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Air Fryer Keto Shrimp

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Exquisite Keto Shrimp in the Air Fryer: A Spicy and Sweet Delight


Explore the flavors of Keto Shrimp made in an Air Fryer. This recipe offers a harmonious blend of crispy shrimp with a creamy, spicy, and sweet sauce, making it a perfect keto-friendly meal or appetizer.



Elevating Shrimp to a Keto-Friendly Culinary Experience


The Intrigue of Keto Shrimp

This dish, commonly known as Bang Bang Shrimp in many American restaurants, is re-envisioned here for the air fryer, creating a keto-friendly version that doesn't compromise on taste. Featuring shrimp with a crispy coating and served with a distinctive sweet and spicy sauce, this dish is a blend of Sriracha and sweet chili in a creamy mayo base, offering a captivating taste experience.


Advantages of Using an Air Fryer

Choosing to prepare this shrimp recipe in an air fryer brings numerous benefits. It significantly reduces the fat content compared to traditional frying methods while maintaining the shrimp's desirable crispy texture. Additionally, air frying is a quick and convenient method, perfect for easy and efficient cooking.



Essential Ingredients for Keto Shrimp

  • Large or Extra-Large Shrimp: Peeled and deveined for convenience.

  • Mayonnaise: Avocado mayo is a healthier choice.

  • Sriracha Sauce: Adds a fiery element.

  • Sweet Thai Chili Sauce: Introduces a sweetness; chili garlic sauce can be used as an alternative.

  • Vinegar: Preferably white vinegar.

  • Ginger: Freshly grated for authentic flavor.

  • Sugar Substitute: Keto-friendly options like erythritol, or regular sugar for non-keto.

  • Scallions: Thinly sliced.

  • Pork Panko Crumbs: A keto substitute for traditional Panko, made from pork rinds.

  • Salt and Pepper: For seasoning.


Optional Garnishes

  • Lettuce Leaves: Bibb or green leaf varieties.

  • Parsley: Finely chopped.

  • Lemon: Cut into wedges.



Crafting the Perfect Keto Shrimp Dish


Creating the Sauce

  1. Whisk mayo with Sriracha, sweet chili sauce, vinegar, ginger, and sugar substitute until smooth.

  2. Mix in scallions and refrigerate until serving.


Preparing and Cooking the Shrimp

  1. Pat the shrimp dry, coat with mayo, then press into seasoned pork Panko.

  2. Chill the breaded shrimp for 15 minutes before air frying.

  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F and cook shrimp in batches until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes per side.


Serving Suggestions

Arrange the shrimp over lettuce leaves, drizzled with the creamy spicy sauce, and garnished with parsley and lemon wedges.



Pro Tips for the Best Keto Shrimp

  • Select wild-caught shrimp for superior flavor and texture.

  • Ensure shrimp are properly dried before coating to achieve optimal crispiness.

  • Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket to allow even cooking.

  • Preheat the air fryer for best cooking results.



Frequently Asked Questions


Can regular Panko be used instead of pork Panko?

For a non-keto version, regular Panko is a suitable substitute.


What is the spice level of this dish?

Adjust the spice to your liking by varying the amount of Sriracha sauce.


Can this dish be prepared in advance?

While best served fresh, the sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated.


Is this recipe suitable for those not on a keto diet?

Yes, simply use regular sugar and breadcrumbs for a non-keto version.


Enjoy this delicious Keto Shrimp recipe made in the Air Fryer, an ideal dish for those on a ketogenic diet or anyone seeking a healthier alternative to this popular appetizer. Its combination of crispy, creamy, spicy, and sweet flavors makes it an irresistible choice for your culinary exploration.


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