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. 

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce |

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 is the perfect way to show someone serious love. 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.

I mean, seriously, is there anything that bacon cream sauce can’t make magical?

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce |

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.

I can hear you rolling your eyes, but really, they are easy!

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

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce |

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 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.

This dish is honestly the one meal I will bust out when I am trying to impress.

Easy to make and gorgeous. It doesn’t get much better than that. Especially when you are trying to sweep someone off their feet with the meal of a lifetime.

BTW, you can totally turn this into a full meal alongside some couscous and asparagus! YUM.

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce |

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 these pan seared 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!

All I can say is that Gordon Ramsey really knows what he is talking about.

No matter how many times I make these scallops, they always turn out perfectly cooked and golden. It’s a technique that is really hard to screw up, so cooks of any skill level can master it easily!

Need a stellar cocktail to pair with this dish? Try this Wild Berry Vesper!


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Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Scallops with Bacon Cream Sauce

Yield: Serves 2
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.


  • 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


  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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 3 scallops with sauce
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 751 Total Fat: 66g Saturated Fat: 37g Trans Fat: 2g Unsaturated Fat: 24g Cholesterol: 214mg Sodium: 1495mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 4g Protein: 30g

71 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!

  16. Terry Levesque — September 5, 2017 at 10:02 am (#)

    please be sure to put recipes with your food pictures.I can’t seem to find a lot of the seafood recipes.I’m looking forwood to making these delicious looking seafoods. Thank You

    • Meghan B. — September 5, 2017 at 10:07 am (#)

      All recipes are noted at the bottom of the post! If you ever have any questions about a specific recipe, please leave a comment and I’ll reply as soon as possible 🙂 Also, here is a link to all of the seafood recipes on my site:!

  17. Dave W — September 20, 2017 at 6:34 pm (#)

    Those look fantastic!
    I’m going to make these for my daughter and I as we are the only two that enjoy seafood, but I’m going to kick it up and ad some grilled asparagus light seasoned with grated lemon and olive oil.

    • Meghan B. — September 21, 2017 at 11:21 am (#)

      Mmmmm that sounds amazing!! Best dinner idea ever!

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  20. Tara — December 23, 2017 at 9:53 am (#)

    I am making scallops as a side for Christmas Eve dinner and this is my new recipe for them! I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Julie — January 25, 2018 at 4:13 pm (#)

    What is nutrition facts, please?  Sounds awesome!

    • Meghan B. — January 29, 2018 at 11:04 am (#)

      I don’t have the nutritional facts calculated, but I do find that using MyFitnessPal does a good job if you want to plug in the recipe there! Hope you enjoy it!

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  26. Roark — February 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm (#)

    Me:  I made roasted cauliflower.  Put the bacon cream sauce on it.

    Wife: Why?

    Me: Three words: Bacon Cream Sauce

    • Meghan B. — February 28, 2018 at 8:31 am (#)

      LMAO omgggg that is the best idea EVER. YUM!

  27. Noelle — February 18, 2018 at 6:12 pm (#)

    We made it tonight, and omg, it was fantastic and easy. The best part is that it tasted so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Definitely would make again.

    • Meghan B. — February 28, 2018 at 8:31 am (#)

      That makes me so happy to hear! So glad you enjoyed it!!

  28. Susan P. — April 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm (#)

    Made this tonight. OMG, it was soooo good! My son can’t stop raving about the sauce. I added some finely chopped onion & chopped spinach to the sauce. This recipe is a definite keeper.

    • Meghan B. — April 16, 2018 at 12:36 pm (#)

      That makes me infinitely happy to hear!! 🙂

  29. Nav — April 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm (#)

    I made this with scallops and shrimp and it turned out amazing. I usually don’t comment on recipes but I just had to do it to thank you. My husband loved it so much. 

    • Meghan B. — April 19, 2018 at 9:35 am (#)

      Thank you SO much for leaving a comment! It means the world to me to hear that!

  30. Alden Eggleston — May 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm (#)

    Made it for my family tonight. Wonderful! Thank You!

  31. Ken Harris — May 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm (#)

    Cream, bacon and scallops!  On top of angel hair pasta was a great combination. Best dinner in a long time. 

    • Meghan B. — May 14, 2018 at 11:30 am (#)

      Oooo that’s sounds like a great idea! I’m trying that one next time I make it!

  32. Andrea — July 4, 2018 at 3:25 pm (#)

    Ok first of all, I have never left a comment on anything in my life, but these were absolutely wonderful! I have always hated scallops because any time I ordered them at restaurants they were like a rubber hose. These were the best scallops I’ve ever had and my husband, who also had bad experiences with scallops, loved then too. Bonus- super easy to make. I think the bacon was the longest part. Thank you for this recipe! Will definitely make again!

