3 slices bacon (about 2 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds sea scallops, muscle removed (see note)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
Often scallops are soaked in a phosphate solution to extend their shelf life. This water logs the scallops and makes them difficult to saute. Ask for "dry" scallops -- ones that are chemical free -- since they taste better and are easier to cook.