Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

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Looking for the perfect snackable seafood? Air fryer frozen popcorn shrimp might be the answer!

Ready in just minutes, these crispy breaded shrimp are soft on the inside and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce!

breaded popcorn shrimp on plate on wooden board with ketchup behind
Air fryer frozen breaded shrimp are quite tasty!

Recipe Tips

Before you make frozen popcorn shrimp in the air fryer, read through these recipe tips so you know what to expect.

  • The frozen popcorn shrimp we used were uncooked on the inside – as in the shrimp was frozen raw. If your popcorn shrimp are pre-cooked inside, your cooking time might be slightly less.
  • You don’t need to thaw the frozen popcorn shrimp first. Just add them to the preheated air fryer from frozen.
  • There’s usually no need to add any additional oil since the breading typically already contains some.
  • Make sure the popcorn shrimp are fully cooked before removing them from the air fryer. They should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

Step by Step Instructions

If you’d like some visuals for how to cook frozen popcorn shrimp in the air fryer, you can check out the process photos in this section. It’s super easy though!

If you just want the cooking temperature and time without visuals, you can skip to the recipe card at the bottom of the post!

frozen popcorn shrimp in black air fryer tray on counter top
Add the frozen popcorn shrimp to the preheated air fryer.

First, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen popcorn shrimp into the air fryer tray in one even layer.

We can fit approximately 12 ounces of frozen popcorn shrimp into our air fryer without overlap. Depending on the capacity of your air fryer it might be more or less for you.

cooked breaded shrimp in black air fryer tray
Cook the shrimp until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.

Cook the frozen popcorn shrimp for 7-9 total minutes until fully cooked through and crispy on the outside.

Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time to help with even crisping.

The internal temperature of the shrimp should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact cooking time can vary by brand of frozen popcorn shrimp and your air fryer.

popcorn shrimp on plate with ketchup for dipping behind
These popcorn shrimp are ready for dipping!

When done, remove the cooked popcorn shrimp and let them sit for 2-3 minutes.

Then enjoy them with your preferred dipping sauce (e.g. ketchup or chipotle mayo).

Storage Tips

Once you air fry frozen popcorn shrimp, they are definitely best enjoyed hot and fresh.

They tend to get soft over time as they sit out and the breading can lose some of its crispiness.

If you do have leftovers, store them in a sealed container in the fridge. Properly stored, they’ll last for up to 3 days but eat them sooner rather than later since the breading will soften in the fridge.

We would recommend reheating them in the air fryer since this can help draw out some of the moisture… but no guarantees on the crispiness!

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popcorn shrimp on plate with ketchup for dipping behind

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Air Fryer Frozen Popcorn Shrimp are a delicious breaded treat. Ready in just minutes, these snackable shrimp are a great seafood appetizer and very easy to dip!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces frozen popcorn shrimp (approximately)
  • your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once the air fryer is hot, add the frozen popcorn shrimp into the air fryer tray in one even layer. We can fit approximately 12 ounces of frozen popcorn shrimp into our air fryer without overlap. Depending on the capacity of your air fryer it might be more or less for you.
  3. Cook the frozen popcorn shrimp for 7-9 total minutes until fully cooked through and crispy on the outside. Gently shake the air fryer basket halfway through the cooking time to help with even crisping. The internal temperature of the shrimp should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The exact cooking time can vary by brand of frozen popcorn shrimp and your air fryer.
  4. When done, remove the cooked popcorn shrimp and let them sit for 2-3 minutes. Then enjoy them with your preferred dipping sauce (e.g. ketchup or chipotle mayo).

Notes

  • We used frozen popcorn shrimp with uncooked shrimp inside. If the popcorn shrimp you are using has already pre-cooked shrimp, the cooking time might be a couple of minutes less for you.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 832mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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