How to Cook Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Bacon wrapped scallops make for a perfect culinary surf n' turf duo. This classy seafood dish is not only elegant and delicious, but surprisingly simple to make. We will demonstrate how to cook scallops wrapped in bacon with a mere five ingredients and eight simple steps.

You want to make sure to get the freshest sea scallops possible. You can check to see if they are fresh by smelling them before purchasing; there shouldn’t be any sour, fishy odor or slimy texture. Frozen sea scallops will suffice if fresh is not an option. If preparing from frozen, you will need to thaw them in the fridge overnight.

Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 15 mins.

Cook Time: 15 mins.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Fresh scallops on a plate, bacon on a plate, garlic and greens in the background.
  • 4 medium size scallops
  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Toothpicks

Step #2. Pat Scallops Dry

Fresh scallops being dabbed with a paper towel, wood background.

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Pat the scallops using a paper towel to remove the excess moisture.

Step #3. Partially Cook Bacon

Raw bacon on a pan lined with foil.

Place the bacon strips on a baking sheet with foil and bake them for 5 minutes, just so they start losing a bit of the grease and they are easier to handle. Let them cool until you can handle them.

Slightly cooked bacon on a pan lined with foil.

Step #4. Wrap Bacon Strips Around Scallops

Raw scallops, 1 in a hand, 3 on a plate.

Wrap each scallop with one bacon strip and close it with a toothpick.

Woman's hands wrapping bacon around a scallop.
Woman's hands inserting a toothpick into bacon.
4 scallops on a plate wrapped in bacon and closed with a toothpick.

Step #5. Bake Scallops for 10 Minutes

4 scallops on a plate wrapped in bacon and closed with a toothpick, on top of foil-lined pan.

Season the scallops with salt and pepper and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake them for around 10 minutes or until they are tender and opaque and the bacon is cooked through.

Step #6. Make Garlic Butter Sauce

Garlic on a wooden cutting board.

Chop the garlic cloves. Add the chopped garlic to the butter and mix well.

Garlic on a wooden cutting board.
Chopped garlic in a spoon, melted butter in small bowl.

Step #7. Add Butter to Center of Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate.

Place the scallops on a serving dish. Add the garlic butter to the center and additional salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter.
Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.

Step #8. Serve & Enjoy

Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.
Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.
Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.

After about five minutes, the bacon strips should be cooked just enough to be able to wrap around the scallops. The scallops are best served immediately, so think about timing if serving with a side dish.

The possibilities of what to serve with bacon wrapped scallops are virtually endless. I love a nice well-prepared risotto and roasted root vegetables with herbs. Another one of my favorites are brown butter Parmesan whipped mashed potatoes and maple glazed carrots. Or you could simply enjoy them as an appetizer.

What is your favorite thing to wrap bacon in?

Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.

How to Cook Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

Joss D
Bacon wrapped scallops make for a perfect culinary surf n' turf duo. This classy seafood dish is not only elegant and delicious, but surprisingly simple to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 scallops
Calories 160 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 medium size scallops
  • 4 bacon strips
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp. butter - melted
  • 2 tbsp. parsley - chopped
  • Salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Pat the scallops using a paper towel to remove the excess moisture.
    Fresh scallops being dabbed with a paper towel, wood background.
  • Place the bacon strips on a baking sheet with foil and bake them for 5 minutes, just so they start losing a bit of the grease and they are easier to handle. Let them cool until you can handle them.
    Slightly cooked bacon on a pan lined with foil.
  • Wrap each scallop with one bacon strip and close it with a toothpick.
    Woman's hands inserting a toothpick into bacon.
  • Season the scallops with salt and pepper and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake them for around 10 minutes or until they are tender and opaque and the bacon is cooked through. This will depend on the size of your scallops and thickness of bacon.
    4 scallops on a plate wrapped in bacon and closed with a toothpick, on top of foil-lined pan.
  • Chop the garlic cloves. Add the chopped garlic to the butter and mix well.
    Chopped garlic in a spoon, melted butter in small bowl.
  • Place the scallops on a serving dish. Add the garlic butter to the center and additional salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
    Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter.
  • Serve & enjoy!
    Cooked bacon-wrapped scallops on a blue plate with garlic butter and parsley.

Equipment

Toothpicks

Notes

If the bacon strips are too long, cut them to desired length.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 807IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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