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Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops

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These Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops can be elegant fare, but they are exactly the sort of tasty morsels I love to serve to my friends at a casual gathering.

Usually, the guys hover around the TV rooting for whatever sport is in season, and I’m typically in the kitchen with my girlfriends sipping on a crisp glass of white wine trying to show a modicum of restraint around these irresistible appetizers.

Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops on a white platter

Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops Recipe

I made this bacon wrapped maple scallops recipe for my book club years ago…and received the ultimate compliment. While biting into one of these bacon wrapped gems, one friend commented that these rivaled the seafood you’d find at the finest restaurant. And the bonus is that these bacon wrapped maple scallops are extremely simple to make!

Scallops wrapped in bacon on a white appetizer plate

Tips for Making These Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Make friends with your fish monger. Mine knows me well and always asks how I’m going to prepare my selection of the day. He doesn’t even blink when I ask him to make it pretty when cutting a filet from a side of salmon. The ol’ hubby would think I was nuts if I sent him to the market with those instructions!

This recipe uses sea scallops which are larger than bay scallops. The timing of this recipe cooked my scallops perfectly, but beware that all ovens cook a little differently.

  • I like to buy my seafood on the day I’m going to cook it if at all possible. The fresher the seafood the better the results. They should not smell overly fishy. Look for “dry” scallops that haven’t been soaked in a phosphate preservative solution.
  • Examine your scallops before marinating. If they have a little side muscle attached, remove that first, then pat the scallops dry before searing or proceeding with the recipe.
  • This recipe calls for a one hour marinating time, so plan accordingly. Line your baking pan with foil, par cook your bacon and mix up the marinade ahead of time to streamline the cooking process.
  • PRO-Tip: I recommend par-cooking the bacon, so it won’t be underdone when the scallops are finished. The bacon should still be flexible with some of the fat rendered.
  • Like with shrimp, you do not want to overcook your scallops or they will be tough and rubbery. A slight bit translucent in the middle is OK as there will be carryover cooking time. You may need to sacrifice one of your scallops to check for doneness if they’re wrapped in bacon by slicing into it to examine the middle.

Perfect Scallop Marinade

The marinade is incredible with the maple highlighting the sweetness of the seafood, the soy complementing their brininess, and the Dijon adding a hint of complexity without screaming mustard. Easy and wonderful. And PERFECT party fare!

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Bacon wrapped scallops on a white tray

Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops

Succulent scallops marinated then wrapped in bacon and roasted for a fabulous appetizer!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Seafood, Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 large sea scallops
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce, and mustard. Add scallops and marinate one hour.
  2. Partially cook the bacon, it should still be pliable. Let cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 375º. Line baking sheet with foil for easier clean up if desired.
  4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop using a toothpick to secure. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  5. Bake till scallops are opaque and bacon is crisp, 10-15 minutes, turning at the half way point.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

Total time does not include marinating time.

Note: You can double the number of appetizers by cutting both the scallops and the bacon in half.



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57 comments on “Bacon Wrapped Maple Scallops”

  1. Love, love, love these! Fabulous recipe! Hubby and I are going to make these again tomorrow!

  2. Bacon Wrapped Scallops are my ultimate favorite whenever I go out to a restaurant. Now I can fix them at home with your delicious recipe, I mean, who doesn’t love bacon, and your great tips. Thanks.

  3. These scallops look devine! Faboulous for a dinner party.

  4. My family really enjoys the bacon wrapped scallops. For something different make a dipping sauce with mayo and worsterchester sauce. Yum.

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