Seared Scallops with Wilted Watercress and Bacon

Seared Scallops with Wilted Watercress and BaconRecipe
Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Sustainable Choice: Watercress offers a refreshing change from spinach and other greens. Scallops are a sustainable buy, but for the best choice, pick diver-caught scallops from Mexico.


Serves 4

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Nutritional Information

Calories 261
Fat 7.5 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 3.3 g
Polyfat 1.6 g
Protein 33.5 g
Carbohydrate 15.6 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Cholesterol 63 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 594 mg
Calcium 112 mg


2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 pounds large sea scallops (about 16)
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 slices center-cut bacon
1/2 cup sliced shallots
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 (4-ounce) packages trimmed watercress


1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle both sides of scallops evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt, sugar, and pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes or until done, turning after 2 minutes. Remove from pan; keep warm.

2. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Discard all but 2 teaspoons drippings. Add shallots and garlic to drippings in pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add broth to pan; bring to a boil. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and watercress to pan; cook 30 seconds or until greens begin to wilt. Place 4 scallops and about 1 cup watercress on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle servings evenly with bacon.