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air-fried spicy firecracker shrimp on a platter

Air-fried spicy firecracker shrimp inside of wontons!

dana vento
Air Fryer Firecracker Shrimp in Wonton wrappers is one of my favorite meals from the ease of preparation to flavor.
Use this for your holidays, birthdays, and any time you want a meatless meal or are in need of a quick appetizer.
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Course Recipes
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 4
Calories 135 kcal


  • 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 You can use mor or less as you like
  • 1 tsp of black pepper more or less as you prefer.
  • Equal parts mayo & your favorite BBQ or Chipotle Sauce
  • Chili sauce also goes well with this for a fiery kick!


  • 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 into 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. 
  • On a cutting board, prepare shrimp, by slicing down back (but leaving together) this simply makes the shrimp straighten when packing in a wonton. 
  • Place a wonton wrapper on a flat surface and keep the shrimp to far-right, leaving the tail stick out of the 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 the 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.
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  • While they are cooking, create the dipping sauce by combining equal parts of each.
  • At first, make a smaller batch and you can always increase the volume.
  • Remove and serve.
  • See how nice they look?
  • Scatter a bed of broccoli slaw for color and create my sauce above!