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Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp

Tender, juicy shrimp with a crispy panko coating.
Servings: 4
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Coco Morante


  • Air fryer oven or air fryer


  • 3 cups ice water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 12 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp medium size
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt Lawry's brand
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • avocado oil for spraying
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha sauce


Brine the shrimp.

  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the ice water and salt, until the salt dissolves. Add the shrimp and leave to soak for 30 minutes.

Bread and fry the shrimp.

  • Line the air fryer oven basket with parchment paper.
  • Drain the shrimp in a colander, then pat them dry with paper towels.
  • Create a breading station with one mixing bowl and two shallow bowls. Add the flour to the mixing bowl. In the first shallow bowl, whisk together the egg and tablespoon of water. In the other shallow bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs and seasoned salt.
  • Add all of the shrimp to the bowl with the flour and toss to coat them evenly. Next, drop a shrimp into the egg mixture, turning to coat evenly, then holding it over the bowl for a second or two to let any excess egg drip back into the bowl. Next, place the shrimp in the bread crumbs and gently toss, making sure to coat all sides evenly. Transfer the breaded shrimp to the air fryer basket. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  • Preheat the air fryer oven on its AIR FRY setting at 400ºF for 6 minutes.
  • Spray the breaded shrimp lightly with avocado oil, then air fry them in the preheated oven. When the "turn food" notice comes on (or after 4 minutes of cooking), flip the shrimp onto their second sides and spray them with oil once more.

Make the dipping sauce and serve the shrimp.

  • While the shrimp are cooking, make a quick dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together the mayo and sriracha sauce until evenly combined
  • When the cooking program ends, transfer the shrimp to a serving dish. Serve warm, with the dipping sauce on the side.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 264mg | Sodium: 2639mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 3mg