Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe – Yellow Chili’s

Air Fryer Shrimps is a crispy, juicy, and healthy seafood appetizer dish. The shrimps are marinated with basic seasonings and breaded with flour panko mix and then air fried at the perfect temperature. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Air Fryer Shrimp with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe below to make the cooking process simple and clear. This Air Fryer Shrimp is one of the best and most healthy seafood dishes that can be perfect to serve as a starter or appetizer for lunch and dinner. And the best part is it comes under in 30 minutes.

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What is Air Fryer Shrimp?

Air Fryer Shrimp is a crispy, crunchy and juicy seafood dish. It is usually made with fresh or frozen shrimp, basic seasonings, and panko-flour mixture. These air-fried shrimps are one of the healthy alternatives for oil-fried shrimp without compromising on the taste and flavor.

If you are looking for an easy yet delicious lunch or dinner recipe then these air-fried shrimps are one to try. The total cooking time to prepare this dish takes only 8 minutes, and hence it is a perfect dish for busy weekdays or nights.

This breaded air fryer shrimps can also be customized into other variations without breading and I have shared some ideas for the same in the tips section below. So let’s see how to make this Air Fryer Shrimp in the below sections.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Air Fryer Shrimp are basic and some should be already in your pantry. And all the ingredients should also be easily available in most grocery stores around. Let’s see what they are below.

For Marination

Following are the ingredients you will need to marinate the shrimp.

Air fryer shrimp ingredients placed on a gray table
  • Shrim – Fresh or frozen shrimp both work fine for this recipe. If you are planning to use frozen shrimp then bring them to room temperature before marinating
  • Basic Seasoning Spices – I have used onion, garlic, ginger, pepper powder, and salt for seasoning but you can also feel free to customize it according to your preference
  • Chili Sauce – Adding chili sauce delivers a nice flavor and heat to your shrimp
  • Egg White – Helps to coat the shrimp with the breading mixture, even though I have used only egg whites you can also use the yolk to marinate the shrimp

For Breading

Following are the ingredients you will need to bread the shrimp.

Air fryer shrimp ingredients placed on a gray table
  • All-purpose flour and cornstarch – Makes the outer coating for shrimp that helps to keep in the seasoning
  • Panko Breadcrumb – I have used the panko breadcrumb which delivers a crispy and crunchy outer layer. You can also use unsweetened coconut flakes to coat the shrimp for similar results
  • Spice Powders – Chili Powder and mixed Italian herbs to give some flavor to your flour mixture

For a detailed ingredients list, Please check out the recipe card below.

How to make Air Fryer Shrimp?

The recipe I have shared here is a crispy and healthy Air Fryer Shrimp. This recipe involves marinating, breading, and air frying the shrimp. Even though I have breaded the shrimp here, I have also suggested some recipe ideas without breading in the tips sections below, so please take a look if you are interested.

Air fryer fried shrimp in a white bowl with greens and sauce around

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photos and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Marinate Shrimps In a bowl, add the shrimp, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper powder, salt, chili sauce, and egg whites. Mix well until everything is incorporated. Reserve the marinated shrimp for later use
  • Prep Breading Mixture – In a tray, add all-purpose flour, panko bread crumb, cornstarch, chili powder, salt, and dried Italian mixed herbs. Give everything a good mix
  • Bread the Shrimp – Now add the marinated shrimp one by one to the breading mixture and coat them well. Now the breaded shrimp is ready to be air fried
  • Preheat – Oil Spray your Air Fryer basket and preheat the Air Fryer to 400° F for 4 minutes. The time may depend upon the air fryer you are using
  • Arrange the Shrimp – After preheating, open and place the breaded shrimp in the basket in a single layer. Spray well with oil on all the shrimps
  • Air Fry – Set the Air Fryer at 400° F for 8 minutes and air fry the shrimp for 4 minutes
  • Pause – Pause the Air Fryer half the way (when time reaches 4 minutes). Open the basket and flip the shrimp. Feel free to oil spray the flipped shrimp if needed this will avoid the chalky flour layer once it is done
  • Resume – Resume the Air Fryer and cook the shrimps for the rest of the 4 minutes
  • Open and Serve – Once the alarm beeps, open and enjoy the crispy and crunchy Air Fried Shrimp

Tips

  • For perfect Air-Fried Shrimp – Marinating the shrimp with basic seasonings and then breading them in a panko-flour mixture that delivers a crispy yet juicy air-fried shrimp
  • Without Breading – Even though I have breaded the shrimp here, you can always feel free to season the shrimp with basic seasonings and then air-fry them without breading. Feel free to take a look at the seasoning of the grilled salmon that perfectly suits shrimp if you are looking for a recipe without breading
  • Other Marinades – You could also brush the shrimps with garlic butter sauceor kung pao sauce to try different flavors
  • Avoid Chalky Flour Layer – Oil spray the shrimp thoroughly to avoid any chalky flour layer. Double coating the breaded shrimp with oil spray before air frying also delivers crispy, crunchy, and golden brown fried shrimps

How do you know air-fried shrimp is done?

