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Air Fryer Oysters

Air fryer oysters are crispy, light, and perfectly breaded! Seafood lovers will be impressed with just how delicious oysters in the air fryer can be. Serve as an appetizer or make a meal out of it!

Crispy air fryer oysters on serving plate with fork

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We’re seafood aficionados in my house! I’ve already shared some of my favorite seafood air fryer recipes with you on the blog. Air fryer tilapia, crab cakes, and fish sticks are just a few options (there’s even more at the end of this post!).

But, one downside about preparing seafood is that many recipes call for deep frying, which as you all know, involves cooking in a LOT of oil.

Crispy, golden, and perfectly fried oysters sound like a dream, don’t they? What if I told you that you could get all of that fried perfection with your air fryer?! That means you can ditch your deep fryer and all of the excess oil that comes along with it. 

These fried oysters in the air fryer may require a bit of leg work (shucking the oysters), but don’t let that intimidate you! With a little prep, you’ll be on your way to mouthwatering air-fried oysters in no time. 

air fryer oysters dipped in sauce

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • All of the ingredients you’ll need to whip up this air fryer fried oysters recipe
  • Step-by-step instructions for preparing your oysters
  • Tips on what to serve alongside this air fryer oysters recipe
  • How to cook frozen oysters in the air fryer and how to reheat them

After just 8 minutes in the air fryer, your oysters will be cooked to crispy perfection and ready to enjoy!

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

prepared ingredients for air fryer oysters

How to make Air Fryer Oysters 

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Shuck and rinse the oysters and let them drain in a colander. Pat the shucked oysters dry with a paper towel. 

STEP TWO: In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. In a second bowl, whisk the egg and milk. In a third bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs. Dredge the oysters through the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, then roll to coat in the breadcrumbs. 

mix ingredients into three bowls

STEP THREE: Set each oyster in the air fryer basket in a single layer, then spray lightly with cooking spray. Air fry at 350 degrees F for 4 minutes. Flip the oysters, spray lightly with cooking oil, and cook for 4 more minutes. Serve, and enjoy!

cook oysters in air fryer in a single layer
flip oysters halfway through cook time

What to Serve Alongside Air Fryer Oysters

Looking for options to serve alongside this air fryer oysters recipe? Look no further! First, here are some yummy sauces for dipping:

  • Lemon juice — a classic!
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Horseradish dip
  • Hot pepper sauce (like Tobasco sauce)

For sides to serve with your air fryer oysters, consider:

air fryer oysters on plate with dipping sauce on the side

How to Cook Frozen Oysters in the Air Fryer

I love having these on hand for a quick meal or appetizer. It’s also a great way to use up any shellfish before it expires!

Shuck and bread the oysters as directed and place them in a freezer-safe bag. You can store oysters this way in the freezer for about 12 months.

When you’re ready to prepare, preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. Remove as many as you would like from the freezer, then place each oyster in the air fryer basket. Cook the frozen oysters for 8 minutes, flip and spray lightly with cooking oil, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. 

plate with oysters and dipping sauce

How to Reheat Fried Oysters in the Air Fryer

To reheat air fryer fried oysters in the air fryer, set the oysters in a single layer in the basket, then spray those lightly with cooking spray. 

Air fry at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes. Shake the basket and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until warmed through. 

What Do Fried Oysters Taste Like? 

Fried oysters are crispy on the outside (they are breaded!) and chewy on the inside.

Oysters are seafood, after all, so they also feature a moderately briny, salty, and somewhat sweet flavor. You’ve likely never tasted anything like them! 

Do You Rinse Oysters Before Frying? 

In order to avoid accidentally chomping down on a piece of oyster shell, you should definitely rinse oysters before frying.

If you want to retain their salty flavor, consider rinsing your soon-to-be air-fried oysters in saltwater.

air fryer oysters on plate with dipping sauce

Can You Make These Air Fried Oysters Keto?  

Yes, you can make oysters in the air fryer keto by simply replacing the panko breadcrumbs with crushed pork rinds! 

Can You Use a Wet Batter Instead of Breading? 

I typically don’t suggest using a wet batter in the air fryer. The batter can potentially sink down inside the air fryer holes, which is no good for the appliance. Plus, breading will give you that crispy texture you’re after!

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Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Oysters

Crispy air fryer oysters on serving plate with fork

Air fryer oysters are crispy, light, and perfectly breaded! Seafood lovers will be impressed with these delicious air fryer oysters.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw, shucked oysters
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 ½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Melted garlic butter, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Shuck and rinse the oysters, letting them drain in a colander. Pat the shucked oysters dry with paper towels.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. In a second bowl, whisk the egg and milk. In a third bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Dredge the oysters through the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, then roll to coat in the breadcrumbs.
  5. Set the oysters in a single layer in the basket, then spray lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Cook in the air fryer for 4 minutes. Flip the oysters, spray lightly with cooking oil, and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Serve.

Notes

How To Cook Frozen Oysters in the Air Fryer:

  1. Prepare oysters through step 4. Freeze them in a plastic zipper bag until ready to cook.
  2. Set the oysters in a single layer in the basket, then spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Air fry at 350 degrees F (preheated) for 8 minutes. Flip the oysters, spray lightly with cooking oil, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Serve.

How To Reheat Oysters in the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Set the oysters in a single layer in the basket, then spray lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Air fry for 3 minutes. Shake the basket and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until warmed through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 892Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 332mgSodium: 2023mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 61g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Oysters”

  1. I just tried this amazing recipe and the oysters were absolutely amazing. A little lemon juice just makes it that much better. Thaaaaank You!

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