Easy Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are a simple and delicious aperitif for match day or any party. The soy-soaked water chestnuts are crunchy and tasty, and once you add the bacon… yum! You can’t go wrong with appetizers wrapped in bacon. Try this recipe for bacon-wrapped water chestnuts right away!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are one of our favorite appetizers! Perfect for any vacation or get together. Anything that contains bacon is already one of my favorites, but the combination here of the crunchy water chestnut is so delicious!

I love bacon. It shouldn’t surprise you guys! I would add bacon to almost everything if I could, because it just adds so much flavorful flavor. I made bacon fries, Brussels sprouts with bacon, bacon pancakes… and of course, I just perfected this bacon in the oven!

This bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe is perfect because not only do you get BACON, but it is wrapped around crunchy water chestnuts soaked in soy and it tastes so amazing! It’s definitely a lighter, fresher taste than the bacon wrapped tater tots I made (another amazing bacon wrapped appetizer), so it’s a good thing to add to the party appetizer list. or the day of the match.

Try this bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe for your aperitif the next day. Bacon wrapped appetizers for victory!

Bacon Wrapped Appetizers

This bacon wrapped aperitif reminds me of the football season. My mom would always do a good job of feeding us during the football games on Saturdays and Sundays. I have to encourage my tigers and chefs (a sad upbringing, indeed) while eating the right foods!

Anything wrapped in bacon is perfect for match day appetizers (especially the Super Bowl), and this bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe is no different. Mix them with the rest of the appetizers, such as Swedish meatballs, an easy Queso dip, or those fried buffalo wings with homemade buffalo sauce.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

This bacon wrapped recipe is really so easy.

  • Marinate the water chestnuts in soy sauce for at least 1 hour
  • Drain them & coat in brown sugar
  • Wrap each one in bacon & secure with a toothpick
  • Back for 30-45 minutes in 350°F

We made them this weekend and it was such a fun day. It was complemented by family poker, hot caramel apple toddys and bacon-wrapped chestnuts. How great (and different) it is to be able to cook for people … even if these are just simple things. I am becoming the domestic goddess that I strive to be!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

How long do you cook bacon wrapped water chestnuts?

In this recipe, you will cook the water chestnuts wrapped in bacon for 30 to 45 minutes.

Are water chestnuts good for you?

Water chestnuts are definitely a good thing to add to your diet. They contain a good amount of nutrients and antioxidants. And they are low in calories and fat! So these are good things to snack on… Once you’ve wrapped them in bacon, it’s a whole different story!

Are water chestnuts a nut?

No! Water chestnuts are not real nuts, so they are safe to eat for anyone who may have a nut allergy. They are actually a vegetable that grows in swampy waters and look like chestnuts (where the name comes from).

Can you buy freshwater chestnuts?

Yes! You can buy freshwater chestnuts and use them in this recipe. However, it is much more difficult to find new ones than canned ones. Freshwater chestnuts will generally only be available in specialty grocery stores or Asian supermarkets. And it’s much more difficult to keep costs… well, costs. Canning is the best option!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These bacon wrapped water chestnuts are so good and so easy to make. The soy sauce and bacon add so much flavor to the water chestnuts, and they become the perfect bacon wrapped appetizers.


  • 2 cans 8 oz Whole Water Chestnuts – drained
  • 1/2 c. Soy Sauce
  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 lb. Bacon – cut cross-wise into 1/3rds.
  • Toothpicks


  • Completely cover a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place a sprayed cooling rack over the pan to catch the drippings.
  • Marinate the water chestnuts in soy sauce for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  • After marinating, drain the water chestnuts.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the brown sugar in a bowl.
  • Roll each water chestnut in the brown sugar.
  • Wrap 1/3 slice of bacon around each chestnut and secure with a toothpick.
  • Place on the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes or until browned.
  • (You can broil the water chestnuts for the last few minutes to crisp the bacon. Watch closely)


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 216mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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