TikTok's Air Fryer Shrimp

Seven minutes in an air fryer is all it takes to get this crave-worthy air fryer shrimp popularized all over TikTok.

Bowl filled with spicy shrimp
Prep Time:
6 mins
Cook Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Cooking shrimp can be a challenge. After you figure out what all of those numbers mean when you buy it (hint, it's the number of shrimp you get per pound), then you have to get it home and pray you don't turn it to rubber. That's where the air fryer comes in to save the day. This mighty machine can cook almost anything and shrimp is no exception. Since heat is blasted all around the food, it cooks the shrimp evenly and quickly, which can be a tricky task in a skillet or in the oven.

Maybe you noticed that TikTok exploded with multiple versions of air fryer shrimp in 2022. Our favorite, Jackie Hartlaub's Spicy Shrimp inspired this recipe. You only need a handful of ingredients to create a delicious meal that's quick and guaranteed to be cooked just right.

Before you give it a try, here are a few tips to ensure success:

1. If you use frozen shrimp (which is a great idea), fully thaw them following package directions before using.

2. No matter what, do not skip the step of patting your shrimp dry. A damp shrimp ends up a soggy shrimp.

3. Peeling and deveining shrimp isn't that hard. Remove the shell (leaving the tail intact) then run a paring knife along the back of the shrimp about ⅛-inch deep to reveal the "vein." Use your paring knife or paper towel to remove. Rinse shrimp under cold water, pat dry, then proceed with the recipe.

4. If the basket or pan of your air fryer is on the small side, work in batches. Overcrowding leads to uneven cooking.


  • 12 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning


  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°F.

  2. Pat shrimp with clean paper towels to dry then toss with olive oil and paprika in a medium bowl. Lightly brush the air fryer basket with oil. Add half of the shrimp, spreading them out in an even layer and cook 7 minutes. Repeat with the remaining half.

  3. Combine the butter and seasoning in a large bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

144 Calories
7g Fat
1g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 362mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 17g
Potassium 175mg 4%

* 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.

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