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How To Cook Shrimp In An Air Fryer

Learn how to cook shrimp in an air fryer in this blog post. It’s so easy, all you need is a bag of your favorite shrimp and a few ingredients from your pantry.

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

Air Fryer Garlic Shrimp

There’s no need to pan-fry your shrimp. You can easily cook them in your air fryer and get incredible results! This method uses a delicious easy sauce to add flavor to the shrimp. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and a side salad for an easy and delicious meal.

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.

Ingredients Needed

Here’s a quick look at the ingredients list:

  • Frozen Shrimp – You can use any kind of frozen shrimp available at your grocery store. Larger shrimp will take longer to cook. I prefer shrimp with the shell removed and deveined.
  • Olive Oil – You can use any kind of oil, avocado oil, grapeseed 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.
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. Preheat Air Fryer – Spray the air fryer basket or tray with nonstick cooking spray. Turn the air fryer on at 400°F and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. Prep – Add olive oil and spices to a large bowl and mix together. Next, add the shrimp and toss together with spices.
  3. Cook – Once air fryer is preheated, add the shrimp. Close the lid and set timer. The time will vary depending on style of shrimp (see recipe card below)
  4. Flip Halfway – Halfway through, open the air fryer and toss the shrimp. Remove from the air fryer 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 dry each shrimp thoroughly before cooking. Excess moisture can produce soggy shrimp.

How Long To Cook Frozen Shrimp In Air Fryer

If you want to skip the seasoning of your shrimp, you can air fry it frozen. The 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.

Cooking 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 so that your food never sticks.
  • Always add food in a single layer. Stacking food won’t produce crispy results. You might need to cook in two batches, but it’s worth it.
  • Most recipes do well when flipped halfway through cooking. Any type of shrimp, fries, 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 different.

Air Fryer Shrimp FAQs

What Kind Of Shrimp Can I Use?

You can use any kind of shrimp, cooked or raw, shell on or unshelled.

Can I Cook Frozen Shrimp In The Air Fryer?

Yes! You can add frozen shrimp directly to the air fryer. However, you won’t be able to season it the same way as oil and spices won’t stick to the frozen shrimp.

How Long Does Shrimp Need To Cook In Air Fryer At 400°F?

It will depend on whether your shrimp are already cooked or raw. Cooked shrimp will cook in 5 minutes in air fryer. Raw shrimp will cook in 10 minutes.

Can I Use This Method In Any Air Fryer?

Yes, this method of cooking shrimp will work for any style of air fryer.

Close up of cooked shrimp on a white plate.

More Recipes

Here are some more easy air fryer recipes:

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Looking down at air fryer with shrimp inside.

How To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer

Print Pin Recipe
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.
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.
  • 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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