Bacon wrapped shrimp are an easy appetizer that can be made ahead and cooked in less than 20 minutes.

When it comes to easy starters that are big on flavor, this bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe tops of the list.

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We Love Bacon Wrapped Shrimp!

  • This shrimp recipe seems fancy, but it’s actually easy to make.
  • They are fast to prepare and you can air fry, grill, or bake them in the oven.
  • Prep them ahead of time and cook just before serving.

Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Shrimp – Use jumbo or large shrimp for best results, and leave the tail to look nice. Frozen shrimp should be thawed, peeled, and deveined before using.

Bacon – Bacon can be any variety, from hickory smoke-flavored to maple bacon. Regular-cut bacon works best, thick cut doesn’t have enough time to crisp.

Sauce – This sauce is a bit sweet and a bit spicy, use your favorite flavor of bbq sauce. Make them mild by skipping the sriracha.

For Crispy Bacon…

For smaller shrimp, pre-cook the bacon slightly. This ensures it crisps up nicely, as small shrimp cook quickly.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp on a baking sheet with foil before cooking

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

These are easy to put together, but the presentation will look like you fussed for hours:

  1. Combine sauce ingredients and cut bacon.
  2. Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp & fasten with a toothpick (or a small skewer).
  3. Brush each shrimp with sauce & cook according to the recipe below.

Tips for Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

  • Use large or jumbo shrimp. This size will cook just right once the bacon crisps.
  • Prepare in advance and store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours. Cook just before serving.
  • Thinner bacon works best. If using thick cut bacon, pre-cook it part way before wrapping the shrimp.
  • A pineapple piece can be added to each shrimp skewer before baking.
  • To make an entrée instead of an appetizer, thread several bacon-wrapped shrimp onto skewers, brush with sauce, and grill them all at once, flipping once.
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Bacon-Wrapped is Better!

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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

This easy appetizer is a definite crowd-pleaser! Shrimp is wrapped in bacon, brushed with a sweet & savory sauce, then broiled to perfection.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 1 pound large shrimp with tails peeled & deveined, about 20-22
  • 7 slices bacon

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha more to taste, optional
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper

Instructions 

  • Line a baking pan with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
  • Cut bacon strips into thirds and wrap each slice of bacon around each piece of shrimp. Secure with a toothpick.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and brush each shrimp with half of the sauce.
  • Turn broiler on to high.
  • Broil about 4 to 6-inches from the heat for 4 minutes. Flip the shrimp and brush with the remaining sauce. Broil for an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp and shrimp is cooked through.

Notes

  • Use large or jumbo shrimp (16/20 per pound). This size will be cooked just right once the bacon crisps.
  • Prepare up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate, cook just before serving.
  • Thinner bacon works best. If using thick bacon (or if you like extra crispy bacon), precook it part way before wrapping the shrimp by microwaving or air frying a couple of minutes.
  • A pineapple piece can be added to each shrimp and skewered before baking.
  • To make an entrée instead of an appetizer, thread several bacon-wrapped shrimp onto skewers, brush with sauce, and grill them all at once, flipping once. (Be sure to soak wooden skewers in water first.)

On the Grill:

  1. Preheat the grill & brush with oil.
  2. Prepare shrimp as directed & place directly on the grill. Cook with lid closed.
  3. When shrimp just barely starts to turn pink (about 3-4 minutes), flip, brush other side with sauce, & cook until done.

In the Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Prepare shrimp as directed and place in the air fryer basket.
  3. Air fry for 5 minutes, flip and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until crisp.
5 from 8 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4shrimp | Calories: 272 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 898mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Party Food, Seafood, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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