These bacon wrapped scallops are jumbo scallops coated in a sweet and savory glaze, then broiled to perfection. A simple yet elegant appetizer or main course option that is sure to get rave reviews!
Everything is better with bacon, I always find myself making bacon wrapped chicken and bacon wrapped asparagus for dinner. Scallops are delicious on their own, but when you cover them in bacon you end up with decadent little bites that are perfect for any occasion.
For me, scallops are one of those special occasion type foods. They tend to be a bit on the pricey side and they’re best purchased from a reputable fish monger. These bacon wrapped scallops are my absolute favorite way to enjoy seafood, and they also happen to be quite easy to make!
How to buy scallops
You want to use the larger sea scallops for this recipe, not the small bay scallops. Look for scallops that are uniform in size and color and smell fresh – they shouldn’t have an overly fishy aroma. You can often find fresh scallops at the seafood counter of your local grocery store. Frozen scallops work well too, just make sure they’re completely thawed and patted dry before you use them.
How do you make bacon wrapped scallops?
This recipe calls for scallops, bacon, maple syrup, garlic powder, soy sauce, salt and pepper. That’s all there is to it! Each scallop is wrapped in half a slice of bacon and then secured with a toothpick. The remaining ingredients are mixed together to form a sweet and savory glaze that gets brushed over the scallops as they cook. Add a sprinkle of herbs, then serve and enjoy.
Tips for bacon wrapped scallops
- Choose the largest scallops that you can afford. Larger scallops are easier to wrap with bacon and they won’t overcook as the bacon crisps up.
- Make sure to use a regular cut of bacon – thick cut bacon will take too long to cook through.
- You can serve your scallops with the toothpicks intact as an appetizer, or remove the toothpicks if you’re planning to serve them as a main course.
- This recipe also works well with shrimp!
How do you reheat bacon wrapped scallops?
These scallops are best served fresh from the oven. You can reheat the scallops the next day, but you run the risk of overcooking the scallops. The best way to reheat your scallops is to warm them in a pan over medium heat until the bacon is crisp, which should take 3-4 minutes.
What should you serve with scallops?
You can serve these scallops on their own as a party snack, or with side dishes as a main course. I like to serve my bacon wrapped scallops over mashed potatoes, pasta in cream sauce, or steamed rice. I also add a green vegetable on the side such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans.
If you’re a seafood fan, you’ll be sure to enjoy these bacon wrapped scallops. Everyone will be so impressed when you serve this dish at your next gathering!
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Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- 2 pounds large sea scallops patted dry
- 1 pound bacon slices cut in half crosswise
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- cooking spray
- Preheat the broiler. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
- Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the scallops in a single layer on the baking pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Brush half the mixture over the top of each of the scallops.
- Broil for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and scallops are cooked through. Brush the remaining sauce over the scallops halfway through the cook time.
- Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.