Bacon wrapped scallops are a delicious dish you can serve as either an appetizer or main course. It's a beautiful dish you can prepare quickly, and be grilled or fried. For the best results, you'll want to pick up high-quality large scallops for this recipe, as they will get you the best flavor. The subtle sweetness of the scallop meat and maple syrup is combined with the salty savoriness of the bacon, takes this dish to the next level – it's an ideal recipe to make when you're looking for an elegant dish for a special occasion or to impress guests at a dinner party.
Preheat your broiler. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or brush with olive oil. Wrap each scallop with a piece of bacon, and secure it in place with a toothpick that has been soaked in cold water. Place the scallops in rows on the tray.
Combine maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scallops with the soy-maple mixture.
Broil for 10 to 15 minutes. Brush the tops of the scallops halfway through cooking.
They are ready to be served once the bacon is crispy and the scallops are entirely cooked through.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.
Larger scallops are best when you're making bacon wrapped scallops. It's easier to wrap the bacon around them and you'll reduce the risk of overcooking them.
Regular bacon is ideal for this recipe. Thick cut takes longer to cook, and the scallops would overcook.
If you're serving this dish as a main course, side dishes like rice, pasta, or even roasted vegetables work well.
Planning on making your bacon wrapped scallops in advance or have leftovers? The're easy to reheat.
Just heat them in a skillet for 3 to 4 minutes until the bacon gets crispy again. That said, they're best enjoyed when they're freshly made, and you definitely don't want to reheat them more
To fry in a pan, cook the scallops for 10 to 12 minutes.
If you're grilling, cook the scallops for 6 to 8 minutes.
To bake scallops, preheat your oven to 425°F and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.