Frozen Shrimp in the Air Fryer


I would love to say I plan every meal down to the last detail. Not! Sometimes, I have to create a "dinner on the fly," doing a quick run down of likely ingredients while I am stuck in traffic. On those occasions, there is really nothing faster than shrimp. I usually have a bag of raw, cleaned shrimp in the freezer, and let me tell you, they have saved dinner, from time to time! Easy, quick, and simple, these shrimp prepared in an air fryer become an appetizer with the addition of your favorite sauce, or the main event, atop a dinner salad, with a lovely vinaigrette.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound frozen raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley (Optional)

  • 4 wedges fresh lemon (Optional)


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 5 minutes.

  2. While the air fryer is heating, separate frozen shrimp if necessary and knock off any ice crystals that may have developed with a spoon.

  3. Place a single layer of frozen shrimp, about 1/2 pound, in the cooking area of the preheated air fryer and cook for 4 minutes.

  4. Combine melted butter, seafood seasoning, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

  5. When the timer sounds, brush each shrimp with seasoned butter, turn over, and brush the other side as well. Air-fry until shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is opaque, 3 to 4 more minutes. Repeat with remaining shrimp.

  6. Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

Cook's Note:

This recipe was developed using a 5.3 quart basket-style air fryer. Different sizes and brands may yield different results.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

223 Calories
14g Fat
1g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 223
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 217mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love