Cajun shrimp is an easy to make weeknight dinner that is made even easier when cooked in the Air Fryer. Air Fried Cajun Shrimp is perfectly seasoned with cajun seasonings and then Air fried. Dinner is done in under 15 minutes with this air fryer shrimp recipe.
Air Fried Cajun Shrimp
I love quick and easy meals. Ever since I made air fryer bacon I have been HOOKED on my Air fryer. I have been making everything and anything that I can make in it. If you don’t have one yet I am going to tell you now that you should get one. They are amazing and you are going to fall in love with it! This easy cajun shrimp recipe was a quick twist on my traditional way of making it. Normally I make baked cajun shrimp but since getting the air fryer everything has been cooked in it!
This cajun shrimp recipe is right at the top of the easiest shrimp recipes to make. With only 5 minutes of prep time (if you buy shrimp that are already deveined) and 12 minutes of cooking time dinner is done and on the table in under 20 minutes.
Depending on my mood I make cajun shrimp as the main dish and a few veggie sides and then dinner is done. Other times I make Low Carb Olive Garden Salad or caesar salad and put the cajun shrimp on top.
Seafood has always been one of my family’s favorite meals. We are all big fans of all types of seafood and the great thing about seafood is that it is naturally low carb. We often have Blackened Tilapia, Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped scallops, Sheet Pan shrimp boil and bang bang shrimp in our meal planning.
What Do you Serve with Cajun Shrimp?
My go to sides when making cajun shrimp are whole roasted cauliflower, Oven baked Lemon Asparagus, Parmesan baked asparagus, and then a salad as well. There are so many other vegetable side dishes that are quick and easy to make, so if you are looking for more easy side dish recipes check out some of our favorites.
Tips for Cooking Shrimp in the Air Fryer
Single layer. Only cook them in a single layer, do not stack them or they will not cook thoroughly.
Read your instructions. Some air fryers will require you to use cooking spray when you are using them, others don’t so be sure to check the specific directions for yours.
Stir the shrimp half way thru cooking. Stir the shrimp if you have a smaller air fryer to make sure they are cooking evenly.
Use fresh shrimp. You can buy shrimp at the grocery store that is already deveined if you are wanting to save time.
Use Frozen Shrimp. You can grab the frozen shrimp and let it thaw out. When you are meal planning take the shrimp out the night before and let them completely thaw in the fridge and then just season and cook them. You can use fully frozen shrimp but you will need to up the cook time.
What is the best Cajun Seasoning?
There are lots of cajun seasonings but my favorites are Slap Yo Mama Cajun Seasoning and Tony Chachere’s Original cajun Seasoning.
How to Make Homemade Cajun Seasoning
If you want to make homemade cajun seasoning to use with this air fryer cajun shrimp recipe you can. This is an easy homemade cajun seasoning recipe, you will not use all of it at once in this dish but it is good to have on hand. Just add the following ingredients into a bowl and mix together. You can store it in an airtight container to use as needed.
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less for how spicy you want it)
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
What temperature do you cook Shrimp on in an Air Fryer?
When you are cooking shrimp in an air fryer you will cook it for 12 minutes at 400°.
What is the best Air Fryer?
There are many different air fryers out there, amongst our team of foodies our favorites are the Cuisinart Air Fryer and convection oven combo, Power XL Pro and the Ninja Foodi 9-in-One. If you don’t have either of them you can use the air fryer you have, but if you are looking to get started with cooking food in an air fryer then our suggestion is that you want to get one of those.
Air Fried Cajun Shrimp Ingredients
- Raw shrimp
- Olive oil
- Cajun seasoning
How to Make Air Fried Cajun Shrimp
Peel and devein the shrimp.
In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the oil until the shrimp are well coated. Sprinkle the cajun seasoning over the shrimp and toss until well coated.
Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
Turn the air fryer on to 400°F for 12 minutes.
Halfway through, stir the shrimp if you have a smaller air fryer to make sure they are cooking evenly.
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Air Fried Cajun Shrimp
- air fryer
- 1 pound shrimp
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- Peel and devein the shrimp.
- In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the oil until the shrimp are well coated. Sprinkle the cajun seasoning over the shrimp and toss until well coated.
- Place the shrimp in the air fryer basket in an even layer.
- Turn the air fryer on to 400°F for 12 minutes.
- Halfway through, stir the shrimp if you have a smaller air fryer to make sure they are cooking evenly.
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