This air fryer shrimp with shell recipe is delicious thanks to the marinade that adds a lot of flavors, making this recipe perfect to enjoy all year round.
Don't you just love juicy jumbo shrimp straight from the grill? This air fryer shrimp with shell recipe brings you the same great experience without standing over a hot grill or cleaning it again afterward!
Made using frozen shrimp, this jumbo shrimp with shell recipe is simple to prepare and deliciously flavored with mint, oregano, paprika, lemon, and a hint of chili. Excellent as an entree or as a small plate.
Air fryer shrimp with shell on is tender and packed full of flavor. Cooking marinated shrimp in the air fryer means that the natural juices and delicious flavors are sealed into the meat while making the outside perfectly crispy.
Ingredients you'll need to make shrimp with shells.
**Find the full list of ingredients along with the recipe instructions at the end of this post**
Raw jumbo shrimp - buying frozen shrimp is the best way to ensure that it's fresh! Always ensure you defrost the shrimp safely before preparing it. The best methods to defrost shrimp are:
- Leaving them in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.
- Put your sealed shrimp package into cold water for 20-30 minutes.
Mint, marjoram or oregano, garlic, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and chili powder (optional) - you will combine these to make your marinade for this recipe for shrimp with shells on. If you prefer a sweeter marinade, you could try combining honey, soy sauce, lemon zest, parsley, and thyme instead.
Extra virgin olive oil: Extra virgin oil is the least processed form of olive oil. As well as being a popular choice because of its taste, it has many benefits, such as a higher concentration of antioxidants (which may help protect against free radicals, thought to contribute to disease).
How to cook shrimp with shells on in the air fryer?
In a food processor or blender, add the mint, marjoram, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chili powder if using; pulse until roughly chopped, slowly add the olive oil, and pulse until the sauce has a slightly chunky consistency.
Place the shrimp in a large bowl, pour half of the green sauce onto the shrimp, and rub it into the fresh. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook to 350ºF for 4 minutes on each side, depending on the size of your shrimp.
Transfer the cooked shrimp to a serving platter and top with the remaining sauce. Serve and enjoy!
How long to air fry shrimp with shell
It only takes 4 minutes to cook a large shrimp air fryer at 350°F - depending on the size of your shrimp and which model of air fryer you're using.
When shrimps are cooked through, their flesh will be firm and clear.
What to serve with jumbo shrimp with shell
These juicy shrimp are deliciously served with creamy pasta, air fryer asparagus, and a generous squeeze of lemon juice! Fantastic enjoyed with a cool glass of white wine on a summer's evening.
How to store cooked shrimp with shells
If properly stored, air fry shrimp with shells will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days—store shrimp in shallow, airtight containers or wrapped in aluminum foil.
To freeze, remove the meat from the shells and spread it out on a foil-covered tray, then put it in the coldest part of the freezer. Once they have frozen, transfer them to freezer bags.
How to reheat shrimp in the air fryer
To reheat air fryer shrimp with shells, begin by heating the air fryer to 350°F. Next, put your shrimp in the basket in a single layer—heat for 2 minutes on each side.
To heat from frozen, increase the time to 4-5 minutes per side.
Absolutely! Air fryer shrimp with shell on is incredibly tender because it helps keep the moisture in and prevents them from overcooking.
The best way to cook shrimp with shells is in the air fryer. Begin by rubbing your marinade of choice into the shrimp, ensuring it goes under the shell, and then cook in the air fryer at 350°F for a couple of minutes per side.
It's safe to cook frozen shells on shrimp in the air fryer; however, I would recommend defrosting the shrimp first for this recipe. Defrosting the shrimp means that the marinade is absorbed more quickly, making it even tastier!
More Air Fryer Shrimp Recipes to Try
- 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, deveined
- ¼ cup fresh mint
- ¼ cup fresh marjoram or oregano
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a food processor or blender add the mint, marjoram, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, salt, pepper and chili powder if using; pulse until roughly chopped, slowly add the olive oil and pulse until the sauce has a slightly chunky consistency.
- Place the shrimp in a large bowl, pour half of the green sauce onto the shrimp and rub into the fresh. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer and cook to 350ºF for 4 minutes on each side depending on the size of your shrimp.
- Transfer the cooked shrimp to a serving platter and top with remaining sauce, serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 239mgSodium: 760mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 26g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on products used. When the recipe list salt to taste the amount of salt is not calculated, only the sodium in the other ingredients is calculated.