Shrimp are one of the culinary world's great delights, but these bacon-wrapped shrimp show that they don't have to be fancy to be scrumptious! Why not rely on the tried and tested magic of bacon and Cajun/Old Bay seasoning to literally spice up your shrimp?
Bacon wrapping things is definitely a bit of a fad in the last few years, but that is only because it works so well.
Salty, fatty, and delicious, bacon makes things taste better.
To make this a really fabulous recipe, though, you need to use some tasty Cajun/Old Bay seasoning, as well as a little bit of spice. Some honey and hot sauce mixed together make for the perfect sauce that leaves your taste buds tingling and simply improves the taste of every single bite.
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Jumbo shrimp
• Cajun/Old Bay seasoning
• Thin sliced bacon, cut in half
• Liquid honey
• Hot sauce
How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
• Place the shrimp on a plate and sprinkle both sides with Cajun seasoning
• Wrap each shrimp with a narrow strip of bacon and fasten with a toothpick
• Make the hot honey and mix the two together
• Bake at 400 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp is cooked
• Remove shrimp and place on a plate
• Drizzle hot honey mixture over the shrimp and serve immediately
What Kind Of Hot Sauce To Use For This Recipe?
The specifics of what kind of hot sauce is going to be up to you here. There are quite literally thousands of different hot sauce brands out there, and each has their own flavor profile and contribute their own intensity to your dish.
I love Buffalo sauce and it works perfectly with the honey in this recipe.
If you want to try and stick to a kind of Cajun motif, then you should try and find a good quality Louisiana hot sauce.
The exact name of the brand is going to vary depending on where you live, but as long as you go for one that has the word “Louisiana in its title, you should be fine.
How To Make Sure The Bacon Crisps Up Just How You Like It
This is another one of those recipes where bacon is actually wrapped around something that is then baked in the oven.
Naysayers would likely say that this opens up the problem of the bacon not cooking properly. Whether because of an inability for the bacon to get cooked consistently or because the bacon doesn't get crispy, a lot of people get angry about wrapping anything in bacon.
The problem is that it tastes so good! The bacon makes everything super crisp, salty, fatty, and delicious, so it is hard to pass up.
The secret to getting the bacon to still crisp up in the oven is to ensure that you only use a really thin slice of bacon. If you use a thin slice and wrap it really well all around the shrimp, then it should still cook up properly.
If you are finding that the bacon still doesn’t crisp up for your tastes, try turning the oven temperature up just a little bit; this should help the bacon to render its fat and crisp up nicely, without incinerating the shrimp first.
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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 20 extra large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 10 pieces bacon cut in half
Buffalo Honey Sauce
- 1/4 cup liquid honey
- 1-2 teaspoons buffalo hot sauce to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Get out a large baking sheet and set aside.
- Place the prepared shrimp on a plate and sprinkle both sides with the seasoning. Wrap each shrimp with a strip of bacon and fasten with a toothpick.
- Place the shrimp on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until bacon is crisp and shrimp is cooked.
- Remove shrimp and place on a plate. Drizzle hot honey mixture over shrimp. Serve immediately.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.