This 15-minute air fryer frozen shrimp is a delicious, quick and easy meal! Keep a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer so you always have a tasty option in a pinch! Serve as an appetizer, as shrimp tacos, over taco bowls, and more!

shrimp in the air fryer with seasoning

What Makes This Recipe Great

Cooking frozen shrimp in the air fryer basket has never been easier! If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, this is it! No defrosting is needed, this air fryer frozen shrimp comes together in just 15 minutes. 

It’s the perfect topping to a salad, in taco bowls, as shrimp tacos, or by itself! You really can’t go wrong. You can even pair it with a delicious dipping sauce to make this a gathering-friendly appetizer!

Recipe Highlights

  • Easy, 15-Minute Recipe.
  • Simple Ingredients.
  • No defrosting is needed!
  • The perfect protein for taco bowls, shrimp tacos, burritos, salads, & more!

Ingredient Notes

Frozen Raw Shrimp: Tail on, peeled & deveined. I usually look for the 21-30 size so they are larger shrimp! See notes below for using pre-cooked frozen shrimp.

Cooking Spray: I use avocado oil spray.

Seasonings: Salt, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Cumin, Chili Powder, Black Pepper optional.

Recipe Step by Step

  1. Add frozen shrimp in a single layer directly into the air fryer basket.
  2. Sprinkle seasonings over top. 
  3. Lightly spray with avocado oil. 
  4. Air fry for 10-11 minutes at 400 until pink and crispy, and no longer opaque. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  5. Carefully remove from the air fryer, gently shaking the basket to remove any excess oil.
  6. Serve as-is, or in taco bowls with rice, beans, avocado, and other desired toppings!

Mary’s Tips & Tricks

Taco Bowls: Jump to the recipe card below to see the ingredients for Taco Bowls! This is a great (and delicious!) way to serve this shrimp recipe.

Cooked Shrimp: To make precooked frozen shrimp in the air fryer, follow the same instructions but cook for 5 minutes instead of 10!

Fresh Shrimp: To make fresh shrimp in the air fryer, cook at 400 for 5 minutes.

Side Dish: If you want to serve this as the main meal, any of these side dishes will pair perfectly! Pineapple Guacamole, Coconut Rice, and Everything Roasted Potatoes.

Cooking Times: Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the shrimp and if you use frozen raw shrimp, frozen cooked shrimp, or fresh shrimp. 

Dipping Sauce: There’s nothing better than a delicious dipping sauce for this air fried frozen shrimp! Try my homemade chick fil a sauce!

Recipe FAQs

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and eat within 3 days. 

Can I use fresh shrimp?

Yes! If you want to use fresh shrimp, simply adjust the cooking time to 5 minutes at the same temperature.

What size air fryer do I need?

I used the Ninja 4 Qt and it worked great!

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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb frozen shrimp, tail on, peeled & deveined. I usually look for the 21-30 size so they are relatively large! see notes below for using pre-cooked frozen shrimp.
  • avocado oil spray, for basket
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano

Taco Bowl Ingredients (Optional)

  • White rice
  • black beans
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • cilantro
  • jalapenos

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Add frozen shrimp directly into air fryer basket.
  • Sprinkle seasonings over top.
  • Lightly spray with avocado oil.
  • Air fry for 10-11 minutes at 400 until pink and crispy, and no longer opaque. Shake the basket halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Carefully remove from the air fryer, gently shaking the basket to remove any excess oil.
  • Serve as-is, or in taco bowls with rice, beans, avocado, and other desired toppings!

Notes

Cooked Shrimp: To make precooked frozen shrimp in the air fryer, follow same instructions but cook for 5 minutes instead of 10!
Side Dish: If you want to serve this air fryer frozen shrimp as the main meal, any of these side dishes will pair perfectly! Pineapple Guacamole, Coconut Cilantro Rice, and Everything Roasted Potatoes.
Fresh Shrimp: To make fresh shrimp in the air fryer, cook at 400 for 5 minutes. 
Cooking Times: Cooking times may vary depending on the size of the shrimp and if you use frozen raw shrimp, frozen cooked shrimp, or fresh shrimp. 
Dipping Sauce: There’s nothing better than a delicious dipping sauce for this air fried frozen shrimp! Try my homemade chick fil a sauce!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb, Calories: 99kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 283mg, Potassium: 311mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg