Recipe: Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Shrimp

Every once in a while I get a magical idea - and let me tell you - this was one of those days!!! I just made the BEST appetizer ever!!! I mean - do you like bacon? Do you like shrimp? Do you like Jalapeno Poppers? NOW PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER!

These bacon wrapped shrimp are stuffed with cream cheese - but I don't stop there - I even topped it with a little barbecue sauce! These little bacon wrapped appetizers will be the hit at any gathering you have! Or you could do like I did and just eat them for dinner. :-) 

How do you make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Shrimp? 

I chose to make these in the air fryer - it's so quick and easy - 15 minutes and they're done! But you could also make these in the oven - I would just increase the time to maybe 20 minutes. Really the shrimp will be done sooner but you want the bacon to start to get browned. You don't want the bacon crispy though - you just want it to be cooked through with crispy edges. 

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Air Fryer Shrimp

prep time: 40 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 55 M
I took all my favorite things: shrimp, bacon and jalapeno poppers and mushed them together to make the BEST appetizer you'll ever find!! And then I popped them into the air fryer! OMG - you might just save them all for yourself! #bacon #shrimp #jalapenopopper


  • 12 jumbo raw shrimp - the biggest you can get - no shells
  • 6 slices bacon - sliced in half
  • 3-4 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • thin slices of jalapeno (I used 1/2 of a pepper)
  • your favorite bbq sauce
  • 1-2 pita rounds 


How to cook Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Popper Shrimp

  1. using a sharp thin knife - butterfly shrimp being careful not to slice all the way through - i just did the thicker end of the shrimp
  2. schmear a little cream cheese into the opening - maybe 1/2 tsp
  3. add a thin small slice of jalapeno
  4. take half slice of bacon and TIGHTLY wrap the shrimp with bacon
  5. refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. take one pita round (or a slice of bread) and place in the bottom of the air fryer under the rack to catch the bacon grease
  7. place shrimp in air fryer and baste with a little bbq sauce
  8. air fry at 350 for 8 min
  9. flip, baste and air fry for 8 min more
  10. depending on your air fryer you might need to do them in two batches - you don't want to crowd them 
  11. cut up the pita into triangles and serve with the shrimp - it's delicious

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  1. OMG, Yum! Thank you Heather for sharing this recipe.
    Claudine in Fort Worth, TX