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Air Fryer Crispy 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.

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I’m so excited to bring you this new air fryer recipe! The shrimp come out so 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 and potato sides.

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 Air Fryer Crispy Fried 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 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. 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 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 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 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.

Crispy fried shrimp on parchment

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • 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 homemade tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.

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Air Fryer Crispy 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 tsp seasoning salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp 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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Dick Pearson

Friday 31st of July 2020

The shrimp was absolutely perfect!! I overdid the panko a tad, but this was my first try and, as a 79 year old man, I thought I did great. I have done other recipes from Tanya, and all have been great. Think fish fillets ( I used cod).

Tanya

Friday 31st of July 2020

Thank you so much! So glad you liked the recipe :)