I gotta say there’s nothing like an air fryer for food creation. Truly, the air fryer is a game changer as it takes the oil out of frying and you can create healthier versions of recipes. Plus, as an added bonus, little to no oil in the recipe.
While you have to learn the air fryer to really understand it’s capabilities, I have cooked everything you can imagine in it from baked goods to breakfasts. I love shrimp and giving it a little ‘fiery’ snap is perfect. You will love this firecracker shrimp that is wrapped in wontons.
When you get the crispy wonton against the soft shrimp texture, and then are greeted by a little heat, you then understand how perfect and air fryer is! Make sure to bookmark my recipe and print it, when you are done reading. You can use this for Fourth of July, any parties during the year and New Year’s Eve too.
Trust me, when you plate these up, they look amazing and add to the party! Here’s my air fryer firecracker shrimp in wonton wrappers recipe!
Air Fryer Firecracker Shrimp In Wonton Wrappers
Here’s how I came up with this recipe. Generally, I dip my shrimps into hot sauce, or sprinkle with a little red pepper. Sometimes I roll them into flour tortillas. I was not excited about the tortilla against the shrimp, it was all too many soft textures.
What I did next was the best thing I ever could have done! I took out wonton wrappers which definitely are a better fit to scale fit for shrimp and I dunked my shrimp into the red pepper spice. Then, I wrapped them snug as a bug into the wonton and tossed it into the air fryer to crisp the wonton wrapper up. Oh My G#$@. It was sinful.
There was a crunch and a soft texture. Heat, and then nothing. Something was still missing. I needed a sauce. After trying cocktail sauce, hot mustard, and a pineapple glaze, I still had not found foodgasm worthy mentions. So, my next step, was crazy easy and the WINNER. Wait till you see what I did.
Plating matters on this dish. My suggestions, fun colored plates, some toothpicks with frill, etc. Make it colorful because what happens in your mouth and on your tasteless will match that intensity!
Let’s get this air fryer show started shall we? Remember, I just made a small batch, but when I am cooking for a party, I triple this up. For every shrimp you need a wonton. Plain and simple.
Firecracker Shrimp In Wonton Wrappers Recipe
6 Wonton Wrappers
¼ Water (for sealing wonton)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
6 Fully Cooked & Peeled Shrimp (thawed)
1 Tsp Red Pepper
For the Dipping Sauce
Equal parts mayo & your favorite BBQ or Chipotle Sauce
Make sure shrimp are thawed and drained. Remember these are already fully cooked, so this is super easy to make! I set these up on the board once they are made so they can go in to the fryer. I don’t jam the fryer basket either. Leave room between each one, so I do these in batches. Continue reading for the rest of the how to.
In a flat bowl add red pepper, garlic and olive oil and mix. Do consider red pepper has zing! You probably saw this in the video, did you watch it? It shows you how this is done.
Place wonton wrapper on flat surface and keep the shrimp to far right, leaving tail stick out of wrapper and leaving space above the shrimp.
Wet all four corners of wonton or the entire wrapper (truly preference). I have my own method and am comfortable, once you work through this once, you will have yours. Use it.
Fold over one time, then fold top over shrimp (creating a pocket) and then continue to roll shrimp to the end of the wrapper and seal seam with water.
Place in Air Fryer
Program Fryer for 400° for 3 minutes – frying until skins are golden brown.
Remove and serve. See how nice they look? Scatter a bed of broccoli slaw for color and create my sauce above!
Food Prep: 6 Minutes
Air Fryer: 3 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Print the recipe so you have it, and bookmark this page. My bet is that this will be a ‘most requested’ appetizer whenever you have a party or go to a party. What I love is that you can figure on about 3 to a person, so you have a great way to figure out how many to make based on the size of a party.
Enjoy Big Game Day, Holidays, 4th of July, New Year’s Eve, family gatherings, celebrations, parties and any get-together when you serve these up! Serve some beer or Ginger Beer to kick the heat off and you have the perfect combination! Cheers~ DANA XO
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