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Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp in white plate with dipping sauce

Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp

  • Author: Sadie
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12-14 servings 1x


The preparation of the Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp recipe involves a simple yet flavorful process.


  • 1 lb shrimp, deveined, peeled, cleaned, thawed
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Old Bay
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp Cajun seasoning
  • ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • Olive Oil nonstick cooking spray


  • Add cleaned shrimp to a bowl.
  • Mix 1/4 of the seasoning with the shrimp, ensuring an even coating.
  • Sprinkle 1/4 of the seasoning over the flour, toss, and coat the shrimp with it.
  • Add the remaining seasoning to the bread crumbs.
  • Beat the eggs. Now you have three bowls: Seasoned Shrimp with Flour, Beaten Eggs, and Panko.
  • Dip each shrimp in the egg mixture, then in the breading. Set aside for the breading to stick.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • Spray the basket or air fryer sheets with non-stick spray.
  • Lay the shrimp in a single layer, non-stacked.
  • Cook for 4 mins on each side, spraying with Olive oil when flipping.
  • Repeat for each batch (if necessary).
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce

Enjoy your Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp with this tasty dipping sauce!



  • 9×13 Pan
  • Skillet


  • If you don’t have panko, you can use regular breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes for a similar crispy texture.
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the shrimp in batches.
  • You can experiment with lighter alternatives for the dipping sauce, such as Greek yogurt-based sauces or a simple squeeze of lemon for a lighter option.
  • For those with gluten sensitivities, consider using gluten-free flour and breadcrumbs.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins

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