Unwrapped Bacon Scallops Recipe
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Unwrapped Bacon Scallops Recipe

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With a can’t-beat combo of scallops and bacon, this entree transforms special occasion food into tasty, everyday fare. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound sea scallops
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 597 calories, 35g fat (13g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1061mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine rice and broth. Cover and microwave on high for 7-8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  3. Saute the onion, zucchini and garlic in drippings until tender. Add scallops; saute for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, seafood seasoning and thyme; saute 1-2 minutes longer or until scallops are firm and opaque. Fluff rice with a fork; serve with scallop mixture. Sprinkle with green onions and bacon. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Unwrapped Bacon Scallops in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p13

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 265320
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"I cannot eat sea scallops so I substituted bay scallops (Aldi's...really good). I seeded the zucchini so I used 2. I served it with Trader Joe's Basmati Medley. The scallops were good, but slightly overpowered by the bacon. If I were to make it again, I'd reduce the bacon by half and use vegetable oil instead of bacon drippings in the recipe."

mkbickham User ID: 184669 107717
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"We Had this for dinner tonight, minus the onions (I can't digest them), and it was wonderful. Restaurant quality. You will not be disappointed."

awall46 User ID: 2184499 174845
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"The entire family from the oldest (65 yrs) to the youngest (16 months) loved this recipe. I had to use bay scallops but it was still delicious."

adj021 User ID: 2468597 122992
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"Loved this recipe, great for a quick summer dish. I substituted cajun seasoning for the seafood seasoning to give it a bit more zip."

DDL User ID: 1754027 192789
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"This is an awesome dish, we are going to try substituting the scallopes for crawfish the next time we make it. We also want to try it with shrimp. Hats off to to the Chef!!"

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