This Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp was my very first honey recipe post on this blog in 2013. It’s hard to believe that it’s been this many years. I wrote at least a dozen friends and asked for their best ideas on what I should make with honey. When Jerry Edwards wrote me back with this recipe I was tickled. I went to the market, picked up all the ingredients, headed over to Joyce’s house where she showed me how to wrap shrimp in bacon. This dish makes a terrific appetizer or a full meal served with rice pilaf or a lightly tossed salad. We have lots of recommendations for other preparations also.
This bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe may be sweeter than our honey
The trick to doing this right is finding the thinnest sliced bacon you can. If you can go to a butcher who can cut the bacon for you, that’s the best option.
Making bacon-wrapped shrimp with honey glaze
First, you’ll need to get all of your ingredients together. Here’s a list to make life easy!
- White shrimp 16-20 count
- Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon thin-sliced
- Panko Crumbs
- Waxing Kara Honey
- Sea Salt & Pepper
How to prepare shrimp
There are a few different ways to peel shrimp: completely removing the shell, head-on, or tail-on. This recipe calls for tail-on shrimp. Peeling and cleaning before cooking them makes for a more appealing presentation. It’s not difficult; just follow these steps:
Step 1 Remove the shell
To remove the shell, begin at the underbody, where the legs are, and peel shell back with your fingers. Remove the entire shell and twist the head to remove.
Step 2 Devein and Dry
Run a pairing knife along the spine without cutting too deep. Run shrimp under cold water to remove the black vein. Dry shrimp before cooking.
Note: If you have a lot of shrimp to devein, put them on ice while you are working.
For wrapping the shrimp
- Wrap with bacon
- Secure with a toothpick if desired.
- Place seam-side down on a baking sheet.
Adapting our Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Call to your inner chef to come out and play and change up this recipe. Here are some ideas–
- Try this technique with scallops or lobster tails or even chicken breast
- You can wrap sturdy vegetables, like asparagus and cook in this same technique
- Sprinkle lemon or lime juice over the shrimp before serving
- Add some diced chilies to the honey for some extra heat
- Just two tablespoons of bourbon in with the honey will add a nice flavor
- This Homemade Honey BBQ Sauce would make an excellent dipping sauce
- Grill outside on skewers for that extra smokey flavor
What to serve with this dish
Most southern recipes accompany spicy and smokey dishes. Southern Cornbread is a wonderful go-along with this dish and it aids in resting the palette from the smokey bacon.
Serving these bacon-wrapped shrimp as a meal? This Healthy Slaw will cool off the palette as it adds fiber to this delicious meal.
Perfectly timed for autumn, this Roasted Butternut Squash is as delicious as it is simple to prepare and makes a great companion to this shrimp dish.
How to make bacon-wrapped shrimp
The trick to doing this right is finding the thinnest sliced bacon you can. One at a time, remove each shrimp from its shell, rinse, devein and wrap with a thin piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick if desired. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet. These shrimp are great with rice pilaf or a lightly tossed salad.
How to cook this shrimp in the oven
Pre-heat oven 375°F. Wrap each cleaned shrimp with bacon, sprinkle with Panko crumbs and bake for 4 minutes in the oven. Remove let cool and set on a new baking sheet, season with fresh ground pepper and pour 1/2 of the honey on shrimp and bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes till bacon is crispy.
Season with black pepper and remaining honey and serve.
If you decide to make our Bacon Wrapped shrimp or any variation that we’ve suggested, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
- 16 white shrimp 16-20 count
- 16 Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon thin-sliced
- ½ cup Panko Crumbs
- 4 tbsp. Waxing Kara Honey
- dash Sea Salt & Pepper
Pre-heat oven 375°F
Wrap each cleaned shrimp with bacon, sprinkle with Panko crumbs and bake for 4 minutes in oven
Remove let cool and set on a new baking sheet, season with fresh ground pepper and pour 1/2 of the honey on shrimp and bake in oven for 4-6 minutes till bacon is crispy
Season with black pepper and remaining honey and serve
My friend Chef Jerry Edwards of Baltimore is amazing. My first year as a beekeeper I asked him for help with a recipe and he shared a few that were way out the ordinary.