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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts (Rumaki)

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts (Japanese Rumaki appetizer)

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 4 hours 6 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


Sweet, salty, savory and crunchy all in one little bite, these little appetizers are deliciously addicting.


  • 2 cans Water Chestnuts
  • 2 packages of your favorite bacon
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 tablespoon freshly grated)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • toothpicks


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the water chestnuts, soy sauce, apple juice, ketchup and ginger. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 4 hours. Place toothpicks in water to soak while the water chestnuts marinate.
  2. Cut each package of bacon in half with kitchen scissors (cross wise, not lengthwise). Drain the water chestnuts of marinade. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack inside and spray with cooking spray. Fill a small container with the brown sugar.
  3. Heat your broiler on low and set an oven rack at least two inches below. Wrap each water chestnut in 1/2 slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Dip into the brown sugar and press to adhere. Place on the wire rack set in the baking sheet. When finished wrapping, place in the oven and broil for about 5 or 6 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and fat is rendered. Serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • Serving Size: 2