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How to Cook Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp in an Air Fryer

It only crossed my mind recently that we could cook butterfly shrimp in an air fryer. It is funny to me because we are big air fryer users in my house. We were still cooking our shrimp in the traditional oven.

I feel silly to admit that by the way. So there are a few things that you need to know about cooking shrimp in the air fryer though. Don’t worry, it is super simple to do and I am gonna walk you through it now.

How To Cook Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

What You’ll Need

All you need is a package of your go-to frozen breaded butterfly shrimp and, of course, your trusty air fryer. No oil, no mess – it’s that straightforward.

Preparing Your Air Fryer

Preheating your air fryer is key. I learned the hard way that skipping this step means sacrificing that perfect crispiness we all crave in shrimp. So, set it to 400°F and let it warm up while you get your shrimp ready.

Cooking Process

Arranging Frozen Shrimp in the Air Fryer

I used to just toss them in, but arranging the shrimp in a single layer makes all the difference. It ensures each one gets evenly cooked and crispy. Trust me, no one likes soggy shrimp!

Setting Time and Temperature

Through trial and error, I’ve found that 400°F for 8-10 minutes works best. But remember, air fryers vary, so keep an eye on your shrimp the first time you try this. Plus these days some companies are starting to put air fryer instructions on the package. So take a look to see if your bag of shrimp has any notes but do know that air fryers do really vary so all of this is a general guideline.

Flipping or Shaking During Cooking

Here’s a little secret – give the basket a gentle shake halfway through. It helps cook everything evenly. I prefer to flip the shrimp but a good shake can work well too, especially depending on the type of air fryer.

Safety Tips

Let’s talk safety – always use oven mitts to handle the hot basket. And let the shrimp cool for a bit before diving in. I’ve burned my tongue one too many times!

I have also burned my fingers because I didn’t use tongs to remove the shrimp. Be careful because hot is still hot.

How To Cook Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp


Can I cook frozen shrimp without preheating the air fryer?

In my experience, preheating is a must for that perfect crunch. It’s worth the extra couple of minutes!

How do I prevent the shrimp from sticking to the air fryer basket?

A light spray of cooking oil on the basket does the trick. Learned that after a few sticky situations!

Is it necessary to flip the shrimp halfway through cooking?

Not really but it does help. Flipping ensures each shrimp gets its moment in the heat, resulting in that evenly cooked golden brown we all love.You can also just shake the basket to move the shrimp around.

How do I store and reheat leftover air-fried shrimp?

Pop them in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, just air fry at 350°F for a couple of minutes. They’ll be almost as good as fresh!

What are some easy sides to serve with air fryer shrimp?

Let me share some of my favorites:

  • Garlic Butter Rice: It’s simple, but oh, so flavorful.
  • Garlic Butter Rice: It’s simple, but oh, so flavorful.
  • Steamed Vegetables: Think broccoli or green beans – healthy and easy.
  • Sweet Potato Fries: A sweet and savory match made in heaven.
  • Quinoa Salad: Refreshing, nutritious, and a personal favorite.
  • Cucumber and Avocado Salad: The perfect cool and creamy contrast to the crispy shrimp.


So there you have it – your guide to cooking the perfect frozen breaded butterfly shrimp in an air fryer. It’s quick, easy, and a healthier alternative to deep frying. Experiment with different shrimp brands and sides to find your ideal combo. And hey, don’t forget to check out our FAQ website for more handy cooking tips and tricks!

How To Cook Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Crispy Air Fryer Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Discover the ultimate crispy perfection! Learn how to cook frozen breaded butterfly shrimp effortlessly in your air fryer. Get that irresistible crunch and delicious taste in no time. Dive into the crispy goodness today!


  • 1 package of frozen breaded butterfly shrimp
  • Your air fryer
  • Optional: Cooking spray (for the air fryer basket)


  1. Preheat Your Air Fryer: Start by firing up your air fryer to 400°F (200°C). It’s like prepping the stage for the star of the show - your shrimp!
  2. Prepare the Shrimp: While the air fryer heats up, grab your shrimp from the freezer. No need to thaw; they cook perfectly straight from frozen.
  3. Arrange the Shrimp: Place the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If they're overcrowded, they won’t get that crispy coat we’re aiming for. If you’re worried about sticking, a quick spray of cooking oil on the basket won't hurt.
  4. Cooking Time: Slide the basket into the air fryer and set the timer for 8-10 minutes. This is more of an art than a science, so you might need to adjust the time based on your air fryer model.
  5. The Halfway Flip: About halfway through, give the basket a gentle shake or use tongs to flip the shrimp. It’s all about that even golden-brown finish.
  6. Safety First: Once done, carefully remove the basket from the air fryer. Those shrimp will be hot, so let them sit for a minute or two.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Serve them up with your favorite sides and sauces. Whether it’s a classic cocktail sauce, a zesty lemon wedge, or just as they are, you’re in for a treat!


  1. Remember, the key to perfect air fryer shrimp is not to overcrowd the basket and to adjust cooking times based on your specific air fryer. And always let them cool a bit before serving – patience is a virtue, and it saves you from a burnt tongue!
How To Cook Frozen Breaded Butterfly Shrimp
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