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Super simple and healthy Air Fryer Shrimp is an easy recipe that’s great for weeknights! This recipe takes literally minutes to make, and you can serve the shrimp in so many ways. They are flavored with an easy seasoning mix you can make with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

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Table of Contents
  1. The Best Way to Cook Shrimp: Air Fryer
  2. Seasoning for Air Fryer Shrimp
  3. How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp
  4. Can you cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer?
  5. Expert Tips
  6. How to Store Leftover Shrimp
  7. What to serve with shrimp?
  8. Additional Recipes To Make in Your Air Fryer
  9. Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe Recipe

The Best Way to Cook Shrimp: Air Fryer

If you are craving a light dinner with lots of flavor, this air fryer shrimp recipe is one to add to the list. It’s so easy to make, healthy, and you can use the cooked shrimp to make all kinds of dinners. It’s a weeknight wonder!

I’ve cooked shrimp a few ways – on the stove, in the oven, and on the grill – but this air fryer method is my favorite. It’s so easy, you don’t need a lot of oil, and the shrimp cook so fast.

The shrimp are first seasoned, and then you only need a little oil to coat them before they go in the air fryer. Minutes later, they’re perfectly cooked and perfectly delicious!

If you haven’t tried shrimp in the air fryer, you need to! It’s one of my favorite quick and easy recipes. I think you’re going to love it.

Overhead shot of all ingredients needed to make air fryer shrimp

Seasoning for Air Fryer Shrimp

  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Minced garlic cloves or garlic powder

Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl, and it’s ready to toss with the shrimp!

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How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp

Toss the shrimp with olive oil and seasoning mixture.

Place the seasoned shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket.

Air fryer shrimp on air fryer tray before being cooked

Cook them at 400°F for four minutes and then check on them. They are done when they are pink and curled up in a loose “C” shape.

Depending on the size, they may need a few minutes longer. Large or jumbo shrimp could need up to eight minutes total cooking time. Smaller ones will need less time.

Cooked shrimp on air fryer tray

Can you cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer?

Ideally, you should thaw them first, but you can cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer – just add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to peel, devein, and remove the tails from the shrimp before cooking them.
  • When you air fry shrimp, be sure to check on them early. Overcooked shrimp will have a rubbery texture, so don’t leave them in too long.
  • If you don’t want to use fresh garlic, you can use ¼ teaspoon garlic powder instead of two fresh garlic cloves.
  • Once you try this seasoning mix, have fun experimenting with other spices in your pantry! The possibilities are endless to come up with all kinds of shrimp recipes.
  • This is a great dish for parties, but don’t leave the shrimp out at room temperature for more than two hours. If it’s hot, you should refrigerate them even sooner.
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How to Store Leftover Shrimp

  • Store leftover cooked shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I think it tastes best within three days.
  • You can also freeze it in a freezer bag for several months.

What to serve with shrimp?

Veggies: Pair the seasoned shrimp with roasted vegetables like asparagus, potatoes, broccoli, or cauliflower.

Starch: Pile them on cooked rice or toss them with some cooked pasta.

Tacos: You can also serve them with grits or wrap them in tortillas for tacos or wraps.

Salads: I love to toss shrimp in a salad with some veggies and dressing. It’s an easy dinner!

Have I sold you yet? Seriously, get that air fryer out and make this shrimp air fryer recipe! It checks all the dinnertime boxes: quick, easy, and delicious!

Air fryer shrimp served on a bed of white rice

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Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

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Super simple and healthy Air Fryer Shrimp is an easy recipe that’s great for weeknights!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined, tails removed

Instructions

  • Whisk Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika, and onion powder in a small bowl. Stir in garlic.
  • Make sure shrimp are deveined and peeled and tails are removed. Toss with olive oil and seasoning.
  • Place in a single layer in air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 4 minutes, then check. You don’t need to shake or turn them but shrimp will cook in between 4-8 minutes depending on size. Shrimp is one when it’s pink on both sides and forms a gentle “C” shape.
  • Serve immediately. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword air fryer, air fryer shrimp, easy shrimp recipe, healthy lunch, light meal, shrimp
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Super simple and healthy Air Fryer Shrimp is an easy recipe that’s great for weeknights!

Dorothy Kern

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