Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Serves 4

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Onecentinvegas's Review

August 24, 2014
What a disappointing outcome! The seared scallops were killer--very tender and yummy, but the wilted greens tasted awful! Followed the recipe exactly except I used spinach. It just wasn't good at all. won't make again.

SkinnyAndrea's Review

June 09, 2014
I agree with prior reviews. I would double the greens.

tampabaygirl's Review

July 15, 2013
The scallops were very tasty and my 4 year old and 18 month loved them. I would also substitute spinach for the watercress. This was very quick and easy.

katylw's Review

May 12, 2013

ChefKiki's Review

March 21, 2013

Lunasea's Review

March 16, 2013
Love it. Needs more greens as they wilt to about 1 Tbs. Would suggest adding spinach or arugula to beef it up a bit.

rachrevisky's Review

February 24, 2013

gingersnapzy's Review

January 13, 2013

Kuthixo's Review

November 01, 2012
The recipe is fast and simple, perfect for a weeknight dinner. Our grocery store almost never has watercress, but we've substitued spinich and arugula with no problem. I do love that the recipie notes "Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Discard all but 2 teaspoons drippings" We're only cooking 2 slices of bacon! I've never gotten ONE teaspoon of drippings let alone over 2! As I said, very easy meal to make, and fantastic presentation and taste.

marybeth123's Review

August 26, 2012
Really flavorful and satisfying just with a glass of sauvingnon blanc. I will be making this often. The only thing I added was more fresh garlic for my taste.