Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

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Looking for a crowd pleasing-appetizer? Make bacon-wrapped shrimp! Kinda ridiculously good.

I blame the bacon.

Seriously, this one is really easy and crazy good. Bacon and shrimp make a very happy couple. For this recipe we are coating the shrimp with some lime and chili powder, and then wrapping them in slices of bacon, and either oven baking or putting on the grill.

Here are a couple of tips that can help make these even better.

First, especially when grilling shrimp, we highly recommend brining them first for 30 minutes in a sugar, salt, water solution. The brine helps the shrimp hold onto its moisture on the high heat of the grill. The shrimp remain plump and juicy.

Second, make sure to pre-cook the bacon a bit before wrapping them around the shrimp. (We microwave the strips.) Otherwise no amount of brining will keep the shrimp from drying out in the time it takes for the bacon to be cooked.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

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  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 pieces

Figure 1 strip of bacon for every 2 shrimp.

Ingredients

  • 12 large (12-16 count jumbo), raw, peeled and deveined shrimp (tail on)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Juice from one lime (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or chili powder (less or more to taste)
  • 6 strips thin bacon, cut in half (12 pieces)
  • Skewers (for grilling) or toothpicks (for oven)

Optional brine:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Method

1 Brine the shrimp (optional): Shrimp cook so quickly that to help keep them from drying out whether grilling or oven roasting, it helps to brine them first.

Just whisk together 1/4 cup of kosher salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 3 cups of water until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the ice and the shrimp, and let sit for 30 minutes.

2 Marinate shrimp with lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle powder: Mix together in a small bowl the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and chipotle powder. Put the shrimp in the lime chipotle mixture; make sure each piece is well coated.

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3 Partially cook the bacon: Spread the bacon pieces out over several layers of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with another layer of paper towel. Microwave on high until the bacon fat begins to melt but the bacon is still pliable, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

4 Prepare grill or preheat oven: Prepare grill on high, direct heat (if grilling) or preheat the oven to 450°F.

5 Wrap the shrimp with bacon: Working one at a time, wrap a half piece of partially cooked bacon around each piece of shrimp.

6 Secure bacon to shrimp with skewers if grilling, toothpicks if oven cooking: If you are grilling, thread the shrimp onto long, flat skewers (flat skewers make turning the shrimp on the grill easier). If you don't have flat skewers, I've used two thin bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes beforehand) to the same effect.

If you are using the oven, secure each the bacon onto the shrimp with toothpicks. Place the bacon-wrapped shrimp on a slotted baking pan (lined with foil inside for easy cleaning). Brush remaining lime chipotle mixture on the outside of the bacon-wrapped shrimp.

7 Grill or bake the shrimp: Grill uncovered for 3 minutes on each side (less or more time depending on the heat of your grill), or bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp is just cooked through.

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  • April Thomas

    You can also use a simple bbq sauce on the outside and add some chestnuts along side the shrimp. They are definitely yummy.. I made some for a wedding reception. They were a hit and we couldn’t make enough.

  • maurice

    Make this a lot… another idea i use is the brush the shrimp and bacon with jamaican jerk marinade or sauce, its spicy and wonderful, our family loves them

  • rose

    These were great. The spice is light enough for those who don’t like heat and surprisingly the citrus goes with the bacon! will definitely make these again. Thanks Elise!

  • SAS

    Oh. My. God. These little suckers were so tasty, they never made it to the plate. They came right off the skewers and went straight into my mouth. It’s a simplyrecipes.com night here – we’re having ceasar salad, the bacon-wrapped shrimp, and perfect guacamole – all recipes from your web site! Yum. And thank you!!

  • will

    Lovely starter. Very simple to assemble although I did find it a little tricky to get the bacon to crisp in the oven without over cooking. Nevertheless they all went in a flash!!

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