Air fryer shrimp is an easy recipe that cooks in under 10 minutes. Serve these succulent shrimp as an appetizer or main dish.
If you can’t tell, I’m loving my air fryer these days. I would not have thought to make shrimp in the air fryer but they came out great – cooked perfectly with a slightly, crisp outside.
What Is An Air Fryer?
The name air fryer is a little bit confusing, because when you cook food in your air fryer you aren’t actually frying it. An air fryer cooks your food by circulating hot air around the food at a very high-speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy ‘fried’ layer. This is called convection so your air fryer is actually a small countertop convection oven. An air fryer can help you cook your food faster while still getting a nice baked or fried texture on the outside, all with a very small amount of oil. Air fryers come in a variety of different sizes and styles. What you see here in the pics is a 5.8-quart air fryer.
Prepping The Shrimp
I used 1 pound of shrimp for this recipe. I suggest you devein the shrimp. Other than that, it’s up to you whether or not you peel the shrimp or leave the shells & tails on.
A Homemade Marinade
If the marinade looks familiar it’s because it’s the exact same ingredients that were used in the sauce for my Slow Cooker/Instant Pot One-Pot Chicken Dinner recipe. Marinate the shrimp for up to 30 minutes but not much more than that. Since the marinade includes lemon juice, if you let the shrimp sit in it for too long, it will start to cook in the acidity. Kind of like how ceviche is raw fish cooked in citrus juice. Of course if you don’t want to use my marinade provided below, you can substitute your favorite marinade for the shrimp.
Using The Skewers
I purchased an accessory kit for my air fryer and one of the items that came with it is a metal skewer rack with 5 metal skewers. I love that the accessory kit came with skewers. I immediately knew what I wanted to use the skewers for. If you use skewers, you do not have to flip or turn the shrimp halfway through cooking. Also, I did not oil or grease the skewers before using them and the shrimp slid right off. The best part was clean up. I wiped the skewers down with a sponge and put them in the dishwasher.
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Other Cooking Methods
Don’t have an air fryer yet? That’s okay. While I do recommend getting one, you can also grill or broil the shrimp in the oven. If you’re using wooden skewers first soak them in warm water for 10-30 minutes. This will help prevent them from burning.
To GRILL: Set grill to medium heat. Add shrimp skewers to the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink and opaque.
To BROIL: Preheat the broiler. Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Place the shrimp skewers on the pan in a single layer and broil for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink and opaque.
- 1 pound shrimp, deveined
- 1/2 cup oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil)
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- Pinch salt & pepper
- In a large bowl or plastic bag, mix together the marinade ingredients. Add shrimp and toss until all shrimp are coated.
- Place bowl in the refrigerator and marinate for 30 minutes. When done, remove shrimp and discard the marinade.
- Set air fryer temperature for 350. Cook shrimp for 8 minutes, flipping shrimp halfway through cooking at the 4 minute mark.
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