Air Fryer Butterflied Shrimp with Pineapple and Mango Salsa
Prep 30m Cook 7m Additional - Ready In 37m
Servings 4 servings Calories 318

The air fryer does a fine job with these larger shrimp, about 21 to 25 per pound. Butterflying them makes quick work of the cooking time. Serve with this delicious, fruity salsa, or with your favorite dipping sauce.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 cup diced mango
  • ⅓ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup ice, or as needed
  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • parchment paper
  • avocado oil spray
  • lime slices for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine pineapple, mango, bell pepper, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, onion, cilantro, and sea salt in a bowl; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate, until ready to use.
  2. 2 Set a bowl of ice on the work space.
  3. 3 Clean each shrimp by removing the head with a twisting motion. Cut along the back of the shell with kitchen shears or a sharp paring knife, and peel off the shell, removing the legs with the shell. Reserve heads and shells for stock, if desired. Clean away the vein that runs along the back, and cut deeper into the shrimp, lengthwise, toward the tail, but not all the way through, to butterfly the shrimp. Place each cleaned and butterflied shrimp on the ice.
  4. 4 Place egg in a medium bowl and stir to combine the yolk and the white. Season with cayenne pepper and sea salt. Spread panko crumbs on a plate, and cover a second plate with parchment paper.
  5. 5 Remove each shrimp from the ice bowl and place into the egg mixture. One by one, remove shrimp from the egg mixture and place on the panko crumbs. Pat panko into the top side, then place each shrimp on the parchment-lined plate. Repeat, until all the shrimp are coated in panko. Spray with avocado oil spray.
  6. 6 Place shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer with the sprayed side down without touching each other. Spray the top of the shrimp with avocado oil spray.
  7. 7 Air fry at 390 degrees F (195 degrees C) for 4 minutes. Carefully turn shrimp and continue for an additional 3 minutes.
  8. 8 If 2 batches are required, refrigerate raw shrimp while the first batch is cooking. Serve with pineapple and mango salsa and additional lime slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 318
  • Carbohydrate 57 g
  • Cholesterol 219.1 mg
  • Fat 4.2 g
  • Fiber 1.8 g
  • Protein 26.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.2 g
  • Sodium 485.1 mg
  • Sugar 16.6 g

Chef's Notes

If you prefer more heat in the salsa, include the seeds and inner membranes of the jalapeno pepper, or use a Serrano pepper; This recipe was developed for a 5.8-quart basket-style air fryer, for cooking in 2 batches. Different brands and sizes of air fryers may yield different results and require a change in cooking time.


  1. Just wonderful and refreshing. Next time I will do with shrimp instead of the salmon.