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Air Fryer Fried Shrimp is perfectly crispy and golden brown. Get dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes with this easy recipe.

fried shrimp with red dipping sauce in the background
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Do you love shrimp? I sure do and the air fryer makes it even easier! No need to stand over a hot stove frying shrimp when you can make this crispy shrimp in the air fryer.

Here are some more of our favorite shrimp recipes that are a must try – Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi Recipe, Quick and Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp Scampi Recipe, Garlic Parmesan Grilled Shrimp Recipe, Shrimp Fried Rice, Easy Shrimp Alfredo, and Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas.

Why This Recipe Works

This air fryer shrimp recipe can be served as a main dish or an appetizer. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce for a crowd pleasing recipe. The shrimp cooks easily in the air fryer in a matter of minutes.

Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer for a delicious variation.

Ingredients 

ingredients for recipe: shrimp, eggs, bread crumbs, flour
  • Large Shrimp – Tails Removed and Deveined. Quick to prepare, easy to make and packed with protein.
  • All Purpose Flour – Creates a delicious texture on the shrimp 
  • Garlic Powder – Check The Best Garlic Powder Substitute if you are out
  • Panko Bread Crumbs – Gives the shrimp a crunchy texture
  • Large Eggs – Helps the breading to stick 

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Variations Ideas

  • Seasoning – Feel free to change the spices to what you prefer. For a hint of spice add in cayenne pepper. Usually ¼ teaspoon is enough. Another delicious addition is paprika.

How to Make Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

  • Step 1 – Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees.  No worries if your air fryer does not have a preheat option. You can set the air fryer to 390 degrees and let it run for 5 minutes.
One bowl of bread crumbs, one bowl of scrambled eggs, and one bowl of flour

Step 2 – Second, get out 3 small bowls. Put the flour in 1 bowl, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl and the last bowl is for the bread crumbs and seasoning.  

Dipping the eggs in the breadcrumbs

Step 3 – Next, bread shrimp in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture and then coat in the bread crumbs. 

Breaded shrimp on a plate

Step 4 – Keep repeating the process with the remaining shrimp until they are all coated.

Breaded shrimp in the air fryer basket

Step 5 – Now, spray all of the shrimp with cooking spray. Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer. 

  • Step 6 – Let the shrimp cook for 4 minutes and then flip the shrimp. Spray the other side and cook for another 4 minutes.
  • Step 7 – Keep repeating this process until all the crispy fried shrimp have been cooked.

Expert Tips

  • Prepare Shrimp – Before dipping the shrimp into the panko breadcrumbs, make sure it has been peeled and deveined. You can buy them at the store in the package where this is already done.
  • Frying Shrimp – When placing the prepared shrimp in the air fryer, place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may have to work in batches.
  • Cooking Spray – Before cooking the shrimp spray them with an olive oil spray or avocado oil. This creates a crispy texture on the shrimp.
  • Baked – If you do not have an air fryer, you can easily bake these shrimps in the oven for a delicious taste.
fried shrimp on plate with cocktail sauce

Serving Recommendations

How to Use Air Fryer Shrimp

These fried shrimp can be used in many different recipes. One of my favorites is to make this Best Shrimp Tacos Recipe or use it to top a green salad. It would even be delicious tossed in this Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe with your favorite pasta.

If you are looking for more ways to use shrimp check out these Leftover Shrimp Recipes.

shrimp dipped in tarter sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Fried Shrimp

If you have any leftovers, refrigerate for up to 3 days in an airtight container. To reheat, place them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to warm them up and make them crispy again!

How To Thaw Frozen Shrimp

If you are using frozen fresh shrimp in this recipe, they will need to be thawed first. Usually the package has instruction on how to thaw it or you can let it thaw in the fridge overnight. I have even put the shrimp in a colander and run water over for a quick and easy method.

How Long does it take to Air Fry Shrimp

Cooking time will vary but we air fry our raw shrimp for about 4 minutes on each side. The outside texture gets crispy and the shrimp is full cooked.

How to Reheat Fried Shrimp

For the best texture, we recommend reheating in the oven at 350 degrees or place back in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

4.95 from 19 votes
Air fryer fried shrimp is perfectly crispy and golden brown. Get dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes with this easy recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 175

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees F.  If your air fryer does not have a preheat option, then set the air fryer to 390 degrees F and run for 5 minutes.
  • Place the flour in 1 bowl, beat the eggs together in a separate bowl and combine the bread crumbs and seasoning together in a 3rd bowl.
  • Coat the shrimp in the flour mixture, then dip the shrimp in the eggs and then coat in the bread crumbs mixture.
  • Complete this process with the remaining shrimp.
  • Spray the shrimp with a the cooking spray.
  • Add the shrimp to the air fryer basket in a single layer.  Cook for 4 minutes at 390 degrees F.
  • Flip the shrimp and spray the other side with the cooking spray as well.
  • Cook for 4 more minutes.
  • Follow the same process until all the shrimp is cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite type of cocktail sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to reheat them up and make them crispy again!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 175kcal, Carbohydrates 16g, Protein 20g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 245mg, Sodium 1069mg, Potassium 117mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 80IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 139mg, Iron 3mg

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  1. Sandra says:

    5 stars
    This was so delicious!!! I’m definitely keeping this in my menu rotation. Thank you so for sharing this !

  2. Linda says:

    very tasty! I wish they had browned better… We use the Emeril”s 360XL (kinda like a toaster oven) broiled both sides

  3. Virginia says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, my husband really liked it good taste