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Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Cilantro - the perfect dairy-free and healthy appetizer for game day!
Categories Appetizer, Healthy Recipe
Difficulty Easy
Keyword bacon wrapped jalapeno shrimp, shrimp jalapeno poppers, shrimp stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 poppers
Calories 146 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1/2 lb large shrimp approx. 8-10 shrimp
  • 1/2 lb thick look for nitrate-free, uncooked bacon
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a rack on top the tinfoil and set aside.
  2. Peel and devein the shrimp (twist the peel off the shell in segments, starting with the legs until all the shell is removed. Make sure to pinch off the tail as well.)
  3. To remove the vein, take a paring knife and make a shallow slice along the back of the shrimp. Remove the dark vein that runs along the back using your fingers or the knife.
  4. Partially butterfly the shrimp by slicing a little deeper along the same line once the vein is removed.
  5. Repeat these steps with the remaining shrimp and then set aside.
  6. Slice the jalapeño in half lengthwise and remove all the membrane and seeds using your fingers or a spoon. (You may want to use gloves to do this step to prevent your hands from burning later.)
  7. Once all the seeds are removed, slice the jalapeño into several long slices, about 6-8 per half, depending on how large the jalapeño is.
  8. To assemble the shrimp jalapeño poppers, place a slice of jalapeño against the slit we made in the shrimp and then wrap the whole thing with a slice of thick-cut, nitrate-free bacon. Secure with a toothpick and then place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining shrimp. (While you could just place the shrimp directly on the parchment paper, the rack allows for the extra oils to drip away from the poppers which helps keep them crispy and removes extra fat.)
  9. Place in the oven for 20-25 min., flipping once at 10 min. The poppers are done when the shrimp is cooked through and the bacon is nice and crispy.
  10. While the shrimp is in the oven, make the creamy cilantro lime dipping sauce.
  11. To do this, combine the greek yogurt with the garlic, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, ground cumin, and black pepper. (If you don’t like raw garlic, you could use powdered garlic instead.)

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Nutrition Facts
Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 poppers)
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.1g16%
Saturated Fat 3.6g18%
Cholesterol 46.5mg16%
Sodium 349.5mg15%
Carbohydrates 6.4g2%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 7.6g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.