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Learn how long to cook shrimp in air fryer as part of our air fryer back to basics series.

Let us share with you the ideal air fryer frozen shrimp cooking time and temperature, as well as a master recipe that you can keep as is or make your own.

How Long To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer
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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp

One of my favourite foods to cook in the air fryer is frozen shrimp, or us Brits would call it air fryer frozen prawns.

I say “MY” because Dom and Kyle hate shrimp and I got to enjoy delicious frozen shrimp in the air fryer for many years, before Sofia and Jorge fell in love with it too.

But of course, like a lot of foods, there are so many different ways that you have shrimp. There is coconut shrimp, cajun shrimp, thawed shrimp, cooked shrimp, peeled shrimp and I am starting to sound like Bubba Gump!

Which leads you wanting to know how long to cook shrimp in the air fryer, which we are running through with you today.

Can You Cook Shrimp In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can air fry shrimp, both fresh and frozen, large or small, peeled or unpeeled.

My favourite is a bag of frozen uncooked peeled shrimp as you can dump it in the air fryer and let the air fryer work its magic. That is what we use in our air fryer shrimp fajitas recipe.

Or if breaded is more your thing we also love a bag of air fryer frozen tempura shrimp.

But of course, you can mix and match and the air fryer is brilliant for all of it.

Can You Cook Frozen Shrimp In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can also air fry frozen shrimp as they don’t have to be thawed first.

We find that the time difference between thawed and frozen is not much and its so much easier to just cook the shrimp from frozen rather than thawing it first.

Can You Put Shrimp In The Air Fryer?

Yes, you can air fry shrimp. You have a few options for how to cook it in the air fryer. We usually just throw it into the basket as it doesn’t make much mess.

But in our 2nd air fryer cookbook (air fryer easy everyday) we also show you how to cook the shrimp from frozen in a silicone container with seasoning and liquid to make some yummy tapas.

Can You Cook Prawns In Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook prawns in the air fryer, but watch out for the size of them. That is because in the US the prawns or shrimp as they call them, are much bigger. In the UK they are not as big so you will want to keep an eye on them and not cook them for as long.

Though the frozen prawns I have found closest in size are the super king prawns from Tesco’s.

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In our first air fryer cookbook, The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook (get it here) we taught you how to cook shrimp tacos and they were so good they made the front page of the cookbook.

But in our 2nd air fryer cookbook Air Fryer Easy Everyday (get it here) we were asked to show you some new ways to cook them and opted for a delicious tapas dish and a salsa.

So, if you want to give your frozen shrimp the wow factor, we recommend that you check out our cookbooks.

Can You Recommend An Air Fryer?

I often get asked which air fryers I recommend and which one I use. In 95% of our air fryer recipes, we use either the Philips Air Fryer XL or the Cosori XL because they are the best ones, we have found out of many air fryers we have tried over the years. You can click on the links above and read up on them.

But if you would rather have a dual air fryer we recommend this Ninja Dual (make sure you order the right one as not all are good) or the Philips Dual.

How To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer?

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  • Prepare. Place the frozen shrimp into the air fryer basket and spread it out.
  • Cook. Air fry the shrimp at 180c/360f for 8 minutes or until the shrimp is fully cooked.
  • Serve. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice before serving.

That is how simple it is to cook frozen shrimp in air fryer but now let’s talk all about how long to cook frozen shrimp in air fryer.

How Long To Cook Frozen Shrimp In Air Fryer?

For frozen shrimp in air fryer, or king prawns it takes approximately 8 minutes to cook.

Though for most frozen shrimp in air fryer the cooking time is the same and it just needs adjusting slightly. Though we have shared several of them with you below.

How long to cook thawed shrimp in air fryer? If you are air frying thawed shrimp in the air fryer we recommend cooking for 8 minutes at 160c/320f.

How long to cook breaded shrimp in air fryer? For frozen breaded shrimp in air fryer, we recommend air frying at 180c/360c for 8 minutes.

How long to cook pre cooked shrimp in air fryer? If you are air frying pre cooked shrimp, you are essentially just reheating the shrimp. In this case we recommend 3-4 minutes at 160c/320f as you don’t want to be cooking the shrimp again otherwise it will dry out.

How long to cook raw shrimp in air fryer? The shrimp that we always air fry is frozen, raw and peeled shrimp. It takes 8 minutes for a medium size, or 9-10 minutes if the shrimp is very big.

How long to cook prawns in air fryer? As British prawns are often much smaller than the classic shrimp, we recommend instead 6 minutes at 180c/360f.

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Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp Recipes

Plus, don’t forget more frozen foods you can cook in the air fryer. Our favourites include air fryer frozen chicken breast, air fryer frozen steak, air fryer frozen whole chicken, air fryer frozen pork chops, and air fryer frozen chicken wings.

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How Long To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer?

Learn how long to cook shrimp in air fryer as part of our air fryer back to basics series.
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients 

  • 250 g Pack Frozen Shrimp/Super King Prawns
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Squeeze Lemon Juice

Instructions 

  • Place the frozen shrimp into the air fryer basket and spread it out.
    How To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry the shrimp at 180c/360f for 8 minutes or until the shrimp is fully cooked.
    How To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer?
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and add a squeeze of lemon juice before serving.
    How To Cook Shrimp In Air Fryer?

Notes

Dual. If you have an air fryer dual (such as this one we have) we recommend instead cooking frozen shrimp in one drawer, and then one of your sides in the other.
Please note This frozen shrimp air fryer time and temp guide was tested in our Cosori Air Fryer (its this one). Air fryers vary so adjust if necessary, depending on the quality of your air fryer. Or consult the temperature test on page 18 of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook.

Nutrition

Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 708mg | Potassium: 141mg | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About Sam & Dom

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 maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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