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Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Basil Sauce (AIP, SCD)

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  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 21 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Serve these bacon wrapped scallops as a fancy finger food appetizer with the smoky basil sauce on the side for dipping, or plated as a main course.


  • 1 pound large sea scallops
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 bacon slices
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • lemon wedges for serving


  1. Preheat oven broiler and arrange rack to be about 4 inches below heat source.
  2. Drizzle scallops with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. Cook bacon in skillet until just done enough to be somewhat crisp, but still pliable. Remove bacon from skillet and reserve bacon fat for use in making the basil sauce.
  4. Cut each piece of bacon in half so it is just large enough to wrap around a scallop once and then use toothpicks to secure.
  5. Arrange bacon wrapped scallops in a single layer on a baking sheet or broiler pan. Put in oven and broil for 3 minutes. Remove from oven, carefully flip each scallop and return to broil for another 3 minutes.
  6. Make sauce by combining reserved bacon fat and fresh basil leaves in a small food processor or high speed blender.
  7. Serve scallops with lemon wedges and sauce on the side, or drizzled over top, or plated as pictured.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Category: Appetizer