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Easy Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

This air fryer frozen shrimp is the solution to busy weeknights. Dinner has never been so tasty and easy!

Shrimp isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when discussing simple meals.

Easy Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp featuring Crunchy Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp in the Air Fryer Basket
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But with a frozen bag of shrimp and an air fryer, nothing is impossible.

With this cooking method, you can enjoy crunchy, breaded shrimp in no time.

It’s so easy, and there’s no need for bowls, flour, eggs, and hours of cleaning up!

Instead, you’ll have a delectable meal ready in just 10 minutes. Serve them with these air fryer frozen onion rings for the ultimate crunchy dinner!

Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp 

Thanks to the air fryer, frying has never been easier! 

This is the only way you can get crispy battered shrimp all the time- no fail.

You literally place frozen shrimp- no thawing needed- in the air fryer basket. Then, let the gadget do its thing.

There is need to dredge shrimp in eggs and batter! A good bag of pre-breaded frozen shrimp is all you’ll need. 

Hand Dipping Breaded Air Fryer Shrimp in a Bowl of Red Cocktail Sauce with More Shrimp on a Dish

How Do You Cook Frozen Shrimp in An Air Fryer 

1. Spray the air basket with oil. This is not necessary if your air fryer is non-stick.

However, you can also add oil simply for flavor and texture. For this purpose, coconut oil works best.

2. Preheat the air fryer- if necessary. Set it to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Some air fryers require preheating, others don’t.

Skip this step if yours falls under the latter category.

3. Line the basket with an air fryer liner. Again, not required if your air fryer is non-stick.

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4. Add the shrimp. Spread the shrimp in an even layer. Do not overlap or stack them on top of one another! They need enough space for air to circulate.

Just cook it in batches if it doesn’t fit.

5. Fry! Cook the shrimp for 5 minutes, then give the basket a good shake.

Cook for 5 more minutes, or until the breading has turned golden brown.

You can also check the temperature with a food thermometer. Cooked shrimp is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit hot.

If it needs further cooking, do so at 2-minute intervals.

6. Serve with your choice of dip. That’s it! Beginner-level-easy, am I right?

Cooking Times 

There are several types of frozen shrimp to choose from. Each of them needs a specific amount of cooking time.

Be sure to read the label and refer to the table below to help you.

Type of Frozen ShrimpCooking Time
Pre-cooked shrimp 3 to 5 minutes
Raw shrimp5 to 8 minutes
Breaded shrimp9 to 10 minutes

Also, take note that shrimp varies in size.

For instance, butterfly shrimp is much bigger than popcorn shrimp, thereby, it needs a longer cooking time. Adjust the timing accordingly! 

Air Fryer Breaded Frozen Shrimp with Red Cocktail Sauce on Parchment Paper in a Serving Dish

Tips for the Best Shrimp 

  • Read the air fryer manual! This way, you’ll know whether yours is non-stick or not, if it requires preheating or not, and other crucial specifications.
  • Don’t thaw frozen shrimp. That’s the beauty of the air fryer: you don’t need to wait for food to soften before you cook! Lunch or dinner is ready in no time.
  • Do not overcrowd the basket. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer, without overlapping. It needs enough space to cook properly.
  • Shake it up! Give the basket a good shaking halfway through cooking to ensure even cooking.
  • To use oil or not to use oil? If your air fryer is non-stick, you won’t need to grease the basket with oil. But you can use oil to flavor the shrimp. Coconut oil adds a lovely tropical flavor that tastes really fantastic with shrimp.
  • Add extras seasonings. Air fryer shrimp is already pretty tasty, but you can also season it for more flavor. Just do so after cooking, not before. Otherwise, the herbs and seasonings will just slide right off.
  • Refrigerate leftover shrimp for up to 3 days.

Additional Air Fryer Tips

The guidelines above and the recipe card below are pretty standard across air fryers. But each air fryer is different. 

That said, the temperature and cooking time may not necessarily match with your specific air fryer.

You’ll need to keep a good eye on the shrimp while cooking especially during the last few minutes.

Trying out an air fryer recipe for the first time? It’s best to do a test run by cooking a small batch beforehand.

After some trial and error, you’ll finally get to the right heat level and duration.

Serving Ideas 

There are so many ways to serve this delicious shrimp!

Special Flavors:

  • Cheesy Garlic: Add chopped garlic, Italian seasoning, and lots of parmesan cheese.
  • Mexican: Sprinkle on some chili and cumin powder for that extra oomph.
  • Lemon Pepper: Add a splash of lemon and crushed black pepper for a vibrant dish.

Dips:

  • Classic Cocktail Sauce: It is both simple and delicious. This tomato-based dip has the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It contrasts wonderfully with the sweetness of shrimp.
  • Rich and Creamy Dips: I love ranch dressing and tartar sauce. 
  • Honey Mustard: This sweet and tangy sauce also complements the shrimp really well.
  • Ketchup and Mayo: This simple combo never disappoints!

Shrimp makes a fantastic appetizer on its own. But you can transform it into a complete meal by pairing it with sides.

  • Asian-Inspired: For a super hearty dish, I highly recommend shrimp with fried rice! This combo is both a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
  • Italian-Inspired: If you’re a sucker for pasta like me, cook the shrimp with creamy garlic sauce and toss in your favorite pasta.
  • Mexican-Inspired: How about some shrimp tacos and burrito bowls? Serve some roasted bell peppers on the side, and you’ll have a fun feast.
  • Light and Healthy: Toss the shrimp with your favorite salad. 
  • Shrimp Sandwich: This is great if you need a grab-and-go meal. Use the shrimp as a sandwich filling. It works on any type of bread!

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Easy Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

Servings

2

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

240

kcal

Air fryer frozen shrimp is ideal for busy weeknights! In only a few minutes, you’ll have a simple, delicious, restaurant-worthy shrimp dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 box frozen battered shrimp

  • 1 spritz of coconut or avocado oil, if the air fryer isn’t non-stick.

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil. Skip this step if your air fryer is non-stick.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place an air fryer liner into the basket. Skip this step if your air fryer is non-stick.
  • Arrange the frozen shrimp in a single layer in the basket.
  • Air fry the shrimp for 5 minutes. Shake the basket and cook for 5 more minutes, or until golden brown. Add 2 minutes of cooking if necessary. Use a food thermometer to check for doneness – it should read at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve with cocktail or citrus sauce. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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