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Sweet and smoky Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is the best appetizer to serve your guests! What can resist buttery shrimp and crispy bacon? Made in the air fryer they are ready in minutes. Serve with a chipotle cocktail sauce to round out the bite!

bacon wrapped shrimp close up

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.


When looking for fancy foods to serve my guests I go straight to seafood for some reason. But not just any seafood as so many people are picky about the fish they eat, but shrimp!

Now this doesn’t help guests with shellfish allergies, but I will say that shrimp appetizers are always a hit!

What could possibly make the shrimp even better? BACON, of course! Everything is better with bacon.

Just like these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers and Bacon Crackers.

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ingredients for bacon shrimp on a cutting board

You may think that a bacon wrapped shrimp recipe is labor intensive and tricky to cook but let me assure you that this recipe is easy! Oh, and I did I mention that it only has 3 ingredients?


This recipe only uses 3 ingredients, shrimp, bacon, and jalapeño. Not even salt and pepper are needed for this one! The bacon has plenty of flavor already and adding other seasonings may overshadow the flavor of the shrimp so let’s keep it simple.

If you are not a spicy foods fan you can skip the strips of jalapeño, but let me assure you that the air fryer and the bacon mellow out the heat.

ONE: Peel the shrimp, leaving the shell on the tail for easy eating!

TWO: Wrap the bacon around the shrimp and jalapeño, pulling a little tight. Feel free to secure with a toothpick if you like.

THREE: Preheat the air fryer for a minute or two before you add the bacon wrapped shrimp. This sears the bacon a little and keeps them from sticking to the basket. Be sure to have space between the shrimp so the air can circulate and crisp all sides.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Because we are using an air fryer to cook these, we are limited on space and need to cook the shrimp in batches. This works out perfectly because they cook quickly, you are always serving hot appetizers.

You can stop cooking when everyone is full and the remaining shrimp can be stored properly in the fridge until you are ready to cook them!

bacon wrapped shrimp on a black plate before cooking


This recipe calls for 1 pound of shrimp but shrimp come in all sizes so be sure to pick the right size for your recipe.

Shrimp is classified by size, i.e. 21/25, 26/30. These numbers mean the number of shrimp in a pound. The higher the number (51/60) the smaller each individual shrimp is. 51/60 is typically found in a shrimp salad.

  • 51/60 – small
  • 41/50 – medium
  • 36/40 – med large
  • 31/35 – large
  • 26/30 – extra large
  • 21/25 – jumbo
  • 16/20 – extra jumbo

The ones I use for this recipe are the 21/25 size and the typical serving would be 4-6 shrimp per person which is approximately 4 ounces. And I chose a medium thickness cut bacon.

The smaller the shrimp the thinner the bacon should be cut or you risk over cooking the shrimp before the bacon is crispy. If the bacon is too thin and the shrimp too large, the bacon will burn before the shrimp is cooked through.

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shrimp appetizers on a black plate


  • Make sure you use raw shrimp with the shell on the tail. Don’t use butterflied or those cut up the back. They will dry out.
  • The bigger the shrimp the thicker cut of bacon you can use.
  • Cold bacon is easier to handle when wrapping the shrimp but slightly warmer bacon (almost room temp) can be wrapped tighter.
  • Chill the bacon wrapped shrimp in the fridge before cooking in the air fryer. This helps the bacon stay wrapped and keeps it from overcooking before the shrimp is done.
  • Preheat the air fryer so the bacon sears a little when you add the shrimp to the fry basket. This keeps it from sticking.
  • Serve the air fried shrimp on a warm plate or keep the cooked ones in a warm oven while you are frying subsequent batches.
bacon shrimp dipped in sauce


I prefer to use the regular “cut” bacon instead of thick cut if the shrimp are smaller. See the hints section above for more detail.


Yes, you can! Bake them on a regular baking sheet in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through. Cooking times will vary so check on them frequently!


I didn’t because I placed the shrimp in the fryer basket with the end of the bacon down or under the shrimp to keep it from unraveling.

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bacon wrapped shrimp  with text "air fryer bacon wrapped shrimp"



bacon wrapped shrimp

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Love bacon?  I do and you will too when it's wrapped around some sweet shrimp and crisped up in an air fryer!  You will love these quick, easy, crispy, bacon-y, shrimp especially dipped in a chipotle cocktail sauce.


  • 1 pound raw shrimp (peeled with tails on)
  • 1 pound bacon (12 slices cut in half)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and cut into thin strips)
  • 1 cup cocktail sauce
  • 1/4 cup chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (chopped fine)


  1. Preheat the air fryer at 390F for 5 minutes while you prep the shrimp.

Wrap the shrimp

  1. Cut your bacon slices in half.
  2. If you haven't already, slice the jalapeño thin.
  3. Peel the shrimp leaving the tail end on if you want to.
  4. Place a shrimp and a thin slice of jalapeño on one end of the shrimp.
  5. Roll the shrimp in the bacon wrapping it tightly.
  6. Chill the shrimp for 10-15 minutes to set the bacon.

Make the chipotle cocktail dipping sauce

  1. Mix the cocktail sauce and the chopped chipotle peppers together.
  2. Chill until ready to serve with the bacon wrapped shrimp.

Air Fry the shrimp

  1. Air Fry the shrimp by placing them in the air fryer basket.
  2. Don't crowd them and make sure there is space between them so the bacon can crisp and the pieces don't stick together.
  3. Fry for 5 minutes at 390F.
  4. Flip the shrimp and air fry for another 4-5 minutes.
  5. Remove to a plate with a paper towel while you cook the remaining shrimp. Feel free to place in the oven at the lowest setting to keep warm.
  6. Serve with Chipotle Cocktail Sauce!


If you love this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with 5 stars.  Thank you and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 465Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 2119mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 37g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Tuesday 14th of September 2021

I made these in the air fryer last night, for a family of 3. They are delicious. I also made some without the jalapeño pepper , (my son won't eat peppers) and those were just as delicious. I did not make the sauce, as we were happy with them on their own.

I'll share your post on my FB page Thank you for sharing!


Thursday 16th of September 2021

Thank you so much! I am glad that you liked them!

Ed J

Friday 10th of September 2021

Don't they they need to be devained?


Sunday 12th of September 2021

That is completely up to you. Some don't mind and some do. If you want to devein them, do so before wrapping with bacon.

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