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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

by Karly

Our AIR FRYER FROZEN SHRIMP is a healthy, flavorful way to get dinner on the table in just 10 minutes! This low carb shrimp recipe is drizzled with garlic butter to make a decadent dish worth craving!

overhead view of garlic butter shrimp on black plate.

Shrimp is like mushrooms, you either love ’em or you hate ’em. My house is split on that opinion with two of us being very pro shrimp and two of us not. Your house may be the same.

We LOVE this recipe, because it’s so darn easy for the shrimp lovers to whip up a quick meal. You start with frozen shrimp and you can cook as many or as few as you’d like.

Plus, who doesn’t love a 10 minute dinner that you just pop in the air fryer and ignore until it’s time to eat?

Having a steak? Throw a few shrimp in the air fryer. Having pasta? Throw a few shrimp in the air fryer. Want some shrimp to snack on? Throw a few shrimp in the air fryer.

Ingredient Notes:

Shrimp – This recipe calls for a pound of frozen shrimp that are peeled and deveined. Tail on or off is up to you. We used medium shrimp in this recipe.

Garlic Butter – To season the shrimp, you’ll just melt together butter, fresh minced garlic, and parsley. We also include some red pepper flakes for heat, but that’s totally optional.

How to make:

Cook the shrimp – Do not thaw your shrimp – this recipe was developed to use frozen shrimp straight from the freezer.

frozen shrimp in air fryer basket.

Spritz your air fryer with oil spray or brush the oil on. Then add your shrimp to the basket and spritz some oil over the shrimp. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and stir while they are in your air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes. Halfway through cooking shake or stir the shrimp to cook them evenly.

cooked shrimp in air fryer basket.

Make the garlic butter – While the shrimp are cooking, put the butter and garlic in a bowl and microwave until the butter has melted. Stir in some red pepper flakes for a little kick.

garlic butter in small white bowl.

After you remove the shrimp from the air fryer and add to a serving bowl, drizzle this butter over the shrimp, sprinkle with parsley, and stir to coat.


Should you thaw frozen shrimp before cooking?

Nope, this recipe was developed to cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer. Keep it simple and toss your shrimp into the air fryer straight from the freezer.

How can I tell that the shrimp is done cooking?

Raw shrimp is a translucent gray color. Fully cooked shrimp will be opaque and have some pink bits to it.

What size shrimp should I use in the air fryer?

You may use any size shrimp that you like in the air fryer. This recipe was developed using medium shrimp. To cook larger shrimp, just add one minute to the cook time and test for doneness. Once the shrimp are opaque with hints of pink, they are cooked through.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Were you looking for frozen breaded shrimp?

You should be able to still follow the same recipe for cook times. However, you shouldn’t stack them or let them touch. It will be far more important to keep them spaced out to keep your edges crispy. Then instead of coating the shrimp in garlic butter, just use it for dipping!

cooked shrimp on black plate.

More air fryer seafood recipes to try:

garlic butter shrimp on black plate with text for Pinterest.

Let us know your opinion!

We’d love to hear what you think of this recipe! Leave a comment and star rating down below! And don’t forget to pin and share!

cooked shrimp with parsley on plate.

Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

No need to thaw your shrimp in this easy air fryer recipe. Toss it straight from the freezer into the air fryer, cook, and then drizzle with an easy garlic butter.


  • 1 pound medium frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Parsley, for garnish


  1. Spritz the basket of your air fryer with oil spray. 
  2. Add the frozen shrimp to the basket and spritz shrimp with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and shake basket. 
  3. Air fry at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through cooking, until the shrimp is cooked through.
  4. While the shrimp is cooking, place the butter and garlic in a small bowl and microwave until the butter has melted. Stir in the red pepper flakes.
  5. Remove the shrimp to a serving dish and drizzle with the butter mixture, stirring to coat.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh minced parsley before serving.


We tested this recipe using medium frozen shrimp. For smaller or larger shrimp, adjust the cook time accordingly. Shrimp is done with it is opaque with pink accents.

You may use tail on or tail off shrimp.

Do not thaw the shrimp before cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 1407mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g

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Timsit August 13, 2021 - 3:45 pm

Cooked and frozen shrimp or raw frozen shrimp?

Karly August 14, 2021 - 10:44 am

Raw and frozen. 🙂


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