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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.

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.

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp drizzled with spicy mayo.

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.

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

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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!


  • 1 pound peeled deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 whole milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 panko breadcrumbs


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

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 287mgSodium: 1380mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

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