Bacon Basil-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Oct 11, 2013 12:00 pm

Add fresh herbs to awesome smoky bacon shrimp

Photo: Mark Adams
Photo: Mark Adams
These skewered shrimp are sure to be a big hit at your next cocktail party.

When you're not making fun of the Paleo diet, it's actually a pretty effective way to shed pounds and learn to eat healthier without sacrificing your favorite bacon. Uh, food. Grab this reliable book of Paleo-hacked comfort food and prepare to fill up on protein. First up, bacon-wrapped shrimp and the Paleo diet go together beautifully.

This is a super-easy appetizer that’s sure to please guests. We like using the larger shrimp for this recipe as it cuts down on labor and provides guests with a substantial bite. However, you could always go with smaller shrimp; just know that might entail extra prep time. If you’re really pressed for time, buy your shrimp already peeled and deveined.

Reprinted with permission from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods

Servings: 16 -20 shrimp


1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (or more if you like more of a kick)
1 pound extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 fresh basil leaf per shrimp
8 thin-sliced bacon strips, cut in half or thirds, depending on length
1 wooden toothpick per shrimp
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the barbecue sauce with the horseradish in a small bowl.
  2. Wrap each shrimp with a basil leaf and then a piece of bacon. Try not to overlap the bacon, as you want it to cook evenly. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon in place. Arrange the shrimp on a baking sheet.
  3. Place the shrimp in the oven and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until they are just turning pink on one side. Remove the shrimp from the oven, turn the oven heat up to broil and flip the shrimp over.
  4. Place the shrimp back into the oven and broil for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the bacon starts to get crispy.
  5. Remove the shrimp from the oven and baste all sides with the barbecue-horseradish sauce. Place the shrimp back in the oven under the broiler for about 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the shrimp from the oven, baste one more time with the sauce, and serve hot with extra sauce on the side.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
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