After making this air fryer sesame shrimp recipe, it’s been on our regular rotation. It’s hard to now love air frying shrimp in about 15 minutes and dinner is done. If your air fryer is still in it’s box, it’s time to pull it out! Make good use of it and make this amazing shrimp and veggies dinner by air frying it all.

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Healthy and Low carb Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp

After a long days work, we’re all about quick and easy meals. If it’s flavorful and still healthy, we’re happy! That’s a big win for us to be able to have a satisfying and wholesome meal without a ton of calories. We all love shrimp and with the added bonus of air frying simple veggies, this is a 5-star dinner. Or even lunch!

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What we serve sesame shrimp with

Folks are always asking what we would serve with air fryer shrimp. We have a simple air fryer shrimp recipe and it’s so good, we can eat it plain. But to make a complete meal out of it, here’s what we would do. Let us know what other ideas you have!

  • Serve it on top of some brown rice, couscous or quinoa. We love making shrimp bowls and it’s a great meal prep too. Make a few servings of this and you’ll have lunch or a quick dinner in minutes.
  • Low carb salads are always a favorite. For lunch it’s quick to whip up some air fried sesame shrimp salad.
  • Roll it into fresh rice paper spring rolls. We’re obsessed with fresh spring rolls or summer rolls. Here’s our tutorial on how to make spring rolls.
  • Add it to some zucchini noodles or pasta.
  • Make some tacos or quesadillas out of the shrimp. Asian sesame shrimp tacos for the win!

Video: Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp Recipe

How to Make Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp (Tips)

  • Best Shrimp Size? The size of shrimp matters in terms of how long to cook. We used medium shrimp for our timing. So if you cook with larger shrimp, you might need to add another minute or two of air frying time.
  • What Vegetables are best for air frying? Not any vegetable will work if you plan on cooking it together with the vegetables. We discuss this more below about the best vegetables for this recipe.
  • Cook in batches if needed: Don’t over pack your air fryer basket. If you have a small air fryer basket, you should cook the recipe in two batches. It’s best to have the shrimp and veggies all in one layer during air frying.
  • Can you use frozen shrimp? Sure! It’ll take a few more minutes. Air frying frozen shrimp is fine.
  • All the air fryer sesame shrimp recipe details are in the recipe box below.
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Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry

Use quick cooking vegetables that will cook within the same time as the shrimp. Small-cut bell peppers, snow peas, sugar snap peas, zucchini, asparagus, onion, and thin celery are good veggie options. Serve with rice or cooked grains for a complete meal.
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  • 1 pound (454 g) raw shrimp , peeled and de-veined
  • 10 snow peas , or 1/2 cup of your choice of veggies (cut into small bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 bell pepper , sliced into strips
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder , or 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh minced ginger , about a thick 1-inch knob minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce , or to taste (use Tamari for Gluten Free)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) rice vinegar , black vinegar, distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) toasted sesame seeds
  • additional salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped fresh herbs , cilantro, mint or basil



  • In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, vinegar, and optional hot sauce.
    making shrimp stir fry sauce
  • Add the shrimp and vegetables to the sauce bowl. Stir to evenly coat and combine all the ingredients together.
    shrimp and vegetables in bowl
  • Lay the shrimp and veggie mixture evenly into the air fryer basket/tray.
    putting shrimp in basket
  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 10 minutes. Flip or toss the shrimp.
    stirring shrimp
  • Continue to Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 6-10 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked and pink.
    shrimp in air fryer basket ready to cook
  • Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Top with chopped herbs and garnish with sesame seeds.
    air fryer sesame shrimp


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 286kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 286mg, Sodium: 1797mg, Potassium: 457mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2658IU, Vitamin C: 61mg, Calcium: 156mg, Iron: 2mg
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Best Veggies to Air Fry with Shrimp?

Shrimp cooks so fast in the air fryer. So it’s best to use quick cooking vegetables. And make sure to cut them small so that they cook around the same time as the shrimp. OR, if the veggies are cooked faster, then remove them from the air fryer and cook the shrimp for the remaining time until they’re cooked.

  • Slices of zucchini or summer squash
  • If you like green beans, cut them in bite size pieces and blanch them first
  • Thin snow peas or thin french style green beans will cook around the same time as the shrimp.
  • Bell peppers that are cut small
  • Smaller and thin asparagus that’s cut short.
  • Sliced onions or shallots are great too.

What about air frying frozen vegetables?

Sure! You can air fry the frozen veggies with the shrimp. They might be a little soft and mushy. Also, the moisture will release from the veggies onto the shrimp. So it might take a few more minutes to cook the shrimp.

Freezing leftovers or meal prep

The shrimp and veggies can freeze great. Or if you’re meal prepping, these are great to freeze too and thaw when ready to eat. Just make sure they’re stored in air tight bags or containers. They can freeze for about 4 weeks in the fridge. Don’t wait too long because the quality of the shrimp will go down. It sucks to freeze food for too long and get freezer burn. What a waste!