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5 from 10 votes

Air Fryer Fried Shrimp

Crispy and juicy fried popcorn shrimp, cooked in just 10 minutes in the air fryer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer recipe, fried shrimp recipe, popcorn shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 317kcal


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp black pepper divided
  • 2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp paprika divided
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined raw shrimp (I normally use 21/25)
  • canola oil cooking spray (or any nonstick spray)
  • store-bought remoulade sauce


  • Get out 3 shallow bowls. To the first one, add flour, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp paprika. Stir with a fork until combined.
  • In the second bowl, add 2 eggs and whisk. In the third bowl, add the panko and the remaining 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp paprika. Stir with a fork to combine.
  • Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel, then coat the shrimp, one at a time, in the flour mixture, then in the eggs, then in the panko mixture. Set aside on a plate and repeat with remaining shrimp.
  • Preheat air fryer to 390°F. Add breaded shrimp in a single layer to the bottom of the air fryer basket. Lightly spray with a canola oil cooking spray, then cook for 5 minutes.
  • Shake the basket, lightly spray with oil again, and cook another 5 minutes, or until shrimp is golden brown.
  • Serve hot, with any dipping sauces you like.


  1. If using frozen shrimp, make sure they're fully defrosted and pat them very dry.
  2. To make more shrimp, you'll need to cook in batches so they can cook in an even layer.  If you pile them on top of each other, they'll steam, and won't get as crispy.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 379mg | Sodium: 2278mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 5mg