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You won’t believe how easy this Air Fryer Shrimp is! From fresh or frozen shrimp they only take a few minutes!

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You can cook shrimp in the air fryer? Absolutely! The shrimp comes out juicy and perfectly done in only 8 minutes.

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Choose large or jumbo shrimp. Smaller shrimp will take less time to cook.

This easy seafood recipe is also low carb, keto, paleo, whole30, gluten free, and dairy free.

Why should you choose the air fryer?

  • incredibly easy
  • shrimp comes out the perfect texture and is plump and juicy.
  • it only takes 8 minutes to cook from fresh.
  • easily cook frozen shrimp – no thawing required. Just pull them out of the freezer and proceed.
  • You can cook homemade or store bought frozen shrimp.
  • So much faster than baking frozen shrimp in the oven.
  • minimal cleanup
  • healthy

What you need for Air Fryer Shrimp

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  • shrimp – buy large or extra large raw shrimp if making them from scratch.
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • lemon juice

How to make them

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Choose large or jumbo shrimp.

  • Clean and shrimp. If cooking from frozen, buy fully cleaned and peeled shrimp. You can leave the tails on or remove them. It’s personal preference. Mix oil, garlic, paprika and lemon juice well.
  • Toss shrimp in marinade and cover all pieces well.
  • Place shrimp in air fryer basket in a single layer. Don’t overcrowd.
  • Air fry for 4 minutes.
  • Flip shrimp and air fry additional 3-4 minutes.

How to know when shrimp is done?

  • color – should be pink and the white areas should turn from translucent to opaque.
  • texture – firm and plump
  • temperature– should measure 120°F.

NOTE: DO NOT overcook. Shrimp will become dry and/or rubbery if overcooked.

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  • **IMPORTANT!** Air fryers cook at varying degrees and have different wattages, so always consult your owner’s manual before using any of the tips below! Some Air Fryers recommend not using cooking sprays.
  • Air fryers cook at different wattages. Therefore, some may take more or less time to cook any recipe. Watch food carefully when first trying a recipe to make sure food doesn’t overcook or burn.
  • Preheating the air fryer gives you a crispier outside with little or no added oil.
  • Use a non-stick spray instead of oil to control the amount of fat in your food.
  • Spray the inside of your air fryer with no stick, or wipe it with oil on a paper towel for easy cleanup.
  • Some foods, such as Air Fryer Doughnuts and Air Fryer Meatballs, need no added oil.
  • Line the tray with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Some air fryer manufacturers suggest using aluminum foil on the lower tray to assist with cleanup. Read your manual carefully before using foil!
  • Always spray the rack with non-stick spray for easy cleanup.
  • Use higher temperatures for quick-cooking foods and lower temperatures for slower food.
  • Cut foods in uniform sizes for more even cooking.

Suggestions for serving

These shrimp can be used in a variety of ways that will make a complete meal.

  • top a salad with them to create a light lunch or dinner.
  • serve with rice and vegetables, like this fried rice
  • toss in pasta
  • makes a great appetizer. Shrimp cocktail- just dip in homemade or store bought cocktail sauce
  • shrimp tacos
  • coconut shrimp
  • butterfly shrimp
  • shrimp salad sandwich
  • frozen breaded shrimp like popcorn shrimp

How to store leftovers

Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Leftovers will last 3-4 days. Do not refreeze.

How to reheat

Leftovers can be reheated in the air fryer for about 2 minutes at 400°F. Don’t microwave to reheat. They have a tendency to over cook and get tough.

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Incredibly easy Air Fryer Shrimp

You won’t believe how easy this Air Fryer Shrimp is! They’re done in only 8 minutes and have only 4 ingredients!
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Course: entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 10 large shrimp
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, fresh or bottled

Instructions

  • Grate garlic into small mixing bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Mix olive oil, paprika and lemon juice with garlic.
  • Add shrimp. Toss.
  • Place shrimp in air fryer basket.
  • Air fry shrimp for 4 minutes. Carefully flip and continue to air fry another 4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately. Or cool and add to salads or shrimp cocktail.
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Notes

Do Not let shrimp marinate more than 5 minutes in the lemon juice or the juice will start to “cook” them. If you would like to marinate for longer. Add lemon juice just before cooking!
HOW TO KNOW WHEN SHRIMP IS DONE?
  • color – should be pink and the white areas should turn from translucent to opaque.
  • texture – firm and plump
  • temperature– should measure 120°F.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SERVING
These shrimp can be used in a variety of ways that will make a complete meal.
  • top a salad with them to create a light lunch or dinner.
  • serve with rice and vegetables, like this fried rice
  • toss in pasta
  • shrimp cocktail
  • shrimp salad sandwich
**IMPORTANT!** Air Fryers cook at varying degrees and have different wattages, so always consult your owner’s manual, before using any specific tips! Some Air Fryers recommend not using cooking sprays.
See article for more air frying tips!

Nutrition

Serving: 5shrimp | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  1. Hi Beth,
    Could you please tell me how much shrimp and the amounts for the ingredients? I’ve never done shrimp this way and want to be sure I know the amounts are correct.
    Thank you.

  2. This mighjt be my new favorite way to make shrimp! Love that it is so simple in an air fryer and tastes amazing!

  3. I was just looking for a recipe for Air Frying shrimp and so happy to stumble across an easy recipe like this one I cant wait to make them tomorrow

  4. This recipe looks so easy, and just perfect! My little ones enjoy shrimp on anything, so, this recipe is right up my alley!

  5. Hi Beth — we eat a lot of shrimp here in South Florida, (one of my absolute favorites), but I’ve never made it in the air fryer before. I love your simple seasonings and how quick this meal comes together. Need to try your method ASAP.

  6. Gave this a try for shrimp tacos and it did not disappoint! Incredibly easy and delivered perfectly cooked shrimp; delicious!

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