Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a quick appetizer you can make for a crowd. The sweet and spicy combination of flavors with crispy bacon, juicy shrimp makes it a perfect finger food for any gatherings.
These shrimps wrapped in bacon are super easy to make, and taste delicious! If you are looking for a quick appetizer recipe for your party this is the dish you should be making.
It’s perfect for grilling. The smokiness from the grill along with it’s wonderful sweet, spicy flavor makes it insanely delicious!
Because bacon makes everything so good, you should be wrapping everything (almost) with bacon. The saltiness from crispy bacon, juicy shrimp, smokiness from grilling in BBQ (you can grill it in oven as well, but the smokiness will be compromised) and everything caramelized to perfection with maple syrup/honey/brown sugar – enter food heaven!
Nothing complicated here. Simple ingredients, light seasoning but amazing results!
Let’s talk about the prep work. Bacon wrapped shrimp recipe is almost effortless, The deveined shrimps needs to be tucked into bacon blankets and that’s the only work you have to do and trust me it’s ridiculously fast. And if you are making this dish for large crowd, get your whole family involved in wrapping shrimps. Kids can be great help here.
Jumbo shrimps are great for this recipe. When you shop for shrimps, look for fresh organically grown jumbo shrimps and ask your fishmonger to remove shell and devein but leave the tail-on. For those who can effortlessly peel and devein prawns at home, by all means do it yourself.
It’s easy to handle large prawns to wrap with bacon and the meaty shrimps cooks beautifully and great to present on the appetizer table.
I absolutely love shrimp and they are great appetizer protein. When you think of party appetizers for your New Years Eve, Game day, or just about any party, shrimp appetizers are my favorite choice. It’s so easy and fast to cook shrimp, you can make appetizers that tastes delicious.
Why Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe Works?
- It’s quick and easy to make party appetizer that’s fit for kids and adults.
- Because bacon makes everything so good, bet we had you at bacon!
- It has winning combination of flavors – sweet, spicy, smoky, crispy and juicy.
- You can easily change the flavors that works for your taste buds. (see below sections for advised flavor combinations that you can try).
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
By far one of the simplest and quickest appetizers is this grilled bacon wrapped shrimp. Even kids can do it.
All you need to do it wrap cleaned shrimps in bacon nice and tight so it’s secured well. Brush the spice rub over the shrimp. Bake it in oven (or use fire grill).
Two stages of glazing is what we recommend. Brush on one side, bake. When half done, remove shrimps from oven (or fire grill) flip shrimp and glaze it once again. This ensure even cooking all over bacon.
Note: We tested multiple times and found that grilled bacon wrapped shrimps that were not flipped did not get caramelized and cooked at the bottom as compared to top. Highly recommend to flip during grilling.
How Long Do You Cook Bacon Wrapped Shrimp In Oven
Shrimps cook pretty fast just like any other seafood. Large jumbo shrimps will cook in less than 15 minutes in oven.
Cook shrimps wrapped in bacon and brushed with spice rub for 5 minutes in oven, then remove it from oven, flip rub spice once again and cook for another 5 minutes.
Finally broil the bacon wrapped shrimp oven for about 3-4 minutes. This makes bacon crispier.
Note : There is nothing worse than over cooked rubbery shrimps. Don’t cook shrimp for long.
How Long Do You Grill Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
If you are grilling on fire, make sure to grill shrimps on the side where the heat of the grill is medium. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook on other side.
What Temperature Do You Cook Bacon Wrapped Shrimp in Oven
Start off by cooking wrapped shrimps in oven at 400 F (206 C) for about 10-12 minutes, flipping shrimps in between.
Then broil it for 3-4 minutes to enable bacon to turn red and crispier.
Variations of Spices That You Can Use for Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Chili-Lime : One of the simplest and THE BEST spice flavors you can use on any seafood. Use lime zest, lime juice and chili powder mixed with olive oil as spice rub for your shrimps.
- Chipotle : Basic but wonderful spice rub. Chipotle powder with butter and brown sugar.
- Bourbon Glaze : In bourbon mix cracked black pepper and pinch of salt and light brown sugar.
- Cajun Brown Sugar Glaze : A mix of garlic powder, onion powder, cajun seasoning, smoked paprika in olive oil with 1/3 cup brown sugar mixed into it.
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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
combination of flavors with crispy bacon, juicy shrimp makes it a perfect finger food for any gatherings.
- grill or oven
- 1 lb |500 grams (about 15 shrimps) jumbo shrimps (prawns)
shell peeled, deveined, tail intact
- 8 slices bacon, cut into half
- 4 tablespoon butter melted
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey or brown sugar)
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (if you don’t want to use paprika, double cayenne pepper quantity)
- Small pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
- You’ll need cleaned (shell removed, de-veined but tail-on) shrimps and simple rub.
- To make the rub – in a bowl mix melted butter, maple syrup(or honey or brown sugar), salt and pepper, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper. Mix everything well and keep aside.
- Cut bacon into half. This is done so the long strips of bacon do not cover the shrimps in whole. We want to leave a small portion of front and tail of shrimp exposed. Note : If you use long strip of bacon and wrap in multiple fold over shrimp, the outer layer of bacon will get cooked to crispy perfection, but the inner layer will remain under-cooked and raw.
- Take a strip of bacon, wrap it around the shrimp.
- To secure bacon in it’s place, insert a tooth pick to hold bacon around the shrimp. You can skip this step if you feel the bacon it tightly wrapped and secured well to shrimp.
- Arrange wrapped shrimps over a wire mesh placed over baking tray.
- Liberally brush spice rub all over the shrimps. Keep the remaining spice rub to apply over shrimp later.
- Bake it oven at 400 F for about 12 minutes. Flip shrimp once half way through. And apply the spice rub over the flipped shrimps. Any more remaining spice rub can be brushed on shrimp after cooking it.
- Serve it hot with your favorite dipping sauce. We love it to serve this incredible shrimp appetizer with our most favorite shrimp dripping sauce – Bang Bang Sauce.
- Very similar to bang bang shrimp sauce is this ridiculously easy to make 5 minutes boom boom sauce. Both these sauces are great with shrimp. If you are looking for a dipping sauce without mayonnaise, make guacamole and serve it as dipping sauce for shrimps.
- Jumbo shrimps are great for this recipe. It’s easy to handle large prawns to wrap with bacon and the meaty shrimps cooks beautifully and great to present on the appetizer table.
- Use strips of bacon with steaks of fat. Cut bacon into half. If you use long strip of bacon and wrap in multiple fold over shrimp, the outer layer of bacon will get cooked to crispy perfection, but the inner layer will remain under-cooked and raw.
- Highly recommend to flip shrimp during grilling after it’s half cooked. Grilled bacon wrapped shrimps that were not flipped do not get caramelized evenly and cook at the bottom as compared to top.
- There is nothing worse than over cooked rubbery shrimps. Don’t cook shrimp for long.
- Use brown sugar in place of maple syrup to coat the shrimps for rich caramelization on the shrimps and bacon.
- You will have to broil the wrapped shrimps a bit at the end to make bacon red and crispier.