scallops spinach beans and bacon in a skillet

Scallops with Spinach, White Beans, and Bacon

Last Updated on May 2, 2022

Scallops always have a special-occasion feeling, even in the simplest preparations. Pair them with bacon and they start to feel downright luxurious. This dish has that vibe, but it’s also a one-pan situation with a very simple technique at its core.

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Searing the scallops on one side, then adding them back to the pan at the end to finish cooking, ensures that the shellfish will stay tender and retain the slightly crisp exterior from the sear. It’s a beautiful dish to serve for dinner when you have friends coming over; it’s also fun to have for dinner to fancy up a regular Wednesday night.

ingredients for spinach beans and bacon scallops


skillet with spinach scallops bacon and beans

Scallops with Spinach, White Beans, and Bacon

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Protein: Fish / Seafood
Cut: Scallops
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 slices ButcherBox bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 pound ButcherBox scallops thawed, side muscle removed, and patted dry
  • 1 medium shallot peeled and sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans drained
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Line a plate with paper towels and place the bacon in a large (cold) skillet. Turn the heat to medium-low. Slowly render the fat off of the bacon and when it’s slightly crisp, remove to the lined plate and cool.
  • Drain off (and reserve) all but one tablespoon of the bacon fat. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the scallops in a single layer. Sprinkle the tops with salt. Sear on one side for about 3 minutes, until the scallops develop a nice deep golden crust on the side in contact with the skillet. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the shallot. Cook, stirring to coat in the oil for a minute. Add the wine and the vinegar, and deglaze the pan by stirring and scraping as the wine bubbles. When the liquid is reduced by half, add the beans and simmer until warmed through. Taste and add salt as needed. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until fully wilted. Add half of the bacon and stir to combine with the beans. Simmer for 5 to 8 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Nestle the scallops, seared side up, into the spinach and bean mix and cook without stirring for 2 more minutes, until the scallops have warmed through. Top with a few twists of freshly ground black pepper and the remaining bacon. Serve hot.
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