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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in the Air Fryer

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You’ll love how easy it is to make bacon-wrapped shrimp in the air fryer! Just wrap the shrimp, brush with an easy maple glaze, and air fry to crispy perfection.

One bacon-wrapped shrimp in air fryer held up in front of full plate

We all know bacon is a star ingredient. It pretty much revolutionized brussels sprouts, right? And if you’re looking for even more ways to enjoy this salt-and-fat goodness, you have to try making bacon-wrapped shrimp in the air fryer!

This dish works beautifully as an appetizer or a main course. The simple maple glaze gives it a combination of sweet and salty flavors that makes it irresistible, and it’s so easy to throw together! 

And if you haven’t tried our bacon wrapped asparagus in the air fryer, it’s a must try!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:

  • How to make the best air fryer bacon-wrapped shrimp
  • What to do if you have frozen shrimp instead of fresh
  • The best kind of shrimp to use for this recipe
  • What to serve with your bacon-wrapped shrimp
  • Other flavor variations to try

These tasty shrimp are pretty much guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Plus, you can easily double or triple the recipe for a large group. Serve them at parties, gatherings, or when you just want something fun for dinner! 

I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.

prepared ingredients for air fryer bacon-wrapped shrimp

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in the Air Fryer

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Cut your bacon slices in half lengthwise, then wrap one piece of your bacon around each shrimp. Lay the wrapped shrimp on a baking sheet. 

STEP TWO: Combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to coat the shrimp with the glaze on both sides.

use basting brush to spread glaze over bacon-wrapped shrimp

STEP THREE: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. 

STEP FOUR: Lay the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer, leaving space between them. 

place bacon-wrapped shrimp in single layer in air fryer

STEP FIVE: Cook for 4 minutes, then flip the shrimp, brush them with more sauce, and continue cooking for 6 more minutes or until the bacon is crisp. 

flip bacon-wrapped shrimp, add more glaze, and cook longer

Tips to Make the Best Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

  • When wrapping the shrimp, start at the tail and overlap your first piece of bacon to help secure it in place. From there, wrap the bacon up and around the shrimp with as little overlap as possible until you get to the top of the shrimp.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket or you risk the bacon not getting fully crispy. I was able to cook a pound of jumbo shrimp in two batches.
  • Make sure to brush the shrimp with more glaze after flipping them for maximum flavor.
plate full of bacon-wrapped shrimp from air fryer

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp to Make These Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon?

You bet! You’ll use the same temperature, but increase the cooking time to ensure the shrimp is cooked all the way through. 

This will give the bacon a little extra time to get crispy too! The bacon takes longer than the shrimp to fully cook, so the timing will be perfect!

Also, check out my Frozen Shrimp in the Air Fryer recipe here for another take on frozen shrimp!

How to Prevent Your Air Fryer From Smoking

Since bacon is a greasier food, I recommend placing a piece of bread in the drawer and under the basket of your air fryer. This will help catch any grease that drips. I use this method in my air fryer bacon recipe too.

If your air fryer is smoking, it could also mean that something is burning, or it could be due to excess grease or food buildup. One of the best ways to prevent this is to ensure you never overcrowd the basket.

If you need to troubleshoot or just want some best practices for preventing unwanted smoking, check out my article Why Is My Air Fryer Smoking?

pile of air fryer bacon-wrapped shrimp on plate

What Kind of Shrimp Can I Use?

For this recipe, I recommend buying jumbo shrimp, which can also be called king prawns. Using bigger shrimp helps prevent them from overcooking while the bacon is getting nice and crispy. 

It’s also important to note that you’ll want to use thin-cut bacon for this recipe. If you use thick-cut, it will take longer to cook through, and you could risk overcooking the shrimp.

You can even use the Omaha Steaks bacon-wrapped shrimp using this same recipe. Just make sure to thaw them in the refrigerator overnight prior to cooking.

plate with pile of bacon-wrapped shrimp in air fryer

What to Serve with Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in the Air Fryer

Other Variations of this Recipe

  • Replace the maple glaze with your favorite BBQ sauce for a different flavor.
  • Roll the bacon-wrapped shrimp in brown sugar for extra sweetness.
  • To add jalapeños, slice the peppers into thirds, remove the seeds, then include a slice with each shrimp as you wrap with bacon.
  • For a keto version, use a low-carb or sugar-free maple syrup
bacon-wrapped shrimp on plate next to air fryer

How to Reheat Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  2. Lay the bacon-wrapped shrimp in the air fryer in a single layer.
  3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.

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Yield: 3-4 servings

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in Air Fryer

flip bacon-wrapped shrimp, add more glaze, and cook longer

This recipe for bacon-wrapped shrimp in the air fryer has the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Serve as an appetizer or your main course!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: garnish with green onion

Instructions

  1. Cut your bacon slices in half, lengthwise. Wrap one slice of your bacon around your shrimp; start at the tail and overlap the first piece of bacon to help hold it on and then wrap up and around the shrimp with as little overlap as possible till you get to the top of the shrimp. Then lay the wrapped shrimp on a baking sheet. 
  2. Combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to brush the shrimp with the glaze. Flip the shrimp and coat the other side. 
  3. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Place the shrimp in the air fryer, leaving space around them. Cook for 4 minutes and then flip them. Brush them with more sauce and then continue cooking for about 6 minutes more, or until the bacon is crispy. 
  4. Serve hot and enjoy.

Notes

How to Reheat Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
  2. Lay the bacon-wrapped shrimp in the air fryer in a single layer.
  3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 783Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 352mgSodium: 3587mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 66g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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