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Seared Scallops with Bacon in Lemon Butter

Recipe Details

  • Recipe Makes: 2 generous servings
  • Approximate Prep and Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Suggested Pairing: A buttery Chardonnay
Always cook scallops to an internal temperature of 130°F.
  • 5 strips bacon, uncooked, chopped
  • 1 lb scallops
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp wine or use lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened but not melted
  • 2 tbsp parsley, fresh, chopped
  1. Cook chopped bacon in a skillet until cooked.
  2. Dry scallops with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet until very hot, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and immediately add scallops. Sear on high heat, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet.
  4. Add 3 tbsp lemon juice (and maybe 2 more tbsp white wine). Scrape the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove from heat, add softened butter (but not melted)–to create a creamy sauce. Add chopped bacon. Add back seared scallops. Top with chopped parsley.