When I think about holiday food, I always crave these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. My mom used to make appetizer every year for a Christmas work party. She would whip up a second dish for us to eat at home.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

Since I loved eating bacon-wrapped water chestnuts as a kid, I was sure to swipe my mom’s recipe when I got older.

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I did make one important change to this recipe. I add soy sauce to the dish.

Marinating the water chestnuts in soy sauce adds so much flavor.

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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

I recommend using Kikkoman Soy Sauce for this recipe. It’s simply the best!

Kikkoman’s Traditionally Brewed Soy Sauce is a major flavor enhancer and brings out the “umami” taste that everyone has been talking about.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

After you marinate your water chestnuts, don’t throw out that soy sauce! You’ll be utilizing the marinade to create a truly delicious finishing sauce for the dish.

Quick tip—if you’re wanting to cut down on the sodium, try Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce—it also tastes great.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

There are a few steps involved in making these scrumptious bacon wrapped water chestnuts.

They are really quite easy to make, and in my experience, are always a total crowd-pleaser!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

I can’t keep my husband away from these things!

After you pop one of these sweet, tangy and crunchy little bites into your mouth, it’s difficult to stop reaching for more.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

People will quite literally hover and linger around the dish holding these bad boys, and who can blame them? They are my absolute favorite holiday appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one!

I can’t remember celebrating a Christmas without a big warm dish of bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. It’s a recipe that I genuinely adore, and I hope you’ll make it a part of your unique holiday celebrations this year as well.

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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts - Just tried these for a holiday party. Such an easy and absolutely delicious appetizer recipe! You can't eat just one! These are made with ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce. YUM.

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4.59 from 56 ratings

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 1 7″ x 11″ dish
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Sweet and savory bacon wrapped water chestnuts are the perfect holiday appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz. cans water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 lb lean bacon cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Soy Sauce
  • Toothpicks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Soak water chestnuts in Kikkoman soy sauce for 15 minutes, stirring a few times to make sure they are fully coated.
  • Remove water chestnuts from soy sauce.
  • Wrap 1/2 strip of bacon around each; secure with toothpicks.
  • Reserve soy sauce.
  • Place chestnuts toothpick side up in a 7” x 11” glass baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 35 minutes or until desired crispness.
  • Remove chestnuts from dish and drain grease. Replace chestnuts in the same dish.
  • Meanwhile, add ketchup and brown sugar to reserved soy sauce, stir well to combine.
  • Pour sauce evenly over the chestnuts to coat.
  • Bake chestnuts an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

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Notes

Initial bake time really depends on how you enjoy your bacon. Keep an eye on it and bake a little longer if you want it crispier!
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas recipes

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107 Comments

  1. Diana Mallory says:

    5 stars
    We served these for Christmas and your recipe was a hit! Thank you for sharing! Making them again for New Years!

  2. Melissa Hendricks says:

    Can I keep them warm in crockpot after they’re done?

  3. Walt Keast says:

    This was indeed delicious!!!!

  4. Beth Nickerson says:

    I have been looking for this recipe for at least 30 yrs!!! Someone made this at a party and I fell in love with it! Well, I was verbally given the recipe. I forgot it before I got home to write it down. (No, I wasn’t able to there. Hence, the verbal recipe.) I have searched for this since then!!! I can’t thank you enough! I’ve already written it down this time! Lol

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