Air Fryer Scampi And Chips

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Air Fryer Scampi & Chips. How to cook scampi and chips in the air fryer. With both the fresh and frozen scampi and chips method. Perfect for creating your own scampi and chips pub meal at home.

Air Fryer Scampi & Chips
Air Fryer Scampi & Chips

Air Fryer Scampi And Chips

Welcome to my Air Fryer Scampi & Chips recipe. This is an updated version of our scampi and chips recipe in the air fryer that I originally shared back in the summer of 2017. I have added in extra information and included air fryer frozen scampi and chips info to help better serve our mixed audience.

OMG scampi and chips, you say?

Talk about taking me back to my old British pub meals. The meals were never that great and it was more about being cheap and cheerful.

But I still loved it and it was always about the amazing atmosphere that you got with being down the pub.

I can also credit the fact that I met my husband down the pub, my mum and dad met down the pub and so did my grandparents. So, it’s certainly a place to go for true love!

I always remember though that there was a huge amount of traditional meals.

There would always be scampi and chips, fish and chips, steak and ale pie, lasagne or even liver and onions on the menu.

There would also be a large dessert menu too with everything served with warm custard. You would then get a meal for a fiver and be proud of what you got for your money.

Quite often one of us would be having scampi and chips. Those little deep fried fish bites served with fresh lemon and chips was always a favourite for many people.

Though, I miss the English pub as I have not had a pub meal for almost 13 years. The pub that Dominic and I would visit had the pub on one side and then a massive kids soft play centre on the other.

Dominic would be watching the football while I was next door with Kyle having fun kids time.

He was about 5 back then. After Kyle had finished playing in the soft play, we would meet up together and have a delicious pub meal.

It was bliss.

Now he is an adult it is nice to reminise about when he was little and how much of the scampi and chips Kyle would eat.

Though today I want to show you a healthier version of scampi and chips, as well as directions for how to cook your favourite frozen scampi and chips in the air fryer.

So as pink says “lets get the party started”!

What Is In Scampi?

With £50 million worth of scampi being sold every year in Britain it’s no surprise that so many people search every day on the internet to find out what is in it.

It should be either langoustine, langoustine tails or Irish king prawns which are all the smaller cousin of the lobster.

But in reality, you’re more likely to find pangasius catfish which is mass produced in Vietnam and in Thailand.

There is often as little as 7% of actual langoustines in scampi that is served in British pubs. The rest if made up of this Asian catfish and mass amounts of water. It is then breaded so that you don’t know any different.

Many scampi products served in pubs or purchased from supermarkets have more water than actual fish.

Though I am not here to lecture you about frozen food. After all, many of us eat the stuff in the air fryer because it is less calories than deep fried.

Just like others love to live processed foods free and make their own. The beauty of our air fryer scampi and chips recipe is that we are showing you both.

What Is Scampi & Chips?

Scampi and chips are a popular British food classic. It involves breaded fish that is similar to popcorn shrimp that you have in the US.

Because the Brits call fries’ “chips” it is known as scampi and chips. It is nothing like the American food shrimp scampi though.

Scampi & Chips In A Basket

Scampi and chips are the most famous when served in a basket. You would get a cute basket in the pub of scampi and chips.

It would be served with slices of lemon and a choice of sauce. It is perfect for an evening meal down the pub or an appetizer while you watch the football.

Here is an example of how scampi and chips in a basket looks:

Welcome to my Airfryer Scampi & Chips Recipe.

Average Calories In Scampi And Chips?

Well if you are wondering about the number of calories in scampi and chips then look no further.

My homemade scampi and chips works out at 424 calories per serving and easily feeds four people. Though there is enough here to feed a couple of small kids too.

Is Scampi & Chips Healthy?

Scampi and chips can be as healthy or unhealthy as you like. In the pubs in England it will be frozen packs of scampi that is deep fried and served with your choice of peas.

Though our main scampi and chips recipe today is the healthier alternative.

If you do want the pub taste, then the frozen scampi and chips in the air fryer is ideal.

Can You Cook Frozen Scampi In The Air Fryer?

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Yes, you can. Plus, it will be just like the pub scampi and chips that you would have at Wetherspoons or at Harry Ramsdens.

BUT it will be much lower in calories because you would be cooking your frozen scampi in the air fryer, rather than the deep fat fryer.

To cook frozen scampi and chips in the air fryer is easy. Load your scampi and your chips into the air fryer basket. Cook for 16 minutes at 180c/360f.

How To Cook Scampi In Air Fryer?

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Cooking scampi and chips in the air fryer is so simple:

  1. Create a bowl system with one bowl being flour, one being breadcrumbs and another being beaten egg. Season them if you wish. See recipe notes below for ideas.
  2. Load your prawns into the flour, the egg and the breadcrumbs.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for 15 minutes with your just prepped homemade chips.
Air Fryer Scampi And Chips

What Goes With Scampi & Chips?

When I look back at classic scampi and chips from either the fish and chip shop or the British pub then I am thinking of the following:

  • Scampi Chips With Mayo
  • Scampi Chips & Tartar Sauce
  • Scampi Chips & Mushy Peas

I always had scampi, chips and mayonnaise with mine, but it comes down to personal preference.

My mum and dad love their mushy peas, but I always thought it looked like awful green mush and avoided them.

More Air Fryer Seafood Recipes

Here at Recipe This we are running a theme right now of our favourite seafood recipes in the air fryer.

A great way to introduce new ideas into the air fryer. And perfect if you want to cook your favourite frozen food in the air fryer too and it includes:

We also have a lot more air fryer recipes for you to check out and find some new ideas for planning your meals.

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Air Fryer Scampi And Chips

Air Fryer Scampi & Chips. How to cook scampi and chips in the air fryer. With both the fresh and frozen scampi and chips method. Perfect for creating your own scampi and chips pub meal at home.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 368kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Scampi & Chips Ingredients:


  • Peel and cut up your potatoes into chunky chips. Season with salt and pepper. Splash with a little olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes in the air fryer at 180c/360f.
  • Rinse the prawns and then pat them dry with kitchen towel. Place them on your chopping board.
  • From above season your prawns with salt and pepper.
  • Place the egg in a small bowl and mix with a fork until it is the egg is beaten.
  • In the blender add your seasoning along with 80% of your gluten free oats. Blend until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Place it into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Then put the leftover gluten free oats that have not been blended into a third bowl.
  • Place your prawns into the blended oats first, then the egg, then in the blended oats again and finally in the non-blended oats.
  • Layer the prawns over the chips and cook for a further 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • When cooked season with fresh lemon juice and serve.



Thyme is not traditionally in scampi, but it makes it taste so good and gives it a delicious European flavour.
I used one big 500g/17oz bag of uncooked king prawns. Of course you can increase or decrease depending on how many you want to make.
The non-blended oats give a lovely finish as it keeps the scampi crispy and deals with any of the oats that have fallen.


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 356mg | Sodium: 1000mg | Potassium: 682mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 8mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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2 thoughts on “Air Fryer Scampi And Chips”

  1. 3 stars
    This is a good equivalent of an SOS.
    It’s out of the box and just sitting there waiting to be fed. I have frozen breaded scampi in the freezer waiting to jump in.
    Apart from taking the scampi out of the freezer and opening the fryer I don’t know what to do next. Do I put oil in it?


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