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air fryer shrimp on plate with coleslaw.

Air Fryer Breaded Shrimp: Southern Style

Following this simple recipe for air fryer breaded shrimp results in a delicious, healthier version of that southern favorite. You'll be serving crispy, golden brown shrimp without all the oil in just minutes!
5 from 5 votes
Servings 4 people
Calories 170 kcal


  • air fryer


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled, deveined with tails on
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ¾ cup cracker meal can substitute cornmeal + 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1-1½ teaspoons salt
  • fine mist oil spray the type for spraying food (without propellant)


  • Mix egg and milk in shallow dish.
  • Mix cracker meal (or cornmeal and flour) with salt in shallow dish.
  • Dip shrimp in egg mixture 4-5 at a time and drain excess before laying in meal mixture.
  • Make sure each shrimp is coated in meal mixture and lay out on air fryer basket (which has been sprayed with oil) with space between.
  • Spray shrimp with light coating of oil.
  • Cook in air fryer at 350° for 5 minutes and then turn shrimp.
  • Spray with light coating of oil and cook 2-3 minutes more, watching shrimp for doneness.


For Gluten Free, use ¾ cup cornmeal and 2 Tablespoons of almond flour to bread shrimp. 
If using a smaller air fryer you will need to cook a pound of shrimp in 2-3 batches. 


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 25gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 224mgSodium: 1123mgPotassium: 333mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 65IUCalcium: 101mgIron: 1mg
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