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Is popcorn shrimp healthy?

It depends on the cooking method. When it is made the traditional way by deep frying, the additional fat will increase its calorie content a lot. However, making it in the air fryer does not add any additional fat to popcorn shrimp. But, in any case, popcorn shrimp will provide more calories than plain shrimp because the breading has some flour in it. Considering this fact while deciding on the side dishes for popcorn shrimp will make it a healthy meal.

What can I eat with popcorn shrimp?

Vegetable based dipping sauces will go great with popcorn shrimp. If you are not concerned about calorie intake, then French fries and popcorn shrimp is a delicious duo.

Do I need to thaw frozen shrimp to make popcorn shrimp in the air fryer?

No, you do not need to thaw frozen shrimps. You can directly use frozen shrimps without thawing in the popcorn shrimp recipe above. The air fryer will make both fresh and frozen shrimps crispy and golden brown.

How long do I air fry frozen shrimp?

Depending on the size of the shrimp, it will take 8 to 10 minutes for frozen shrimps to cook in the air fryer while fresh ones take 6 to 8 minutes.

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Popcorn Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

Cook Time:8 minutes
Prep Time:10 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 408

Such an easy and fast air fryer popcorn shrimp recipe that you will love to make. You can have popcorn shrimp either as a snack, an appetizer, or a delicious part of any meal. Try this recipe and whet your appetite!

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Popcorn Shrimp Air Fryer Recipe

Shrimp, after the fish of course, is a delicious food to introduce your family to seafood. It is so easy to make shrimp that you can whip it up even on a busy evening. It is also very enjoyable to eat so it is worth every minute you spend to prepare it, not more than 20 minutes in any case. Popcorn shrimp make this food more joyful adding crispy breading to already flavorful shrimp meat.

You will prepare the breading in the popcorn shrimp recipe below. However, there are also frozen popcorn shrimps sold in stores. You can use these already breaded frozen shrimps to make in the air fryer but they are highly processed food and not that good for health. Preparing breading for popcorn shrimp at home is a much healthier and nutritious option.

Let’s move on to the recipe and prepare and enjoy popcorn shrimps nearest to you and enjoy!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • Salt and white pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 2 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Olive oil spray

  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat the air fryer by setting the temperature to 400°F and timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up.

  2. Add flour, salt, and white pepper in a bowl and mix them well.

  3. Add breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and paprika in another bowl and mix them, too.

  4. Crack eggs into another bowl, add milk, and whisk well.

  5. Coat shrimps first in flour mixture, then in eggs, and finally in breadcrumbs generously.

  6. Add shrimps to the rotating basket of your air fryer. If your air fryer does not have a rotating basket then put them in a regular air fryer basket or lay them on a tray.

  7. Mist shrimps with olive oil spray.

  8. Open the air fryer, put the shrimps into the air fryer, and close it.

  9. Adjust the timer to 8 minutes and press the “Start/Pause” button to start cooking popcorn shrimp. If the shrimps are in a regular air fryer basket or on a tray, then flip them over by shaking halfway through cooking.

  10. Cook popcorn shrimps until golden brown.

  11. Open the air fryer and transfer the popcorn shrimp to a serving platter.

  12. Garnish with parsley.

  13. Serve warm.

  14. Enjoy easily made popcorn shrimps!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
52.9 grams
4.9 grams
35.2 grams
281 milligrams
446 milligrams
2.3 grams

    You can use frozen shrimps as well in this recipe.

    Feel free to leave the tails of the shrimps as a handle to ease eating. You can also remove them.


    You can serve popcorn shrimps with your favorite dipping sauce. It goes well with almost all kinds of dipping sauces.

    French fries and popcorn shrimp is also a very popular duo to consider.

    Non-starchy vegetables such as green salads, air fried zucchini, and pepper also go well with popcorn shrimp if you are concerned with the calorie intake.