Healthy, homemade, and quick, this is the best Air Fryer Shrimp recipe to get dinner on the table fast. It is so easy to marinate plump, juicy shrimp in a zesty honey, garlic, lemon sauce and cook in the air fryer for 7 minutes. If you’re craving a seafood dinner, then this is a must-try.

Season shrimp with lemon and parsley after air frying.

I have a love-love relationship with my air fryer. I mean, how could you not?

This miracle contraption gets dishes on the table so fast!

I have tried my hand at appetizers (Air Fryer Pickles) side dishes (Air Fryer Zucchini) and main dishes (Air Fryer Salmon) – to name a few.

I fell in love with the air fryer salmon so I just had to try out shrimp next. Let me tell you, it was just as good and even easier.

This recipe is so quick to make. The result is a juicy and plump shrimp on the inside and a crispy exterior.

Look no further for a super-fast dinner for weeknights that is also fancy enough to serve guests.

Shrimp, oil, soy sauce, honey, lemon, garlic, and seasonings are the ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients

To make this Air Fryer Shrimp recipe you need:

  • Shrimp. Opt for smaller shrimp, maybe medium-sized, around 20 to 24 count per pound. Be sure to either purchase peeled and deveined or do this yourself. You can leave the tails on or off.
  • Oil. Avocado oil is perfect for the air fryer since it has a high smoke point. However, olive oil works just as well.
  • Soy sauce. This salty sauce is the base of the marinade. For a gluten-free meal, substitute the soy sauce for a gluten-free kind, Tamari, or even coconut liquid aminos.
  • Lemon juice. You need about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice for the sauce, plus more for serving. While you can use a bottled type, the flavor won’t be quite the same.
  • Honey.  You just need a little bit for a floral and sweet undertone to the sauce. You can also use pure maple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Garlic. A couple of cloves of finely minced garlic really gives the sauce a punch. You can sub in garlic powder, but it will affect the taste.

How to Make Air Fryer Shrimp

The basic steps for making this Air Fryer Shrimp are simple to follow:

Prepare the Shrimp

Do not use frozen shrimp as the added moisture will impact the final result.

First, pat the shrimp dry.

The shrimp needs to be peeled and de-veined. Use your fingers to remove the shell. A fork makes it easy to pull the vein out.

Toss in Marinade

Combine the oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, garlic cloves, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk until it is well combined.

Add the shrimp to the sauce and slightly toss until everything is covered.

Let the shrimp marinate for at least 10 to 20 minutes, or up to 2 hours. Any longer than this and the acid will break down the proteins in the shrimp and they will get mushy.

Cook Shrimp in Air Fryer

Air frying the shrimp results in a tender and juicy inside with a crispy outside. But be sure to preheat the air fryer to 370℉ for at least 3 minutes before adding the shrimp.

Line the shrimp in a single layer on the air fryer basket. Cook the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes, and then flip each one and baste with the remaining marinade from the bowl.

Cook the shrimp until they are no longer translucent and thoroughly cooked through.

Remove them from the air fryer and set on a paper towel.

Serve with Sauces

When the shrimp are cooked through, squeeze some extra lemon juice and sprinkle fresh parsley on top.

You can also serve these with:

You can serve shrimp with a variety of dipping sauces.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Shrimp is best enjoyed fresh, but you can mix up the sauce ahead of time if you need.
  • To Store: Store leftover shrimp in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: It is best to freeze shrimp soon after cooking for the best flavor. Line the leftovers on a tray in a single layer and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, transfer the shrimp to a freezer-safe bag and store it for 12 months.
  • To Reheat: Warm up shrimp in the air fryer at 325℉ for 5 minutes. You can use the microwave, but they will be mushy.
Air fry shrimp for a quick and healthy dinner.

FAQs

How do you know when air fried shrimp is done?

The shrimp is done when it is no longer translucent. If you’d like, use a thermometer. It is fully cooked at 145℉.

How long do you air fry shrimp?

Depending on the size of the shrimp, it should be cooked for 5 to 10 minutes.

What do you serve air fryer shrimp with?

Air fryer shrimp is perfect for salads, pasta, on rice, in shrimp tacos, or as the main dish with your favorite side.

Is air fryer shrimp healthy?

This protein is full of vitamin C and A, high in calcium and potassium, and low carb when cooked in the air fryer.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Not too big. Find small to medium-sized shrimp that so they cook evenly and get tender.
  • On or off. You can leave the tail on the shrimp or remove it, whatever you prefer.
  • Let it rest. Give the shrimp enough time to marinate in the sauce.
  • Don’t overdo it. If you overcook the shrimp, it will get rubbery. Be sure to remove the shrimp from the air fryer as soon as it’s done.
  • Change it up. Get creative with the seasonings. Try adding onion powder, paprika, or lemon pepper, or kick up the spice with Cajun seasoning.
Shrimp is a delicious seafood dinner.

What to Serve with Air Fryer Shrimp

Round out your meal with any of these healthy and easy sides:

More Air Fryer Recipes

If you’re looking for other super quick air fryer recipes, try one of these next:

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Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

Healthy, homemade, and quick, this is the best Air Fryer Shrimp recipe to get dinner on the table fast. It is so easy to marinate plump, juicy shrimp in a zesty honey, garlic, lemon sauce and cook in the air fryer for 7 minutes.
Yield 4 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 6 minutes
Total 21 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. shrimp 20/24 count per pound, peeled and deveined, tails on or off
  • 2 Tbsp. oil avocado or olive
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari if gluten-free
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice plus more for serving
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ¼-½ tsp. salt to taste
  • tsp. black pepper
  • Parsley finely chopped, optional

Instructions 

  • If the shrimp have not already been prepared, peel and devein them. The tails can be left on or off depending on preference.
  • Whisk together oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, honey, garlic cloves, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Add shrimp and marinate for 10-20 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  • Place shrimp in a single layer in a 6-quart air fryer basket. Cook at 370 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Halfway through cooking, baste the shrimp with the remaining marinade from the bowl. Continue cooking until the shrimp are no longer translucent and cooked through.
  • Serve with a squeeze of additional lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Enjoy!

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Notes

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Shrimp is best enjoyed fresh, but you can mix up the sauce ahead of time if you need.
  • To Store: Store leftover shrimp in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 days.
  • To Freeze: It is best to freeze shrimp soon after cooking for best flavor. Line the leftovers on a tray in a single layer and place in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, transfer the shrimp to a freezer-safe bag and store it for 12 months.
  • To Reheat: Warm up shrimp in the air fryer at 325℉ for 5 minutes. You can use the microwave, but it will be mushy.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 183mg, Sodium: 461mg, Potassium: 318mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 77mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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