Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp (Air Fryer) 氣炸鍋 椒鹽蝦


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椒鹽蝦 Chinese Salt and Pepper Shrimp Recipe is an addictive and delicious dish in Cantonese cuisine. Light, airy and non-greasy crispy prawns make this a perfect keto snack in Chinese restaurants. Make this air fryer appetizer at home in just 15 minutes!


  • 1 lbs Wild Blue Shrimp or Tiger Prawns (large size 21/25 per pound)
  • 3 tbsp Corn Starch, Rice Flour or Potato Flour
  • 5 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Ground White Pepper
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 Red Bell Peppers, diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno Peppers, diced
  • 2 Shallots, diced
  • 1 spring Green Spring Onions for garnish
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro for garnish
  • Vegetable Oil or Cooking Spray for air frying

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  1. If using frozen shrimp, defrost shrimp overnight in the refrigerator. Wash the shrimp under cold water and pat dry with a kitchen paper towel.
  2. Season shrimp or prawns with ground white pepper and salt.
  3. Prepare salt and pepper mixture by dicing jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, shallots or onions and mince garlic cloves.
  4. Add diced vegetables and aromatics, salt and ground white pepper to a small bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  5. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  6. Use air fryer parchment paper and line the bottom of the air fryer basket for easy clean-ups.
  7. In a large bowl, add shrimp and corn starch, rice flour or potato starch and toss until evenly coated.
  8. Place shrimp in the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray.
  9. Cook for 7 minutes at 350F. Flipping halfway.
  10. Carefully transfer prawns from the air fryer. Add cooked prawns and salt and pepper mixture to a large bowl. Toss and mix well.
  11. Return the seasoned shrimp to the air fryer and cook at 390F for a further minute or until the crispy prawns are golden brown.
  12. Work in small batches ex. half of the shrimp and repeat the process if you are making a large double batch!
  13. Serve and enjoy!



  • This recipe was made in a Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer.
  • For even cooking, don’t overcrowd the air fryer. Arrange the dumplings in a single layer.
  • Preheat the air fryer for a more even cooking heat distribution.
  • Use air fryer parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan for easy clean ups


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