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Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp is quick and easy to make and full of delicious flavor! Crispy, perfectly cooked, citrusy, and a lovely appetizer, side dish or main entrée.

Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp - a speedy quick and easy air fryer recipe!

Shrimp lovers, you’re going to go bonkers over this easy Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp!

A quick and healthy appetizer or a main entrée, this is quite possibly the easiest shrimp recipe you’ll ever make.

If you don’t own an air fryer, no sweat! You can make my Lemon Garlic Foil Packet Shrimp in the oven or on the grill.

Serve it up with melted butter or a dipping sauce as an appetizer or pair it with side dishes for a full meal.

You’re bound to love this versatile shrimp recipe!

Protein-packed, low-carb, keto, paleo, whole30, all around yummy…this simple recipe checks all the boxes!
Quick and easy Lemon Garlic Air Fryer Shrimp

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Air Fryer Shrimp Ingredients:

The ingredients needed for this easy air fryer shrimp recipe are so simple!

Fresh or frozen raw shrimp, avocado oil (or cooking oil of choice), fresh garlic, paprika, sea salt, fresh lemon juice.

Boom! A delicious appetizer or main dish.

What Type of Shrimp Should I Use?:

Either fresh or frozen shrimp will work. I use fresh wild-caught pink shrimp that come already deveined.

If you use frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw it completely first. The best way to do this is to allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight; however, the fastest way to thaw shrimp is to transfer what you’re using to a zip lock bag and submerge it in cold water (the way you would chicken breasts, ground beef, etc.).

I find fresh shrimp to not only be quicker to prepare but also the taste and texture is superior in my opinion.

Peeling the shrimp prior to marinating and air frying it will yield the most flavorful result as the shrimp will be able to adequately soak up the marinade; however, you can leave the peel on if you’d like.

How Long to Cook Shrimp in Air Fryer?

3 to 4 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, as long as the shrimp is either fresh or fully thawed from frozen.

What about frozen shrimp in air fryer?

If you want to cook shrimp straight from frozen without thawing it first, no sweat! Frozen shrimp that is raw (uncooked) requires 9 to 12 minutes in the air fryer at 400 degrees, and shrimp that was fully cooked before freezing needs 5 to 9 minutes. 

How to Cook Shrimp in Air Fryer:

Place the raw shrimp in a zip lock bag, along with the avocado oil, garlic, sea salt, and paprika). Note: be sure the shrimp is peeled and deveined before marinating it.

Transfer the shrimp, garlic, oil, salt and paprika to a zip lock bag.

Seal the bag and shake it around until everything is well-combined and the shrimp is coated in the marinade.

Shake everything around in the bag until coated in marinade
Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, up to 8 hours.

When you’re ready to air fry, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.

Place the shrimp into the air fryer in a single layer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in two batches. I use a Ninja AF161 Max XL and need to cook it in two batches.

Put the raw shrimp in the air fryer in a single layer

Air fry for 4 minutes. Check on shrimp and air fry for another 1 minute longer if necessary. Do note shrimp doesn’t take very long to cook, so avoid overcooking it. You will know the shrimp is fully cooked when it is completely pink and reaches 165 degrees F (you can check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer if you’d like).

Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the cooked shrimp and serve!

Air Fryer Shrimp - quick and easy shrimp in air fryer with lemon and garlic. Everything you need to know about cooking shrimp in air fryer right here!
Serve shrimp with your choice of side dishes and enjoy!

For a low-carb keto dinner, serve the shrimp with cauliflower rice, asparagus, or broccoli.

Looking for more air fryer recipes? Check out my Air Fryer Steak Bites, Air Fryer Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers, Air Fryer Chicken Wings, and Crispy Air Fryer Salmon.

Enjoy these citrusy bites of bliss!

Air Fryer Shrimp - quick and easy shrimp in air fryer with lemon and garlic. Everything you need to know about cooking shrimp in air fryer right here!

Air Fryer Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Marinating Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

A quick, easy, crispy, zesty air fryer shrimp recipe cooked easily in 3 to 4 minutes! Serve it up as an appetizer with dipping sauce or as a main dish with sides.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place the raw shrimp in a zip lock bag, along with the avocado oil, garlic, sea salt, and paprika). Note: be sure the shrimp is peeled and deveined before marinating it. Seal the bag and shake it around until everything is well-combined and the shrimp is coated in the marinade.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, up to 8 hours.
  3. When you’re ready to air fry, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F.
  4. Place the shrimp into the air fryer in a single layer (depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to do this in two batches).
  5. Air fry for 4 minutes. Check on shrimp and air fry for another 1 minute longer if necessary. Do note shrimp doesn’t take very long to cook, so avoid overcooking it. You will know the shrimp is fully cooked when it is completely pink and reaches 165 degrees F.
  6. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice over the shrimp and serve!

Notes

If using frozen shrimp, thaw the shrimp completely before marinating it.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 74Total Fat 3gCarbohydrates 1gProtein 10g
 If you make this recipe, feel free to snap a photo and share it on Instagram, tagging me at @The.Roasted.Root!

Lemon Garlic Air Fryer Shrimp - a quick and easy healthy shrimp recipe that is paleo, keto, and whole30

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