4 minutes. After that shake the basket and cook further for another 2-3 minutes.