Deliciously crispy prawns take just 8 minutes when cooked in the air fryer. Coated in garlic, onion, parsley and oil, these Air Fryer Prawns are a tasty addition to any meal or even great as a snack or party food. Serve with a simple salad, on a bed of rice, put in to tacos or as part of a tapas platter - you won't be able to stop eating these yummy little bites.
Prawns (or shrimp if you are the other side of the pond) are a big part of our diet. Not only are they low in calories and fat, but they are so easy to cook - you really can't get it wrong. There is also so much that you can do with them, so if you are looking for a quick, protein packed and healthy addition to your meals, then give this air fryer prawn recipe a try.
There are lots of different ways to prepare and cook prawns, but our current favourite way is cooking them in our air fryer. Quick and easy, with the perfect texture.
Why you will love them
- Cooked in just 8 minutes
- Low carb and gluten free
- Lots of uses for them
- Easy to adapt with different flavours
- Prawns - We used fresh raw prawns, then had already been de-shelled. If you are using cooked prawns, then you will need to adjust the cooking time and they will only take about 4 minutes.
- Onion - We used a brown onion, but you could use shallots which would have a sweeter flavour.
- Garlic - Freshly crushed is always best, but you can use pre-crushed in a jar or tube to save some time.
- Oil - Use a good quality olive oil.
- Parsley - This adds loads of freshness, so always use fresh. You can swap it for coriander if you prefer.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Put the prawns, onions, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl, mix well and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
Two: Put the prawns, all the marinade and the oil in the air fryer and mix well.
Three: Cook at 220°C for 8 minutes.
Four: Once cooked the prawns will be a nice rich pink colour. Remove from the air fryer and serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Whilst this recipe keeps it simple with some garlic, onion and parsley, there are lots of ways that you can adapt this so you can have it a different way every time. Give the prawns a bit of a tropical twist by stirring in some desiccated coconut, or go Italian with some grated Parmesan.
You could add some spice to air fryer prawns with red chilli flakes too, or a splash of your favourite chilli sauce.
If you wanted to have crispy prawns (but still much lighter than fried breaded prawns), then you could mix them with some Panko breadcrumbs.
What to serve with Air Fryer Prawns
These air fryer prawns are really versatile and there are so many different ways that you can serve them. We served ours as part of a Tapas Platter, but there are so many other ways to serve them.
Cooked prawns should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge, where they will keep for up to 3 days. If you want to freeze them, they will keep in the freezer, below -18°C, for 6 months.
We love finding way to add more vegetables to our diet, and you can do that with this dish by throwing some chopped peppers and courgettes in with the prawns.
Yes, providing the prawns have been thoroughly defrosted and you have blotted off any extra liquid, then you can use frozen prawns to make this recipe.
These took 8 minutes, but it will depend on your air fryer and how you like your prawns cooked.
More prawn/shrimp recipes
Air Fryer King Prawns
- 400 g (14 oz) King prawns - peeled, uncooked
- 0.5 Onion - finely chopped
- 2 Garlic clove - finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon Olive oil
- 15 g (0.25 cups) Fresh parsley - finely chopped
- 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper
- 0.5 Lemon - juice only; to serve
- Put 400 g King prawns, 0.5 Onion, 2 Garlic clove, 15 g Fresh parsley, juice of 0.5 Lemon and 1 pinch Sea salt and black pepper into a bowl, mix well and leave to marinate for 15 minutes.
- Put the prawns, all the marinade and 2 tablespoon Olive oil into the air fryer and mix well.
- Cook at 220°C for 8 minutes.
- Once cooked the prawns will be a nice rich pink colour. Remove from the air fryer and serve immediately.
- Feel free to change up the flavours by adding either coconut or Panko breadcrumbs, or even using a Mexican seasoning.
- Serve the prawns with rice or salad or use them in tacos or a burrito bowl.
- You can give this dish a veggie boost by adding some chopped bell peppers and courgettes with the prawns.
- You can use frozen prawns, but make sure they are fully defrosted and any extra liquid is blotted off.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.