This Air Fryer Shrimp is juicy, flavorful and downright addictive! It’s made with 4 simple ingredients and it’s ready in about 10 minutes for an easy appetizer or weeknight dinner!

Air fryer shrimp on a platter

Shrimp is one of my favorite things to prepare because it cooks so quickly and it can be used so many different ways.

My grilled shrimp can be served atop a salad or in tacos, and my pineapple shrimp skewers are great with almost any side dish.

I didn’t think it could get any easier than my shrimp ceviche because it doesn’t require any cooking at all, but I was wrong.

This Air Fryer Shrimp is the quickest, easiest way to make it, and it comes out perfectly juicy with a crispy exterior that makes it downright addictive.

I may or may not have eaten half of the plate after I photographed it, but that’s one of the perks of my job, I suppose. 🙂

Air fryer shrimp piled on a white plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Air fryer shrimp is juicy and flavorful, with a slightly crisp crust that makes it completely addicting.
  • It’s an easy appetizer or dinner that’s ready in about 10 minutes.
  • It includes 4 basic ingredients which can be easily customized.
  • This recipe is a healthy option as it’s low carb, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Recipe ingredients

This air fryer shrimp recipe includes just 4 ingredients which can easily customized with what you have on hand.

Air fryer shrimp recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Shrimp. Jumbo shrimp was used in this recipe, which takes about 8 minutes to cook at 400 degrees. If using a smaller size, decrease the cooking time by 1-2 minutes. For best results, use fresh or thawed shrimp as it has the best texture. Frozen shrimp may be used, but it should be cooked just until thawed, then blotted dry as needed and seasoned accordingly before cooking through.
  • Seasonings. I used a simple blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, but you may use your favorite herbs, spices or rubs.
  • Oil. The olive oil may be substituted with what you have on hand.

How to make shrimp in air fryer

Making shrimp in the air fryer couldn’t be easier. Simply season and cook in a single layer to ensure that the shrimp is evenly cooked.

Pro tip:  Using peeled, deveined shrimp is a huge time saver! Plan to spend 10 minutes or so of prep time if you must peel and devein your shrimp.

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

How to make shrimp in air fryer
  1. Toss shrimp with olive oil until well coated, then add the seasonings, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine.
  2. Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  3. Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until cooked through.
Shrimp in air fryer basket

FAQs

How long do you air fry shrimp?

Jumbo shrimp takes about 8 minutes of cooking time in the air fryer at a temperature of 400 degrees. Medium to large-sized shrimp will take 1-2 minutes less cooking time.

Can I use frozen shrimp in the air fryer?

For best results, I recommend using fresh or thawed shrimp in the air fryer as it has the best texture. If your shrimp is frozen, cook in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes until thawed, then blot dry as needed and toss with the oil and seasonings and continue to cook for an additional 8 minutes or until cooked through.

Serving suggestions

Recipe notes

  • Pro tipUsing peeled, deveined shrimp is a huge time saver! Plan to spend 10 minutes or so of prep time if you must peel and devein your shrimp.
  • For best results use fresh shrimp.  If using frozen shrimp, thaw and drain well in a colander, then blot dry with paper towels before seasoning.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your shrimp.  Medium to large-sized shrimp will cook 1-2 minutes faster than jumbo shrimp.
  • The seasoning can be customized with your favorite rubs or blends.  My blackened seasoning and taco seasoning are great options as well!
  • Leftover air fryer shrimp will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon and parsley

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Air fryer shrimp on a platter

Easy Air Fryer Shrimp

Air Fryer Shrimp is juicy, flavorful and includes just 4 ingredients! It's an easy dinner or appetizer that's ready in 10 minutes!
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Toss the shrimp with the olive oil until well coated. Add the spices and toss gently to combine.
    1 lb. jumbo shrimp, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. There's no need to flip the shrimp halfway through the cooking time.

Notes

  • Pro tipUsing peeled, deveined shrimp is a huge time saver! Plan to spend 10 minutes or so of prep time if you must peel and devein your shrimp.
  • For best results use fresh shrimp.  If using frozen shrimp, thaw and drain well in a colander, then blot dry with paper towels before seasoning.
  • Cooking time will vary based on the size of your shrimp.  Medium to large-sized shrimp will cook 1-2 minutes faster than jumbo shrimp.
  • The seasoning can be customized with your favorite rubs or blends.  My blackened seasoning and taco seasoning are great options as well!
  • Leftover air fryer shrimp will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb., Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 143mg, Sodium: 933mg, Potassium: 146mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 451IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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