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Air Fryer Shrimp

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This air fryer shrimp is an easy and quick way to cook up delicious buttery, garlicky shrimp for any appetizer or main course!

Air Fryer Shrimp in a bowl with a serving spoon.

On hot days, nothing makes me want to turn on the oven or use my stove. But luckily, using my air fryer makes cooking on hot days a breeze!

This air fryer shrimp cooks perfectly plump, garlicky, sweet, and juicy shrimp, every time!

It’s an easy way to whip up some extra protein to add to a salad or to serve up as an appetizer for guests.

Trust me, you’ll love using your air fryer to make this air fryer shrimp!

Air Fryer Shrimp ingredients on a table.

Ingredients for air fryer shrimp

  • Olive oil – We’ll use olive oil as the fat of choice to cook the shrimp initially.
  • Peeled and deveined shrimp – Peeled and deveined shrimp can be found easily at most major grocery stores!
  • Melted butter – We’ll use butter to slather the shrimp in to make them extra juicy.
  • Lemon juice – Bright and fresh, lemon juice brings a burst of citrus.
  • Garlic – A traditional ingredient that will add earthiness to the dish.
Shrimp in the air fryer basket.

Ways to serve air fryer garlic shrimp

Making up a batch of this air fryer garlic shrimp gives you so many possibilities!

You can add them to just about any dish, like this delicious Vietnamese zoodle noodle salad, or serve them alongside some equally tasty, crispy air fryer smashed potatoes, or air fryer brussels sprouts

You can also cook them up as meal prep for your week. Just cool them to room temp, and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

What is an air fryer?

An air fryer is basically a tabletop convection oven.

It mimics the outcome of a deep-fat fryer but without the use of oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks up the food.

The 2 most common air fryers you’ll see are basket style (that is what I have) or convection/toaster oven style.

There are pluses to both but I personally prefer my basket style.

Air Fryer Shrimp in a serving bowl.

What is the best air fryer to buy?

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s a bit smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer.

My biggest tip when it comes to air fryers is to make sure you pick a style that will work the most for your family and the amount of food you will be cooking.

My large basket-style air fryer can cook up to 12 wings, 2-4 servings of french fries, etc. which works well for my household.

Air Fryer Shrimp served with fresh lemon.

Storage and leftovers

Cool the air fryer shrimp to room temp, and store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Air Fryer Shrimp served in a large bowl.

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Air Fryer Shrimp

Air Fryer Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This air fryer shrimp is an easy and quick way to cook up delicious buttery, garlicky shrimp for any appetizer or main course!


  • 1 pound medium-sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme


  1. Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and drizzle them with olive oil.
  2. Season lightly with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place the shrimp in a single layer and air fry at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes. 
  4. While the shrimp cook, whisk together the melted butter, lemon juice, grated garlic, and minced thyme. 
  5. When the air fryer has finished, brush each shrimp with garlic butter and air fry at 400 degrees F for another 1-2 minutes, or until the shrimp are bright pink and no longer limp to the touch. 
  6. Enjoy these shrimp with cocktail sauce, on a salad, or with your favorite sides. 
  7. Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 270mgSodium: 1154mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

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Tuesday 27th of September 2022

I just made my first shrimps in an air fryer. Thank you for a thorough guide and a great recipe!

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