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Air fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

This bacon wrapped shrimp in air fryer is a delightful appetizer. Very easy and quick to make, it is addictive. Oven instructions are provided.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer bacon wrapped shrimp, Bacon wrapped shrimp in air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 244kcal


  • 1 lb. large shrimp
  • 12 strip bacon cut into halves

Spice Rub


  • Take thawed shrimp or prawns. I cooled them in the fridge before using. Cut each bacon strip into half. I used thin-cut bacon. I also made my own rub as I like some added spice. You can skip it if you just like bacon and shrimp.
  • Make your spice mix by combining paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper, salt.
  • Tightly wrap the bacon around the shrimp. I leave the bottom end of the bacon, tucked underneath the shrimp so that it does not unravel.
  • You could also use a toothpick to keep the bacon wound well.

Air Frying

  • Preheat air fryer at 390F or 200C for 3 minutes. This is so that your bacon sizzles as soon as it gets into the air fryer.
  • Place bacon wrapped shrimp rubbed in the spice rub right onto the air fryer basket. I have used medium sized shrimp. For large or jumbo shrimp, the air frying time will be more.
  • Air fry for 3-4 minutes at 390F or 200C on each side. Flip and air fry on the other side.
  • For jumbo or large shrimp, you will need to air fry for about 5 minutes on each side at 390F.
  • Take them out and serve hot with a dip of choice. Chipotle mayo goes well.


  • Bake them in a preheated oven at 390F for 16 minutes or till the bacon is cooked.
  • Do check the baking times as that will depend upon the size of your shrimp and your oven type.


In case you wish to store the bacon wrapped shrimp in the fridge, you can store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.
You can freeze the same for up to 3 minutes. Thaw and air fry or bake later.
Do not use very thick bacon or the shrimp will get overcooked by the time the bacon gets browned.
You can use frozen shrimp too as they are easier to wrap. Your air frying time will increase by a minute or two for frozen shrimp.
Chill the bacon wrapped shrimp for 15 minutes in the fridge before applying the dry rub and air frying.
Don’t use small shrimp or they will be overcooked by the time the bacon is done.


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 510IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg