Apple Butter Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

These apple butter bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect summer appetizer. Extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and glazed with a sweet and spicy apple butter glaze.

These apple butter bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect summer appetizer. Extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and glazed with a sweet and spicy apple butter glaze.

When I was a kid I used to eat my weight in shrimp. I would swear off any and all other seafood {foolishly claiming it all tasted like fish} but shrimp was my one true love. Since I was kid my favorite way to eat it was fried and dipped in a giant pile of spicy cocktail sauce. As I got older I was open to trying even more shrimp recipes. It’s great in pasta, on pizza or just served up cocktail style.

Mmmmm cocktail shrimp.

And cocktail sauce.

Now, this shrimp recipe takes simple shrimp and turns it into shrimp happiness. {Could I have said the word shrimp any more in that last sentence?} I bought super jumbo shrimp, wrapped it in salty bacon and glazed it with a spicy sweet apple butter mixture. I think these make a great appetizer but if you’re hungry they make a great dinner too! 

These apple butter bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect summer appetizer. Extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and glazed with a sweet and spicy apple butter glaze.

Also, when I say jump shrimp I mean jumbo. I bought six of these bad boys and it was a pound.

The only downside is that I had to clean and devein them myself. The whole time I was cleaning them I had David Spade’s voice {from Tommy Boy} going through my head “Ugh, why do you always have to de-turd these things? Look at this one, caught him after Thanksgiving feast, I think I’m gonna need a pooperscooper.” It was a total “I should have had the seafood guy do this for me” moment.

The glaze is also something to totally go gaga over. It’s a mixture of sweet Musselman’s apple butter, pure maple syrup, spicy red pepper and a dash of smoked paprika. It’s sweet, spicy and just a little smokey from the paprika.

Oh, and that sprinkle of cilantro? Totally optional but not really. You should do it. It’s amazing.

These apple butter bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect summer appetizer. Extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and glazed with a sweet and spicy apple butter glaze.

{Looking for my appetizer recipes? Try my blistered shishito peppers, curried chicken salad phyllo cups or my soy sriracha deviled eggs.}


Apple Butter Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

These apple butter bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect summer appetizer. Extra large shrimp wrapped in bacon and glazed with a sweet and spicy apple butter glaze.

Yield: 6 large shrimps

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 pieces bacon
  • 6 extra large shrimp or prawns, cleaned and deveined
  • Chopped cilantro, for garnish (if desired)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.

In a medium sized skillet set over medium heat add apple butter, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and smoked paprika. Whisk together and until the mixture is thick and cooked down by half. This should take about 10 minutes, set aside.

In a large skillet set over medium heat add bacon slices and cook just until browned but still flexible. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

Wrap 1 bacon slice around each shrimp, secure with a toothpick and place onto prepared baking sheet.

Once all the shrimp has been wrapped baste the top with the apple butter mixture.

Add to the oven, bake for 5 minutes, flip and baste the other side. Bake again for another 5 minutes. Continue to flip the shrimp and baste (shortening cooking time between flips so you don’t overcook) until the shrimp is fully cooked and the glaze is sticky and delicious.

Sprinkle with cilantro (if desired) and enjoy hot.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Musselman’s and I received financial compensation for the development of this recipe. As always all opinions and non-sensical ramblings are 100% my own.

35 Responses to “Apple Butter Bacon Wrapped Shrimp”

  1. #
    1 — June 22, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Say what! This looks too good to be true! Love the pics by the way!

  2. #
    Christie — June 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

    These sound and look amazing! I love bacon wrapped shrimp but you took it up a few notches with the apple butter glaze. I need one of these.

  3. #
    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen — June 22, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Now this is a great shrimp dish! Now I wish I had made this last week instead of the spicy shrimp I made. Oh wait there is nothing stopping me from having this this week! Great recipe thanks for sharing.

  4. #
    Erin@WellPlated — June 22, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I love the sweet/savory/sassy power play you have going on here! And apple butter + bacon? Brilliant!

