Maple Bourbon Glazed Shrimp

by Karly

This recipe for MAPLE BOURBON GLAZED SHRIMP starts with a simple marinade of maple syrup, soy sauce, and bourbon. The shrimp soak up that delicious flavor before being air fried for a few minutes. Perfectly cooked and loads of flavor. This is the perfect way to use up that frozen shrimp in your freezer.

A white plate with bourbon shrimp and asparagus on it.

Everyone needs a little spice in their life! Adding some spice to shrimp is a fantastic way to enjoy this very popular seafood. I need a shrimp recipe that stood out a little from the rest as I was serving this to a person who was eating shrimp for the very first time.

Another reason I enjoy this recipe is you can give it a little extra “pop” with a splash of Kentucky Bourbon as it will leave an almost smoky, caramel flavor to blend with your chili powder and maple flavors coating your shrimp.

Cooking with bourbon can also change the texture of your meat for the better, which is beneficial for shrimp. This glazed shrimp is just bursting with all that sweet, savory flavor.

Cooked shrimp being scooped out of an air fryer basket.

How to make bourbon shrimp:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar, maple syrup, soy sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper until the brown sugar fully dissolves.
  • Remove three tablespoons of this sauce to a small bowl and set aside. We’ll use the bit of sauce to brush over the cooked shrimp.
  • Add the bourbon to the marinade and give it a stir.
Overhead view of several ingredients in separate dishes.
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade and stir to coat the shrimp.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Overhead view of maple bourbon glaze in a glass bowl.
  • Brush the basket of your air fryer with olive oil or use an oil mister to spray the basket.
  • Remove shrimp from the marinade and arrange in a single layer in your air fryer basket. You might need to work in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
Glazed shrimp in an air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.
  • Brush the shrimp with the sauce you set aside earlier and serve!

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Most of the time I am cooking for only four people. I have found that a 6qt air fryer is a great size for feeding four people.

You will note this recipe says to brush on oil. Alternatively, you can spray oil out of a pump spray bottle. You should not use the canned non-stick spray in an air fryer as it can damage your air fryer basket.

A large spoon of shrimp being held up to a camera.

Substitutions for this recipe:

  • Brandy and rum would also work well, in place of bourbon.
  • Use real maple syrup in this recipe. Pancake syrup is NOT the same! If you don’t have maple syrup, use honey instead.
  • You can use this same glaze with chicken instead of shrimp if you like. If you use a boneless chicken breast it will take 10-12 minutes to cook. You can chop it up for faster cook times.
Shrimp and asparagus on a white plate.

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Cooked shrimp spread out in an air fryer basket with a maple bourbon glaze.
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Air Fryer Shrimp with Maple Glaze

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 43 minutes

We marinate raw shrimp in a simple bourbon maple sauce and then air fry until it's cooked to perfection. This dish is ready in less than an hour and that sweet, savory glaze is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 lb. medium raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add the maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper to a medium bowl and whisk until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  2. Remove 3 tablespoons of the sauce to a small bowl and set aside for brushing over the shrimp after it has cooked.
  3. Add the bourbon to the marinade and stir.
  4. Add the shrimp to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and discard the marinade. 
  6. Brush the basket of the air fryer with the olive oil. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. You may have to work in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  7. Air fryer at 370 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until shrimp are opaque and cooked through. 
  8. Brush shrimp with reserved sauce before serving.

Notes

Brandy or rum may be substituted for the bourbon, if preferred.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1485mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gProtein: 16g

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