Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:

For this excellent appetizer, jumbo shrimp are marinated in chile-garlic oil, then wrapped with bacon and grilled. They're served with a house-made cocktail sauce that's spiked with a horseradish.


  • 0.5 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • jumbo shrimp, shelled with tails intact
  • 6 small jarred or dried Calabrian chiles, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 0.25 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  1. Prepare the shrimp in a large baking dish, whisk the 1/2 cup of oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and chiles. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon and add to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour; turn the shrimp halfway through marinating.
  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; brush with oil. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp is just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with the cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

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Recipe Credit: John Gorham
Image Credit: Con Poulos

Cocktail Sauce

  • freshly ground pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1.5 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 0.33 cup prepared white horseradish, drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  1. Make the cocktail sauce in a bowl, whisk the ketchup, horseradish, shallot, vinegar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Recipe Credit: John Gorham
Image Credit: Con Poulos