Air fryer shrimp are sweet, slightly firm and wonderfully delicious. The air fryer gives you perfectly cooked al dente juicy shrimp in under 10 minutes. An easy and magnificent shrimp dinner is right at your finger tips.
The air fryer makes perfect shrimp for a main dish or an appetizer. Either way, you are going to love this easy shrimp recipe. If you are looking for easy meals, this air fryer shrimp is perfect. This is a delicious recipe and one of my favorite ways to make shrimp.
If you want a quick and easy weeknight main dish or are hosting a party and want to serve appetizers, these air fryer shrimp make a great choice. They are tasty warm or chilled. You can even serve them in shrimp tacos. Serve them with simple salads such as this refreshing cucumber and tomato salad, or an Instant Pot Risotto, or Sauteed Broccoli for a quick, easy and healthy dinner.
If you love easy air fryer recipes, this shrimp recipe is it, especially for delicious meals on busy weeknights. Pair this with a side dish of Air Fryer Asparagus for an outstanding recipe combination. I especially like this for an easy dinner for one or two. You can air fry the shrimp and the asparagus at the same time. The cooking time is only slightly different so adjust accordingly.
Air fryer shrimp can be served warm or chilled depending upon how you want to serve them. One of my many reasons why this is the best way to make shrimp. A yummy way to serve them is cocktail sauce, garlic butter sauce or a hot sauce.
- Large shrimp. These are 31/35 shrimp per pound. Select peeled and deveined shrimp to make your preparation easier. I prefer to leave the tails on, but you can do what you prefer. You can use fresh shrimp or frozen shrimp. Pink shrimp the best kind of shrimp and most common and tastiest shrimp. Just don't expect them to look pink when raw.
- Lemon. Used in both the marinade before air frying and cut into wedges for drizzling on the shrimp when serving.
- Garlic. Freshly minced garlic is used, but minced garlic from a jar works just as well.
- Olive oil. Use oil with a high flash point.
- Old Bay Seasoning. This classic seasoning blend is perfect for air fryer shrimp.
- Spices: celery seed, red chili flakes, kosher salt
1. Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze juice from one half of the lemon into a large bowl. Cut the remaining half in wedges for serving with the tasty tender shrimp.
2. Combine the minced garlic, oil, Old Bay Seasoning, celery seed, red chili flakes and salt with the lemon juice.
3. Remove any shells and devein the shrimp, if necessary. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels.
4. Toss the shrimp into the bowl of olive oil and seasoning and coat well.
5. Place shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and transparent.
6. Transfer shrimp to a serving platter and serve with the lemon wedges.
Note: The serving size in this recipe is calculated as a main course serving of 4 ounces per person. If you plan to serve the shrimp as an appetizer, allow for 3 to 4 shrimp per person or about 10 servings.
- Air fryer brands and models can heat differently, so check the shrimp often for doneness, especially the first time you make this recipe. Shrimp cook very quickly and are easy to overcook.
- The air fryer circulates the hot air, so there is no need to turn the shrimp during cooking.
- Thaw frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight. An alternative is to place the shrimp in ice water, changing the water frequently, until thawed. Do not defrost the shrimp in a microwave.
- Use extra large 26/30 count raw shrimp in place of the large shrimp. You may need to add 1 minute or so to the cook time, but visually check the doneness early.
- You can make your own Old Bay Seasoning if you like. David Leite has a wonderful recipe for homemade Old Bay Seasoning plus an amazing list of suggestions of ways to use the seasoning. Even if you don't make your own Old Bay, make sure to check out all the amazing ways you can use it.
- You can use garlic powder in place of the minced garlic. Use one-quarter of the amount that you would use of fresh garlic.
Spicy shrimp: Make them Cajun shrimp style with a Cajun seasoning or add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your seasoning mixture.
Lemon pepper: Add an equal amount of lemon pepper seasoning in place of the celery seed.
Italian shrimp: Add Italian seasoning in place of the celery seed for a unique flavor twist.
- Cooked shrimp can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
- To reheat leftover shrimp, place them in the air fryer at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3 minutes.
Easy Air Fryer Shrimp in Minutes
- 1 lemon divided
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon pure olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1 pound raw large 31/35 count shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F.
- Cut the lemon in half. From half of the lemon, squeeze 1 tablespoon lemon juice into a medium bowl. Cut the remaining lemon into wedges and set aside.
- Add the minced garlic, oil, Old Bay Seasoning, celery seed, red chili flakes and salt, mixing well. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and add them to the mixture. Toss the shrimp in the seasoning mixture to coat evenly.
- Arrange the shrimp in the air fryer basket. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and transparent.
- Transfer shrimp to a serving platter. Serve with the lemon wedges.
- Use extra large 26/30 count shrimp in place of the large shrimp. You may need to add 1 to 2 minutes to the cooking time.
- You can make your own Old Bay Seasoning if you like. David Leite has a wonderful recipe for homemade Old Bay plus an amazing list of suggestions of ways to use the seasoning.