Crispy Frozen Tempura Shrimp in the Air Fryer

I love tempura shrimp, but it never seems to hold onto its crispiness when you order takeout. Instead of slogging it to the restaurant to get my fix, now I make frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer. It gets nice and crispy, so it’s just as delicious and I don’t even need to leave home!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Save time having to prep and batter your shrimp and start with frozen tempura shrimp instead. It’s all ready to go, flash frozen, and cooks easily in your air fryer right from frozen – no defrosting required!

They’re super versatile too. Whether you’re going to roll them into some delicious sushi rolls or enjoy them on their own, tempura shrimp make a great appetizer, lunch, or even dinner when paired with some sides.

holding an air fried tempura shrimp

Best of all, frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer is ready in around 10 minutes, making it quick and convenient for a midday meal or a weeknight dinner. 

What You’ll Need

frozen tempura shrimp out of the box
  • Frozen tempura shrimp, any brand
  • Additional sides or sauces for serving (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • You can use any brand of frozen tempura shrimp you like. I have Fremont Fish Market (Aldi) here, but I’ve also used Seapak, Kirkland (Costco) and Trader Joe’s frozen tempura shrimp. They all work great!
  • Some brands come with dipping sauce. If yours doesn’t and you want a sauce, Tentsuyu is the traditional soy-based accompaniment. It’s also great with sweet chili, honey mustard, Yum Yum sauce, or spicy mayo for some less traditional options

How to Cook Frozen Shrimp Tempura in Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F, and remove frozen tempura shrimp from all external packaging
  2. Place the shrimp in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (cook in batches if needed)
place frozen tempura shrimp in air fryer basket
  1. Cook on air fry setting for 8-10 minutes at 390°F, pausing to flip the shrimp halfway through cooking, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F
  2. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces or sides for a complete meal
overhead view of air fried tempura shrimp on a plate with soy sauce

What to Serve With Shrimp Tempura

  • Tsuyu sauce
  • Honey mustard
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Ginger sauce
  • White rice
  • Curried rice
  • Fried rice
  • Soba noodles
  • Ramen
  • Udon soup
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Tempura vegetables
  • Green salad with ginger or soy dressing
  • Pickled radish

Try frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer with my recipe for crispy Air Fryer Frozen Spring Rolls, Spicy Garlic Air Fryer Edamame, or Frozen Fried Rice in the Air Fryer for a more substantial side.

Recipe FAQs

Can You Air Fry Frozen Tempura Shrimp?

Yes, you can air fry frozen tempura shrimp, such as Seapak, Trader Joe’s, and other brands.

They do not require defrosting ahead of time, and may be cooked directly from their frozen state.

How Long Do I Cook Frozen Tempura Shrimp in the Air Fryer?

You cook frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer for approximately 8-10 minutes. Very large shrimp may require slightly longer.

The shrimp are done when the internal temperature reaches 165°F for food safety reasons.

What Temperature Do You Air Fryer Tempura Shrimp?

Typically, you air fry tempura shrimp at a temperature of 390°F.

If your air fryer does not have that setting, you may cook them at 400°F and reduce time by 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, for a less browned exterior, cook at 375°F for 1-2 more minutes.

Is Frozen Shrimp Tempura Already Cooked?

Yes, typically frozen shrimp tempura is already cooked.

You can tell by the color of the breading typically. If it is already browned, it has been cooked before freezing. If it is blonde colored, then it has not. Always refer to the box to check for the words fully cooked if you’re unsure.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • There is no need to add additional oil before cooking, as frozen tempura shrimp already has it in the coating prior to freezing
  • If your shrimp comes with a frozen sauce packet, place it in a glass of hot water to thaw while your shrimp is cooking
  • Most frozen tempura shrimp have a flat side and a rounded side. I recommend facing them all the same way in the basket, which makes it easier to tell which ones you’ve flipped during the process
  • My shrimp were perfect (verified via thermometer) after 8 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. Other air fryers and different brands of shrimp may vary slightly
five air fried tempura shrimp on a plate on top of rice with soy sauce

Other Air Fryer Frozen Seafood Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

Making frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer is so easy, and they’re ready in less than 10 minutes!  They make for a perfect lunch, or a dinner when paired with some sides.

I think on their own you really need a dipping sauce, as the breading doesn’t have tons of flavor. However, if you’re going to roll your shrimp tempura into a sushi roll, that will give you plenty of additional tastes!

If you love shrimp tempura and don’t want to suffer through cold takeout or sit in the restaurant, then these are absolutely perfect. Reach for the freezer instead of the keys, and you won’t be sorry!

how to make frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer dinners done quick

Crispy Frozen Tempura Shrimp in Air Fryer

Make crispy frozen tempura shrimp in the air fryer in only about 10 minutes! It’s perfect for an appetizer, meal, or for sushi night!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 200 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Frozen tempura shrimp (any brand)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F, and remove frozen tempura shrimp from all external packaging
    3 Frozen tempura shrimp
  • Place the shrimp in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer (cook in batches if needed)
  • Cook on air fry setting for 8-10 minutes at 390°F, pausing to flip the shrimp halfway through cooking, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauces or sides for a complete meal

Notes

  • You can use any brand of frozen tempura shrimp you like. I have Fremont Fish Market (Aldi) here, but I’ve also used Seapak, Kirkland (Costco) and Trader Joe’s frozen tempura shrimp. They all work great!
  • Some brands come with dipping sauce. If yours doesn’t and you want a sauce, Tentsuyu is the traditional soy-based accompaniment. It’s also great with sweet chili, honey mustard, Yum Yum sauce, or spicy mayo for some less traditional options
  • There is no need to add additional oil before cooking, as frozen tempura shrimp already has it in the coating prior to freezing
  • If your shrimp comes with a frozen dipping sauce packet, place it in a glass of hot water to thaw while your shrimp is cooking
  • Most frozen tempura shrimp have a flat side and a rounded side. I recommend facing them all the same way in the basket, which makes it easier to tell which ones you’ve flipped during the process
  • My shrimp were perfect (verified via thermometer) after 8 minutes in a Ninja Dual Zone air fryer. Other air fryers and different brands of shrimp may vary slightly
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, dipping sauces and sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 113gCalories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 720mgPotassium: 90mgSugar: 8gCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.3mg
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