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Air fryer shrimp is an easy recipe that cooks in under 10 minutes. Serve these succulent shrimp as an appetizer or main dish.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air around food at high-speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy ‘fried’ layer. Air fryers come in various sizes. For this recipe I used my 5.8-quart Cosori Air Fryer and the skewers from the respective accessory kit. The Cosori air fryer is extremely easy to use. It comes with several preset cooking temperatures in case you don’t know how long to cook a particular ingredient. It’s also very easy to clean. A little bit of soap and water is all you need to clean the inside and outside basket.
What size air fryer you should get depends on your needs. I’m a household of two so most days I usually cook 2 pounds of food or under which can go in my 5.8-quart without having to cook in batches.
Using The Skewers
The Cosori air fryer accessory kit comes with several accessory items including a cake pan, a metal holder, a pizza pan, a silicone mat, egg bites mold with a lid and of course 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. I’ll try meat kebabs later but first up – air fryer shrimp skewers! I would not have thought to make shrimp skewers in the air fryer but they came out great; they cooked perfectly and had a nice, crisp outside. I didn’t have to oil or grease the skewers before using them and the meat slid right off. The best part was clean up. I wiped the skewers down with a sponge and put them in the dishwasher. If you’re using your air fryer for this recipe but you do not have the skewer kit, simply place the shrimp in the air fryer basket but remember to stop and shake/flip the shrimp halfway through cooking.
I used approximately 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp for this recipe. For me that turned out to be 15 jumbo shrimp: 3 shrimp on each of the 5 skewers. Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tails on or take them off, whatever you fancy. The marinade I got from when I was in cooking school with Carol Cotner Thompson. It’s a simple smokey marinade that we made grilled shrimp tacos with. This marinade has been on my mind ever since we made those tacos and it’s the 1st marinade I thought of for this recipe. Marinate the shrimp for up to 30 minutes but now much more than that. Since the marinade includes lime 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 cooks (raw fish cooked in citrus juices). You can of course substitute your favorite marinade for the shrimp if you don’t want to use the one provided below.
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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 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled & deveined (approximately 14–16 shrimp)
- 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- Zest and juice of 2 limes (approximately 4 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil)
- 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.
- Thread the shrimp onto skewers.
- Set air fryer temperature for 350. Set time for 8 minutes.
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