How to make the best bacon wrapped shrimp with perfectly cooked shrimp and bacon that’s crisp. Jump to the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
These bacon wrapped shrimp are addictive and have the most delicious and easy spicy glaze made with maple syrup and Sriracha chili sauce.
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How to Make the Best Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon
We love these shrimp and after a lots of tries, now know how to make them best.
First, we wanted lots of flavor, which we get from the easy glaze. We combine maple syrup and spicy Sriracha chili sauce. Then we brush it all over smoky bacon and the shrimp.
Next, we wanted to make sure our shrimp become perfectly cooked and our bacon crisp. Here’s a secret — par-cook (cook half way) the bacon. Yes, it’s another step, but since we bake the bacon in the oven (in an oven set to the same temperature we need when we cook the shrimp), it’s really no big deal.
By par-cooking the bacon, the final bite has perfectly cooked bacon AND perfectly cooked shrimp. If we were to just wrap the shrimp with raw bacon, the time it takes to get the bacon all crisp and delicious means you’re most likely going to overcook the shrimp. No good. This way, we get the best of both worlds. Crispy bacon wrapped shrimp.
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Recipe updated, originally posted September 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Spicy Maple Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
These easy bacon wrapped shrimp are spiced up a bit with a glaze using maple syrup and Sriracha hot chili sauce. The trick to these is actually par-cooking the bacon before wrapping the shrimp. This way, the par-cooked bacon becomes crisp in the same time the shrimp takes to bake. Crispy bacon and perfectly cooked shrimp in one bite!
You Will Need
Wooden skewers soaked in water for 30 minutes
10 strips thin cut bacon
20 extra-large shrimp, shelled with tails left on (about 1 pound)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot chili sauce
Half a lemon, cut into wedges, for serving
1 scallion, finely chopped, for serving
- Prepare Bacon
1Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2Place bacon slices, in one layer, onto the baking sheet. Slide into the oven, and then bake about 10 minutes or until the bacon has rendered some of its fat, is starting to brown on the edges, but is still floppy. Take the bacon out of the oven and transfer to paper towels to drain excess fat. Discard any fat on the baking sheet, but leave the foil intact.
- Glaze Shrimp and Bacon
1Stir the maple syrup and Sriracha in a small bowl. Lightly brush both sides of the par-cooked bacon with glaze, and then cut in half, crosswise, making 20 half-strips of bacon.
2Season the shrimp with salt then wrap each shrimp with a half-strip of bacon and use one of the soaked skewers to secure it.
- Bake Shrimp
1Place each shrimp onto the baking sheet. Then brush or spoon leftover glaze over wrapped shrimp.
2Bake the shrimp for 5 minutes. Turn the oven to broil, and then broil 4 to 6 minutes, rotating the shrimp once, until the bacon is crispy. Serve shrimp with lemon wedges on the side and scallions scattered on top.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.
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Amazing. Our friend Sharon made these for a girls happy hour on her patio. I had to make the same week for a dinner get together. My husband even appreciated them the next day. Very important though, do not over cook bacon as hard to wrap. My friend Sharon’s shrimp were prettier than mine! 🙂
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This recipe is fabulous! It is well written, accurate, repeatable and very, very good. These are the important things to know that will make it work perfectly. Use large raw shrimp. We used 6 – #13-15 for an appetizer for two. They cost about $4. Be sure to use thin sliced bacon. The rest is easy if you pay attention as they cook. The sauce is the perfect combo of sweet and hot. Must use real maple syrup. The lemon and scallion garnish seals the deal. Don’t change a thing.
Dumb question. I am making this tomorrow. Do you use cooked or raw shrimp?
We use raw shrimp.
Ohhh nice! Looks delicious!
This looks AWESOME! I was planning to make bacon wrapped shrimp soon, and this tip on par-cooking the bacon is fantastic!
Have you ever cooked the bacon slightly the night before, wrapped and then broiled the next day? Did it turn out the same? Looking for ways to save time.
Hi Erin, we have never tried this, but it seems like a good option for cutting prep time.
Just made this Bacon Wrapped Shrimp for Super Bowl gathering tonight and it was a big hit. The sauce was delicious and I had to make extra as guests were also drizzling sauce on baked onion rings. Will definately make this shrimp recipe again. 5?