Air frying is quickly becoming one of the best ways to help reduce calories in your diet without drastically changing your eating habits. You can still eat the same fried foods you enjoyed before, but without most of the negative side-effects of frying food in oil. Take a look at this quick guide on air frying and be sure to check out our recipe for the best air fried shrimp parmesan you will ever taste.
What is an Air Fryer?
Fried foods taste great, but it turns out that food is not so great for our health. That’s why the concept of air frying food was invented by Philips, and the idea has taken off among the health-conscious and aspiring chefs everywhere. An air fryer functions much like a traditional fryer, only instead of submerging the food in oil to cook it, it uses hot air distributed around the machine to cook the food evenly.
As you can imagine, not frying food in oil that is high in saturated fats has plenty of health benefits while compromising none of the taste. Take a look at some of the benefits of air frying versus traditional frying and our recipe for making air fried parmesan shrimp that will blow your taste buds away.
Benefits of Air Frying vs. Traditional Frying
Air fryers can offer you low-fat meals with easy clean-up that you just can’t get with a traditional fryer. Because an air fryer uses hot-air circulation to fry food, there’s no messy oil to clean-up once you’ve finished cooking. Air fryers don’t have that heavy fried smell associated with them either, since that’s the smell of food dissolved in oil. If you have a dish that requires multiple fried components, you can cook these items together instead of needing to prepare them individually. This saves you time since food doesn’t have to be cooked separately.
Best of all, the health benefits of eating air fried food are undeniable. It’s estimated that air frying food reduces the amount of fat by up to 80%, depending on the recipe and food you are cooking. Air frying can be the key to helping you lose weight if you’re a lover of fried food since you won’t have to give up your favorite fried foods. Air frying tends to be faster than traditional frying too, since you don’t have to wait for a big vat of oil to heat up before you can begin the cooking process.
Curious how air fried food tastes compared to a conventional fryer? Try out this recipe for air fried parmesan shrimp, and you’ll be impressed with just how much you enjoy this new way to prepare fried foods.
Air Fryer Parmesan Shrimp
Fried shrimp is one of the tastiest dishes to give up if you’re foregoing fried foods, but these air fried parmesan shrimp are so close to the real thing you won’t even miss those hand battered treats you love. Make sure you check the notes on shrimp measurements if you’ve never bought shrimp before, as the labeling can be a bit confusing for new cooks.
This recipe only takes about ten minutes to cook outside of the prep, so it’s quick and easy to throw together if you’re not exactly feeling a full night of cooking. The recipe calls for shrimp that have been pre-cooked, but you can use raw shrimp that have been peeled and deveined. In fact, when comparing the two, I preferred the raw shrimp since it seemed to hold onto the parmesan cheese and breadcrumb mixture better than the pre-cooked shrimp. However, using pre-cooked shrimp will save you time.
This recipe is excellent for anyone who likes to have fried shrimp for dinner, but it can also be adapted for smaller shrimp that can be used as salad toppers,as part of a pasta dish, or as a side to a surf and turf platter. The ideas for this recipe are endless, and it is tasty enough that you will want to incorporate it into your weekly meal schedule as a time-saving meal that isn’t a compromise in taste.
If you are looking for a tasty dipping sauce to pair with these shrimp beyond simple cocktail sauce, try preparing a buttery shrimp scampi sauce. The breadcrumbs will soak up the butter, and the combined flavors will taste like heaven.
– 2 lbs. cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
– 4 minced garlic cloves
– 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
– 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
– 1 tsp. cracked black pepper
– 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
– 1/2 tsp. chopped oregano
-1/3 tsp. chopped rosemary
– 1 tsp. chopped basil
– 1 tsp. onion powder
– 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
– 1 lemon, quartered
Note on Shrimp Measurements
Larger jumbo-sized shrimp work better for this recipe, but if all you can find is medium-sized shrimp they will work fine. Shrimp is measured by how many shrimp are required to make up a pound, so that means smaller numbers on the bag indicate larger shrimp. Jumbo shrimp are 21-25, while colossal shrimp are less than 15 shrimp per pound.
You can use larger or smaller shrimp for this recipe, but we’ve found the jumbo size shrimp strike the perfect balance between crispness and great texture. However, it’s worth noting that following this same recipe with popcorn shrimp makes an excellent appetizer before a meal, or as a component in a salad or pasta.
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- Thaw your cooked shrimp if frozen and pat the shrimp semi-dry. If you can’t find pre-cooked shrimp, you can still use raw shrimp, but you will want to make sure the shrimp are peeled and deveined for this recipe.
- Finely mince your four cloves of garlic and mix it in a bowl with the grated parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, basil, and onion powder. Make sure the garlic is evenly distributed through this mixture as it has a tendency to clump up because it is the only wet ingredient so far.
- Toss the shrimp in this mixture and stir so you get a nice, light coating of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs coating the shrimp.
- Place the shrimp at the bottom of your air fryer and cook for 8-10 minutes on 350 degrees.
- Serve the shrimp on a plate with some fresh, green veggies and use the quartered lemon to squeeze over it to give it a tangy flavor. You can pair these shrimp with your favorite dipping sauce or even use them as a salad topper or pasta topper.