Air fryer shrimp is a quick appetizer for entertaining or the perfect addition to a summer salad. 

When it comes to summer fun we love easy entertaining recipes. This recipe makes tender, juicy, garlic butter shrimp in the air fryer that’s perfect for appetizers, salad toppers, or taco fillers! It is ready in under 15 minutes, making it perfect for last-minute plans.

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Garlic Butter Air Fryer Shrimp

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Quick & Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp

The air fryer makes this recipe uber-easy with less than 5 minutes of cook time.

  • Mildly flavored shrimp are tossed with simple seasonings and air fried until they are plump, juicy, and absolutely delectable!
  • Shrimp are loaded with healthy protein and are low-cal, low-fat, but high in flavor when they’re tossed with garlic butter, a splash of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of colorful parsley.
  • This homemade recipe delivers tasty shrimp all day! Serve them for lunch over a bed of greens or for dinner over linguine.

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Ingredients & Variations

SHRIMP: Shrimp come in a variety of sizes; this recipe uses large shrimp (31-40 per pound), but colossal shrimp (12-15 per pound) are an excellent size for appetizers served hot or cold.

Frozen shrimp must be thawed before seasoning. Then cook in the air fryer following the recipe below.

SEASONINGS: Light seasonings mean this recipe is super versatile and can be easily served hot or cold. Make this recipe your own and experiment with different bold blends like taco seasoning, or a southwest seasoning!

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How to Cook Shrimp in the Air Fryer

Make delicious shrimp in just two simple steps.

  1. Toss shrimp with oil and seasonings.
  2. Cook until heated through (per the recipe below).

PRO TIP: Avoid overcooking the shrimp. They will continue to cook once they are removed from the air fryer basket.

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Tips to Reheat Leftover Shrimp

The best way to store leftover shrimp is to keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up 2 days.

Reheat it in the air fryer after adding tossing it in a little extra oil so it doesn’t get rubbery as it reheats.

Freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 4 weeks. Reheat them from frozen in the air fryer, however, they will not as firm as fresh.

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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp

Tender juicy shrimp perfectly seasoned cook in just minutes in the air fryer.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound large shrimp thawed, peeled and deveined
  • 1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 370°F.
  • In a medium bowl toss shrimp with oil and seasonings.
  • Place shrimp in a single layer in an air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.

Notes

Shrimp should be cooked in a single layer in the basket. To cook in batches, cook shrimp as directed. At the end, add all shrimp to the basket for the last minute of cooking to heat through.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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Holly is a mom of 4 with a love for all things air fryer! Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making recipes for the everyday home cook!
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  1. 5 stars
    Air fryers are the best thing to happen to recipes since, well, air fryers. No more oil needed for crispy, delicious food- just toss in your ingredients and let the machine. Thanks for sharing the air fryers article .