Crispy Panko Shrimp

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Healthier, crispy panko shrimp. Lightly battered and made in the air fryer or skillet. Ready in under 20 minutes. The perfect crispy meal.

Grey ceramic bowl with crispy panko shrimp and dipping sauce.
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Why Make This Panko Shrimp

This panko shrimp is so easy to whip up. It requires minimal ingredients and you’d never know they weren’t deep fried!

I make them in the air fryer for the ultimate even crispy layer, but I have skillet instructions as well so if you don’t have an air fryer NO PROBLEM I have you covered.

This shrimp is great on it’s own dipped in tartar sauce or served over Lemon Kale Caesar. You can also serve it as an appetizer, you just can’t go wrong with this one. YUM.

If you love crispy shrimp, try my Mongolian Shrimp as well. It’s a perfect meal for shrimp lovers and my Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Pasta will bring the heat and flavor!

Ingredients Needed

All ingredients needed to make this dish on a counter with small bowls and measuring cups.

Shrimp. Raw, cleaned and tailed shrimp is what I always use. Please use a high quality shrimp of choice.

Seasoning. Black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dried dill, dried basil.

Panko Breadcrumbs. Large, flaky breadcrumbs that don’t pack together when coating food so food stays crispier longer. You can find these in the breadcrumb aisle!

All Purpose Flour. This is to help crisp up the shrimp.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

All Purpose Flour. You can use corn starch, arrow root powder or gluten free all purpose flour.

Oil. Use Avocado oil or vegetable oil if making this in the skillet. Otherwise, if making in the air fryer, just a spray oil is perfect.

Eggs. Milk will also work but they won’t fluff/crispy as much.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Glass bowls with shrimp in them and coated shrimp.

Step One. Clean and prepare shrimp, pat the shrimp nice and dry with paper towel. Add shrimp to a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, onion powder, basil, dill. Pour into the shrimp bowl and mix well.

Step Two. Slowly add in flour. Mix shrimp and keep adding the flour until shrimp is evenly coated without too many clumps. Shrimp sizes vary so the flour amount can vary slightly.

Shrimp with breading on an air fryer tray.

Step Three. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add Panko to a separate bowl or plate. Shake excess flour off shrimp and dredge into egg mixture. Shake the excess egg off and roll the shrimp around in panko. Make sure it’s heavily coated for extra crispy goodness.

Step Four. Add shrimp to the air fryer (if using. Skillet instructions are below). Spritz the shrimp with oil and cook on 350º for 7-8 minutes. Let the shrimp cool for one minute and serve over salad or with tartar sauce.

If cooking in the skillet, add 1/4 cup oil to a skillet. Heat oil on medium/high heat. Add the shrimp to the heated oil. Cook for 4 minutes on each side. Be sure the crisp is nice and browned. Add the shrimp to a paper toweled lined plate to cool and enjoy.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these if I don’t have an air fryer?

Yes, make these panko shrimp in the skillet with a little oil. They are just as good.

Are panko crumbs healthier?

They are a little less in calorie content compared ti most breadcrumbs so they are a great alternative.

Recipe Tips

Don’t overcook the shrimp! The shrimp can get rubbery if overcooked or if you try cooking it before it’s fully thawed.

If you need to cook these in the skillet, don’t use too much oil, the panko soaks up a lot of oil and if too much oil is used it can get slightly soggy.

Recipe Pairings

These crispy panko shrimp are a delight. You can top my Lemon Kale Caesar or Asian Cabbage Salad with the crunchy morsels or serve with a side of Spicy Cucumber Salad or Mediterranean Black Bean Salad.

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Grey ceramic bowl with crispy panko shrimp and dipping sauce.
5 from 7 votes

Crispy Panko Shrimp

Healthier, crispy panko shrimp. Lightly battered and made in the air fryer or skillet. Ready in under 20 minutes. The perfect crispy meal. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • air fryer or large skillet

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb raw shrimp, thawed
  • 2 eggs, whisked, *see notes
  • cup all purpose flour
  • cups panko breadcrumbs, *more as needed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dried dill
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil , *see notes!

Instructions 

  • Clean and prepare shrimp, pat the shrimp nice and dry with paper towel. Add shrimp to a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic, onion powder, basil, dill. Pour into the shrimp bowl and mix well. Pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel and then season it with the spice mixture. Mix well.
  • Slowly add in flour. Mix shrimp and keep adding the flour until shrimp is evenly coated without clumps. Shrimp sizes vary so the flour amount can vary slightly.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs well. Add Panko to a separate bowl or plate. Shake excess flour off shrimp and dredge into egg mixture. Shake excess egg mix off. Roll the shrimp around in panko. Make sure it's heavily coated for extra crispy goodness
  • The more panko breadcrumbs you use, the crispier the shrimp will be. 
  • Add shrimp to the air fryer (if using. Skillet instructions are below). Spritz the shrimp with oil and cook on 350º for 7-8 minutes. Let the shrimp cool for one minute and serve over salad or with tartar sauce. 
    If using a skillet, add 1/4 cup of avocado or vegetable oil to a skillet. Heat oil on medium/high heat. Working quickly add the shrimp laying flat onto the skillet. Cook on medium for about 3-4 minutes each side. Panko crust should be browned. Transfer shrimp to a paper towel to soak up excess oil. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

*you can also use just 2 egg whites to cut some calories as well. 
*avocado oil will also work well. Only use if you are cooking in a skillet and not air frying. 
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, skillet or air fryer for just a minute or two. 
For tartar sauce. You can make your own with 1/3 cup mayo, 2 Tbsp pickle juice and 3 tbsp chopped pickles. Mix a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup of shrimps | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 1495mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 393
Keyword: 15 minute, shrimp
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10 Comments

  1. I made this over the weekend as an appetizer for my family. And we gobbled them up, so delicious, thank you.
    It was so delicious, we gobbled it up.

  2. 5 stars
    Maybe’s for lunch this week and they were perfect on top of my salads. The crispy outside was great and tons of flavor.

  3. 5 stars
    These are SO GOOD. I’m making them again for a Thanksgiving appetizer I know everyone is going to love them. I’ll serve it with different dipping sauces too.

  4. 5 stars
    Best little meal prep I’ve had in awhile I will add this to my weekly rotations 10/10

  5. 5 stars
    Made these as an appetizer for my husbands birthday and they were the star of the night! Everyone asked for the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    This is a new favorite, the shrimp tastes like it’s fried to perfection just from the flavorful coating. They are wonderful on a salad or on their own. I’ve made it twice this month.

  7. 5 stars
    These were so great. I made your herbed tahini for the dip and I do not regret it.

    1. I am so happy to hear this! Thanks for the feedback and happy cooking 🧑‍🍳