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Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi

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.


  • 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


  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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