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Air Fryer Spicy Fried Shrimp (with jalapeño cream chili sauce)

This Crispy Air Fryer Shrimp is golden brown and packed with a kick of heat from the breading to the jalapeno cream chili dipping sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 442kcal




  • 1 jalapeno seeded and minced
  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Frank's red hot sauce
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup green onions chopped (about 4 stalks)


  • Prepare the dredging station. In a small bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, white pepper, and ancho chili powder. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. In a third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs and red pepper flakes.
  • Add shrimp to the flour bowl and toss to coat. Next, dredge in eggs. Let excess egg drip off. Then, add to the panko bread crumbs and toss to coat.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes.
  • While the air fryer is preheating, prepare the firecracker sauce. Add minced jalapenos, sweet chili sauce, sour cream, hot sauce, and black pepper to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Arrange shrimp in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Spray gently with canola oil or nonstick cooking spray. Cook for 3 minutes, flip, and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Remove from the air fryer and place on a platter or in a bowl.
  • Serve with jalapeno cream chili sauce and garnish with green onion and jalapenos. Enjoy!


  • You can use frozen shrimp, just thaw them and pat them dry before following the recipe and instructions.
  • Alternative Cooking Methods:
    • Deep fry the breaded shrimp in oil that’s been heated to 375 degrees in a heavy-bottomed pan. Fry them for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
    • Bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes. Flip the shrimp halfway through the cooking time.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees for about 4 minutes or until heated all the way through.


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 339mg | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 733IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 5mg