This 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.
Air fryer shrimp are super versatile and they are the perfect recipe to add to your repertoire. Tender seafood with a crispy breading, what’s not to love?
Sometimes fried food can be a bit intimidating. Not to mention the dreaded oily fish smell that hangs around after deep frying. I’m happy to report that the air fryer gets rid of that problem! Now you’re free to have delicious crunchy shrimp whenever you like.
How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s easy and fast. Thaw your shrimp, making sure they’re cleaned, deveined, and shelled. Then pat them somewhat dry.
Mix seasonings and flour to create a dredge then crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble them. 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.
For each shrimp, season with salt and pepper, coat them in flour, dip in the egg and coat in Panko before adding them to the air fryer basket.
Air fry at 400° F for three minutes on one side, flip the shrimp over and cook for three more minutes at the same temperature.
Then you’re finished!
Why Use an Air Fryer
With an air fryer, 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. Compared to deep-frying, using an air fryer can reduce the amount of fat, calories, and potentially harmful compounds in your food.
Tips for Making Air Fryer Shrimp
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.
We picked up an avocado oil sprayer from the store and that did fantastic. You can also buy a reusable oil sprayer and fill it with any kind of oil you like (vegetable, avocado, canola, or peanut work best).
Since every air fryer is different you should consult your models instructions on cooking times.
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 medium-sized shrimp.
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 not harmful aerosols or chemicals.
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Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp
- Air Fryer
- 1 lb shrimp shelled, cleaned and deveined
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- Clean and dry shrimp.
- You need three shallow bowls. Add flour and salt 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 degrees F.
- 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 3 minutes. Flip shrimp over and cook an additional 3 minutes. Cook for 4 minutes per side for larger shrimp. Continue in small batches until all shrimp are cooked.