Photo: Oxmoor House
4 servings (serving size: 3 scallops and 3/4 cup spinach mixture)

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; coarsely chop bacon, and set aside. Increase heat to high.

Step 2

Pat scallops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle scallops evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add scallops to drippings in pan; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Transfer to a plate; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add half of spinach; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add remaining half of spinach; cook 2 minutes or just until wilted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Divide spinach mixture among 4 plates; top each serving evenly with chopped bacon and 3 scallops. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired.

Chef's Notes

Scallops cooked in a pan are always in danger of being steamed rather than seared, so be sure to use a big pan and high heat. A cast-iron skillet is ideal since it gets really hot and can handle high temperatures, unlike a nonstick skillet, which has a more delicate nonstick coating that can only handle up to medium-high heat.

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Ratings & Reviews


July 07, 2016
I'm not a huge fan of scallops either but we did these on the grill in a cast iron pan WOW fabulous!  We heated up the grill with the pan on it, used a bit of garlic olive oil and cooked the onions, garlic and pre-cooked Boar's Head Bacon until crisp and then seared the scallops.  You've got to try this....

KateSullivanGa's Review

March 07, 2015
Love this recipe, and I'm not a big fan of scallops. I had just gotten my first cast iron skillet for Christmas, and wanted to see how the scallops would taste vs in my old nonstick skillet. What a difference! This is a go-to recipe from now on.