Shrimps have the nature to cook faster within a few minutes and it turns pink and opaque once cooked well. But I would always recommend checking the internal temperature of the shrimp. The safe and minimal internal temperature recommended by FDA for seafood is 145° F (63° C) and you could also cook up to higher temperatures according to your preferences.

Storage Suggestions

I would recommend consuming this Air Fryer Shrimp as fresh as possible to enjoy its juiciness and crispiness. The shrimp might turn overcooked if it is reheated or air fried again. So I recommend enjoying it hot as soon as out from the air fryer.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this crispy Air Fryer Shrimp with buffalo sauce, garlic parmesan sauceor other favorite sauce of your choice as an appetizer or starter for lunch and dinner.

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Air Fried Shrimp Recipe Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe below that I hope will help you to make a healthy seafood appetizer at home.

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Air fryer shrimp in a white bowl with greens and sauce around

Air Fryer Shrimps

Air Fryer Shrimp is a crispy, juicy, and healthy seafood appetizer dish. The shrimps are marinated with basic seasonings and breaded with flour panko mix and then air fried at the perfect temperature. This Air Fryer shrimp is one of the best and healthy ways to enjoy fried shrimp and is perfect to serve as a starter or appetizer for lunch and dinner. And the best part is it comes under in 30 minutes.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Adjust 5 servings

Ingredients

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Instructions

To Marinate Shrimp

  • In a bowl, add the shrimp, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper powder, salt, chili sauce, and egg whites. Mix well until everything is incorporated. Reserve the marinated shrimp for later use
  • In a tray, add all purpose flour, panko bread crumb, cornstarch, chili powder, salt and dried Italian mixed herbs. Give everything a good mix

  • Now add the marinated shrimp one by one to breading mixture and coat them well. Now the breaded shrimp is ready to be air fried

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Notes

  • For perfect Air-Fried Shrimp – Marinating the shrimp with basic seasonings and then breading them in a panko-flour mixture that delivers a crispy yet juicy air-fried shrimp
  • Without Breading – Even though I have breaded the shrimp here, you can always feel free to season the shrimp with basic seasonings and then air-fry them without breading. Feel free to take a look at the seasoning of the grilled salmon that perfectly suits shrimp if you are looking for a recipe without breading
  • Other Marinades – You could also brush the shrimps with garlic butter sauceor kung pao sauce to try different flavors
  • Avoid Chalky Flour Layer – Oil spray the shrimp thoroughly to avoid any chalky flour layer. Double coating the breaded shrimp with oil spray before air frying also delivers crispy, crunchy and golden brown fried shrimps

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 292mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 144mg | Iron: 3mg

FAQ

What is Air Fryer Shrimp?

Air Fryer Shrimp is a crispy, crunchy and juicy seafood dish. It is usually made with fresh or frozen shrimp, basic seasonings, and panko-flour mixture. These air-fried shrimps are one of the healthy alternatives for oil-fried shrimp without compromising on the taste and flavor. And it can be perfect to serve as a starter or appetizer for lunch and dinner.

How long do you air fry Shrimp?

The temperature to air fry the shrimp may vary depending on the size of the shrimps and the air fryer brand you are using. Shrimps have the nature to cook faster within a few minutes. And it turns pink and opaque once it is cooked well. Here I have air-fried them at 400°F for 8 minutes.

How do you know air-fried shrimp is done?

Shrimps have the nature to cook faster within a few minutes and it turns pink and opaque once cooked well. But I would always recommend checking the internal temperature of the shrimp. The safe and minimal internal temperature recommended by FDA for seafood is 145° F (63° C) and you could also cook up to higher temperatures according to your preferences.

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp, but always make sure to bring them to room temperature before using them in your recipe.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe I shared here and would love to hear from you about how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy Cooking!

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