Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce are cooked perfectly, then served up on a bed of that dreamy bacon-packed sauce… If you are looking to impress anyone with your skills in the kitchen, this is the one dish that’ll steal their hearts every single time. 

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This is how you open a date-night dinner to remember.

For Valentine’s Day this year, I wanted to give you all a recipe that will both be the perfect way to show someone how much you love them, and also show yourself how much you love YOU.

Because there’s no other way to say “I love you” than perfectly seared scallops nestled in bacon cream sauce.  

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce | cakenknife.com

I think scallops terrify a lot of people because they can go from silky to rubber in about 10 seconds.

However, if you keep a close eye on them, even if you pull them a little early and let them rest, they come out perfect in just about 2 minutes or less. Really the scallops are the easy part.

The difficult part is keeping yourself from sticking your face in this bacon cream sauce and inhaling it all in one fell swoop.

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce | cakenknife.com

The even more difficult part will be trying to find recipes for the subsequent courses that will live up to this opening dish.

Your date actually might still be licking the plate to get every little drop of this sauce before they let you take it away.

If you are making this for your Valentine’s Day date, I’m telling you know, you’ve got the night made; she/he will be swooning for you after the first bite.

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce | cakenknife.com

Valentine’s Day gold, I’m just saying’…

The one thing I do have to say is that you HAVE to follow the instructions to the letter for cooking the scallops.

It’s such a solid technique so you honestly will not go wrong with it (plus you’ll never believe just how simple it is to cook these!).

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Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce

Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:25 minutes

Total Time:30 minutes

If ever there was a recipe to seal the deal on date night, this one is it.

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 large scallops
  • Salt & pepper
  • Chopped chives for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. Add butter, cream, and Parmesan to the skillet with the bacon grease. Reduce the sauce over medium heat by half. Stir in the cooked bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm over low heat.
  3. In a separate skillet, heat 1/2 tsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and pepper. Once the pan is hot (make sure it's really hot!), add the scallops to the pan. Sear until golden brown on one side, approximately 1 minute, and turn over. Sear on the other side for 1 minute until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  4. Serve the scallops over a layer of bacon cream sauce. Garnish with chives.
Yum

25 Responses to “Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce”

  1. Susannah // Feast + West — February 10, 2015 at 9:19 am (#)

    Food is your love language, isn’t it? Because I seriously love you for making this. You’re right, scallops do seem scary but you’re also right that I should definitely give them a try!

    • Meghan B. — February 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm (#)

      Yes it is, girl!! You know me so well 🙂

  2. Sarah — February 10, 2015 at 11:38 am (#)

    There is nothing about this recipe I don’t love. This immediately went to the top of my short list for Valentine’s Day dinner!

    • Meghan B. — February 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm (#)

      Thank you Sarah! 🙂

  3. Lokness @ The Missing Lokness — February 11, 2015 at 5:48 pm (#)

    These scallops are seared just right! The bacon cream sounds over the top delicious! I am sure everyone would love this, no matter it is Valentine’s Day or not!

    • Meghan B. — February 11, 2015 at 9:32 pm (#)

      Thank you! The bacon cream sauce is seriously too much and just right, all at the same time.

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — February 11, 2015 at 9:12 pm (#)

    I love pan seared scallops. Especially when they are drenched in such a delicious and creamy sauce like this – you definitely have made me hungry now!

    • Meghan B. — February 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm (#)

      Haha good!! You seriously have to at least try the sauce – it is insanely good…

  5. Cait — February 12, 2015 at 8:22 am (#)

    What would you suggest to serve this with if I wanted to make this as an entree? Would risotto be too heavy?

    • Meghan B. — February 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm (#)

      That’s a great idea! I think risotto would a great way to make this an entree. If you don’t want it to be too heavy, perhaps make a lighter risotto (i.e. not too much cream and cheese, with a touch of acidity like lemon juice), then perhaps halve the bacon cream sauce recipe and serve it on the top of the scallops. I think all the flavors would balance out wonderfully!

  6. Vy — February 14, 2015 at 1:12 am (#)

    Those scallops look perfect! Love the idea of bacon in the sauce instead of the usual bacon wrapped scallop!

  7. Katherine — February 14, 2015 at 10:58 am (#)

    i can think of at least a dozen uses for that bacon cream sauce / well done my dear !

  8. Kelly — February 15, 2015 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Mmmmm. Making this tonight!
    I’ve gotta ask, foul swoop????

    • Meghan B. — February 15, 2015 at 7:02 pm (#)

      LOL oh boy that’s a *face palm* moment if I’ve ever had one… one fell swoop – HA!

  9. Jennifer — April 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm (#)

    I added mushrooms and chopped spinach to the cream sauce and served it all over angel hair pasta. Very tasty! Thanks!

    • Meghan B. — April 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm (#)

      Yum that sounds delicious! I am going to have to try that ASAP 🙂

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  12. Bev — January 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm (#)

    Made these tonight. So easy and they were fabulous!! Thank you for sharing your recipe. 

    • Meghan B. — January 12, 2016 at 10:53 am (#)

      I am so glad you loved them! I still have dreams about that bacon cream sauce…

  13. Debra — July 14, 2016 at 1:01 am (#)

    Awesome recipe. I just made it today-fantastic! This is going to my ‘save’ list! Absolutely will makeagain

    For future recipe tryers – the only thing I would recommend for the sauce is that if you leave the sauce sitting for a little while, more than 5 minutes the oil/butter starts to separate from the sauce. It’s best to make the sauce RIGHT before serving. If the oil/butter separation happens though don’t panic, I added about 4 tablespoons of the cream, simmered, whisked and my sauce came back to life

    • Meghan B. — July 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm (#)

      Great tip! Thank you Debra!!

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  15. Erin — February 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm (#)

    I made this for my husband yesterday for valentines day and he said that it was better than what you can get at a restaurant! Delicious!! Plenty of sauce and fyi it tastes really good reheated and served over some scrambled eggs the next day 🙂

    • Meghan B. — February 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm (#)

      Thank you so much! That makes me infinitely happy to read 🙂 And OMG that sauce on eggs??? GAH genius!