Bacon wrapped shrimp are the ultimate appetizer! They are easy to make, super delicious and they always disappear off the plate. The best part? They come together in under 10 minutes, cooking time included! Let me show you how to use your air fryer to make these easy 2 ingredient bacon wrapped shrimp.
By Kelley Grant Mom Makes Dinner.
There are two things that I love to see at an appetizer table - bacon and shrimp. They don’t even have to be together, I just love them individually. But if you do put them together, you have one of the fastest disappearing appetizers out there. As soon as these are cool enough to eat, they start disappearing off the plate.
What are bacon wrapped shrimp?
The name really says it all - these are jumbo shrimp that is wrapped in bacon and then air fried. You can make these in your oven, but I love how easy they are in the air fryer. Plus, the whole kitchen doesn’t heat up or you can use it for other things, like jalapeno popper pull apart bread!
Again, the name of this one gives away the ingredient list. But just to be clear to make bacon wrapped shrimp you will need:
Bacon - A thinner cut bacon works best for bacon wrapped shrimp. You can use plain thin cut bacon or do a flavored bacon like hickory smoked or applewood.
Shrimp - Jumbo shrimp work best for this recipe. The bigger the shrimp, the more bacon you can wrap around them! You can use fresh or frozen shrimp.
How to make bacon wrapped shrimp in the air fryer
Once you have gathered your two ingredients you will also need to grab your air fryer and nonstick cooking spray, if you need to use it.
Step 1 Wrap the shrimp
Cut your bacon in half or even into thirds lengthwise. Starting from the tail, wrap your bacon around the shrimp, covering as much of the shrimp as possible. Repeat with all the other shrimp.
Place the bacon wrapped shrimp in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400 degrees for 6 minutes. Flip the shrimp at the 3 minute mark and allow to finish cooking. Your shrimp will need to cook for a total of 6 minutes.
Remove the shrimp from the air fryer basket and repeat until all the shrimp are cooked. Allow to cool and serve with your favorite dip or eat plain.
How do I know the shrimp is done?
You will know your shrimp is done when it is pink and firm. The bacon will also be crispy.
Can I use frozen shrimp?
You can. I would add an extra 3 or so minutes to the cook time to ensure that the shrimp cooks completely.
How to store leftovers
Place any leftover shrimp in an airtight container such as a Ziplock bag or a Tupperware. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the air fryer for a few minutes.
Can I freeze them?
You sure can! I do suggest freezing them before cooking so that you don’t end up with overcooked or mushy shrimp. Wrap the shrimp, place it on a cookie sheet and flash freeze it for 1-2 hours. Place the hardened shrimp in an airtight container and place back in the freezer. They will keep for up to 3 months, if stored properly.
Other appetizers to try
I love a good appetizer and these bacon wrapped shrimp are no exception! Some of my other all time favorite appetizers are:
Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers - These poppers are filled with cream cheese and then wrapped in bacon!
Avocado shrimp soup - This is so good during the cooler months!
Crack dip - This dip is addicting! You may need to make a double batch.
Brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken bites - These are similar to my bacon wrapped shrimp but a bit sweeter and made with chicken.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (Air Fryer)
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp
- 8 slices bacon
- Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
- Slice your bacon lengthwise into halves or thirds, depending on the size of your bacon.
- Wrap the shrimp starting at the tail andworking towards the top. Wrap it tight so that it stays on the shrimp.
- Cook for 6 minutes, flipping the shrimp at the3 minutes mark. Allow to finish cooking. Repeat until all theshrimp are cooked. Enjoy.