These bacon-wrapped shrimp start with frozen shrimp. The frozen shrimp take a little bit longer to cook, allowing the bacon time to crisp up. You get crispy bacon and juicy shrimp!
- Cooking spray or oil
- 12 slices of bacon
- 24 large raw frozen shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tail
- Sweet chili sauce (optional)
- Preheat the broiler and arrange the rack in the oven to be about 6 inches away from the heat elements.
- Put an oven-safe baking rack over a large heavy-duty rimmed pan.*
- Spray the baking rack with cooking spray.
- Cut a slice of bacon in half such that it is half as long as it was when it started. Repeat with remaining bacon slices. I use kitchen shears and cut the entire package of bacon in half at once.
- Take the shrimp out of the freezer.
- Grab a hold of a still-frozen shrimp. Wind a halved bacon slice around it, leaving the tail uncovered.
- Place the shrimp on the prepared baking rack, with the bacon edge down to help keep it in place.
- Repeat by wrapping each shrimp in a bacon half, arranging them in a single layer on the prepared pan.
- Put the pan of bacon-wrapped shrimp on the oven rack under the broiler. Cook for 4-8 minutes, or until the tops look like they’re crisping up. Use tongs to flip over all of hte bacon-wrapped shrimp, being careful to not unwind any loose bacon.
- Continue to cook until the bacon all around the shrimp is cooked and looking a bit crisp in places, about 4-8 more minutes. If any bits of bacon start to seem burnt in spots, flip those ones over.
- Remove shrimp from oven and serve immediately with sweet chili as a dipping sauce, if using.
*You need to use a baking rack so that the shrimp aren’t sitting in bacon grease as they cook. It also helps to get the bacon crispy if the air is circulating around them. Using a rimmed baking sheet is also really necessary so that the bacon grease doesn’t run off the pan and into your oven. Using a heavy duty pan helps also because the broiler is high heat and you want something that can withstand that. You can use a broiling pan. I find it best to use the bottom deep broiling pan with a baking rack set on top of it.