Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

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This shrimp scampi recipe has it all — it's buttery, garlicky, lemony, and gets a hint of heat from crushed red pepper and bright herbal flavor from basil. The air fryer makes it especially easy. You start the sauce in a pan in the air fryer, then add the shrimp and remaining sauce ingredients. Once the shrimp is cooked, just toss it with cooked linguine and you're ready to go. For a deeper sweet seafood flavor in the sauce, leave the shells on the shrimp. You can also serve the shrimp with crusty bread instead of pasta if you'd prefer.

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi
Photo: Photo by Huge Galdones / Food Styling by Christina Zerkis
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from 4 garlic cloves)

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

  • 1 pound large (21-25) peeled, deveined raw shrimp, tail-on

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons fresh juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil, plus more for garnish

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted water according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. While pasta cooks, place an 8-inch cake pan in fry basket of a large air fryer. Preheat air fryer to 400°F for 5 minutes. Place wine, butter, oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper in cake pan (butter should start melting immediately). Cook until butter is completely melted and wine is slightly reduced, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Stir together black pepper and 1 teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl; add shrimp, and toss to combine. Add shrimp mixture to butter mixture in cake pan, stirring to coat; cook until shrimp are fully cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, basil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt .

  4. Transfer shrimp mixture to pasta in a large bowl. Toss until pasta is evenly coated. Season with additional pepper and salt to taste. Transfer to a large platter, and garnish with additional basil.

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