These air-fried popcorn shrimp get crispy and crunchy with very little oil. The unique 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.

Robin Bashinsky
Source:, January 2019


Recipe Summary

10 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  • 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 degrees F until crispy and cooked through, about 8 minutes, turning once during cooking. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

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

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; protein 29.2g 58% DV; carbohydrates 35.4g 11% DV; dietary fiber 1.4g 5% DV; sugars 8.6g; fat 3.8g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 275.6mg 92% DV; vitamin a iu 615.7IU 12% DV; vitamin c 2.5mg 4% DV; folate 59.4mcg 15% DV; calcium 102.3mg 10% DV; iron 2.4mg 13% DV; magnesium 48.7mg 17% DV; potassium 389.9mg 11% DV; sodium 291.1mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.