Grilled Sea Scallops with Green Onion Relish and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Take a deep breath. If you enjoy sea scallops grilled combined with the flavor of bacon, this dish will rock your world!  The crispy bacon relish makes a perfect topping for the grilled scallops.

The bacon fat left behind after the bacon is cooked makes for a slightly salty and sweet dressing.

Grilled Sea Scallops with Green Onion Relish and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Serves 4
Recipe from Bobby Flay

Perfectly Grilled Sea Scallops

1 pound sea scallops (about 20), muscle removed
1/4 cup canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.  Heat your grill to high
2.  Brush the scallops on both sides with the oil, making sure that they are well coated, and season with salt and pepper.  Place the scallops on the grill and grill until golden brown and slightly charred, about 3 minutes.  Turn over and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes longer until just cooked through.

Relish and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

3 tablespoons olive oil
8-ounces bacon, cut into a small dice
2 green onions, white and green parts, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 shallots, finely diced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1.  Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat.  Add the bacon and cook until golden brown and crisp, 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.  Transfer the bacon to a small bowl, stir in the green onions, and set aside. (Reserve the bacon fat in the pan.)

2.  Increase the heat under the pan to high, add the shallots, and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.  Add the vinegar and sugar, bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat, stir in the mustard and thyme, and season with salt and pepper.

3.  Transfer the scallops to a platter, drizzle with the warm bacon vinaigrette, and top each scallop with some of the green onion relish.


52 thoughts on “Grilled Sea Scallops with Green Onion Relish and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

  1. I saw the title in my email inbox: scallops? Bacon??!! I had to check this post out right away even if I had to miss church! (Ok. I don't go to church. I mean I am not even Christian…) I inhaled when I saw the picture. I am in love. IN LOVE DID YOU HEAR ME? (I also do not drink on Sunday mornings even though it may seem as if I were drunk…)


  2. I love scallops, Velva! Have them at least once a week. But what sold me on your recipe is the bacon vinaigrette! Unusual and delicious. Bacon makes everything better!


  3. This is a stunner. Two things stand out to me. First is the warm bacon vinaigrette, it's one of our house dressings here. Second is I like the bacon on top instead of the traditional bacon wrapped scallops. To me the bacon NEVER is properly cooked on scallops. Your way is much better, Velva!


  4. I loved scallops while I've been in the States. Here in Greece we do not have those sea fruits and I miss them a lot. You cooked them in such a pretty way. I love the flavors you used.


  5. What a beauty! The warm bacon vinaigrette is just packed with goodness and yet – does not overwhelm the scallops. I will visit this again and again. (Called bookmarking)


  6. You all are turning into real grilling pros! I love that you enjoy Bobby Flay's recipes so well:)This recipe sounds to die for. I've never grilled scallops before and can only imagine how wonderful that is. Bacon vinaigrette sounds swoon-worthy!


  7. I need to take lessons from you on how to plate looks so appealing. Then again, you could toss scallops at me in the air and I'd try and catch them like a dog! Yes, I am a lady 🙂


  8. Those scallops look incredible. And so do the grilled veggies on the previous post…looks like I need to run to the store because now that's what I want!!!!!


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