It’s a seafood extravaganza this week and this quick and easy but totally delicious Bacon and Sea Scallops recipe is perfect!
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- This is a very easy recipe for sea scallops and bacon.
- As easy as it is, it is SO full of flavor and the bacon really comes out in this.
- You can serve this over pasta or rice if you like, or even serve it as a side dish with something else.
If you love seafood, or this Sea Scallops and Bacon recipe, we think you should try this Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp!
I like pretty much all seafood. Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, Fish, etc.
If it lives in the sea, I’ll probably try it.
And that does go for exotic dishes. Except Octopus. And I don’t mind the flavor of Octopus, it’s the texture I am not crazy about.
So yeah… no. Tried it and can live without it.
Ingredients, Substitutions and Additions
The ingredient list for Sea Scallops and Bacon is pretty simple to be honest, only four main ingredients which is perfection as far as I’m concerned.
It’s also very simple to change it up and make it your own.
- bacon – so obviously removing the bacon makes this simply a sea scallop recipe, which is delicious, but that bacon really adds flavor. It doesn’t matter the kind of bacon you use either.
- sea scallops – we chose a smaller sized sea scallop but you could totally use a large or a jumbo sea scallop. Jumbo sea scallops would make a great appetizer if you wrapped them in strips of bacon and secured with a toothpick.
- onion – we used yellow onion but a white onion would be great too. You could potentially leave it out but it adds a lot of flavor.
- garlic – we used freshly minced garlic, but you can use the refrigerated jar minced garlic or even garlic powder. Adjust according to taste preference.
- salt & pepper – optional, but adds a little more flavor if desired.
Adding Oregano, Parsley or any other herb you love would totally kick this up to another level. Rosemary or maybe Sage…. mmmm.
Add red pepper flakes or cajun seasoning to kick it up. Add a pinch of nutmeg or ginger for a different kind of flavor. Spices can be super fun to play with.
You can add vegetables to make this dish stand out. We love to add spinach and diced tomatoes. But there are so many veggies that would be terrific in this.
Bulk it up
If you want to take this simple dish up a notch, you can serve it over a bed of noodles or rice mixed with melted butter, garlic and parmesan or a cream sauce.
Make it a full meal
If you’re looking for what to serve with bacon and sea scallops, try any of these great additions to any meal:
No matter what you serve with it, or how you change it up, this will quickly become your favorite sea scallop recipe!
What’s your favorite seafood?
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Recipe for Bacon and Sea Scallops
Bacon and Sea Scallops
- 4-5 slices of bacon
- 1½ pounds sea scallops – we used the smaller ones but many prefer the large or jumbo
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 c. chopped onion
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- Cut your bacon into pieces. Cook up your bacon first. I sometimes use more bacon then I have listed there, but it’s really going to be a personal decision. Once it’s almost cooked, add the onion and garlic to the pan and stir it all up. Continue cooking the bacon until done (hopefully no more than 3 minutes or so)
- Remove the bacon and onions from the pan and then turn the heat up to high. Sprinkle the scallops with some salt and pepper. Put them into the pan you were just cooking in.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Add the onions back into the pan and reduce heat to medium-high.
- Cook for an additional 2 minutes or so. Serve.
- We usually serve this with a side of wild rice and some grilled asparagus.