Easy Holiday Appetizer: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp

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Here’s a nice, easy holiday appetizer. Prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with garlic-sage butter is a crowd pleasing starter that pairs really well with both chardonnay and pinot noir. Thanks to Sonoma-Cutrer for sponsoring this post, and thanks to you for supporting our partners.

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Prosciutto-wrapped shrimp can be prepped ahead and broiled in five minutes just before serving, so it’s a great choice for parties. Or try it as a main dish over our favorite orzo.

Two great wines to pair with prosciutto-wrapped shrimp

The multiple award-winning Sonoma Coast Chardonnay hits a sweet spot of good quality and good price. It’s a classic, medium-bodied Chardonnay that’s rich but also nice and bright, and it pairs with lots of my favorite foods, from cheeses to pasta dishes to seafood. I love that Sonoma-Cutrer lets you geek out with them and read tasting notes online. Gotta say, I am so ready for a glass right now.

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, also an award-winning wine, has a slightly higher price point and a lovely, complex flavor. You can read the tasting notes here. I love how flexible this Pinot is with food. It’s nice to be able to serve a simple appetizer with both red and white and know it will pair equally well with each.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Sage-Garlic Butter

You can prep this easy appetizer ahead and broil it right before serving. It also works beautifully as a main dish. Serve over orzo tossed with butter, lemon juice, grated parmesan or pecorino cheese and minced flat-leaf parsley.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 10


  • 2 pounds jumbo wild shrimp
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 sage leaves, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Peel and clean the shrimp, leaving tails on if you like. (Tails make a nice presentation and a useful handle, but you can serve the appetizer with cocktail forks or toothpicks instead.)
  2. Cut each slice of prosciutto into two or three long strips. Wrap one strip around each shrimp. Place shrimp on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper that just fits. 
  3. Melt butter in a small pot. Brush about half of the butter over the shrimp. Preheat broiler to high.
  4. While broiler preheats, add garlic and sage to remaining butter. Cook on medium heat for a minute or two, until very fragrant.
  5. Broil shrimp for about 90 seconds, until shrimp are turning opaque and prosciutto begins to cook. Flip shrimp with tongs and broil about 60 seconds more, until just cooked through.
  6. Transfer shrimp to a serving platter. Brush with garlic sage butter and sprinkle with black pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 141 Total Fat:: 5.7g Carbohydrates:: 0.9g Fiber:: 0g Protein:: 21.7g

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