Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Shrimp

This article has links to products that we may make commission from.
  • 14
     votes
  • 15 Comments
  • Jump to Recipe

This Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Shrimp is so easy to make in the air fryer and it turns out perfectly crispy and delicious in just 6 minutes.

breaded shrimp dipped in sauce

These crispy shrimp have come to the rescue for me many times. They can be a simple and delicious appetizer or they can be the star of shrimp tacos. How do you serve crispy shrimp? Let us know in the comments down below.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Fried foods are no longer daunting, and say goodbye to the lingering oily fish smell associated with deep frying. The air fryer comes to the rescue! Enjoy deliciously crunchy shrimp whenever you crave them.
  • Air fryer shrimp are super versatile and they are the perfect protein to add to so many recipes. Tender shrimp with a crispy breading, what’s not to love?

Cindy says: 5 stars This was so delicious. I made it today! It was approved by my entire family! I am adding it to the rotation! YUMMMM

Wendy says: 5 stars They turned out perfectly crispy. I put old bay in my flour which gave them a little eastern sure flavor

»You will love this Air Fryer Frozen Fish Fillets or Easy Air Fryer Halibut.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients for crispy shrimp
  • Shrimp – 1 pound of shelled, cleaned, and deveined shrimp.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour
  • Salt & ground black pepper
  • Egg
  • Bread crumbs – You can use regular bread crumbs or panko. I would stay away from the Italian bread crumbs since they have herbs and spices added.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
ninja double air fryer

Ninja® Foodi®XL 2-Basket Air Fryer

  • 2 independent XL air fryer baskets
  • Integrated Foodi® Smart Thermometer
  • Cook 2 foods 2 ways that finish at the same time
air fryer crispy shrimp w11

Expert Tips to Follow

  • As seasoned air fryer veterans may know, you shouldn’t use normal non-stick cooking spray. It contains additives that can mess with the non-stick finish of your cooking basket. In order for these to not stick to the air fryer basket you need to spray the basket with oil. A light spray will do.
  • Since every air fryer is different you should consult your models instructions on cooking times. This recipe was cooked in a 1500 watt air fryer.
  • You may need to adjust your cooking time for the size of shrimp you are using. Shrimp tend to get rubbery when overcooked, so you really don’t want to overdo it. In this recipe we are using large-sized shrimp.
  • Be careful when you flip the shrimp. The basket can burn you.
  • Don’t shake the basket. It can knock the breading off the shrimp.

Why Use an Air Fryer

An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.

Ninja Max XL

How to Make Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Shrimp

Step 1: Prep the shrimp

If you are using frozen shrimp make sure they are fully thawed. Clean, devein, and shell the shrimp. Then pat them somewhat dry.

Step 2: Set up a dredging station

egg mixture, flour, and breading for shrimp

Mix the flour with salt and pepper to create a dredge, then crack the egg into a bowl and scramble it. Pour the Panko onto a plate. Your seasoning could be just about anything. We used plain old salt and pepper but lemon pepper, old bay seasoning, Cajun seasoning or this dry rub would work great.

Step 3: Bread the shrimp

Breading shrimp

Preheat the air fryer at 400° F(204°C) for 3-5 minutes.

For each shrimp coat them in flour, dip in the egg, and roll to coat in Panko. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray before adding them to the air fryer basket. Give the tops another light spray of cooking oil.

Step 4: Air fry

Air fry at 400° F(204°C) for 6 minutes flipping the shrimp half way through cooking.

breaded shrimp in air fryer

Then you’re finished!

These shrimp go great with just about any sauce you can dream up. We recommend bang bang sauce or honey sriracha sauce.

air fryer crispy shrimp with rice, bang bang sauce, and green onion.

What Shrimp To Use

I like to use a large sized shrimp so that you get a nice big bite. Extra large or jumbo may require an added minute or two of cooking time.

I buy fresh raw shrimp that are already shelled and cleaned (who has the time for that!) If you do have that time, it’s totally fine to get shrimp with the shells on and do the shelling and cleaning yourself.

You can use frozen shrimp, but you’ll have to thaw it first in order to bread them properly. The flour, egg and breadcrumbs won’t adhere to the shrimp when they’re frozen.

Here is a list of the number of shrimp by size:

  • Jumbo (21/25 count per pound)
  • Extra Large (26/30 count per pound)
  • Large (31/35 count per pound)
  • Medium (41/50 count per pound)
frozen shrimp

How To Thaw Frozen Shrimp

Thawing frozen shrimp safely is important to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Here are some of the best and safest ways to thaw frozen shrimp:

  • In the refrigerator: The best way to thaw frozen shrimp is to transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them thaw slowly overnight. Place the bag of frozen shrimp in a bowl or on a plate to catch any drips. This method can take several hours, so it requires some foresight, but it is the safest way to thaw shrimp as it keeps the shrimp at a consistent, safe temperature.
  • Under cold running water: If you need to thaw shrimp quickly, you can place them in a colander or strainer and run cold water over them for several minutes until they are fully thawed. Make sure to keep the shrimp in their packaging or in a sealed plastic bag during this process to prevent any contamination.
  • In a bowl of cold water: Fill a large bowl with cold water and place the bag of frozen shrimp in the water. Change the water every 30 minutes until the shrimp are fully thawed. This method can take longer than running water over the shrimp, but it’s still faster than thawing them in the refrigerator.
air fryer crispy breaded shrimp

How To Store And Reheat

If you have any leftovers wait until they have cooled to room temperature and then store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheat them in the air fryer at 350° F for 2-3 minutes. You don’t want them to become rubbery.

