Air Fryer Frozen shrimp is the best way to make frozen breaded shrimp! Get perfectly crispy shrimp anytime you make Air Fried Frozen shrimp with this easy step-by-step!
Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp
If you have been wanting to know how to cook breaded frozen shrimp in the air fryer we have you covered! It is super easy to make Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp and you can use this method to cook frozen butterfly shrimp or popcorn shrimp in the air fryer. Grab the shrimp and make the tasty Air Fried Breaded Frozen Shrimp your family will love!
Frozen breaded shrimp in the air fryer is the best way to cook frozen shrimp. For the longest time I baked frozen shrimp in the oven like the box told me to. Then I fell in love with my air fryer and started air frying everything I could including the frozen breaded shrimp. I won’t go back to baking it in the oven and when you see how easy it is to cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer you won’t either!
Cooking breaded shrimp in the air fryer makes it perfectly crispy and cuts down on the cook time but quite a bit. Making fried shrimp in the air fryer quicker and easier then other cooking methods.
Types of Frozen Breaded Shrimp
There are a few different types of frozen breaded shrimp that you will find in the freezer section all of which you can make Air Fried Breaded Frozen Shrimp with. I did not try this with beer battered shrimp so I can not guarantee that it will work exactly the same, but I am assuming it will because the breading is also frozen.
Butterfly shrimp. These shrimp are bigger and they are cut, peeled, deveined and flattened to be “butterflied” before they are breaded. These tend to still have the tail left on them. When the larger shrimp are not cut in the butterfly way they are called jumbo shrimp.
Popcorn Shrimp. This refers to the size of the shrimp. They are smaller shrimp that are peeled and while they are full shrimp they are small shrimp. You can cook these in air fryer but the cook time will be shorter then butterfly shrimp.
Beer battered shrimp. This shrimp is coated in a batter that is fluffy when cooked.
Breaded Shrimp. This shrimp is breaded with breadcrumbs and has a more crumbly breading.
How long do you cook breaded shrimp in an air fryer?
If you are cooking popcorn Breaded Frozen Shrimp the cook time is 7-10 minutes for half of a normal sized bag. When you are cooking popcorn shrimp you can pour them into the air fryer basket about half full. You will want to remove the basket and shake them around a bit half way thru the cooking time so they all cook evenly.
If you are cooking frozen butterfly shrimp the cook time is 7-9 minutes for 10-15 shrimp. How many you are cooking depends on how big your air fryer is. When you are cooking butterfly shrimp they must be in a single layer.
Tips for Cooking Frozen Shrimp in an Air Fryer
Do not defrost them. You want them to be solid frozen when you put them in the air fryer.
Single layer. Only cook them in a single layer if you are making butterfly shrimp or jumbo, do not stack them or they will not cook thoroughly.
Read your instructions. Some air fryers will require you to use cooking spray when you are using them, others don’t so be sure to check the specific directions for yours.
What to serve with Fried Shrimp
Our favorite dipping sauces for Air Fried Breaded Frozen Shrimp are honey mustard sauce, homemade ranch, homemade tartar sauce or ketchup.
You can use friend shrimp when making tacos or burrito bowls or serve them as the main dish. There are lots of tasty side dishes that go with fried shrimp. You can easily make fried shrimp a full meal. Check out some of our favorite sides to serve with Air Fried fried shrimp.
- Baked mac and cheese
- Garlic Parmesan Sweet potato fries
- Baked Zucchini Fries
- Corn on The Cob
- Broccoli Slaw
What is the best Air Fryer?
There are many different air fryers out there, amongst our team of foodies our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer and convection oven combo, Power XL Pro and the Ninja Foodi 9-in-One. If you don’t have either of them you can use the air fryer you have, but if you are looking to get started with cooking food in an air fryer then our suggestion is that you want to get one of those.
Air Fried Frozen Shrimp Ingredients
- Frozen shrimp (butterfly shrimp or popcorn shrimp)
How to Make Frozen Shrimp in the Air Fryer
Preheat the air fryer to 390 for 5 minutes.
Add the frozen shrimp to the air fryer tray or basket. If you are making butterfly shrimp make sure they are in a single layer.
Cook in the Air Fryer at 390 for 10 minutes.
Serve as desired.
Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Frozen Corn Dogs
- Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
- Air Fryer Steak
- Air Fryer Frozen Steak Fries
- Air Fryer Frozen Tater Tots
- Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Nuggets
Air Fried Breaded Frozen Shrimp
- 20 ounces Breaded Frozen shrimp butterfly shrimp or popcorn shrimp
- Preheat the air fryer to 390 for 5 minutes.
- Add the frozen shrimp to the air fryer tray or basket. If you are making butterfly shrimp make sure they are in a single layer.
- Cook in the Air Fryer at 390 for 10 minutes.
- Serve as desired.
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