Food Network Kitchen's Seared Scallops with Lemon and Bacon for Top Summer Recipes by State, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Seared Scallops with Lemon and Bacon

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings



  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and fry the bacon pieces until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Reserve the bacon fat in the skillet and transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange the scallops so they lay flat and are evenly spaced on a plate. Pat them completely dry with a paper towel. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. 
  3. Cook the scallops, undisturbed, over high heat until they are golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip the scallops and cook for 1 minute more. Turn off the heat, add the lemon zest and juice, parsley and reserved bacon pieces and toss to combine. Divide the scallops among 4 plates or a serving platter and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note

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.