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Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe

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Easy Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Shrimp is one of the fastest and most delicious meals I’ve made in such a long time! From the fridge to the plate in about 30 minutes, these tender shrimp could stand on their own as the main dish or go on top of a fresh salad for a light lunch. 

Air Fryer Shrimp

Air Fryer Shrimp with Garlic

I know I don’t talk about it much on here, but I have a secret love affair happening that goes beyond the pellet grill and Instant Pot land. 

I am FULLY on-board the air fryer bandwagon, and I’m not even sorry. 

Why don’t I post more air fryer recipes, you might be wondering?

Because I cook for a crowd, around here, with 9 people coming to the table three times a day to be fed, and I don’t think there’s an air fryer in existence that can crank out a meal for that many.

For us, we use the air fryer for lunches, and to cook things that we’d normally cook in the oven or in the microwave. 

I like it because the kids can throw in some frozen foods or snacks and it is easy to use and they all come out so much better than they do when they are cooked in the microwave. 

After I tried this Roasted Shrimp Recipe that I found over on Bowl Me Over, I’m going to change my tune and maybe just employ a small army of air fryers so that my family can all enjoy the fruits of my labor. 

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Air Fryer Shrimp

What kind of shrimp should you use for air fryer shrimp?

What particular kind of shrimp you use isn’t as important as the actual size of the shrimp you are working with. The bigger, the better, when it comes to shrimp in my humble opinion.

I can enjoy salad shrimp as much as the next person, but it just doesn’t quite compare to a colossal shrimp that’s been cooked perfectly. 

So, use what you have and what you can afford and find, but also know that if you go bigger you’ll probably enjoy the end result more. 

Air Fryer Shrimp

Shells or nah?

I prefer shrimp to be cooked without the shells, myself. I think it helps the seasoning wind up on the final dish in a more established way, and I just kind of like to eat my food without having to fuss with it much. Crab and lobster are one thing, but with shrimp, I just want to dig in and eat. 

You can buy the shrimp with the shells on if that’s what you have, but I’d suggest shelling it before you cook. 

The same goes for the tails. I know some people like to grab onto those while they shovel the shrimp face-side but to me they just kind of get in the way. This is especially true if you’ll be serving the shrimp in or on anything that requires a fork. 

So, for instance, if you are throwing this easy (and healthy) shrimp on top of a bed of my Creamy Asparagus Noodles, shells and tails off. 

If the shrimp will be a stand-alone appetizer or otherwise served along something else that is in the finger-food-family, leave the tails on for easy grabbing. 

See all of my Easy Shrimp Recipes!

Air Fryer Shrimp

Air Fryer Shrimp Shopping Lists

  • 1 pound shrimp
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley

How did I find this recipe?

This is a blogger recipe exchange called Freaky Friday! It is organized by one of my favorite bloggers around, Michaela of An Affair From the Heart, and she gets groups of bloggers together for a secret recipe exchange where we’re all assigned another blogger and we make one of their recipes and share it on our site. 

The first time I participated was last fall, where I made an awesome Caramel Pecan Bite recipe that featured a recipe by Jennifer Stewart of Take Two Tapas

The goal of Freaky Friday is that we get to know each other a little better, and we also get to share another blogger with our own audiences. 

You guys are going to love Bowl Me Over, so I hope that you go and check it out!

Debra calls herself the “Soup Queen”, and I can see why. She’s got some epic soups on her site, but some that caught my eye that I can’t wait to try out are:

She lives in California with her husband and their dog family and got her start in the food world by catering weddings and whipping out epic dishes at family reunions. 

She’s also tenacious. In THIRD GRADE she worked to earn enough money to buy a piano because she wanted to learn so badly. My third graders have barely been able to tie their own shoes or make it from one end of the house to the other and still complete whatever task I gave them, so I’m 17 shades of impressed by her gumption there. 

Some other recipes that are going on my “Must Make” list that you might want to check out:

Air Fryer Shrimp

Take a look at all of our 2020 Freaky Friday Spring Edition Recipes:

  1. An Affair from the Heart – Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  2. Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Homemade Loaded Queso
  3. Bowl Me Over – Crispy Smashed Potatoes
  4. Hostess at Heart – Chocolate Coffee Cake
  5. House of Nash Eats – Asian Lettuce Wraps
  6. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas
  7. Life, Love & Good Food – Italian Grilled Burgers
  8. Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprout Linguine 
  9. Take Two Tapas –  Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
  10. The Foodie Affair – Strawberry Bread
  11. The Speckled Palate – Chicken Pesto Pasta
  12. West Via Midwest – Loaded Baked Potato Skins
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How do you store air fryer shrimp?

Shrimp is best eaten on the day it is cooked, but if you have some leftovers you can keep it for 2-3 days in the fridge in a tightly covered container. I do not recommend re-freezing shrimp after it has been cooked.

Air Fryer Shrimp

How do you reheat leftover shrimp?

Stay out of the microwave, if you can. Fish and seafood isn’t done any favors by nuking them, so it is best to just stick these right back in the air fryer when you are ready to eat the next day.

Air Fryer Shrimp

What else should you serve with Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Shrimp?

Personally, I’m going to make these again as soon as I can, and stick them on top of my Greek Salad.

They would also be fabulous next to a bed of my grilled asparagus, or if you are feeling particularly decadent you can make this mushroom risotto or my creamy mushroom pasta

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Air Fryer Shrimp
Air Fryer Shrimp

Air Fryer Shrimp

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Simple Air Fryer Shrimp will have dinner on the table in a flash! This easy recipe is endlessly customizable, and can be used in some many different dishes, or all on its own as a main course!


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley


  1. Make sure the shrimp are dry and place them into a bowl.
  2. Drizzle on the olive oil and toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle on the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss in the parmesan cheese and parsley.
  4. Place the shrimp into the air fryer basket, and place into the air fryer. Run at 390-400°.
  5. Run the air fryer for 12 minutes, giving the basket a shake halfway through (if necessary).
  6. Serve hot, over a bed of pasta, or on top of a Caesar salad!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1390mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 27g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Jennifer Stewart

Monday 11th of May 2020

I can't get over how much I love my air fryer and these are just another reason to use it every day of the week!

Deb Clark

Sunday 10th of May 2020

I'm so excited you decided to make this recipe from the blog - it's easy and so delicious, whether you're making it as an appetizer or to toss in some noodles - so tasty!

Brandi Burgess

Sunday 10th of May 2020

I have GOT to get my hands on an air fryer! This looks divine!!!

Sandra Shaffer

Saturday 9th of May 2020

So quick and easy in an air fryer. Adding these to a bed of lettuce, but the Caesar salad sounds better!


Friday 8th of May 2020

I'm definitely on the air fryer band wagon, too! Have you tried air fryer brussels sprouts? YUM — the best! Now...for this shrimp...I'm plugging in my air fryer right now!

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