How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
Channel your inner professional chef by learning how to make bacon-wrapped scallops.
Want to nail your next dinner party? You need to know how to make bacon-wrapped scallops! Our Test Kitchen-approved recipe comes together in four simple steps, and you won’t want to miss out on how bacon’s salty bite can complement a succulent scallop. Plus, bacon appetizers are everyone’s favorite.
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops Recipe
Making this recipe is an achievable task in your home kitchen. Follow our steps below so you can impress your guests as soon as the evening starts.
- 8 bacon strips
- 16 sea scallops (about 2 pounds), side muscles removed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Chopped fresh parsley
Step 1: Partially cook bacon
Place a large, nonstick skillet on the stovetop. Lay down bacon strips in your skillet and cook over medium heat until only partially baked and not crisp, about 8 minutes. Take the bacon off the heat and lay them down on a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool.
Step 2: Wrap bacon around scallops
Cut each bacon strip in half lengthwise. Take one bacon half, wrap it around one scallop and secure with a toothpick. Season each bacon-wrapped scallop with salt and pepper.
Editor’s Tip: Before wrapping scallops with bacon, pat each scallop completely dry with a paper towel so it’s not too slippery.
Step 3: Sear bacon-wrapped scallops
Wipe your nonstick skillet clean. Place the skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Once hot, add bacon-wrapped scallops in batches, gently pressing them down as you would when searing any other meat to achieve even browning. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until the scallops are firm and opaque.
Editor’s Tip: To promote browning, be sure not to overcrowd your pan. This will only steam the scallops and bacon, not sear them.
Step 4: Garnish and serve
Remove from heat and discard the toothpicks. Arrange the bacon-wrapped scallops on your favorite tray and sprinkle with parsley. If these are part of a main course, we recommend serving them alongside grilled asparagus or an arugula salad. For a wine pairing, you can’t go wrong with a glass of albariño, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay!
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops FAQs
Scallops are notoriously finicky to cook, so it’s normal to have a few questions in order to get it right the first time. Below are the most common questions about bacon-wrapped scallops.
How long do you cook bacon-wrapped scallops?
Bacon-wrapped scallops cook for a total time of about 14-16 minutes. It usually takes around 8 minutes to par-cook the bacon and 6-8 minutes to cook the bacon-wrapped scallops.
Do you use fresh or frozen scallops?
The decision to buy fresh or frozen seafood depends on where you live. If you’re near the ocean, purchase locally-caught fresh scallops for this recipe. If you live in a land-locked area, then frozen scallops are your best bet. Seafood is something we often recommend buying frozen!
Should you rinse fresh scallops before cooking?
Can you bake bacon-wrapped scallops?
Yes! Preheat your oven to 425°F. Place bacon on a parchment-lined sheet tray and par-bake for about 8-10 minutes. When baking the assembled bacon-wrapped scallops, place them on a parchment-lined sheet tray and bake at 425° until scallops are opaque, about 8-11 minutes.