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Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are like a miniature version of surf-n-turf. A toothpick works perfectly as a skewer, making this bite size version the perfect appetizer for your next party or get together.  Toss in a super simple marinade, then cook them up in just a few minutes. Grilled or broiled, the choice is up to you!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 496kcal
Author Meggan Hill


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound Jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, tails in tact (16/20 count or larger)
  • 12 slices bacon halved (regular cut, not thick)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish, optional


  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Soak toothpicks in water for at least 30 minutes prior to broiling or grilling.
  • Line a microwave-safe plate with paper towels. Top with half the bacon (cut in half) and microwave on HIGH until the bacon is mostly cooked through but still soft and pliable, about 3 to 4 minutes (do not overcook). Repeat with remaining bacon.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, paprika, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. 
  • Working with one shrimp at a time, wrap each shrimp in a slice of partially-cooked bacon. 

To broil shrimp in the oven:

  • Position a rack 3 to 4 inches from broiler and preheat on high. Broil, flipping shrimp once, until the bacon is slightly crispy and shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

To grill shrimp:

  • Preheat grill over high heat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil grate.
  • Grill shrimp over direct heat until shrimp are cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes (flip halfway through grilling time). Garnish with parsley and serve.


Calories: 496kcal