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.

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

6-7 shrimp & 2 Tbsp. sauce
297 calories; protein 29.2g; carbohydrates 35.4g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 8.6g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 0.9g; cholesterol 275.6mg; vitamin a iu 615.7IU; vitamin c 2.5mg; folate 59.4mcg; calcium 102.3mg; iron 2.4mg; magnesium 48.7mg; potassium 389.9mg; sodium 291.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 lean protein, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 starch, 1/2 medium-fat protein