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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

Cook shrimp in an air fryer with this easy method! This is an easy way to cook a bag of frozen shrimp with only a few extra ingredients.

Shrimp can be added to a variety of recipes like shrimp tacos, our mushroom kale pasta, or served with cauliflower rice for a low carb option.

White plate of air fried shrimp with sliced lemon and ninja foodi deluxe air fryer in background.

Easy Shrimp Recipe

There’s no need to pan-fry your shrimp. You can easily cook perfect shrimp in your air fryer and get incredible results!

  • Cook them fast in an air fryer to get tender shrimp results. Use this same method for air fryer salmon.
  • Serve with melted butter, garlic butter sauce, or shrimp cocktail sauce for extra flavor!
  • For a healthier option add a side salad for an easy and delicious meal on busy weeknights.
  • We love cooking shrimp in easy dinner dishes including our shrimp asparagus pasta, the easy seafood recipe baked shrimp and cod, or with beans in our easy shrimp one-pot dinner.

In this recipe, I use my Ninja Foodi Deluxe air fryer, but this method can be used for any brand of tray or basket air fryer (which is every air fryer). So if your air fryer looks different than mine, not to worry as the results will be the same.

White plate with cooked shrimp, sliced lemon and fresh parsley beside the plate.

Recipe Ingredients

FROZEN SHRIMP: You can use any kind of frozen shrimp available at your grocery store. Jumbo shrimp will take longer to cook. I prefer deveined shrimp with the shell removed. This will also work with fresh shrimp using less cook time.

COOKING OIL: You can use any kind of oil, avocado oil, canola oil and coconut oil will also work. I used olive oil for this recipe.

SPICES: To add flavor to the shrimp, I used a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and ground pepper.

VARIATIONS: Season shrimp with lemon pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, or cajun seasoning. Try this method with coconut shrimp, larger shrimp, smaller shrimp… the options are endless!

Looking into air fryer with cooked shrimp inside.

How To Cook Shrimp In An Air Fryer

Here is an overview of how to cook shrimp in an air fryer with full detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Spray the air fryer with nonstick cooking spray. Turn on at 400°F and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix oil and spices in a bowl. Add the shrimp and toss together.
  3. Add shrimp to air fryer and cook. The time will vary depending on style of shrimp (see full recipe card below). Flip and toss halfway through. Remove and serve.
Bag of frozen shrimp in large steel bowl with water in it. Bowl on top weighing the bag down.

Best Way To Thaw Frozen Shrimp

There are two easy methods you can use to thaw shrimp:

  • Method #1: Place the bag of shrimp into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. It’s important the water is cold, not warm or hot as that can cook your shrimp. Add a heavy bowl or pot on top of the bag to weigh it down for 45-60 minutes.
  • Method #2: Pour the frozen shrimp into a strainer. Rinse under cold water for 2-3 minutes to help it thaw. Pat each shrimp dry thoroughly before cooking. Excess moisture can produce soggy shrimp.

How Long To Cook Frozen Shrimp In Air Fryer

Cooking time will vary depending on if you have raw shrimp or pre-cooked shrimp. Check the package to see which one you have:

  • Cook the shrimp at 400°F for 5 minutes if it’s frozen cooked shrimp.
  • Cook the shrimp at 400°F for 10 minutes if it’s frozen raw shrimp.
Close up plate of cooked shrimp with sliced lemon and parsley in background.

Air Fryer Tips

These general rules ring true for almost every recipe I’ve cooked in the air fryer:

  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes before. This will ensure even cooking.
  • Spray the air fryer basket or tray with nonstick cooking spray (like olive oil spray) so that your food never sticks.
  • Always add food in a single layer. Stacking food won’t produce even results as the hot air circulates around the food. You might need to cook in two batches, depending on the size of shrimp.
  • Most recipes do well when flipped halfway through cooking. Any type of shrimp, potatoes, chicken wings, etc. This ensures a more even baking process.
  • Always check your food in the last 1-2 minutes to make sure it isn’t overcooking. Every air fryer will cook slightly differently.
Close up of cooked shrimp on a white plate.

Great Air Fryer Recipes

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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

This is an easy way to cook a bag of frozen shrimp with only a few extra ingredients.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and ground pepper. Mix together.
    White bowl with spice mixture in it and spatula.
  • Add the thawed shrimp and toss with the spice mixture so that it's evenly coated.
    Shrimp in white bowl with small spatula.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
    Looking down in an air fryer with cooking spray beside it.
  • Add the shrimp to the air fryer basket in a single layer (careful as the basket will be hot!).
    Cook the shrimp for 5 minutes if it's frozen pre-cooked shrimp.
    Cook for 10 minutes if it's frozen raw shrimp.
    Looking down at air fryer with shrimp inside.
  • Shake the basket and flip the shrimp halfway through cooking. Carefully remove from the air fryer (the sides will be hot), serve and enjoy!
    Shrimp cooked halfway through in air fryer.

Recipe Notes:

  • The nutrition information will vary depending on the brand and size of shrimp you use. Check the side of the package you purchase for more information.
How To Thaw Shrimp:
  • Method #1: Place the bag of shrimp into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. It’s important the water is cold, not warm or hot as that can cook your shrimp. Add a heavy bowl or pot on top of the bag to weigh it down.
  • Method #2: Pour the frozen shrimp into a strainer. Rinse under cold water for 2-3 minutes to help it thaw. Pat dry each shrimp thoroughly before cooking. Excess moisture can produce soggy shrimp.

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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