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I always get excited when I see water chestnuts in a stir fry (I love the crunch!), but recently I heard you can wrap them in bacon. And since I love just about any bacon appetizer — from bacon wrapped shrimp to bacon asparagus — I knew I’d like bacon wrapped water chestnuts, too. If you’re looking for a quick and easy holiday appetizer, you need to bring these water chestnuts wrapped in bacon to your next party!
Why You’ll Love These Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- Bacon and water chestnuts in a sweet and tangy sauce
- Crispy, crunchy texture
- Just 4 simple ingredients
- Fast prep time with hands-off cooking
- Great bite sized appetizers for parties
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for water chestnuts wrapped in bacon what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Water Chestnuts – You can use fresh chestnuts (found in some specialty or Asian markets) or canned water chestnuts (easier to find). I used canned, but if you find fresh ones, wash and peel them.
- Bacon – Slice the bacon strips in half to make shorter pieces.
- Coconut Aminos – This is my preferred soy sauce substitute, but you could use low sodium soy sauce or tamari instead. You can also replace half of this ingredient with Worcestershire sauce for added umami flavor.
- Maple Syrup – You can use regular maple syrup, or try my natural sugar-free maple syrup that has passed for the real thing in blind taste tests. 😉 Some water chestnut recipes use brown sugar, but maple syrup is a healthier option.
- Garlic Powder – Although optional, this adds more savory flavor.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
This section shows how to make bacon wrapped chestnuts, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Wrap. Wrap a piece of bacon around each water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with all the bacon slices. Place on a wire rack over a baking sheet. (You can also bake these in a baking dish instead, bu the bacon turns out more crispy using the rack method.)
- Bake. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes.
- Dip. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, maple syrup, and garlic powder. Dunk the bacon wrapped water chestnuts into the sauce mixture, or alternatively you can brush it on all sides. Return to the rack over the baking pan.
- Bake again. Continue baking until the bacon is crispy.
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Meal prep: Assemble chestnuts, secure with toothpicks, and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook them.
- Reheat: Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes until heated through and the bacon is crispy again. You can also reheat them in the air fryer for the crispiest results.
- Freeze: Place bacon wrapped chestnuts on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer, and freeze until solid. Transfer to an airtight container or zip lock bag, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Bacon Wrapped Appetizer Recipes
If you enjoy bacon wrapped chestnuts as much as I did, you have to try some of my other dishes with similar prep:
- Baking Sheet & Rack – I have used this set for years! The rack elevates the bacon, letting the bacon grease drip away, while the non-stick surface makes cleanup easy.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are the perfect party appetizer with just 4 ingredients! They have crispy bacon and irresistible maple flavor.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
Bake for 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, maple syrup, and garlic powder, if using. Dip the bacon wrapped water chestnuts into the sauce, letting any excess liquid drip off.
Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, until the bacon is crispy.
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Serving size: 4 bacon wrapped water chestnuts
Nutrition info does not include optional garlic powder.
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