Welcome to my Airfryer Scampi & Chips recipe. Delicious king prawns breaded and then crisped up in the Airfryer. Served with chunky chips and drizzled with lemon. It’s the perfect family mid week meal.
OMG scampi and chips you say?
Talk about taking me back to my old British pub meals. The meals were never that great and it was more about being cheap and cheerful. But I still loved it and it was always about the amazing atmosphere that you got with being down the pub.
I can also credit the fact that I met my husband down the pub, my mum and dad met down the pub and so did my grandparents. So its certainly a place to go for true love!
I always remember though that there was a huge amount of traditional meals. There would always be scampi and chips, fish and chips, steak and ale pie, lasagne or even liver and onions on the menu. There would also be a large pudding menu too with everything coming with warm custard. You would then get a meal for a fiver and be proud of what you got for your money.
Quite often one of us would be having scampi and chips. Those little prawns deep fried and served with fresh lemon and chips was always a favourite for many people.
But in reality I have not been in a British pub for more than a decade. The last time I was in a pub was back when we lived in England.
It had the pub on one side and then a massive kids soft play centre on the other. Dominic would be watching the football while I was next door with Kyle having fun kids time. He was about 5 or 6 at the time when we last went there. Then we would meet up together and have a delicious pub meal afterwards.
It was bliss.
And I wish they had more like that in Portugal. We only have a couple of soft play centres. One has poor hygiene and the other is way too far away. But of course I can dream.
But even though I don’t have the soft play centres I can make the best ever Scampi & Chips at home in the Airfryer.
It of course has to be with real prawns and not that rubbish you buy from the freezers in the local supermarket. You have to know what you’re eating and this version is much healthier. And it tastes so crispy being cooked in the Airfryer.
And the chunky chips of course finish off the meal don’t they?
Though in the British pubs they would always be served with garden peas. Well I am not much of a fan so that side of things is going to be left out. But the delicious pieces of scampi will be there would all their glory.
What Is In Scampi?
With £50 million worth of scampi being sold every year in Britain its no surprise that so many people search every day on the internet to find out what is in it.
It should be either langoustine, langoustine tails or Irish king prawns which are all the smaller cousin of the lobster.
But in reality you’re more likely to find pangasius catfish which is mass produced in Vietnam and in Thailand. There is often as little as 7% of actual langoustines in scampi that is served in British pubs. The rest if made up of this Asian catfish and mass amounts of water. It is then breaded so that you don’t know any different.
Many scampi products served in pubs or purchased from supermarkets have more water than actual fish.
Many food experts name it as the worst type of processed foods you could ever eat. Especially because of all the additives included in it. The best thing to do (like us) is to make your own!
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Airfryer Scampi & Chips Recipe
- Peel and cut up your potatoes into chunky chips. Season with salt and pepper. Splash with a little olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes in the Airfryer at 180c/356f.
- Rinse the prawns and then pat them dry with kitchen towel. Place them on your chopping board.
- From above season your prawns with salt and pepper.
- Place the egg in a small bowl and mix with a fork until it is the egg is beaten.
- In the blender add your seasoning along with 80% of your gluten free oats. Blend until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Place it into a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Then put the leftover gluten free oats that have not been blended into a third bowl.
- Place your prawns into the blended oats first, then the egg, then in the blended oats again and finally in the non-blended oats.
- Remove the chips from the Airfryer and add them to the grill pan
- Rest the prawns in the Airfryer in the grill pan and cook for 10 minutes at 180c/356f.
- When cooked season with fresh lemon juice and serve.
Thyme is not traditionally in scampi but it makes it taste so good and gives it a delicious European flavour.
I used one big 500g/17oz bag of uncooked king prawns. Of course you can increase or decrease depending on how many you want to make.
The non-blended oats give a lovely finish as it keeps the scampi crispy and deals with any of the oats that have fallen.
Airfryer Scampi & Chips Recipe Podcast
We also have created a short version of the recipe into a Podcast. We have loaded it up onto our Itunes account and it is great for a quick download and then you can save it to your phone and then have it in your kitchen with you as you cook.
Flourless Scampi & Chips
What I love about this scampi & chips recipe is that it is 100% gluten free and that no deep frying or flour is involved whatsoever. You could enjoy it on the Whole30 too if you wanted to.
And of course you could use this same method for fish and chips too or any other breaded fish or meat or vegetables!
How Many Calories In Scampi & Chips
Well if you are wondering about the amount of calories in scampi and chips then look no further. This is a thorough nutrition calculator showing everything that goes into them.
My take on scampi and chips works out at 424 calories per serving and easily feeds four people. Though there is enough here to feed a couple of small kids too. Or in our case a 9 month old and a 2.5 year old!