Air fryer prawns? YES! Summer might be over but we’re still enjoying the glorious warmer days and nights a little while longer. And a perfect recipe for dining alfresco or enjoying nibbles or drinks with friends and family? How about a plate of crowd-pleasing Australian prawns. BUT this time, we’re taking them up a flavoursome notch with this quick air fryer prawns trick. YUM!

You don’t need a whole lot of ingredients to deliver this plate to the table, that’s the beauty of buying fresh seafood. You can’t beat the amazing flavours of seafood – it tastes pretty epic all on its own and without much help. But if you thought you had to have a lot of fuss to make a fancier prawn dish, think again!

Air fryer prawns in under 30 minutes!

Susie Burrell created this super quick recipe for Tropic Co and it looks AMAZING (and healthy!). Plus it can be prepped, in and out of your air fryer in under half an hour. Too easy!

A healthier take on crunchy panko prawns, these air fryer prawns are also an awesome way to encourage kids to eat more seafood or try new things if they haven’t tried or explored many seafood dishes before.

Air fryer Prawns and diping sauce
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Air Fryer Prawns with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 12 raw Tropic Co Tiger Prawns, peeled with tails left on
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Extra virgin olive oil spray
  • Lime wedges to serve

Dipping sauce

  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Method

1. Carefully remove the heads from the prawns and peel the shell and legs away, but leave the tails attached.

2. In a bowl, combine the panko bread crumbs and the salt and pepper. Mix together. In another bowl, crack the egg and whisk with a fork or mini whisk.

3. Dip each prawn in the egg and then dip into the panko crumb mixture. Place them in the air fryer basket and lightly spray with the extra virgin olive oil.

4. Cook the Tropic Co Tiger Prawns at 180°C for 8 to 10 minutes, turning halfway through the time, giving an extra spritz of oil if needed. You’ll know when the prawns are cooked when they’re opaque in the centre. (You can split one open with a small paring knife to check).

5. While the prawns are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the Greek yoghurt and sweet chilli sauce until smooth and creamy. Place in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

6. Serve the air fryer prawns immediately with the dipping sauce, a fresh squeeze of lime and extra line wedges. Delicious!

air fryer prawns and dipping sauce
Air fryer prawns – crunchy and delicious with a sauce to dip into no less, YUM! Source: Supplied

Did you know?

Fish and seafood play a really important part in forming a balanced diet. According to Better Health:

  • Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (good fats), which are well known for their health benefits and are essential for life.
  • Eating fish regularly can reduce the risk of a range of diseases (from childhood asthma to prostate cancer).
  • Healthy ways to enjoy fish include baked, poached, grilled and steamed.
  • Pregnant women, women planning pregnancy and children up to six years of age should choose the fish they eat carefully.

Prawns are a great source of high-quality protein and provide some of the most important vitamins and minerals that make up a healthy diet. They are surprisingly low in calories and are made up of extremely healthy cholesterol, so what better reason do we need to devour some on the regular!

Apart from Christmas time where we might just dig into an over-filled plate of prawns, it’s super easy to get a few more prawns into your everyday cooking. Add prawns to a creamy sauce to have on top of chicken or steak, add them to pasta or even a risotto for something a little special. Yum!


What do you think, will you be giving this air fryer prawns recipe a try at home? We’d love to hear what your family think of them!

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Author

South Australian mum and self proclaimed foodie, Lexi can most days be found in the kitchen, apron tied firm and armed with a whisk or wooden spoon!

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