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Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos


So you were 100% craving some shrimp tacos and ended up here. Luckily, I was craving them, too – you came to the right place. 

Today, we’re talking about my super simple recipe for air fryer shrimp tacos. This recipe is ready in less than 30 minutes and will have you coming back time and time again for this delicious dish. 

air fryer shrimp tacos in a blue bowl, surrounded by avocado, tomato, and cilantro

Let’s Start with Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

It’s no secret that the star of this recipe is the coconut shrimp. Not into coconut? No worries, just don’t use it. Want to check out the full recipe? Check it out here.

The beauty of using the air fryer for cooking your shrimp is that it has wayyyy less oil than traditional deep frying. Because of this, you’re left with a healthier option while losing zero flavour (we love that). You can use your air fryer shrimp in so many recipes, like the shrimp taco recipe we’re going to talk about today!

How Long to Cook Air Fryer Shrimp

This is the question most of you are curious about (hehe). How long do you cook shrimp for in the air fryer? I know, like many of you, the issue with the air fryer is no one knows how long to cook anything!

I’m here to tell you the secret is 4 minutes per side at 400 degrees. After you flip them over, make sure to reoil them, so they get nice and golden brown. 

What to Put on Shrimp Tacos

Honestly, the answer to this is vague because the options are truly endless. With that being said, the number one must-have is coleslaw! There’s just something about a vinegary salad mix that just pairs so well with coconut shrimp!

After I know you’ve committed to the slaw, I recommend adding a little cheese, avocado, cilantro (if you’re a fan) and jalapenos (if you’re brave). You really can’t go wrong with what you add to it, as long as you like it! 

Let’s Talk Shrimp Taco Sauce

Don’t even ask about putting cocktail sauce on this; there just isn’t a chance. With that being said, one of my favourite sauces with this is a garlic aioli since aioli really is amazing with everything. 

Additionally, I also love putting a little healthier yogurt aioli with greek yogurt, garlic, lemon and a little salt. Another delicious option is roasted red pepper dip. I’ve used the one by summer fresh, which is a 10/10 experience. 

Still not sold on any of these options? You can never go wrong with a little lime juice!

What Kind of Shrimp to Use

Believe it or not, this kind of matters. In terms of the type of shrimp, that doesn’t really matter. With that being said, you want to use raw shrimp! If you’re using cooked shrimp, then by the time you actually get to eat it, your shrimp is WAY overcooked and rubbery (we don’t want that). 

The other thing to remember when using raw shrimp is that it will most likely have the shell on. You’ll need to remove that before doing anything! If you can find some shrimps without the shell, that’s even better!

How to make Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

air fryer shrimp in a air fryer basket.

Step One: First things first- you’re going to need to bread and cook your shrimp in the air fryer. Check out my Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe for full details on how to do this! Cook your shrimp for 4 minutes on each side at 400-degree celsius.

I recommend lightly oiling your shrimp on both sides before sending them to your air fryer. 

ingredients for air fryer shrimp tacos in bowls sitting on a counter.

Step 2: Gather the troops! These are the ingredients I used for my shrimp tacos. However, you can change them up how you’d like. 

If you are using the ingredients above, make sure to chop your lettuce, dice your tomatoes & avocadoes, shred your cheese & slice your jalapenos. Obviously, you don’t have to put everything in an individual bowl like this, but if you’re sharing with others then why not!

soft tortilla shells in a bowl surrounding by ingredients to make air fryer shrimp tacos.

Step 3:  Next, get those tortillas ready. I recommend heating them up on the stove for a few minutes or popping them in the microwave for 15 seconds. This makes them nice and soft. 

Next, I recommend getting a bowl to prop up your shells. This allows you to fill them how you want without making a huge mess. I know you’re going to have at least two of these, which works perfectly for filling. 

tortilla shells with lettuce and air fryer fried shrimp in a blue bowl.

Step 4: Begin filling with your fun ingredients! I recommend putting the lettuce on the bottom since who really cares if it gets squished? Next, I would put your shrimp, so they’re nice and tucked away in your taco, so they won’t fall out later.  

air fryer shrimp tacos in a blue bowl.

Step 5: Add everything else to your delicious shrimp taco and enjoy! 

Let's Get Cooking

air fryer shrimp tacos in a blue bowl surrounded by various ingredients

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

The perfect addition to your summer menu. These air fryer shrimp tacos are a healthy dinner ready in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 417 kcal


For Shrimp

  • 12 Shrimp Raw
  • 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Paprika
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For Tacos

  • 4 Small Soft Taco Shells
  • 1 Cup Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Coleslaw
  • 1 Avocado

Optional Ingredients

  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Red Pepper Sauce


For Shrimp

  • Begin by setting up your three bowls.
  • In your first bowl, add your flour, paprika, garlic powder & salt, and stir until combined.
  • In the second bowl, beat your eggs and add your milk.
  • In the third bowl, add your panko bread crumbs & coconut flakes.
  • If your shrimp have the shell still on them, make sure to remove it.
  • Bread your shrimp one by one starting with the flour, then the egg, and finishing them in the egg mixture.
  • Set your air fryer to 400 degrees, and place your shrimp in your basket without overlapping them.
  • Lightly drizzle with your olive oil and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side.

For Tacos

  • chop your lettuce, dice your tomatoes & avocadoes, shred your cheese & slice your jalapenos
  • Optional Step: heat up your tortillas in the microwave or on the stovetop
  • Assemble your tacos how you'd like to enjoy them & serve!


Calories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 842mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 679IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 312mgIron: 3mg
Keyword air fryer, coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, summer recipe
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