scallops in bacon sauce

Seared Scallops with Bacon Lemon Cream Sauce

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

When it comes to delicious sea scallops, less is more. This 30-minute recipe makes juicy, seared scallops with a bacon and lemon cream sauce.

Seared Scallops with Bacon Lemon Cream Sauce

4.21 from 142 votes
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Protein: Fish / Seafood
Cut: Scallops
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Emilie Abijanac


  • 1 pkg ButcherBox Sea Scallops
  • 6 slices ButcherBox Bacon
  • 1 Tbsp ghee or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ea lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 c heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 400℉.
  • Place bacon slices on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip slices and continue to bake until crispy, approximately 10 more minutes.
  • Once bacon has cooled, finely chop and set aside.
  • Dry thawed scallops between paper towels. Let scallops come to room temperature, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Preheat a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add ghee or oil to hot pan. Place scallops flat side down. Sear without moving for 1½ - 2 minutes or until you have a nice brown sear.
  • Flip scallops to other flat side and add lemon juice, cook for 1 minute. Remove scallops from pan, set aside.
  • Add cream, lemon zest and half of the finely chopped bacon to pan, reduce heat to medium-low. Stir constantly. Once cream starts to reduce return scallops to pan, keeping the nice brown sear side up.
  • Finish reducing cream about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the bacon crumbs on top of scallops and enjoy!
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Emilie Abijanac is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute with over 20 years of catering experience in Boston. Emilie was the Sous Chef for East Meets West Catering and has worked with Kate’s Table and La Fête. Emilie was also the culinary director of ButcherBox.