Air Fryer Shrimp

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Indulge in the delight of Air Fryer Shrimp—a crunchy and flavorful treat that’s perfect as an appetizer or main course! Picture juicy shrimp coated in a crispy panko breading, cooked to perfection in the air fryer.

We couldn’t resist experimenting with an air fryer shrimp recipe, and boy, are we glad we did! Who knew the air fryer could cook shrimp so flawlessly?

This easy air fryer shrimp recipe is too good not to share! Whether you’re serving it as a starter, a quick dinner option, or a wholesome snack, these succulent shrimp will steal the spotlight. Get ready for a delicious adventure in cooking!

Air Fryer Shrimp

Prep Time 27 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. raw large shrimp deveined with tails on
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese or pecorino romano
  • 2 large eggs


  • Rinse the shrimp under cold water and pat dry. Place them in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, pepper, paprika, and lemon juice to the shrimp, tossing until they’re coated. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • While the shrimp marinate, combine panko crumbs, cheese, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a bowl. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and whisk.
  • After 15 minutes, preheat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  • Dredge a shrimp through the egg wash, allowing excess to drip off. Then, coat the shrimp evenly with the panko mixture. Repeat the process for a second coating. Place the breaded shrimp on a plate.
  • Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of the air fryer and add the shrimp without crowding them.
  • Air fry the shrimp for 2 minutes, flip, and fry for another 2 minutes until golden brown and cooked.
  • Serve the shrimp with a squeeze of fresh lemon, marinara sauce, or atop a salad.


  • We recommend using large shrimp for this recipe, but you can use medium or jumbo shrimp with adjustments.
  • Breading the shrimp takes time, so be patient and enjoy the process!
  • If preferred, you can use breadcrumbs instead of panko crumbs.

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