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Pan-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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These Pan-Fried Bacon Wrapped Dates are one of those appetizers that just ticks all the boxes. Salty, sweet, tangy, smoky, and warm. It’s got something for everyone!

Succulent dates, pitted and stuffed with tangy goat cheese, then wrapped in your favorite bacon and pan-fried. Serve them up while they’re warm and juicy. Appetizers don’t get much better than this!

Bacon Wrapped Dates on a plate ready to be served.

Can I make these Bacon Wrapped Dates Ahead of Time?

One of the great things about these appetizers is that you can make them UP to the point of frying them. Just lay them all on a baking sheet, cover them, and keep them in the refrigerator! They’re ready to cook when you are which means party prep is easy as can be!

Easy appetizer bacon wrapped dates on a plate to be served.

What about making Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped dates?

UHHH YEAH! That’s what the Air Fryer was MADE FOR! Ok, that’s not really true BUT talk about easy!! Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Dates are amazing! If you have an Air Fryer definitely try them.

And if you LOVE your Air Fryer then definitely try these Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Crackers too. I mean come on, they are fabulous!!


What Do I need to Pan-Fried Make Bacon Wrapped Dates?

  • Dates
  • Goat Cheese
  • Bacon (get your favorite!)
  • Toothpicks(optional!)
  • Frying Pan
  • Oven OR toaster oven
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Dates. Bacon. date.s goat cheese.

What kind of bacon should I use?

I ALWAYS recommend that people use the bacon they know and love. Thick or thin, peppered, homemade or store-bought, use what you have or love. That way these will be appetizers you enjoy!

If you’re going to use thick-cut bacon you should know that they might need to be secured with a toothpick(read about those below!) And the bacon may take longer to cook so give a couple of minutes longer to finish in the oven than thin-cut bacon!

What Kind of Goat Cheese Should I use?

I just bought the Costco Pack of goat cheese, we like it well enough. If you prefer a fancier brand OR one with herbs in it, use that!

Frying pan with wrapped dates in it ready to cook.

If You plan to use toothpicks Read This

If you plan to use toothpicks it’s worth mentioning that they should be soaked in water for a couple of minutes before being cooked. They can brown and burn and even catch on fire if they’re not soaked in water.

Yield: 20 Dates

Pan-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates freshly made and ready to serve to guests.

These Pan-Fried Bacon Wrapped Dates are THAT appetizer that everyone loves to nibble on. Maybe you should double this recipe? Yes, they're that good!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 20 dates
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 10 strips bacon


  1. if you plan to put a toothpick in these to keep them from popping open drop those toothpicks in a cup of water right off the bat--see notes!
  2. preheat the oven to 400°
  3. pit the dates if they're not already pitted by cutting them lengthwise and pulling the pit out
  4. stuff each date with a little goat cheese
    Stuffing dates with goat cheese.
  5. wrap each date in bacon
    Wrap stuffed dates in bacon.
  6. put a soaked toothpick in them if you're using them
  7. lay seam side down in a frying pan
  8. pan-fry for 2-3 minutes on each side
  9. then slide the pan in the oven to continue for 8-10 minutes cooking until the bacon is crispy and the goat cheese is hot
  10. serve while still hot


If you plan to use toothpicks they should be soaked in water for a couple of minutes before being cooked. They can brown and burn and even catch on fire if they're not soaked in water.

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