Bacon Wrapped Shrimp (Sweet and Savory!)
Bacon-wrapped shrimp coated in a sweet and savory glaze and grilled to perfection. The perfect easy appetizer or main dish!
Let’s be honest, anything wrapped in bacon is amazing. Try serving asparagus, dates or bacon-wrapped carrots at your next potluck! These appetizers will please everyone.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
You know what they say…everything tastes better with bacon! In the case of these bacon-wrapped shrimp, it most certainly is. Shrimp on its own is great, but when you add bacon to the mix, you have an incredibly delicious appetizer that will be the hit of any party. Plus, it’s ready in less than 30 minutes to make your life a little easier!
Shrimp are tossed in a sticky glaze, made with soy sauce maple syrup and chili powder. I love it because it’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet! These bacon-wrapped shrimp are beyond easy to make, but it’s such an awesome appetizer. Believe me, it will fly off the dinner table! For all the shrimp lovers out there, another great recipe to try is this Garlic Shrimp, inspired by Hawaiian food trucks!
All the necessary ingredients
This is one of my favorite appetizers to make because it uses such simple ingredients. Shrimp Marinade comes together with just a handful of pantry staples! Although the ingredient list is simple, you’ll be amazed at the incredible flavor in every bite! See recipe card below for exact measurements.
- Shrimp: I used extra large shrimp!
- Bacon: To make sure your bacon is crispy, you can either cook your bacon ahead of time or use pre-cooked bacon for easy preparation!
- Maple syrup: Creates the perfect texture for the glaze. I also love it because it adds the perfect sweetness.
- I am Willow: I love using soy sauce for marinades. It makes the meat nice and tender and adds the best savory flavor.
- Chili powder: I love the hint of spice that the chili powder adds to the shrimp. You can omit it if you want the frosting to be sweeter!
- Salt and pepper: Season as desired.
- Chopped parsley : I like to use chopped fresh parsley on top for garnish. Not only does it look pretty, but it also adds extra flavor.
- Cooking spray: To prevent the shrimp from sticking to the pan.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Shrimp are tossed in a super easy maple and soy sauce marinade while the bacon bakes. You can marinate the shrimp for 10 minutes to 8 hours for extra flavor! Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a classic appetizer. You will want to come back again and again!
Precooking the bacon, Preparing the marinade:
- Preheat the oven, prepare the baking sheet: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Partially cook the bacon: Spread the bacon slices in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bacon is partially cooked.
- Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut each slice of bacon in half widthwise.
- Whisk the marinade ingredients together: While the bacon cooks, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
- Reserve: Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve for later use.
- Toss the shrimp in the glaze: Place the shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat them well with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate; marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
To grill the bacon-wrapped shrimp:
- Preheat the grill: Preheat grill. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Bacon wrap: Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp and secure with a toothpick.
- Grill: Place shrimp in oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and bacon is crisp.
- Flip, continue to cook: Flip the shrimp and grill 1 to 2 minutes more on the other side.
- Brush with additional marinade: Remove from oven and brush with reserved marinade. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Tips and tricks
There are a few things to consider when making the perfect bacon-wrapped shrimp. First, the size of the prawns. The other consideration is the bacon itself.
- Shrimp size: You want to go with the biggest shrimp you can afford for this recipe, these shrimp were 12 to a pound, 20 to a pound would also work great. If you use small prawns, you run the risk of the prawns overcooking before the bacon is crispy.
- Cooking the bacon beforehand: I always pre-cook my bacon before wrapping it around the shrimp. That way, I’m sure to end up with crispy bacon and tender shrimp that cook at the same rate. I also always use shredded bacon for this recipe to make sure it gets crispy quickly.
- Serving suggestions: I serve shrimp wrapped in bacon as an appetizer or main course over rice. However you serve them, these shrimp are sure to get rave reviews!
Storing Leftover Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
I recommend serving this tasty appetizer as soon as possible. They are best when they come out of the oven! If you happen to have leftovers, here’s how to save them for later.
- In the refrigerator: Store leftover bacon-wrapped shrimp in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
- To reheat: Put your shrimp in the microwave, oven or grill for a few minutes or until heated through.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
Spread the bacon strips in a single layer on the pan.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until bacon is partially cooked.
Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut each slice of bacon in half widthwise.
While the bacon cooks, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the marinade and reserve for later use.
Place the shrimp in the bowl and toss to coat them well with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate; marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
Preheat grill. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Wrap a piece of bacon around each shrimp and secure with a toothpick.
Place the shrimp in the oven and broil for 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink and the bacon is crispy.
Flip the shrimp and grill 1 to 2 minutes more on the other side.
Remove from oven and brush with reserved marinade. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Updated on November 29, 2022
calories284calories (14%)Carbohydrates18g (6%)Protein12g (24%)Big18g (28%)Saturated fat6g (30 %)Cholesterol90mg (30 %)Sodium1242mg (52%)Potassium201mg (6%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A165UI (3%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium65mg (seven%)The iron1.1mg (6%)
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is an estimate only. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and serving sizes per household.