Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4

Quick but hearty. Serve with roasted potatoes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon pieces in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon pieces from pan, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in pan. Add sliced cabbage and chopped thyme to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring cabbage mixture occasionally. Add 1/2 cup water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover pan. Cook 5 more minutes. Stir in chopped apple and cider vinegar; cover. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in cooked bacon and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Step 2

Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle scallops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add scallops to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until scallops are done. Place about 1 cup cabbage mixture on each of 4 plates. Arrange 4 scallops on each serving. Sprinkle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon dill.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

NellieCombs's Review

December 31, 2012
Another delicious, flavorful dish for people with a complex palette. Simple ingredients complement the scallops well and worth buying the best freshest scallops you can afford. Don't scrimp on the centerpiece of the dish.

Interesting Scallop recipe.

February 07, 2017
Was looking for a different recipe for scallops -- something without pasta or rice.  The flavor profile for this recipe is interesting and surprising works well -- we enjoyed it.  Only had red cabbage so that's what I used, but I think the red is little too 'sweet' and overpowered the flavor of the scallops. Next time will make with the green cabbage which I think will compliment the delicate flavor of the scallops.

seaside725's Review

June 30, 2014
I agree with the readers who think this is a better recipe served with pork instead of fish. By itself everything was tasty, but it is a very strange combination. Next time I try this recipe, I will make it with kielbasi instead of fish.

Billie 's Review

March 20, 2013
I thought the favors were weird. The scallops were good, the cabbage mixture was not very good.

blackkittymagic's Review

February 25, 2013
This is a pleasant surprise. It was so good and easy to make. My husband liked and he wanted the butter, grilled/broiled version. So this will be used again.

jbailey290's Review

February 24, 2013
Delicious. I made this for our monthly "I never made it before" dinner and it was a big hit. Will definitely made it again.

JanaTalt's Review

February 10, 2013
This dish was so easy to make and very tasty. I love scallops and can't wait to make this again. The cabbage was good and I liked the combo of bacon, apples and cabbage. Needs a dash more salt though.

Huelin's Review

February 09, 2013

Tammyjh's Review

February 09, 2013
easy to make. Make sure you add salt and pepper to taste on the cabbage slaw. favors went together very well will definitely make again.

Phillygirl2's Review

January 28, 2013
Although interesting, low cal and a nice change, I thought it definitely lacked flavor. Would not make again.