Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

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Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi. Introducing you to frozen shrimp scampi in the air fryer. Delicious shrimp scampi cooked from frozen, loaded with garlic, butter, fresh parsley, lemon and white wine. Let this be your new favourite air fryer seafood dish.

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi
Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Time for a big fat shrimp confession for you all!!!

I live in Portugal and living on the Mediterranean means that we don’t have a big following of American food traditions.

Instead we have the Mediterranean diet and some trends just pass us by.

It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago when one of my readers asked me to do her a recipe for air fryer shrimp scampi that I investigated it and found out what it was.

What I learnt is that it was very similar to what us Europeans would call garlic butter shrimp, or garlic butter prawns if you live in the UK.

Straight away I was thinking about the similarities of garlic butter shrimp and how similar scampi shrimp is to it and how perfect it would be for my pizza pan cooked in the air fryer.

If you head to any beach resort in Spain and Portugal and you will be presented with more places than you can possibly visit that serve garlic shrimp.

Many of which we have eaten out at personally over the years. Quite often it will be served in a tapas dish like this:

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Or served on skewers and it will hang down and you will grab a shrimp at a time. When you get shrimp skewers it will always be served with plenty of delicious potatoes too, like these garlic and bacon air fryer ones.

Though my favourite is the tapas option like I am showing you today, where the garlic and butter is loaded with white wine and it is a similar flavour to French garlic mussels.

Whatever you call it, this air fryer shrimp scampi is so fast to prep and OMG you will want to eat it all the time!

Can Shrimp Be Cooked In Air Fryer?

Absolutely! Shrimp is delicious when cooked in an air fryer and there is so many ways that you can cook air fryer shrimp.

Think of it like the movie Forrest Gump. When Bubba is explaining to Forrest all these wonderful ways that you can cook shrimp, well the same rule applies to air fryer shrimp.

Just think an air fryer can grill, stir fry, deep fry, microwave and bake your food, so think of how many times that would apply to how you like your shrimp.

Can You Cook Frozen Shrimp In Air Fryer?

Yes you can. What I do is buy a big bag of frozen cooked shrimp and keep it in the chest freezer.

Then whenever I want to eat shrimp I can get a handful of shrimp out and cook it from frozen in the air fryer.

Frozen shrimp cooks fast in the air fryer too, so no need to thaw your shrimp before air frying.

How Do You Cook Shrimp In An Air Fryer?

There are many ways that you can cook shrimp in an air fryer. Here are a few ideas of my favourite air fryer shrimp recipes so that you can try them out next time you have a craving for shrimp.

Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp Scampi

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi Ingredients

In todays recipe we are using frozen shrimp in the air fryer. The great thing about using frozen shrimp is that it cooks so rapidly, and you can load in your ingredients and everything cooks well together.

That piece of butter you placed on top of your shrimp will now be a buttery sauce that your shrimp will now be submerged in.

Keto Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

If you follow Keto, then our air fryer shrimp scampi is very easy to adapt to the Keto diet or to other low carb diets.

The only non-keto food that features in our shrimp scampi is white wine, so just forget the wine to keep it keto approved.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Shrimp In An Air Fryer?

Shrimp in the air fryer can vary from recipe to recipe and it depends what you are cooking.

Many battered or breaded shrimp recipes will take between 8 to 10 minutes and simple dry rub shrimp usually takes about 6 minutes.

In this recipe today for frozen shrimp scampi the cooking time is JUST 8 minutes.

Shrimp Scampi In An Air Fryer

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi step by step

Cooking shrimp scampi in the air fryer is so simple:

  1. Peel and thinly slice your fresh garlic.
  2. Chop your butter into bite sized chunks.
  3. Shred your fresh parsley.
  4. Load everything into an air fryer pizza pan and place in the air fryer.
  5. Cook on medium for 8 minutes and serve.

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Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi. Introducing you to frozen shrimp scampi in the air fryer. Delicious shrimp scampi cooked from frozen, loaded with garlic, butter, fresh parsley, lemon and white wine. Let this be your new favourite air fryer seafood dish.
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 1
Calories: 593kcal


Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi Ingredients:

  • 30 Frozen Shrimp
  • 40 g Butter
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Small Lemon juice only
  • 75 ml White Wine
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Peel and thinly slice your fresh garlic.
  • Chop up your butter into bite sized pieces.
  • Shred the fresh parsley.
  • Load all the ingredients apart from the frozen shrimp into the pizza pan and mix well with a fork.
  • Submerge the shrimp into the mixture and place the pizza pan into the air fryer basket or the air fryer oven.
  • Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Serve in small tapas dishes and eat with a fork like they do on the Mediterranean!


I made this air fryer shrimp scampi just for me but hit the servings button to increase it to feed more people. You could also double the shrimp and still use the same quantities of other ingredients to feed two.
On Keto? Then lose the white wine as everything else is Keto friendly! Though it is still perfect for a low carb diet.
You can also reserve a little lemon juice for later to serve with your shrimp.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 540mg | Sodium: 1696mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1337IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 354mg | Iron: 6mg
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