Crab-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Prawns


There are stuffed prawns, there are wrapped prawns, and then there are prawns stuffed with crab and wrapped in bacon. These do take a little bit of skill to tackle, but not to worry: the instructions below include pictures.

Here’s why these are worth the effort.

They’re actually pretty filling. For some reason, I feel like that’s a good thing to point out. If you’re going to take the time to stuff and wrap a prawn, it’s good to know that two feels like a generous appetizer serving and three are perfect as a protein topper for salad or polenta.

Tell us how these worked out for you!

Did you serve them as an appetizer or as the protein in a meal? Did you catch the tip to use a toothpick to help hold it together until the bacon crisps under the broiler? Share your experience in the comments below!

Also, this is a Paleo-friendly, gluten-free recipe, so if you don’t need to go that route, you can replace the coconut flour with regular flour.

Bacon-Wrapped Crab-Stuffed Prawns | The Colacino Kitchen c 2021

Crab-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Prawns

These prawns are dressed to impress…
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Prawns
Skill Level: Some Skill Helpful
Recipe Type: Snacks & Appetizers
Specialty Diet: Gluten Free, Keto-Friendly, Paleo
Servings: 6 Adults
Calories: 71kcal


  • 12 Prawns extra large, raw and shelled
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 6 slices bacon thick cut
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • ¼ cup scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley chopped
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  • Thaw the prawns, if frozen. Remove the shell, though leaving the tail intact is just fine.
  • Slice lengthwise with a paring knife to butterfly without cutting completely through the prawn.
  • Cut the six slices of bacon in half and set aside.
  • Mix the crab together with all remaining ingredients and ready station to assemble.
  • Lay down a slice of bacon, place a butterflied prawn cross-wise at the center, take a heaping spoonful of the crab mixture and pack it into the prawn.
  • Wrap the bacon around the crab-stuffed prawn and secure the loose ends with toothpicks.
  • Arrange each wrapped prawn evenly on the cookie sheet (the silicone sheet or the oven-safe cooling rack) and pop it in the preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes at 375°F, then switch to broiling on high for 3-5 minutes to achieve the ideal doneness of the bacon.
  • Serve warm with or without a preferred dipping sauce.


*Note: toothpicks are recommended for holding the prawns together while they cook, but be sure to angle the toothpicks down so they don’t catch on fire when these go under the broiler.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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