This Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp recipe is a delicious appetizer or healthy snack that only takes a few minutes to make in the air fryer. Only a few ingredients are needed for this easy Cajun shrimp recipe.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I love Cajun and Creole foods. I put Slap Ya Mama seasoning in almost everything, and for good reason – that blend of spices is delicious! There’s nothing like the depth of flavor and kick of heat that you get with Cajun and Creole cooking. It’s just incredible. Over the years, I’ve made all kinds of traditional Cajun meals as well as meals that have a Cajun twist thanks to my favorite seasoning. One of my favorite dishes lately is this Cajun shrimp. It only uses a few ingredients, and it’s done in minutes in the air fryer. It’s the perfect combination of delicious and easy.
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
This delicious shrimp recipe is one that every seafood lover will enjoy. It starts with frozen shrimp – no need for any prep. Then, it’s combined with butter and Creole seasoning to create a delicious dish that combines the flavor complex flavor of Creole cooking with perfectly cooked shrimp. It makes for a delicious appetizer or an addition to noodles or rice. It’s the perfect thing to make on a busy weeknight when you want great flavor without a ton of work. It’s also excellent for parties, too!
Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Shrimp Recipe
- It’s super easy to make.
- You’ll only need three simple ingredients.
- It’s a delicious AND healthy snack or appetizer.
- You can add it to noodles or rice to make it a full meal.
Homemade Cajun Seasoning
There are many different ways to make homemade Cajun seasoning. There are all kinds of recipes out there that help guide us through making it fully from scratch, but I like to make things a bit easier and start with a base of Slap Ya Mama seasoning and then add a few more ingredients to make it faster and easier. Here’s my mix.
- Slap Ya Mama seasoning
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Tips
There’s not much to this recipe, which means I don’t have many tips. In fact, I only have two. They’re important, though, so be sure you give them a look.
- Always preheat your air fryer for even cooking. It’s a myth that you don’t have to preheat them.
- Remove your shrimp from the air fryer AS SOON AS the specified cooking time is over so you don’t overcook them.
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp FAQ
If you have questions about air fryer Cajun shrimp, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.
Can you air fry frozen shrimp?
You sure can. Air fryers are just small convection ovens, so you can cook anything in them that you’d cook in a traditional oven.
Can you stack shrimp in an air fryer?
No. You should never stack anything in an air fryer. Air fryers work by moving hot air around the food to cook it quickly and evenly. If you stack the food, it inhibits the air fryer’s ability to cook the way it should. A single layer is recommended.
What is the best Cajun seasoning?
Of course, I would say it’s mine. I am biased, after all. However, there are some brands that are rated as the best of the best in purchased Cajun seasoning. They are:
- Adkins Cajun Seasoning
- McCormick Cajun Seasoning
- Louisiana Favorites All-Purpose Cajun Creole Seasoning Bundle
- Slap Ya Mama (My fave!)
- Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning
- McCormick Perfect Pinch Bayou Cajun Seasoning
What temperature do you cook shrimp in the air fryer?
That’s largely dependent on the recipe. Cooking temperature varies with the specified cook time. In general, the temperature can range from 370 degrees (like this recipe) to 400 degrees.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
There are all kinds of tasty sides that go well with this shrimp recipe. Some great ideas include:
- Pasta salad
- Mashed potatoes
- Boiled potatoes
- Fried rice
How to Store and Reheat Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
You can store this shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat the shrimp, wrap them loosely in foil and place them on a baking sheet. Then bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes.
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Ingredients
It only takes three simple ingredients to make this recipe.
- Frozen cooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on
- Butter, melted
- Creole seasoning
- Metal skewers
How to Make Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
Making this shrimp is just as easy as shopping for the ingredients. You’ll be done in a flash.
Step 1: Prep the Shrimp
Defrost the shrimp overnight in the refrigerator or place the frozen shrimp in a colander, or large bowl, and run cold water over them for 2 to 3 minutes. Then, place 3 to 4 shrimp on a skewer. Repeat until all shrimp are skewered.
Step 2: Season the Shrimp
Place the skewers on a cutting board and brush the shrimp with melted butter on both sides. Then, sprinkle both sides with the Creole seasoning.
Step 3: Air Fry
Place the skewers on the air fryer rack and cook at 370 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes until opaque and pink.
*If you don’t have an air fryer rack, you can place the shrimp in a parchment-lined basket and place that directly in the air fryer basket.*
Try This Delicious Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
This easy, tasty air fryer Cajun shrimp comes together quickly and cooks in less than 5 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that! It’s the perfect recipe for snacking or as a fast weeknight dinner. Give it a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making it again and again. It’s a winner for anyone who loves Cajun food, seafood, or both!
More Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Enjoy
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Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas – These chicken fajitas are made with boneless skinless chicken breasts, onion, peppers and a homemade fajita seasoning. So easy and delicious.
And, these Air Fryer Flautas are made with slow cooked chicken and cheese, rolled up and air fried to crispy, crunchy perfection.
Here is a delicious Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings recipe, from Great Grub, Delicious Treats, you are sure to enjoy as well.
Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp
- 15 jumbo frozen shrimp peeled and deveined, tail on
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
- Metal skewers
- Place 3-4 shrimp on a skewer. Repeat until all shrimp are on skewers.
- Brush melted butter onto the shrimp, making sure to coat both sides of the shrimp.
- Sprinkle with Creole seasoning on both sides of the shrimp.
- Place skewers into the air fryer rack and cook at 370 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Repeat with remaining skewers.
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