Air Fryer Frozen Scampi And Chips

This Post Contains Affiliate Links. Click Here To Read Our Full Disclosure.

You will fall in love at first bite with these delicious air fryer frozen scampi and chips. Never soggy, always crispy, and easy to recreate the pub classic at home.

If you love scampi and chips and want a quick air fryer dinner, then it doesn’t get any more delicious than this!

Originally posted in 2017, these frozen scampi and chips have been updated with new photos and improved instructions.

air fryer frozen scampi and chips recipe

Air Fryer Scampi And Chips

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.

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.

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.

Order The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook Now!

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.

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?

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.

How To Cook Scampi In Air Fryer?

air fryer frozen scampi and chips step by step
  • Load. Remove your frozen chips from the packaging and place to one side of the air fryer basket. Cook the chips for 5 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Shake. When the air fryer beeps, shake the chips, and then find space to add the frozen scampi.
  • Cook. Air fry for 8 minutes, spray and shake, and then air fry for a further 7 minutes at 200c/400f before serving.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook frozen scampi and chips in the air fryer and why it is a firm favourite for a quick British air fryer dinner.

Listen To Air Fryer Scampi and Chips

Air Fryer Mini Podcasts

Want to learn more about our Podcast? Then click here and you can browse through past episodes and subscribe to the Magic With Gadgets Podcast.

The Air Fryer Frozen Food Cookbook

Did you know we have a very popular air fryer frozen food cookbook? It helps you simplify cooking with the air fryer and is filled with air fryer frozen food classics.

Including air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks, air fryer frozen French fries, air fryer frozen chicken nuggets, air fryer frozen onion rings and many others.

You can click on the banner above or click here for more details.

More Air Fryer Seafood Recipes

air fryer scampi and chips

Your scampi and chips air fryer recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.

Though before you do, don’t forget to subscribe, and grab your FREE VIP Pass to Recipe This. You will get access to our latest recipes first, you will be able to request recipes, you will have access to free mini courses, free air fryer ebooks and useful air fryer cook time charts and so much more.

air fryer scampi and chips
Print Recipe
5 from 3 votes

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 Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 1005kcal


  • 1 Pack Frozen Scampi
  • ½ Bag Frozen Chips

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Remove your frozen chips from the packaging and place to one side of your air fryer. Air fry for 5 minutes at 180c/360f.
    How To Cook Scampi In Air Fryer?
  • When the air fryer beeps, shake the chips, and keep them to the left and add the frozen scampi to the right.
    How To Cook Scampi In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry at the same temperature for a further 8 minutes. Spray and shake and then air fry for a final 7 minutes at the higher temperature of 200c/400f.
    How To Cook Scampi In Air Fryer?


YouTube video


Spray – Spraying with extra virgin olive oil is 100% optional. I find that you get a light crisp on them without, but you might prefer them more crispy than we do.
Chips – If you want to learn more about chips check out our frozen chips in the air fryer recipe.
Thanks for reading our frozen scampi and chips air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious frozen ideas, I recommend you try our air fryer frozen sausage rolls next.


Serving: 203g | Calories: 1005kcal | Carbohydrates: 53.7g | Protein: 11.4g | Fat: 16.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Fiber: 4.7g | Sugar: 1.4g
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.
Did You Know We Have A Sunday Times Bestselling Air Fryer Cookbook?It has sold 100,000+ copies worldwide and is called The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, gets you started with air frying with step by step pictures and it uses everyday ingredients. It is JUST £10 on Amazon in the UK and $15 in the USA.!
We Are Making You Another Air Fryer Cookbook!You can also pre-order Air Fryer Easy Everyday which is just how it sounds. Easy everyday recipes for those that want to learn the air fryer and have easy meals rather than fancy food you would never cook. Pre-order your copy here.!
Are We Friends On Pinterest?If we are not and you use Pinterest then follow us @RecipeThisBlog for more delicious recipes.
Fancy A Video?Subscribe to the Recipe This YouTube Channel for full length recipe videos. Don’t forget to click the bell icon to be notified when we upload a new video. Subscribe Here!
Copyright Notice© ALL content including photos are copyright protected. Sharing of our recipes is both encouraged and appreciated via the social share buttons. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media channel or onto your own website is strictly prohibited.

Can’t make it now? Then save it for later!

air fryer frozen scampi and chips at
Recipe This

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

4 thoughts on “Air Fryer Frozen Scampi And Chips”

  1. 5 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?


Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating