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Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp with Mango Balsamic Drizzle

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If you are looking for the perfect keto friendly appetizer that is delicious with a hint of sweet and spicy, then look no further than this week’s recipe! This bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp with a mango balsamic drizzle is three things; easy to prepare, low in carbs and perfect for serving on the holiday appetizer table.

Using a few simple, clean ingredients, this appetizer can be made from start to serve in 30 minutes!

Choosing the shrimp for the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

The main ingredient in this recipe is the jumbo shrimp. You want a fresh shrimp for this recipe, not frozen. If you are preparing this during the holiday, then head to the fresh seafood section of the grocery store and it is probably on special for the season.

For this recipe I used the extra jumbo 16/20 count shrimp. (They were on sale for $8.99/lb.-Such a good price!) There were about 14 extra jumbo shrimp in each pound.

Plan to make the recipe within a day or max 2 days of purchasing the shrimp.

Everything is better with bacon!

If you have been doing keto for anytime at all then you know that bacon is a superfood! In this recipe it adds a bit of salty, smoky fatty goodness next to the jumbo shrimp.

Because we want the bacon and shrimp to cook at the same time without overcooking the shrimp, you will want to get a thin sliced bacon. The thinner the better as it will cook up nicer and have a bit of crispness. For the prep, you will cut the bacon slices in thirds, so each slice of bacon will wrap about 3 jumbo shrimp.

I do want to mention that another method to this would be to par-bake your bacon in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees and then (without burning yourself) wrap the shrimp with the par-baked bacon, then finish the recipe as below. This will yield for an even crispier bacon wrapped shrimp. My taste tester (the hubby) and I loved it without that step, but if you want a crispier bacon and you have the time for the extra step…I say go for it!

The Mango Balsamic Drizzle!

I really don’t need to say anything else do I?

The jumbo shrimp, seasoned with spices, wrapped in bacon, baked and broiled was delish, but……the mango balsamic drizzle took it to a whole other level!

You might be familiar with the brown sugar glazes that are swimming on other bacon-wrapped appetizers. Bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp with mango balsamic drizzle is definitely not that.

Balsamic vinegars are all the rage right now, they can be used in savory or sweet recipes and even cocktails! These vinegars can be found in most grocery stores but I am a huge fan of a local shop call Olivino’s. I have written about them before and here I go again.

Olivino a Tasting Bar carries both olive oils and vinegars that come in a huge variety of flavors. If you stop in the store, they will mix oils and vinegars that pair wonderfully together and you can sample them right in the store.

For this recipe, I am using the Mango Balsamic. With just 3 net carbs per Tablespoon serving, it adds just a simple sweetness that beautifully contrasts the spicy, smoky shrimp. It is the perfect combination. If you can’t get your hands on the Mango then just swap out for another wonderfully flavored balsamic of your choice!

Some of my other favorite Balsamic vinegars at Olivino’s are:

  • Lemon
  • Blackberry-Ginger
  • Raspberry
  • Blood Orange
  • Coconut Aged White

Putting it all together…..

We talked about the shrimp, the bacon and the balsamic. So, we put this all together and have a wonderful, low carb, keto friendly holiday appetizer that will wow your people and is super easy to make. With clean and fresh ingredients you won’t be feeling the guilt or gut-check that comes with those sugary, high carb, holiday appetizers.

And if you get a chance to check out Olivino a Tasing Bar, I highly recommend it…but will warn you, it is addicting! You will want to sample and try all the goodness of the oils and vinegars. If you can’t make it into their shop, check out their website where you can order online.

I hope this week’s recipe helped to solve the mystery of what appetizer can I make and keep me living the keto lifestyle. There is absolutely no reason to not eat keto during the holidays. If you are doing an appetizer buffet, you could also make and serve my Keto Crustless Holiday Quiche.

Next week I will be posting an early post with one of my favorite keto candy recipes to share with you, just in time for Christmas baking!

I can’t wait for you to try this Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp with Mango Balsamic Drizzle!

Stay on the Rise,


Bacon Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp with Mango Balsamic Drizzle

By Sara Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

This bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp with a mango balsamic drizzle is three things; easy to prepare, low in carbs and perfect for serving on the holiday appetizer table.


  • 12 Extra Jumbo Shrimp (16/20 count size)
  • 4 slices thin sliced bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste-I used a pinch of each
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Mango Balsamic Vinegar
  • Fresh chives or green onions for garnish



In a bowl mix the spices and the olive oil and toss in the shrimp and let marinade for at least 15 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil


Cut each slice of bacon into thirds so that you have 12 pieces of bacon


After the marinade, wrap each shrimp with a piece of the bacon and place on the baking sheet


Bake in the oven on 400 degrees for 15 minutes


After 15 minutes, turn the oven on high broil and broil up to 5 minutes until golden and the bacon is a bit crispy-watch carefully so you don't burn the bacon or shrimp! It may take only 1 minute, it may take the full 5, all ovens are different


Remove from oven, place nicely on a platter and drizzle the balsamic making sure that all of the pieces of shrimp have some of the drizzle


Garnish with fresh chives or green onions, enjoy!


This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled! *See the note in the blog about par-cooking the bacon for an even crispier bacon wrapped shrimp!


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    December 16, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Looks delish, I’ll have to try them making these appetizers sometime. Thanks for sharing!

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