Air Fryer Shrimp (Easy 10-Minute Recipe!)

This tasty Air Fryer Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to make with a handful of flexible ingredients. Cooking perfectly plump and juicy shrimp has never been easier!

This practically effortless Air Fryer Shrimp recipe transforms fresh jumbo shrimp into a succulent, seasoned protein you can pair with a simple green salad, loaded grain bowls, seafood taco bowls, and so much more. Sit back and relax while the air fryer does most of the work!

Fresh or frozen shrimp are first coated in a light layer of olive oil and simple seasonings. They quickly cook in the air fryer, and within 10 minutes, are ready to eat! It’s the best quick and easy cooking method to turn to when you need a party appetizer, a light protein for salads and tacos, or if you want a snack to dip in cocktail sauce, remoulade sauce or boom boom sauce.

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Shrimp in bowl on counter next to bowl of salt and olive oil.

🛒 Ingredients needed

  • Shrimp – You will need one pound of (21/25) peeled and deveined raw jumbo shrimp. If you end up peeling the shrimp yourself, save the shells for a batch of homemade seafood stock. Other sizes of shrimp will work just as well but the cooking times will need to be adjusted. 
  • Olive oil Olive oil has a high smoke point, making it perfect for air frying. You can also use avocado oil or melted ghee. All three will coat the shrimp well and help the spices stick.
  • Spices – Paprika gives the shrimp a subtly sweet, smoky flavor while adding a pop of color. Garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper enhance the savory flavors. That said, these seasonings are very flexible, so get creative! 

📋 How to make air fryer shrimp

No need to stress. Cooking shrimp in the air fryer only requires a bit of prep before it’s fried until juicy and crisp:

Prep the shrimp

Peel and devein the shrimp if they aren’t already (this video will show you how!). Next, rinse them under cool running water and dry them well.

Shrimp on paper towels.

Add the spices

Add the shrimp to a large bowl. Pour the olive oil over top, then add the spices. Toss to coat.

Air fry the shrimp

Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Leave a little space in between so they cook evenly. Air fry until the shrimp are pink and opaque (about 5 to 7 minutes). Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

🍴 Serving suggestions

There are endless ways to enjoy shrimp cooked in the air fryer, but these are my favorites:

👩‍🍳 Customize it

Think of this recipe as a blank canvas. You can mix and match air fryer shrimp any way you like with different spices, a crunchy breading, flavorful sauces, and more:

  • Spice blends: After coating the shrimp in oil, season them with Cajun or Creole seasoning, blackened seasoning, taco or fajita seasoning, or Italian seasoning.
  • Bread the shrimp: Coat the shrimp in a flour, egg, and breadcrumb dredge (it’s a similar method to my Air Fryer Chicken Tenders). Spray both sides of the shrimp with cooking spray, then air fry as instructed.
  • Toss in a sauce: Once the shrimp are finished frying, toss them in a batch of bang bang sauce, sweet chili sauce, aji verde, or any other sauce you love. Even just a squeeze of lemon juice is delicious.
Overhead close up of cooked shrimp in air fryer basket.

ℹ️ Recipe FAQs

Can you make this recipe with frozen shrimp?

Yes. Let the frozen shrimp thaw overnight in the fridge (or under cold running water). Dry them well, then season and cook as normal.

Can you thaw frozen shrimp in the air fryer?

Defrost your frozen shrimp in the air fryer by heating them just until the ice has melted. Once thawed, dry the shrimp well and then toss in the oil and spices. Return the shrimp to the basket and continue cooking until pink and opaque.

How can you tell when shrimp are done cooking?

You’ll know the shrimp are done when they go from translucent to opaque and turn from gray to bright pink in color. 

How long do shrimp take to air fry?

The exact time it takes to cook shrimp in the air fryer will vary based on the shrimp’s size and your air fryer’s wattage. For jumbo (21/25) shrimp, 5 to 7 minutes at 400ºF is a good place to start.

Cooked shrimp sprinkled with parsley and lemon wedges.

🍤 Storing and reheating cooked shrimp

Keep leftover air fryer shrimp in a shallow airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. To reheat, return the shrimp to the air fryer basket and reheat at 350ºF for about 5 minutes.

🥂 Wine Pairings

  • Chardonnay has hints of butter and citrus that pair amazingly well with shrimp.
  • Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus and herbal notes that pair perfectly with the lemon that’s squeezed over the shrimp.
  • Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc are a nice match with their crisp minerality and citrus notes.
  • For something unexpected, and budget friendly, try a Vinho Verde.

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Shrimp scattered on air fryer basket liner with lemon wedges.

Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

This tasty Air Fryer Shrimp takes less than 10 minutes to make with a handful of flexible ingredients. Cooking perfectly plump and juicy shrimp has never been easier!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh jumbo shrimp (peeled and deveined (21/25 count))
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh chopped parsley (to garnish (optional))

Instructions

  • Rinse shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat your air fryer to 400-degrees if your air fryer requires preheating.
  • In a large bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil and spices.
  • Place shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer (work in batches as needed). Air fry for 5-7 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through (they should be opaque and pink).

Notes

Note: Medium shrimp will also work, but will cook more quickly
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Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1mg

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Overhead close up of cooked shrimp on air fryer basket liner.

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