    • Meghan B. — July 5, 2018 at 11:52 am (#)

      Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with me! It means SO much to hear that you enjoyed them so much!!

  33. Elaine — July 6, 2018 at 11:11 am (#)

    If I double the amt of scallops, should I double all the other ingredients?

    • Meghan B. — July 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm (#)

      Yes, I would definitely recommend doubling!

  34. David — July 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm (#)

    Thank you for this recipe, utterly amazing. I used only authentic parmesano reggianno and the dish turned out wonderful. Many thanks from Ottawa, Canada

    • Meghan B. — July 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm (#)

      I am so happy to hear that! I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  35. Mandy — July 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm (#)

    My WORD!!! I was so nervous to try to make scallops, but my husband (he LOVES scallops) said these were the best he’d ever had, and ended up getting a spoon to finish up the sauce! Definitely keeping this in mind for future special dinners!

    • Meghan B. — July 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm (#)

      Thank you SO much! I am thrilled to hear that you loved them!!

  36. Barbara Grossman — July 30, 2018 at 8:50 am (#)

    Made this sauce last night and put over CAULIFLOWER RICE …Added fresh spinach ( made it sheet pan style ) what a FABULOUS hit it was ! Served with oven poached salmon … Great presentation and absolutely delicious !!! Now Its’ in my ” sauce ” repetouir !!! Thanks SO Much !!

  37. Barbara Grossman — July 30, 2018 at 8:54 am (#)

    Made this sauce last night and put over CAULIFLOWER RICE …Added fresh spinach ( made it sheet pan style ) what a FABULOUS hit it was ! Served with oven poached salmon … Great presentation and absolutely delicious !!! Now It’s in my ” sauce ” repetouir !!! Thanks SO Much !! ( OH … BTW … I JUST USED BACON FAT !!! )

    • Meghan B. — August 1, 2018 at 8:16 am (#)

      Ooooo that sounds like a great idea!! I am totally trying the sauce over cauliflower rice myself!

  38. Robin Lewis — November 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm (#)

    This was awesome. Did it just like it says and it is unbelievable. Keto too. 🎉🎊💐🍾

  39. Kelly — November 17, 2018 at 4:17 pm (#)

    I made these tonight! I am one month into Keto, and this is the most delicious, rich dish I have eaten so far! I would pay big bucks for this out at a fancy restaurant!

    It is outstanding!!!

    • Meghan Y. — November 19, 2018 at 8:12 am (#)

      Thank you so much!! I am thrilled to hear that you loved it!

  40. Tammy — December 11, 2018 at 9:32 am (#)

    Could you please post the nutrition AL facts. I am on keto plan but do not have access the fitness pal app. Anyone who could look for me would be appreciated. Thank you. This sounds delish and I want to try it, but I need to know the numbers.

    • Meghan Y. — December 12, 2018 at 10:16 am (#)

      Your timing is perfect because I just received an update to the recipe card! The calculations are now available in the recipe card for your review. Note that this includes ALL of the sauce, which you might not use. Thanks!

  41. Mike — December 18, 2018 at 7:59 pm (#)

    Can you make the sauce the day before and reheat?

    • Meghan Y. — December 19, 2018 at 8:31 am (#)

      Yes you can! Just reheat it slowly over the stove on medium-low heat as the sauce could break if it heats up too quickly 🙂

  42. Roberta — December 19, 2018 at 11:00 am (#)

    Second time I’ve made these. What do we call them in my house? Stupid good. Amazing. First time, followed recipe exactly. Second time used a blackened seasoning on the scallops (only change) and served over fresh baby spinach. This is a new fav and will be in the rotation permanently, both ways. 

    • Meghan Y. — December 21, 2018 at 8:03 am (#)

      This makes me infinitely happy to read! I am so glad you love it! The blackened seasoning sounds like an awesome addition – can I ask what brand you used? I’d love to try for myself!

  43. Cindy E — January 22, 2019 at 5:48 pm (#)

    Made these tonight and they were delicious! Served with roasted cauliflower which was also fabulous with the sauce. 
    Just started a Keto diet and was looking for a big fat hit. This sure fit the bill. 
    I calculated the macros per serving (using 4 oz sea scallops per serving) as follows:

    Protein: 30 grams
    Fat: 81 grams
    Carbs: 3.6

    I will definitely make them again, but will probably do just half the sauce recipe. 
    Thanks, Meghan

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