This easy Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp has amazing flavor from the seasoning and the butter sauce. The perfect main dish, side dish or appetizer!
A TASTY AIR FRYER SHRIMP RECIPE
I absolutely love my air fryer and all the amazing things that it can make. I really thought air fryers would be a fad that everyone would get bored with but it turns out it's not. Air fryer recipes are still my most requested recipes! One of the biggest requests I get are for more shrimp recipes. This Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp comes out so tender with so much flavor. This air fryer recipe is a winner that you will want to add to your regular menu rotation. Done in 15 minutes, this shrimp can be served as a main dish, appetizer or side dish!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
We use large shrimp for this recipe. The bag usually contains around 26-30. You can use whatever size shrimp that you want but you'll just need to make sure that it equates to 1 pound.
The tails being left on are mainly for aesthetics but also to use if you are grabbing the shrimp as an appetizer and eating it like that. You do not have to leave them on. It's a personal preference here.
If you are serving as a main dish, I think some steamed vegetables or some smashed potatoes with brown bread would be delicious! It would even be perfect to serve over some pasta like a fettuccine alfredo!
Yes. You will be preheating it to 400F degrees. Some air fryer recipes don't require preheating but in this case we want to preheat.
For all my air fryer recipes, I always recommend olive oil spray. Olive oil spray does not gunk up the air fryer basket like other nonstick sprays. Also, I do not recommend air fryer liners unless they have lots of holes in them. The liners restrict air flow and defeats the purpose of using an air fryer. Air needs to flow around the food for it to cook evenly and to get that slightly crispy texture we want from an air fryer.
This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 5 days. These can also be frozen. Place cooled shrimp in a freezer container and they will keep for up to 3 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the microwave until heated through or in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- large shrimp
- olive oil
- kosher salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- olive oil spray
- unsalted butter
- lemon juice
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- parsley (optional)
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER GARLIC BUTTER SHRIMP:
Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, toss to coat.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil spray. Place the shrimp into the air fryer in a single layer (you may need to cook in batches.)
Air fry for 6 minutes or until the shrimp is pink, curled, and opaque. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
While the shrimp are cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds.)
Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
Toss or spoon sauce over shrimp and enjoy!
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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled, deveined, tails on
- 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Olive Oil Spray
For the sauce:
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
- Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the olive oil, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, toss to coat.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil spray. Place the shrimp into the air fryer in a single layer, you may need to cook in batches.
- Air fry for 6 minutes or until the shrimp is pink, curled, and opaque. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
- While the shrimp are cooking, melt the butter in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, red pepper flakes, and parsley.
- You can use any size shrimp you like as long as it equates to one pound.
- If you don't like any spice you can omit the red pepper flakes.
- This might need to be cooked in batches depending on your air fryer, we do not want to overcrowd the basket.
- These can be frozen, see my tips above on how to do that.
- We like to leave the tails on, but you can remove them if you'd like.
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