Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Jalapeno-Papaya Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus 2 tablespoons

8 slices bacon

1 1/4 pounds sea scallops

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and diced

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup prepared quinoa

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare one cup of quinoa according to package directions. When cooked, stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Cover and set aside.
  3. Halve bacon slices crosswise and wrap slices around 1 pound of the sea scallops. Secure with wooden picks, if necessary.
  4. Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add all the scallops and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Place skillet in oven and bake 5 minutes, until scallops are cooked through (opaque).
  5. While scallops are cooking, prepare papaya sauce. In a small bowl, combine diced papaya, 2 tablespoons cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and cumin. Season with salt and black pepper.
  6. Remove 2 cooked scallops from the pan and reserve in refrigerator for another recipe Serve remaining scallops with quinoa and papaya sauce.
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