Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Pssst! Can I let you in on a little secret about this bacon wrapped crab stuffed shrimp?

I can’t believe I am saying this, but we actually prefer this stuffed shrimp cooked in the oven under the broiler than cooked outside on the grill…

GASP!

David is always “chomping at the bit” to fire up his Weber grill, but we have discovered that these stuffed shrimp lose their sweetness when grilled over an open flame. The bacon gives the crab meat and shrimp just enough smokiness that you do not miss the grill flavor. The grill is a little harsh and totally masks the flavor. Of course you could totally give it a shot, it’s only our opinion and every is entitled to their own, right?

We used to get stuffed shrimp from a seafood shop called Frog Island Seafood down in Barco, NC. This seafood shop is located at the junction of 158 and 168.  If you have ever driven down to the Outer Banks, more than likely you have passed by this place. David and I use to clean cottages down at Corolla, NC ions ago when we lived in Virginia Beach. During the summer, we worked our regular full time jobs all week and on Saturdays and Sundays traveled down to the Outer Banks to clean cottage to earn extra income. We passed right by Frog Island Seafood every time we went down and after smelling the salty air all day at the beach, we always craved seafood. We stopped into Frog Island Seafood often. Each time we picked up some of these delicious stuffed shrimp as a treat for our hard work, because I am hear to tell you working 40-hours a week and then commuting an hour (one way) to clean cottages, while other people vacationed all summer was for the damn birds! Anyway, these bacon wrapped crab stuffed shrimp were a great take away from all those memories of cleaning cottages during the summer.

Since we cannot get our beloved stuffed shrimp from Frog Island anymore, we started making them at home. We purchase prepared crab cakes, instead of purchasing all the ingredients to make the crab cakes ourselves. Buying them prepared is easier and it takes some of the steps out of the recipe. We usually can find quality prepared crab cakes without fillers at stores such as Wegmans or Harris Teeter.

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Bring a final taste of summer to your Labor Day Party! Summer is coming to an end, so it’s time to splurge with these Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp. The stuffed shrimp are made with rich sweet crab meat is packed around jumbo shrimp, then wrapped in smoky bacon to hold it all together.

These delicious bacon wrapped crab stuffed shrimp can be served as a main course or as an appetizer. Here’s how we make them:

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp | Yield: 6 Stuffed Shrimp | Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • two 4-ounce prepared crab cakes (raw)
  • 6 large (jumbo) shrimp, raw and peeled (tails on)
  • 6 bacon slices
  • toothpicks to hold them together
  • lemon wedges for serving (optional)

Directions:

Position an oven rack to the top of the oven and preheat the oven broiler to high.

Divide each crab cake evenly into 4 portions. Lay bacon slices out on a flat surface.

Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein shrimp, if desired. Using a sharp knife and staring at the tail end, butterfly each shrimp and open it up like a book.

Lay the shrimp as possible in the palm of your hand. Shape one portion of the crab cake evenly around the shrimp, forming a ball (leave tail exposed).

Wrap a slice of bacon around the crab mixture packing it around each shrimp. Tuck the ends under the shrimp and secure with a toothpick.

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Repeat procedure with remaining crab cake portions and shrimp.

Broil until the bacon starts to crisp and shrimp are opaque, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the toothpicks and serve with lemon wedges.

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com

Before I sign off, keep in mind that life doesn’t need special occasions to eat good food. Treat yourself good often and do not take tomorrow for granted.

Enjoy every delicious moment of the last bites of summer!

Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon. | TheMountainKitchen.com
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Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Served as a appetizer or main course, Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp are made with rich crab meat packed around jumbo shrimp, wrapped in smoky bacon.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Author: Debbie Spivey
Ingredients
  • two 4-ounce prepared crab cakes raw
  • 6 large jumbo shrimp, raw and peeled (tails on)
  • 6 bacon slices
  • toothpicks to hold them together
  • lemon wedges for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Position an oven rack to the top of the oven and preheat the oven broiler to high.
  2. Divide each crab cake evenly into 4 portions. Lay bacon slices out on a flat surface.
  3. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein shrimp, if desired. Using a sharp knife and staring at the tail end, butterfly each shrimp and open it up like a book.
  4. Lay the shrimp as possible in the palm of your hand. Shape one portion of the crab cake evenly around the shrimp, forming a ball (leave tail exposed).
  5. Wrap a slice of bacon around the crab mixture packing it around each shrimp. Tuck the ends under the shrimp and secure with a toothpick.
  6. Repeat procedure with remaining crab cake portions and shrimp.
  7. Broil until the bacon starts to crisp and shrimp are opaque, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the toothpicks and serve with lemon wedges.

9 thoughts on “Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp

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  2. I can’t wait to try these! Of course we don’t get beautiful shrimp like that but fresh frozen works pretty well. I think I agree with you on baking the shrimp. I’ve never thought about it but they come out so plump and the texture is just the way we like it.

  3. Beautiful, Debbie! Love the idea of using crab cakes to make life easier. I have made quite a few trips to the Outer Banks (mainly Ocrakoke) but never got to try Frog Island Seafood…will keep my eyes open for it next time.

  4. Anonymous

    Really love the idea if this recipe.
    But saying its loses flavor over a charcoal grill vs a propane/gas grill .
    Is premature. If u know how to use coals properly.. the smoke flavor adds something you cant get from a propane grill… but either way you grill it.. I think your grilling skills will make it rich in flavor and something that will be a regular in the bbq grill this summer…

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