What Oil & Oil Sprayer is Best for the Air Fryer?

The biggest issue most air fryer lovers face is finding the right oil and oil sprayer to use on food cooked in the air fryer. A fine mist of oil will help the entire piece of food crisp evenly, so it’s very important.

My personal preference is to use canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. I use both a refillable spray bottle like the Evo one pictured below and non-propellant extra virgin olive oil, which has no harmful aerosols or chemicals.

Evo Oil Sprayer Evo Glass Trigger Sprayer Bottle, Non-Aerosol for Olive Cooking Oils, 6-Ounce Capacity, 6 oz, Yellow/Black/Red
Pompeian USDA Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray, Full-Bodied Flavor, Perfect for Salads and Pasta Drizzling, Naturally Gluten Free, Non-Allergenic, Non-GMO, No Propellants, 5 FL. OZ., Single Bottle
Tenlary Oil Sprayer for Cooking - 210ml Glass Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle Spray Mister-Reusable Food Grade Oil Vinegar Spritzer Sprayer Bottles,kitchen Gadgets Accessories for Air Fryer,BBQ (Orange)

Questions About the Recipe

Can I use frozen shrimp or does it have to be thawed first?

You can use frozen shrimp, but you’ll have to thaw it first in order to bread them properly. The flour, egg and breadcrumbs won’t adhere to the shrimp when they’re frozen.

What coating works best for achieving the crispiest texture in air fryer shrimp?

A combination of panko breadcrumbs and a light coating of oil tends to work wonders for achieving a crispy texture in air fryer shrimp.

How do I prevent the shrimp from becoming too dry in the air fryer?

To prevent dryness, make sure not to overcook the shrimp. Keep a close eye on the cooking time. Additionally, spraying a light coat of oil on the shrimp before air frying can help retain moisture.

Before You Go

Since you’ve made it this far, you might want to see more shrimp recipes. Here are a few more articles we think you might enjoy.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

4.9 from 13 votes
Air Fryer Brats
5 from 63 votes
Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp
4.9 from 41 votes
Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower

Like this recipe? We’d love for you to share it with your friends on social media. For more great recipes, follow us on Pinterest and Facebook, where we share our recipes daily.

crispy breaded shrimp

Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp

Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp is so easy to make in the air fryer and it turns out perfectly crispy and delicious in just 6 minutes.
4.8 from 14 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 187 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (454 g) shrimp shelled, cleaned and deveined
  • 1/4 cup (31 g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) panko bread crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Clean and dry shrimp.
  • You need three shallow bowls. Add flour, salt, and pepper to one bowl, egg to another bowl, and breadcrumbs to the third bowl. Start by coating the shrimp in flour, then dip it in the egg mixture, then coat it with breadcrumbs. Bread all the shrimp this way.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400° F(204°C) for 3-5 minutes.
  • Lightly spray air fryer basket with oil and place shrimp in the basket leaving space between each shrimp. Lightly spray the tops of the shrimp.
  • Cook for 6 minutes. Flip shrimp over half way through cooking. Cook for 4 minutes per side for larger shrimp. Continue in small batches until all shrimp are cooked.

Notes

  • As seasoned air fryer veterans may know, you shouldn’t use normal non-stick cooking spray. It contains additives that can mess with the non-stick finish of your cooking basket.
  • In order for these to not stick to the air fryer basket you need to spray the basket with oil. A light spray will do.
  • Since every air fryer is different you should consult your models instructions on cooking times. This recipe was cooked in a 1500 watt air fryer.
  • You may need to adjust your cooking time for the size of shrimp you are using. Shrimp tend to get rubbery when overcooked, so you really don’t want to overdo it. In this recipe we are using large-sized shrimp.
  • Be careful when you flip the shrimp. The basket can burn you. Don’t shake the basket. It can knock the breading off the shrimp.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 26gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 1242mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 59IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 186mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Shrimp
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Related Posts:

15 thoughts on “Air Fryer Crispy Breaded Shrimp

  1. Gloria says:

    5 stars
    I love using my air fryer. I always have shrimp in the freezer. I would love to stuff these into some tacos for dinner tonight.

  2. Pavani says:

    5 stars
    WOW, what a crispy and delicious looking shrimp. Love how easy and convenient it is to make these in the air fryer. Thank you for the amazing recipe.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating