Honey-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Appetizer

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.

Bacon wrapped shrimp on cutting board raw and ready to be grilled

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.

Wrapping shrimp for honey glazed bacon wrapped shrimp recipe

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.

Cornbread in a round pan with a pie-shaped slice out of it still in skillet. Perfect for Thanksgiving Feast!

Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread is an ancient recipe that dates back to early Native American settlements. Cornbread made its first modern appearance when native American tribes provided food for the early settlers of the Americas in the south.

Check out this recipe

Serving these bacon-wrapped shrimp as a meal? This Healthy Slaw will cool off the palette as it adds fiber to this delicious meal.

Healthy slaw in white bowl on metal table

Healthy Slaw

This recipe is so easy to make, and it’s so good for you and your digestion, it’s a perfect addition to any meal any time of the year.

Check out this recipe

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.

Honey Glazed Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe on plate garnished with chopped parsley

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Sidenote: butternut squash relies on bees for pollination. We used our Autumn Honey for this recipe, but you can use any dark, earthy honey that you like.

Check out this recipe

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!

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Honey Glazed Bacon wrapped shrimp served with kalamata olives on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon wrapped shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe, honey glazed bacon wrapped shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 465kcal
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe with honey glaze is perfect any time of the year as an appetizer or full meal. Delicious with our Southern Corn Bread Recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 16  white shrimp 16-20 count
  • 16  Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon thin-sliced
  • ½ cup Panko Crumbs
  • tbsp.  Waxing Kara Honey
  • dash Sea Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • 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

Nutrition

Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 824mg | Potassium: 208mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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.

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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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  1. This is delicious. Make this as an appetizer or a meal, either way, your guests will be dazzled.

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