This air fryer garlic butter shrimp is so full of flavor and it is easy to make in the air fryer, done in just minutes!
The garlic and butter combination in this recipe, just makes this shrimp perfect in every juicy bite. Our family likes to eat this shrimp by itself, or as a topping to a favorite pasta.
Why you will love this recipe
We love seafood at our house, and shrimp is a favorite. We especially like this shrimp, because it can be an appetizer for a family gathering, or we can toss it in with a favorite pasta for a full meal.
Because this shrimp is so yummy, there is no right or wrong way to serve it. Just writing this is making me drool thinking of the garlic smell that fills the kitchen as the shrimp cooks in the air fryer.
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Because you only need a few ingredients to make this shrimp, you will probably want to make it all the time. In fact, you only need the following three things to make this shrimp:
- unsalted butter
I show my Cosori 5.8 quart air fryer for this recipe, which is the perfect size basket to prepare one or even two pounds of shrimp. Although, as long as you can fit the shrimp without stacking, any basket will work just fine.
How to make Garlic Butter Shrimp
Because this shrimp is so easy to make, it will probably become your go-to back up meal. The first step is to prepare the shrimp. I try to find shrimp that are already de-veined, or I use a de-veining tool. Then, I just have to remove the shell and toss them into a large bowl.
Next, combine the butter and the minced or pressed garlic into a small bowl, and microwave them together for about thirty seconds, until the butter melts. Pour the butter and garlic mixture into the bowl with the shrimp, tossing together.
Now that the shrimp is prepared, place them in the air fryer basket, without having any pieces crowding or stacking. Place the basket in the air fryer, and cook at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for eight minutes. Shake the basket halfway through for even cooking.
The shrimp will be a nice golden orange color when they are done cooking. Now, sit back and watch as your family magically appears in the kitchen.
FAQ's about cooking shrimp in the air fryer
Can I cook frozen shrimp in the air fryer?
Yes. Just make sure they don't have shells, and they are deveined. If you are using frozen shrimp, allow about 2-3 extra minutes of cooking time.
Do I need to spray the basket or use parchment paper?
Because the shrimp will have butter on them, they should be fine cooking in the basket without sticking. If you like to use parchment paper to help ease clean-up, I found air fryer parchment paper to work perfectly.
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Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Air Fryer
- 1 pound shrimp peeled and de-veined
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 teaspoon
- After removing the shells, rinse the shrimp and pat them dry. Place them in a large bowl, and set aside.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic, and microwave for about 30 seconds, until the butter has melted.
- Pour the butter and garlic mixture over the shrimp, and stir together, coating the shrimp with the mixture.
- Pour the shrimp into the basket, leaving enough room between them so they aren't stacked.
- Air fry at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes, tossing halfway through.
- To determine doneness, the base of the shrimp tail will be an opaque color, and no longer translucent.
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