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Bacon Wrapped Scallops

By September 6, 2014Recipes
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Bacon. What other food makes you want to sing its name? As soon as I said “bacon,” you probably sang it in your mind. Maybe even out loud.

But not all bacon is created equal. Just like anything else, quality matters. The good news is, bacon only gets better with care. It’s easy to find bacon that has a scary list of ingredients. Sodium what-its-name, hydrogenated nastiness, and erytho-blabbity-blab. Who needs it? Not you! And neither does your bacon.

Shop around. You’ll find some great bacon out there. If you have a local butcher, they might even make their own. For an extra bonus, US Wellness Meats makes a bacon that doesn’t even have sugar.

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There’s no reason why a healthy lifestyle can’t include some bacon accompanying breakfast, topping a sandwich, or wrapping a date. Of course, like anything else, a good thing can be taken too far. If you start asking, “Can I get bacon on that?” for everything, you’ll probably need to consider backing off a bit. I mean, c’mon, leave some for the rest of us.

In the meantime, check out my take on surf n’ turf in the form of this easy-to-make recipe for bacon wrapped scallops.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Check out our take on surf n’ turf in the form of this easy-to-make recipe for bacon wrapped scallops.

Category Appetizer, Seafood, Side Dish
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Michael Stanwyck


  • 12 slices bacon cut in half lengthwise
  • 24 medium-sized scallops
  • 10 Tbsp butter
  • 6 cloves garlic pressed
  • Dash cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. If you want to make clean up easier, line the baking dish with foil (shiny side down) and grease the foil.
  3. Cut the bacon slices in half lengthwise so you have 24 pieces.
  4. Pre-fry the bacon just until it gets some color and it's still limp and soft (it needs to be flexible enough to wrap around the scallops).
  5. Melt the butter in a small bowl.
  6. Add garlic, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using) and stir well.
  7. Set half of this butter-garlic mixture aside for later.

  8. Dip each scallop in melted butter-garlic sauce.

  9. Wrap a strip of bacon around each scallop; secure with toothpick (all the way through the scallop).
  10. Arrange the wrapped scallops on the greased baking dish.
  11. Bake on the middle rack for around 15 minutes (or until the scallops are done and the bacon is crisp).
  12. Place scallops in large bowl and pour remaining butter-garlic sauce from earlier over the scallops and toss gently to coat.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.