Simple Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Simple bacon wrapped shrimp recipe

The Spruce Eats/Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 45 Appetizers (8 to 10 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
57 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 45 Appetizers (8 to 10 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 11g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bite-sized bacon-wrapped shrimp appetizers are easy to prepare, plus they look and taste elegant enough for a very special party. For serving, transfer them to a warming tray or place them in a slow cooker.

Generally, a pound of medium shrimp should make about 45 appetizers. Large shrimp would make about 30 to 35 and would use 10 to 12 strips of bacon. The recipe is easily multiplied for a crowd.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Bacon wrapped shrimp
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  2. Soak about 45 toothpicks in water.

    Soak toothpicks
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  3. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.

    Fill bow with ice and water
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  4. Peel the shrimp, leaving just the tails on if you like.

    Peel the shrimp
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  5. With a sharp knife, make a shallow cut down the back of the shrimp. Pull or scrape out the dark vein.

    Make a cut
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  6. Rinse each shrimp and put them in the ice water as you work with the remaining shrimp.

    Rinse shrimp
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  7. With scissors or a sharp knife, cut the bacon crosswise into thirds.

    With scissors
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  8. Lay the shrimp out on a work surface and blot dry with paper towels; sprinkle them with garlic powder and a little salt. 

    Lay shrimp out
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  9. Wrap a shrimp in a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Arrange the wrapped shrimp on a broiler rack. Repeat with the remaining shrimp and bacon pieces.

    Wrap shrimp
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  10. Broil the wrapped shrimp, turning occasionally, 3 to 4 inches from heat for about 6 to 10 minutes total, or until bacon is crisp around the edges and browned.

    Broil shrimp
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  11. Serve immediately or transfer the shrimp to a warming tray or slow cooker for self-serving. Have a plate or bag available for guests to discard the used toothpicks.

    Serve immediately
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  • The recipe is easily multiplied. If you are doubling or tripling the recipe, work with about 1 pound at a time and keep the wrapped raw shrimp in the refrigerator as you work with subsequent batches.
  • Alternatively, prepare and cook each batch separately and keep them warm in the slow cooker, warming drawer, or warming tray while preparing the remaining shrimp.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers, covered. You can enjoy the leftovers cold or reheat them in the microwave or by broiling them for a short time.


  • Marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes in the refrigerator in about 1/2 cup of Italian dressing before wrapping them with bacon.
  • Make a quick marinade with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 4 tablespoons of lemon juice, a few tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley, and 1/4 teaspoon each of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes in the refrigerator before wrapping them with bacon.
  • Brush the shrimp with a mixture of melted butter, maple syrup, and chili powder before wrapping them with bacon. When the bacon is crisp under the broiler, brush again with the butter mixture as a glaze as broil a couple more minutes.