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Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

These crispy air fryer shrimp cook up fast in our air fryer, and are super crunchy with the help of both regular and panko breadcrumbs!

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp on a white plate.

Looking for a healthier version of fried shrimp?

This crispy air fryer shrimp has tangy lime juice and is breaded with crunchy breadcrumbs (regular and panko,) thanks to our air fryer, they cook up perfect and juicy shrimp, every time!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really don’t want to fuss with using a big pot of oil, and all of the mess that comes along with it.

That’s why the air fryer is great!

It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, and cleanup is easy!

Trust me, you’ll love whipping up a batch of these air fryer crispy shrimp for salads, sandwiches, or appetizers!

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp ingredients on a table.

Ingredients for crispy air fryer shrimp

  • Large shrimp – Large shrimp work well so they’re extra plump and juicy.
  • Lime juice – Lime juice will give us a great citrusy tangy flavor.
  • Panko and regular bread crumbs – Using both types of breadcrumbs ensures that they’ll be extra crispy!
  • Kosher salt and black pepper – Salt and pepper enhance all of the flavors of the dish. 
  • Flour – Flour helps the egg wash to stick to the shrimp.
  • Egg and milk – This mixture helps the breadcrumbs to stick to the shrimp.
shrimp getting tossed in spices and lime juice in a bowl.
Shrimp coated in flour.
Shrimp coated in panko breadcrumbs.

What are panko breadcrumbs?

Panko breadcrumbs are a Japanese style of breadcrumb, made from baked coarse breadcrumbs.

The coarse grind gives them a bigger crunch!

Panko breadcrumbs can be found right next to regular breadcrumbs in the grocery store.

Breaded shrimp in an air fryer uncooked.
Cooked Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp.

Ways to serve air fryer crispy shrimp

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

You can add them to just about any dish! 

Add some crunch to a pesto pasta salad, or serve them alongside some equally crispy air fryer smashed potatoes.

You can also cook them up as meal prep for your week.

Just cool them to room temp and store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp on a plate.

Air Fryer FAQ

An air fryer is a tabletop convection oven.
It mimics the outcome of a deep-fat fryer but without oil. Hot hair is moved around via a fan that quickly and crisply cooks the food. The two 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 prefer my basket style.

I prefer the basket-style air fryer as it’s smaller and takes up less room than the toaster oven-style air fryer. My biggest tip regarding air fryers is to pick a style that will work best for your family and the amount of food you will cook. 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.

The answer to this will depend on your brand. It is ALWAYS best to double-check all brand recommendations by reading your user manual or visiting their website and seeing if they address this question on their site. My air fryer brand is basket style, and the outer and inner baskets are dishwasher safe.

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp drizzled with spicy mayo.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover crispy air fryer shrimp can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp ona. plate with dipping sauce.

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Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

These air fryer crispy shrimp cook up fast in our air fryer, and are super crunchy with the help of both regular and panko breadcrumbs!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • In a small bowl add your shrimp, lime juice, kosher salt, and black pepper.
  • Stir to combine and set aside for a few moments while you prepare your coating stations.
  • In a small bowl whisk together your egg and milk.
  • In another bowl add your flour.
  • In your final bowl add your breadcrumbs and panko. Stir to combine.
  • Remove your shrimp from the lime juice and toss in the flour.
  • Next, dip your shrimp into the egg and milk mixture.
  • Lastly, add your shrimp to the breadcrumbs and gently press your shrimp into the breadcrumbs to make sure it's fully coated.
  • In batches, add your shrimp to the air fryer basket in one layer.
  • Gently spray the tops with olive oil cooking spray and cook for 5 minutes at 390 degrees F.
  • After 5 minutes, flip the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes at 390 degrees F.
  • Repeat until all your shrimp have been cooked.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 287mg | Sodium: 1380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g
Course Air Fryer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer shrimp, breaded shrimp in the air fryer, crispy air fryer shrimp, panko breaded shrimp, shrimp in the air fryer
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