Air fryer shrimp is the perfect bite with tender shrimp in a crispy seasoned Panko coating.

It’s an easy solution for last-minute entertaining, a side dish, or even on top of a salad! Why not try air-fried shrimp in tacos too!

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp in a bowl with dip

Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

We love this recipe because it’s delicious and healthier than deep-fried shrimp.

This recipe not only is a healthy version of a popular appetizer, but it’s easy and everyone loves it!

Serve it alongside a trio of sauces like teriyaki, honey mustard sauce, or chipotle aioli!


SHRIMP Choose large shrimp that are peeled and deveined. You can choose shrimp with or without tails.

Fresh or frozen will both work great, if using frozen just make sure they’re thawed and drained (and dabbed dry so the coating will stick)!

BREADING Lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Panko breadcrumbs are all used to create the crispy, flavorful breading for this shrimp!

VARIATIONS For a spicier version, use cajun seasoning instead of (or even along with) lemon pepper. Or, use taco seasoning in shrimp tacos!

ingredients to make Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

How To Make Air Fryer Shrimp

It’s as quick as anything to make shrimp in the air fryer!

  1. Prep Coatings: Prep the bread crumb and flour mixtures (per recipe below).
  2. Bread Shrimp: Dip shrimp in flour, egg, then Panko, being sure to coat thoroughly.
  3. Cook in Air Fryer: Spray shrimp with cooking spray and place in air fryer basket. Cook on high until shrimp are crispy.

Add your favorite dippers from aioli to cocktail sauce.

breaded shrimp before and after cooking in the air fryer


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Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp

These Air Fryer Shrimp are perfectly seasoned, breaded, and so crispy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


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  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • ¾ pound large shrimp with tails peeled and deveined
  • cooking spray


  • Combine flour and half of the seasonings. In a separate bowl, combine bread crumbs and remaining seasonings.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • Toss shrimp in the flour mixture. Remove a shrimp from the flour mixture and dip in egg and then into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  • Lightly spray shrimp with cooking spray.
  • Add a single layer of shrimp to the air fryer basket. Cook 4 minutes.
  • Flip shrimp over, spritz with cooking spray and cook an additional 4 minutes or just until cooked through and crispy.
  • Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  • Serve with cocktail sauce.


Smaller shrimp may need a minute or so less cook time.
Leftovers will last up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge. 
To reheat, place on a baking sheet in a 350°F oven for up to 10 minutes or until crispy. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 210 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 307mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food, Seafood
Cuisine American
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  1. I was looking for a simple shrimp recipe for New Year’s Eve that would satisfy my craving for fried shrimp. This was so easy and so tasty and quick in the air fryer. The shrimp were juicy and the spices were perfect. The coating was crunchy and I made a quick dipping sauce of mayo and pickle relish that more than satisfied my craving. As others have commented, this is a shrimp recipe that is good enough to have on a regular basis – and healthy and much less mess and clean up from the oil fried version. Most importantly, it delivers and you won’t miss oil fried shrimp because this is one tasty fried shrimp dish.5 stars

    1. Yes! If using frozen just make sure they’re thawed and drained (and dabbed dry so the coating will stick)!

  2. Looks wonderful! What is the recipe for the pink dip you show in the picture?
    Absolutely love all of your recipes. Thank you!!5 stars

  3. Why are there 2 different types of bread crumbs listed? Can Seasoned bread crumbs be used without added the Panko bread crumbs?

    1. Seasoned breadcrumbs are a bit of a finer texture, so they coat more evenly and have more flavor, Panko has a larger crumb for extra crunch. You can use just one or the other if you’d like.

  4. We loved the recipe, it was awesome . I doubled the recipe for the family size. I added a salad with the meal.5 stars

    1. Thanks for the feedback Shelly, we will look into it :) So happy you loved the recipe though!

  5. Delicious! Jumbo shrimp take a couple minutes longer. I did not have seasoned breadcrumbs so I used seasoned salt. My husband wants this on our menu rotation from now on!5 stars

  6. I am new to your site and have found many recipes I like. I like the information you provide and how it’s presented. I am saving many. I am new to air frying too and appreciate your collection in that category.

    One thing you DON’T have that I wish you DID HAVE is an “ADD TO HOME SCREEN” option included in the drop down menu. Yes, I save to Pinterest but I have begun creating files on my home screen in food categories for recipes I will be or plan to be using frequently. Or, at least, peruseing frequently for choosing. The same recipes I will also put into Pinterest so others may also find them but for my fast search my desktop screen is better and easier for me. As I plan to visit your site often would you please add this option? I know it’s a bit to ask for just one person but many I’ve shared this idea with in my various recipe clubs or just with friends and family have adopted the idea as well. We find there is just too much good stuff online to save and our Pinterest pages are overflowing with that goodness making it a lengthy process to find things we use frequently. Desktop files really speed up that process. (But always save to Pinterest as well for sharing AND in case anything happens to your phone! Better safe than sorry.) Thanks for considering this. One step once on your part will be very helpful each time I (or my like minded friends) want to save a recipe we plan to put into rotation or have easily at our fingertips.

    Thanks for your great posts and recipes too. I will definitely be sharing your site by direct referral. That, too, is something I instigated with my recipe clubs. We now have a page anyone can add a site to with a description of what and why they thought it worthy to add to the list.

    1. Hi Debby, So happy you are enjoying our recipe! The Air Fryer is such a great kitchen tool once you get the hang of it. As for the save feature do you have an iPhone? This is actually a feature provided through Apple. Once you are on our website (on your phone) there is a share icon in the center bottom bar on the screen. From there you should be able to scroll down select “Add to Home Screen”. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Sonya, some will but to help it adhere to the shrimp you can lightly press the flour into the shrimp before dipping it in the egg mixture. Then be sure to lightly press the Panko mixture into the shrimp as well.

  7. Wow the shrimp is tender and tasty. My hubby said that they were so good that he forgot how much he loved shrimp. I will definitely make this recipe again.

    1. I haven’t tried it with cooked shrimp Kellie. I’d worry the shrimp would overcook. Let us know if you try it!