We often think of lobster and steak when it comes to surf and turf, but there are so many fun variations to try. No wonder we love this bacon-wrapped shrimp!

Bacon-wrapped recipes always seem to be the first bites to disappear on appetizer tables, so be sure to keep this recipe on rotation for get-togethers. From summer dinner parties on the patio to New Year’s Eve appetizers, this app is great all year long. So grab some jumbo shrimp and your favorite bacon brand and get cookin’!

How to Cook Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

This recipe from our Taste of Home Test Kitchen makes 1-1/2 dozen shrimp, or 18 servings.


1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
18 uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined, tails on
9 bacon strips, halved lengthwise


Step 1: Make marinade

In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, lemon juice, olive oil and seasonings. Pour 1/4 cup of marinade into a shallow bowl. Cover the bowl and then refrigerate the leftover marinade for basting.

Step 2: Prepare shrimp

Add shrimp to marinade, toss so each shrimp is coated and let sit in marinade for 15 minutes. Drain shrimp and discard marinade.

Editor’s Tip: Forgot to buy already peeled and deveined shrimp? Don’t worry, because we have a guide that walks you through how to clean shrimp yourself.

Step 3: Wrap shrimp with bacon

Take one piece of halved bacon and wrap it evenly around shrimp, avoiding the tail. Secure bacon with a toothpick.

Editor’s Tip: Pre-soak toothpicks for 30 minutes so they don’t start on fire while in the broiler.

Step 4: Broil bacon-wrapped shrimp

Place shrimp on a greased broiler pan rack. Broil shrimp four inches away from heat source until shrimp turn pink, about three to four minutes on each side. Baste shrimp frequently with marinade after turning.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp FAQs

With so many ways to cook bacon and shrimp, this recipe is super flexible. Here are a few different methods, plus other helpful tips.

How do you make bacon-wrapped shrimp on the grill?

Preheat grill over medium-high heat, reaching about 425-450°F. Place bacon-wrapped shrimp on grill and cook until bacon is crisp and shrimp are cooked through, about three to four minutes per side.

What do you serve with bacon-wrapped shrimp?

Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a great addition when putting together the perfect date night. Serve it alongside other upscale recipes like parmesan asparagus, au gratin potatoes and your favorite cocktail. For a main, you could stick with the surf and turf theme by searing up a garlic butter steak and scallops.

How do you make crispy bacon-wrapped shrimp?

You can make crispy bacon-wrapped shrimp by giving the bacon a headstart in the oven or air fryer. Or, you can place the bacon-wrapped shrimp on a more direct heat source such as a hot pan. Just be mindful of not overcooking the shrimp. Also, you might catch some leftover bacon grease, so save it to use as cooking oil in other recipes.

Do you precook bacon for wrapping?

No, you do not precook the bacon for wrapping in this recipe. However, if you bought thick-cut bacon (or another type of bacon) and you’re worried it won’t cook as quickly as the shrimp, you can precook the bacon in the oven first.

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