Crispy Air-Fried Popcorn Shrimp

These air-fried popcorn shrimp get crispy and crunchy hardly any oil. The flavors are inspired by Mexican fare, with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce and full-flavored shrimp coating. Look for the smallest shrimp you can find so they will cook evenly.

Crispy Air-Fried Popcorn Shrimp
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs, well beaten

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 1 ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ½ cup no-salt-added ketchup

  • 2 tablespoon chopped chipotle chiles in adobo

  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Coat air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  2. Place flour in a shallow dish. Combine eggs and water in another shallow dish. Combine panko, cumin and garlic powder in a third shallow dish. Dredge shrimp first in the flour, then in the egg, then in the panko, shaking off excess. Place half of the shrimp in the prepared basket; coat well with cooking spray. Cook at 360°F until crispy and cooked through, about 8 minutes, turning once during cooking. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

  3. Combine ketchup, chipotles, cilantro, lime juice and salt in a small bowl. Serve the dipping sauce with the shrimp.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
4g Fat
35g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 276mg 92%
Sodium 291mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 390mg 8%
Folate, total 59mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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