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Air Fryer Shrimp

This air fryer shrimp recipe is seasoned with lemon and pepper for a flavorful quick and easy dinner idea!

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Air Fryer Shrimp on a white plate with lemon slice

This air fried shrimp is an accidentally keto and low carb recipe that still packs on the flavor.

I compare it to grilled shrimp as it cooks fresh shrimp fast while getting that perfectly juicy shrimp every time.

There are plenty of ways to use this shrimp air fryer recipe and it works as a standalone main dish as well.

If you love seafood, you have to try cooking shrimp in the air fryer with this recipe!

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Ingredients needed for air fryer shrimp

How to Cook Shrimp in the Air Fryer

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

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

STEP TWO: Place the shrimp in a Ziplock bag with oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and coat the shrimp.

Air fried shrimp in a bag marinating

STEP THREE: Arrange the raw shrimp in the air fryer basket or tray in a single layer, air frying shrimp for 7-9 minutes, turning them halfway through.

Raw shrimp in air fryer basket

STEP FOUR: Remove shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy immediately.

Cooked shrimp in air fryer

TIPS For Cooking Shrimp In the Air Fryer

  • Use a Ziploc bag instead of a bowl as raw shrimp can be very fragile
  • Use medium raw shrimp that has been peeled, deveined, and tails kept on or trimmed off for this air fryer shrimp recipe
  • Air fried shrimp is completely cooked when the shells turn pink and the shrimp is just slightly white, but still a little opaque
  • Air fry shrimp in a single layer with the shrimp not touching for even cooking
  • Use a silicone liner to help prevent sticking and ease clean up

How Long TO COok Shrimp in the Air Fryer

Small shrimp: Allow just 5 to 7 minutes for air frying shrimp on the smaller side.

Medium shrimp: This air fryer shrimp recipe calls for medium shrimp and takes 7 to 9 minutes to air fry.

Jumbo shrimp: Add an additional few minutes to cook larger shrimp. Jumbo shrimp or prawns typically cooks in 9 to 11 minutes.

Air Fryer Shrimp on top of spaghetti on a white plate

ways to Use This Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

  • On top of pasta with hot buttered noodles
  • As a delicious salad topping
  • Use your favorite dipping sauce, such as tartar sauce or cocktail sauce
  • With sauteed or air fryer vegetables for a stir fry
  • In fajitas or tacos
  • Make it a shrimp sandwich
  • On a rice or grain bowl

Variations to Cooking Air Fryer Shrimp with No Breading

  • Use Old Bay seasoning in place of lemon pepper seasoning
  • Coat the shrimp with butter and garlic powder for a nice butter garlic sauce
  • Add BBQ sauce to the shrimp in the last few minutes of cooking
  • Add parmesan cheese to the marinade or sprinkle it on top for a nice new flavor profile
  • Try cooking shrimp in the air fryer with the shell on using these same directions — but let the shrimp sit in the marinade for at least 20 minutes to help it get into the shell
  • Use store-bought lemon pepper seasoning mixture in place of freshly juiced lemon and pepper
Closeup of air fryer shrimp, cooked.

Recipes To Serve alongside Shrimp

How to Cook Frozen Shrimp in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the frozen raw shrimp in the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes shaking the basket halfway through.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy!

If you are using frozen precooked shrimp, allow about 5 minutes for cooking as they just need to be heated since they are fully cooked.

You can check out my air fryer frozen shrimp recipe for a different flavor option too!

Closeup of shrimp in air fryer basket

How To Reheat Shrimp in the Air Fryer

Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the shrimp inside the air fryer and air fry shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes until they are warmed thoroughly.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy!
Air Fryer Shrimp on a fork with spaghetti

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Shrimp

Closeup of shrimp in air fryer basket

Air fryer shrimp is covered in lemon and pepper flavor for a simple dinner idea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the shrimp in a Ziploc bag with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Carefully combine all ingredients.
  3. Add parchment paper round (if using) and place the raw shrimp inside the air fryer in one layer.
  4. Cook for about 8 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through. The shrimp are done when the shrimp turns bright pink but is still just slightly white, but still a little opaque.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

How to Reheat Shrimp in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place the shrimp in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until warmed.

3. Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy!

How to Cook Frozen Raw Shrimp in the Air Fryer:

1. Preheat you air fryer to 400 degrees.

2. Place frozen raw shrimp in the air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes shaking the basket halfway through.

3. Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and enjoy!

If using precooked frozen shrimp in the air fryer, cook for about 5 minutes until heated thoroughly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 909mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 16g

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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8 thoughts on “Air Fryer Shrimp”

    • Hi A, great question! The calories can be dependent on a few things, so I always recommend calculating using your own products, but the count is higher on this recipe because of the use of olive oil. Since not all of the olive oil is used and is more used for coating the shrimp, the calories will be slightly lower than listed.

    • Hi Lisa, you would cook the recipe just the same, but place it on the tray instead of the basket. Any recipe that says to shake, just use a spatula to turn the food.

  1. This didn’t turn out good at all way to much oil hardly any seasoning I took it out of the oil and reseasoned it. I’m sure 1/4 cup of oil is plenty. I dumped at least that much out. The end result wasn’t very good at all. Sorry not a fan.

    Reply
    • I’m really sorry to hear that your dish didn’t turn out as expected. Playing around with the oil and seasoning according to your taste can really change things up. If you give it another shot, I hope it works out better for you. Your feedback means a lot, and I appreciate your honesty.

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