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Crispy Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

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Making perfectly crispy fried shrimp in the air fryer is so easy and the results are delicious! Ready to serve in 20 minutes, they are easy to prep and made with a few simple ingredients.

Air fryer shrimp on a white plate

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I’m so excited to bring you this new air fryer shrimp recipe! This recipe makes delicious crunchy shrimp that is perfectly cooked and juicy, and the panko breadcrumbs add a wonderful crunch to each bite!

They are great to serve as a simple appetizer with your favorite dips or make it a fuller meal and serve with a fresh salad or veggie or turn it into a Southern Po’boy sandwich. This recipe takes only a couple of minutes of prep and results in the most delicious shrimp and tender seafood.

If you love this crispy air-fried shrimp, be sure to check out my Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp.

How To Make Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

Prepare a dredging station by placing 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 tsp seasoning salt, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp black pepper in one bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and in a third bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs. You can season the breadcrumbs at this stage too.

The reaw shrimp next to a dredging station

Place each shrimp in the flour, then the beaten eggs, and then the panko, making sure to shake off any excess flour and eggs before placing it in the panko.

Place the shrimp in a greased air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure the shrimp are not overlapping. Do not spray the shrimp at this point.

The uncooked shrimp in the air fryer basket

Air Fry on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-9 minutes, flipping and spraying with cooking spray halfway through.

Oil being sprayed o the shrimp

Remove when the shrimp is golden. Salt and pepper to taste.

Close up of the shrimp in an air fryer basket

Can you use frozen shrimp?

I find it’s best to use fresh raw shrimp for this recipe so that they cook all the way through and the coating isn’t overcooked. If you have frozen shrimp then defrost them and pat them dry before dredging them.

Do you keep the tails on?

I prefer to keep the tails on as they add more flavor and they are easier to dredge and dip in your sauce of choice! You can remove the tails if you prefer.

Make sure that the shrimp are shelled and deveined before dredging them.

Can you reheat air-fried shrimp?

These cooked shrimp are best served as soon as you’ve made them, but if you have leftovers they can be reheated in the air fryer and all that good crispiness will come right back!

Reheat the air fryer to 400F and cook the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes until they are nice and crispy again.

Leftover fried shrimp will keep covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Other recipes this can be used in

This is a base recipe and can be changed to your liking. You could use smaller shrimp and make crispy popcorn shrimp. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time a bit and cook for less time so the shrimp does not overcook.

The same goes with jumbo shrimp. Just increase the cooking time but 1 or 2 minutes for large shrimp.

You can also serve this as an appetizer or use tail-off shrimp and add these crispy shrimp to salads, shrimp and grits, or make shrimp tacos.

Crispy fried shrimp on parchment

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • For best results, wait until the halfway mark to spray your shrimp. This will help it get super crispy.
  • Cook the shrimp in batches if they cannot all fit in your air fryer basket. The second batch will cook much faster than the first. If you overcrowd the basket, the shrimp will steam rather than fry and won’t be as crispy.
  • Make these breaded shrimp gluten-free by using GF panko breadcrumbs.
  • This shrimp is great served with your favorite dipping sauce, like homemade tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or remoulade sauce. You could even just sprinkle on some hot sauce.
  • I use my own seasoning mixture for this shrimp, but feel free to use your favorite seasoning, like lemon pepper seasoning, old bay, or cajun seasoning.

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Watch this video tutorial and see how I make these shrimp from start to finish.

Air fryer shrimp on a blue plate
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Crispy Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

Making perfectly crispy and juicy shrimp in the air fryer is so easy and the results are delicious! Ready to serve in 20 minutes, they are easy to prep and made with a few simple ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried shrimp, crispy air fryer shrimp, how to cook shrimp in the air fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 272kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 12 oz medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cup of Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for spraying Canola, avocado, etc
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Prepare a dredging station by placing the flour, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and black pepper in one bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and in a third bowl, place the panko breadcrumbs.
  • Place each shrimp in the flour, then the egg, and then the panko, making sure to shake off any excess flour and eggs before placing it in the panko.
  • Place in a greased air fryer basket, making sure the shrimp are not overlapping.
  • Air Fry on 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-9 minutes, flipping and spraying halfway through.
  • Remove when the shrimp is golden. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Notes

  • Wait until the halfway mark to spray your shrimp. This will help it get super crispy.
  • Cook the shrimp in batches if they cannot all fit in your air fryer basket. The second batch will cook much faster than the first.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 296mg | Sodium: 1155mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 4mg
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This post was originally published on 7/9/2020 and has been updated with new photos and helpful tips.

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Mary

Monday 25th of April 2022

I made a mistake and got frozen cooked shrimp with shells on, what is an easy way to remove shells

Tanya

Wednesday 27th of April 2022

Hi Mary, I would not recommend cooked shrimp for this recipe. They will become rubbery.

STELLA BOWMAN

Thursday 13th of January 2022

Preheat?

Dave

Sunday 26th of December 2021

1st time air fryer would like to fry shrimp I usually use corn flour to fry shrimp could this be used instead of flour and bread crumbs.

Rob

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I think that this will be a delicious recipe. I'm curious, is this using raw shrimp or cooked shrimp? Could I use cooked shrimp (I have a couple pounds of it in the freezer)? TY

Tanya

Sunday 15th of August 2021

Hi Rob, thanks! It needs to be raw shrimp. Cooked shrimp will overcook and become tough.

Patrice M Auspitz

Friday 4th of June 2021

Probably a dumb question since the shrimp would likely become tough but is it possible to use pre-cooked shrimp?

Tanya

Saturday 5th of June 2021

Hi Patrice, that's not a dumb question. Pre-cooked shrimp would likely overcook so I wouldn't use it.