  5. #
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — June 22, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Ahhhh! I wish I had my homemade apple butter on hand right now!! These look amazing! My daughter is a big shrimp lover so I am going to promote it because it is definitely something we did NOT have in our house when I was a kid.

  6. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

    You have me intrigued!

  7. #
    Deborah — June 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

    My daughter is the same – she can’t get enough shrimp, but doesn’t usually go for the other seafood. These look amazing – especially digging the applesauce in the glaze!!

  8. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

    This is total shrimp happiness! Pinned.

  9. #
    Liz — June 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    My non-shrimp eating hubby changed his tune once I wrapped them in bacon! Yours looks scrumptious—can’t wait to try your recipe!

  10. #
    fabiola@notjustbaked — June 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    You shrimp vixen, this looks so good!

  11. #
    Kate @ Diethood — June 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I’m just trying to wrap my mind around that awesome, SO, SO awesome wrapped shrimp! I LOVE this recipe! I mean, BACON and SHRIMP and APPLE BUTTER. Friggin’ genius!!

  12. #
    Angie — June 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    These shrimp look too good to be true. Bacon and apple butter? My goodness, I’m in heaven!

  13. #
    The Food Hunter — June 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I’m allergic to shrimp but I would be happy with the apple butter and bacon

  14. #
    Stephanie — June 22, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Shrimp anything is always a hit in our house, and you sealed the deal with bacon and apple butter. Holy yum!

  15. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — June 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I totally love shrimp too, and this recipe- dang girl – genius! My men will love this recipe, and I got a big ol’ jar of apple butter in the pantry.

  16. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — June 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    You are killin’ me with these great apple butter recipes, and by killin’ me, I mean thrillin’ me.

  17. #
    Joanie @ ZagLeft — June 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Gorgeous pictures of a fantastic dish! You had me at bacon wrapped shrimp but the apple butter puts it over the top!!

  18. #
    Courtney @ NeighborFood — June 22, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    OKay, now you’ve got me craving shrimp. That sweet and savory sauce sounds amazing!

  19. #
    Gina | Running to the Kitchen — June 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    We had shrimp yesterday at my parents house and I got stuck cleaning and deveining 3 effin pounds of them. I told my mom she’s never again allowed to not buy the already cleaned/deveined ones regardless of price difference b/c there’s nothing that turns you off more to food than extracting shit (literally) from it before cooking and eating. No thanks. Poop aside, these look awesome and I never would’ve thought to do the apple butter thing with shrimp, but I love it!

  20. #
    Sara — June 23, 2015 at 1:15 am

    WOW – I mean, I’ve had bacon wrapped shrimp before but the apple butter really takes it to the next level!

  21. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — June 23, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Gawd I love these flavors together!!! What a great recipe – beautiful pix!

  22. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — June 23, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I am not a fan of shrimp but the flavors here – OMG! I need to try this!

  23. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — June 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I think one of the worst jobs in the kitchen is deveining shrimp. So tedious and so gross. However, if this is the prize at the end of an awful job…bring it on! These look Ah-mazing!

  24. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Whoa! These shrimp look insanely delicious! I could easily make an entire meal out of them!

  25. #
    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah — June 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    These sound AMAZING! I was a big fan of shrimp as a kid, too, and it’s still one of my all-time favorite foods. I can’t wait to make these!

  26. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & DIshes — June 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    The only thing that could make me like this shrimp more is that apple butter. Yum!

  27. #
    brenda@sugarfreemom — June 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Super creative and super luscious looking too! I’d eat a dozen!

  28. #
    Jennifer @NourishedSimply — June 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    This recipe looks awesome. Shrimp, bacon, and maple syrup of three of my favorites!

  29. #
    Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert — June 24, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I love butter, bacon, and shrimp, so this is a perfect combination for me!

  30. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's — June 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I’m pretty sure I could eat shrimp every single day. LOVE. And this recipe looks AWESOME!

  31. #
    Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet — July 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    These look totally amazing! Loving the flavors and that they are JUMBO!


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