Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

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Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp. How to air fry popcorn shrimp so that it is perfectly crispy and not soggy. Perfect for beginner air fryer fans that want to learn how to air fry their favourite popcorn shrimp.

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp
Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

Today’s air fryer popcorn shrimp is the latest in our collection of air fryer frozen shrimp recipes. In fact, it is number #3. Before today’s popcorn shrimp we have already shared air fryer frozen tempura shrimp and air fryer frozen butterfly shrimp.

We had also shared in the air fryer frozen butterfly shrimp, how different the names are for various breaded shrimp recipes, depending on if you live in the UK, Australia or the US.

But what was most interesting is that what us Brits would consider popcorn shrimp to be, would be scampi.

For our Brit loving scampi fans, we shared our air fryer scampi and chips recipe a few years ago and it is only now that we have had the chance to update our air fryer scampi and chips.

At the same time as providing our lovely American readers with their own air fryer frozen popcorn shrimp recipe version.

If you are reading this, from either side of the Atlantic Ocean, I recommend reading both. That way you can enjoy both cultures.

You can love the fact that the UK eat it as pub meals or that one of my American readers loves to eat frozen popcorn shrimp as a game day appetizer.

Either way you eat your air fryer popcorn shrimp, just remember this, the air fryer does an exceptional job of making the breading on the shrimp so crispy and there is no soggy texture in sight.

Can You Air Fry Popcorn Shrimp?

Absolutely! Air fryer popcorn shrimp is on the big list of the best food that you can cook in the air fryer.

But cook it from frozen and it tastes even better. I am yet to find air fryer popcorn shrimp that can outshine frozen popcorn shrimp.

Air Fryer Breaded Popcorn Shrimp

You’re probably wondering what breaded popcorn shrimp you can cook in your air fryer basket.

Well the answer is whatever is your favourite. You might have a favourite brand of breaded popcorn that you always cooked in the deep fat fryer or the oven.

I asked my readers for their favourite brands of breaded shrimp and I got the following responses from them:

  • Gorton’s popcorn shrimp in air fryer
  • Air fryer Seapak popcorn shrimp

You could also use the supermarket own brand option or make your own and freeze it so that you can cook it from frozen as part of your meal prep routine.

Popcorn Shrimp In Air Fryer Oven

As you know I have the Power Air Fryer Oven among my air fryer kitchen gadgets.

But I don’t recommend the air fryer oven for popcorn shrimp if you also have an air fryer basket air fryer at home.

That is because air fryer frozen popcorn shrimp is a lot crispier if cooked in the basket. The air fryer oven is okay, it is just not spectacular.  

What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp?

There is not much to cooking air fryer frozen popcorn shrimp.

Grab your favourite frozen popcorn shrimp box from your freezer ready to cook them in the air fryer.

No need to defrost them first, you can cook popcorn shrimp in the air fryer when they are frozen solid.

I am addicted to air fryer popcorn shrimp and can never stop dunking them into a nice mayonnaise and rarely do I leave one for Sofia!

As well as your frozen popcorn shrimp you need a good air fryer. We have the Philips Air Fryer XL, Philips Air Fryer XXL and the Power Air Fryer Oven in our house. But the best job comes from one of the Philips Air Fryers.

That is because the basket air fryer does a better job of crisping them up.

How Long Do You Air Fry Popcorn Shrimp?

Frozen popcorn shrimp cook time is JUST 8 minutes. That is the shrimp cooking time from frozen to the point of crispy delicious pieces of popcorn shrimp.

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How Do You Cook Frozen Popcorn Shrimp In An Air Fryer?

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp step by step

Cooking frozen popcorn shrimp in the air fryer is so simple:

  1. Remove the frozen popcorn shrimp from the packaging and remove any excess breading that has fallen off in the box.
  2. Place your popcorn shrimp into your air fryer basket.
  3. Cook for 8 minutes on a medium temperature.
  4. Serve with your other favourite frozen foods!
Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

More Air Fryer Frozen Food

Here at Recipe This we love sharing with our readers lots of frozen food that they can cook from frozen in their air fryer.

The possibilities are endless and often frozen food tastes better in an air fryer, then in the oven or in the deep fat fryer.

Here are a few of our other air fryer frozen food favourites for you to try next:

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp
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Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp. How to air fry popcorn shrimp so that it is perfectly crispy and not soggy. Perfect for beginner air fryer fans that want to learn how to air fry their favourite popcorn shrimp.
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 219kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp Ingredients:

  • 440 g Frozen Popcorn Shrimp


  • Remove your frozen popcorn shrimp from the packaging, carefully discarding any loose pieces of breaded batter that have come loose.
  • Place your popcorn shrimp into the air fryer. Though make sure they are not overcrowded and there is room for them to cook.
  • Set the temperature to 180c/360f and the time for 8 minutes.
  • When it beeps serve with your favourite sides.


We used two small bags of popcorn shrimp but its all about personal choice and what you have in your freezer. All brands of popcorn shrimp work well in the air fryer.
Get your frozen popcorn shrimp out of the freezer at the last possible moment as it doesn’t taste as good if it has chance to thaw.


Serving: 220g | Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 9.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.8g | Fiber: 1.6g
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1 thought on “Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp”

  1. 4 stars
    These were just what i was looking for. The popcorn shrimp are small so do not take much cooking and these times were just right for my Philips air fryer xl, thanks.


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