Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

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This Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp recipe will show you just how easy it is to make tasty low-carb shrimp straight from the freezer in only 8 minutes.

» You might try these Frozen Potstickers in the Air Fryer or Simple Air Fryer Frozen Broccoli.

Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon and cocktail sauce

Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories

Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.

Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon

Shrimp is the perfect no-fuss food for a keto or low-carb diet. It doesn’t need breading or sugary sauces to make it tasty, and it’s so easy to make.

If you’re in a hurry, but want to add a simple protein to your meal, it doesn’t get any easier than this air fryer frozen shrimp. Try cooking frozen salmon, frozen pizza, or frozen chicken wings, no thawing required.

We tend to buy frozen shrimp in a large bag from Costco. Since each individual shrimp is flash frozen, it’s so easy to just grab the amount needed from the bag. I use them on salads, in soups, and just to eat as a naturally keto-friendly snack.

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, I recommend this Ninja Air Fryer that you can purchase on Amazon. It’s spacious enough for most things you’ll want to cook for up to 4.

A shrimp on a fork dipped into cocktail sauce

Can I Really Make Them From Frozen?

Yes, that’s exactly why we wrote this recipe, so you could see how easy it is. There’s no need to defrost the shrimp before putting them in the air fryer. That means you can skip the tedious task of pulling them out of the freezer long before you’re ready to use them, so they can defrost.

Cooking them from frozen actually improves the texture. If you’ve ever defrosted shrimp the lazy way (by soaking them in cold water), you know that can lead to a strange rubbery texture when cooked. That doesn’t happen in the air fryer.

Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon

The shrimp get cooked to the perfect doneness, retaining their juiciness and plump. They’re perfect for serving in a shrimp cocktail, on salads, or in your main dish.

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.

How to Make Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

There’s not much to it, honestly. You just need to place the frozen shrimp into the air fryer basket. Be sure not to crowd them or stack them too much. A full basket won’t cook evenly and the final product won’t be as good.

If you need to, make them in batches, rather than stacking them on top of each other.

frozen shrimp in the air fryer basket

Cook the shrimp at 400° F for 8 minutes. Make sure to give the basket a shake half way through. This is if the shrimp is raw to begin with. If it’s already cooked frozen shrimp, it will only take 5 minutes to heat it up to the proper temperature.

The size of your shrimp may vary, so it might be necessary to cook larger shrimp for a minute or two longer.

cooked shrimp in the air fryer basket

If you want to add extra flavor, you can sprinkle the shrimp with a flavorful seasoning once it’s cooked. Trying to add the seasoning before cooking is a bit futile, since they’re frozen solid. Try one of these flavor combinations.

  • Lemon pepper – Either use a pre-mixed seasoning blend or add fresh squeezed lemon juice and black pepper.
  • Cajun seasoning – Try this spicy and savory blend of spices to add tremendous flavor.
  • Taco seasoning – Turn these shrimp into shrimp tacos or add them to a taco bowl by adding homemade taco seasoning.
Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon

Tips and Notes

  • Depending on the size of the shrimp you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.  I used medium shrimp and 8 minutes was perfect.
  • If you are adding a seasoning to the shrimp you can easily do that when you shake the basket half way through.  By then the shrimp are thawed and the seasoning will stick to the shrimp.

What Side Dishes to Serve?

There are some really easy side dishes you can serve with your main dish cooked in the Air Fryer. In some cases, you can even cook them together in the air fryer to make it even faster.

Some of our favorite side dishes to serve include air fryer cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and corn on the cob. We love these crispy smashed potatoes and cottage fries because they go with just about anything. Other quick options are to make a side garden salad or some macaroni and cheese.

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Air fryer shrimp on a plate with lemon

Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

This Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp recipe will show you just how easy it is to make tasty low-carb shrimp straight from the freezer in only 8 minutes.
5 from 33 votes
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 181 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound frozen shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning of choice optional

Instructions
 

  • Add frozen shrimp to the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400° F for 8 minutes, Shake the basket half way through. Add seasoning after 4 minutes, if desired.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of the shrimp you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.  I used medium shrimp and 8 minutes was perfect.
  • If you are adding a seasoning to the shrimp you can easily do that when you shake the basket half way through.  By then the shrimp are thawed and the seasoning will stick to 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: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 32gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1286mgPotassium: 349mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 534IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 3mg
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13 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

  1. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says:

    5 stars
    I love shrimp and especially love it in the air fryer! I love to add a little seasoning once they have been cooked!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      If you like garlic, a little garlic salt and black pepper is a great subtle seasoning for shrimp. You could also use a seasoning salt, like Mrs. Dash or Lawry’s.

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