Air Fryer Pesto Shrimp is a good addition to have with cocktails. The Pesto Shrimp are excellent with white wine, Gin or Vodka Martinis, Manhattans and, sure, they're even superior with Mint Juleps. These shrimp are so good they're even nice with a soda!

Homemade Pesto

I do know there are such a lot of sorts of pesto however my favourite of all time is made with basil, parsley, lemons, parmesan cheese, olive oil and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or sunflower seeds. Yes, we put pumpkin or sunflower seeds in our pesto. For our pesto shrimp we used to make use of pine nuts however since we've got a nut allergy in the home we experimented with a number of sorts of seeds together with peanuts. The better part, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are a lot cheaper (and simpler to seek out) then pine nuts. Two kilos of pumpkin or sunflower seeds price between $14 to $16 vs two kilos of pine nuts, which price round $60!!!! Yes, that is an enormous financial savings. Plus, for us, we do not have to make a run to the emergency room!

We develop our personal basil and parsley so it is really easy to make pesto. If you have not tried it, basil may be very straightforward to develop. We develop them in fabric patio develop luggage. As lengthy because the basil is watered it'll develop shortly and supply a ton of basil for therefore many nice recipes!

Making Pesto for Pesto Shrimp

The hardest a part of making pesto is choosing the leaves off the basil plant. Once the basil leaves are prepared the pesto takes just some minutes to make. The steps for making Pesto is to cut the basil and parsley with the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, pepitas, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. Oh, we at all times add a habanero to spice it up, however that is fully non-obligatory.

NOTE: for this recipe with the shrimp we stopped including parmesan cheese simply to avoid wasting energy. The parmesan cheese thickens the basil and is very nice particularly when making pasta or a pesto pizza.

Spicy Basil Pesto Recipe

Click beneath for the total Spicy Basil Pesto recipe that we used for this Air Fryer Pesto Shrimp. If you do not need spicy basil simply omit the habanero.

Spicy Basil Pesto
Spicy Basil Pesto that's decrease in energy and so pleasing on Pizza, salad, or crusty bread. Makes 1 1/2 cups of pesto.
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Air Fryer Pesto Shrimp

This is a kind of very easy recipes that may be prepared in a couple of minutes even in case you have frozen shrimp. It's a staple for us, we at all times attempt to have shrimp and pesto in our freezer. The two go collectively so properly and are excellent for every part from a pleasant straightforward appetizer to take pleasure in on a Friday night time, to surprising company pop in and also you need to impress them with a enjoyable meal.

NOTE: Easy and fast technique to thaw shrimp. Remove them from the freezer. Place the shrimp in a bowl. Fill the bowl with heat water and they are going to be prepared in about 10 minutes. If the shrimp have that "shrimpy" scent check out our easy way to remove that lovely aroma!!! To defrost the pesto pop it within the microwave for a minute or so.

We wish to dry the shrimp with paper towels to take away any extra water. This helps to make sure the pesto will coat the shrimp. Toss the pesto onto the shrimp and gently stir to coat. Place the shrimp on the air fryer tray and air fry for 16 minutes. (Remember all air fryers are a bit totally different so be sure that to verify the shrimp each 10 minutes till you already know the time required in your air fryer). Do not crowd the shrimp within the air fryer, place them in a single layer. The shrimp will also be cooked within the oven. It would possibly take a couple of minutes longer, however will style simply pretty much as good!

Enjoy together with your favourite cocktail!!!!


Air Fryer Pesto Shrimp

Air Fryer Pesto Shrimp is a simple appetizer or foremost dish that's prepared in lower than 30 min. Bright pesto coats tender shrimp for the right taste combo.
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Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Shrimp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 216kcal
Author: Belly Laugh Living


  • 2 Pounds Shrimp
  • 1 Cup Pesto
  • 2 teaspoons Coarse Salt


  • Remove shells from shrimp. Dry shrimp with paper towel to take away extra water.
    2 Pounds Shrimp, 1 Cup Pesto, 2 teaspoons Coarse Salt
  • Coat the shrimp with the pesto
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. We use olive oil spray.
    2 Pounds Shrimp
  • Place the shrimp within the air fryer basket. Lightly spray the highest of the shrimp with cooking spray. This will assist brown and crisp up the shrimp.
  • Air fry the shrimp at 400 levels for 16 minutes. Flip the shrimp and calmly spray with cooking spray once more. Cook for a further 3 minutes or till the shrimp are fully achieved and have that actually good shiny coloration
  • Remove the shrimp from the air fryer and sprinkle with the coarse salt. This is an non-obligatory step.
    2 teaspoons Coarse Salt
  • Enjoy together with your favourite cocktail! For us, that may be a gin martini!


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg
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