Air fryers are particularly suited for seafood, especially if you’re starting with perfectly seasoned frozen shrimp–you’ll get all the sizzle and crunch of deep-fried seafood without the extra oil (or the fire department). Plus, since air fryers cook with precision, you can sit back and relax while these dishes practically make themselves. So, stop worrying about what to make tonight and check out this list of our favorite air fryer seafood recipes.
If you’re looking for a culinary adventure, skip the plane tickets and whip up these Cajun Sliders. With the first bite, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked away to the land of jazz and alligators. Start with Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp in the air fryer and skip the swamp tour. These bite-sized sandwiches are bursting with Cajun seasoning–the Big Easy is just a few bites away.
Using the air fryer on the Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp takes this BBLT salad to the next level. This salad is an effortless, lightning-fast lunch option, but it’s filling and hearty enough for dinner, too. For the love of all things delicious, don’t refrigerate your tomatoes before you chop them up. Only the freshest tomatoes will do for this hearty salad.
Our Popcorn Shrimp Deviled Eggs are devilishly more tempting with crunchy popcorn shrimp on top. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings! Crumbled bacon, relish, capers, dill, or red peppers can make for some seriously scrumptious embellishments if you’re feeling adventurous. Cook your frozen shrimp in the air fryer right before you serve, so they’re piping hot and crispy.
Layered Popcorn Shrimp Taco Salad is a super useful recipe for your arsenal: serve it as a game day snack, a colorful lunch, a party appetizer, or a weeknight dinner. Start with frozen popcorn shrimp cooked in the air fryer and tossed in some zesty taco seasoning. Then, pile on whatever Mexican-inspired ingredients you have in your kitchen—corn, beans, avocado—and you’ve got a dish that’s as versatile and quick as it is delicious.
We have a stir-fry recipe that will make your taste buds dance and is so easy to throw together. The air fryer keeps this Sweet and Sour Shrimp Stir-Fry shrimp extra crunchy. Although this recipe calls for a package of frozen stir-fry mix, fresh veggies are a great substitute! For a little extra heat, a pinch of chili flakes or a splash of Sriracha sauce will do the trick.
With melty cheese, a rich tomato-based sauce, and a bouquet of spices, enchiladas are one of our favorite Latin-inspired seafood entrees. We’ve got major shortcuts in this recipe, like pre-made enchilada sauce and frozen popcorn shrimp. To keep the shrimp crunchy, toss them in the air fryer basket while you prep and then finish them off in the oven. These may not be exactly like your abuela used to make, but they are still muy delicioso.
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