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Bacon- Wrapped Scallops with Spicy- Cilantro Mayonnaise

My favorite jeans don’t fit me right now, I feel pudgy, and my skin isn’t looking all that great. I blame it on bacon. Bacon has been making its way into a lot of my recipes lately. Although I love all-things-bacon with a fierce passion, it is not doing wonders for my girlish figure. I’d probably be okay with my usual balance of exercise if I didn’t have an injury that is preventing me from burning my usual boatload of calories. Woe is me.

Lucky for you, I’m willing to take on the pudge to test out recipes like this. Because this one, my friends, is worth the pudge: Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Cilantro Mayonnaise

I served these up a a dinner party recently… a dinner party full of seafood, which I’ll be sharing with you- the entire menu- in my post later this week. This is the recipe from that dinner party that is getting the featured spot. Yep, they were that good.

Just wrap each scallop with a half strip of bacon, and secure it with a wooden toothpick. I’d recommend using non-colored wooden toothpicks. The colored type that I used were cute and all, but I wasn’t happy with the small amount of color it left behind on my lovely scallops.

Give the scallops a generous sprinkle of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Broil them until that bacon has sizzled into its crispy-state.

And serve them up with a very simply spiced dipping sauce… mayonnaise with chili paste, lime juice and cilantro. They were a big hit at my dinner party- such a big hit that most people ate too many and were no longer hungry for dinner. Two per person is just plenty 😉

Do you have access to good scallops and other seafood in your neck of the woods? My scallops were delivered to me overnight from Anderson Seafood, my go-to, internet-order seafood distributor. You just place your order online and its delivered to you fresh the next day- all packed in dry ice and cold packs.  It’s high-quality seafood at its best.  And I don’t say that about all of the products I use!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Bacon- Wrapped Scallops w/ Spicy Cilantro-Mayonnaise

These make a wonderful appetizer, but they also are great to nibble as a light dinner!


Spicy- Cilantro Mayonnaise:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons ground chili paste
1 medium lime, juiced
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

1 1/2 pounds scallops, rinsed and dried
3/4 to 1 pound thin sliced bacon (not center cut), strips cut in half crosswise
sea salt & freshly ground black pepperlarge lettuce leaves, for serving
lettuce leaves, for serving


1. Prepare the spicy cilantro mayo: In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, hot chili paste, lime juice and cilantro; stir well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Prepare the scallops: Preheat your oven broiler. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Wrap each scallop with a piece of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick. Place the bacon-wrapped scallops onto the prepared baking sheet and season them with salt and pepper. Cook them under the broiler for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked through- turning once mid-way through.

3. To serve, line a large platter with lettuce leaves and place the bacon-wrapped scallops on top. Serve with a dish of the spicy mayonnaise for dipping.


*The number of scallops this recipe will yield depends entirely on the size of your scallops. I like to use large scallops. They shrink a little bit during the broiling process, but they make a nice and hearty appetizer. Tiny scallops just aren't very exciting.
*Ground chili paste can usually be found in your market's Asian product's aisle (I used one called Sambal Oelek). If you have something similar- maybe another spicy sauce, try substituting that (just add a little at a time until you reach your desired level of heat).
*Make ahead tip: Make the sauce ahead of time and refrigerate. Wrap all of your scallops and refrigerate, then just put them under the broiler when you're ready to serve!

Source: (Adapted from Tyler Florence)

40 Responses to “Bacon- Wrapped Scallops with Spicy- Cilantro Mayonnaise”

  1. postedSep 19, 2011 3:42 AM

    These look so good. You know bacon has my heart!

  2. postedSep 19, 2011 4:51 AM

    These look amazing! I’m pinning this one. We LOVE scallops and bacon just makes everything better. Thanks!

  3. postedSep 19, 2011 5:35 AM

    These look so very delicious. I hear you..NONE of my jeans fit me right now, not even my fat jeans! 🙁

  4. postedSep 19, 2011 6:38 AM

    Oh yah! Those look so great Lori. Perfect for any occasion, yum!!

  5. postedSep 19, 2011 6:39 AM

    Great party food! I posted a bacon wrapped recipe today too:) We are often on the same page:)

  6. postedSep 19, 2011 9:39 AM

    Oh WOW. Lori I am dying right now these look so good!!! I wish I could have eaten these this weekend!

  7. postedSep 19, 2011 9:43 AM

    These do sound terrific but I know I would be grilling them. As much for the grilled flavor as the ease of cleanup; I can’t remember when I’ve used an oven pan to cook meat! The sauce sounds perfect for a lot of things; must make that!

    • postedSep 19, 2011 2:40 PM

      Yeah, you could definitely grill them. Since I was having a dinner party for 18, grilling was not a nice option! They turned out terrific broiled though, and they were loved by us all!

  8. postedSep 19, 2011 12:40 PM

    Yum, these scallops look amazing! Love these – looks like wonderful flavor, and a great sear on those scallops.

  9. postedSep 19, 2011 1:20 PM

    Those look so amazing. I’m going to make those this weekend for my son. He had them at a wedding last year and has been asking me to make them ever since! Yum.

    • postedSep 19, 2011 2:37 PM

      oh good, hope he likes them!

  10. postedSep 19, 2011 2:23 PM

    These look amazing!

    I feel your pain/understand re: the bacon. As the boyfriend and I polished off a POUND for breakfast this weekend (along with other goodies) I knew this week was going to be a yoga pants weekend. But I’m cool with that because bacon is so. darn. good.

    Can’t wait to try these!

    • postedSep 19, 2011 2:37 PM

      Good to hear I’m not alone, lol!

  11. postedSep 19, 2011 3:04 PM

    Jeans, schmeans. Face scmace.


  12. postedSep 19, 2011 4:57 PM

    I cant believe how good these look. You are my hero. I want these so bad I might go to the store just to get scallops. Did I mention you are my hero?

  13. postedSep 19, 2011 7:46 PM

    Wow that looks really good. Scallops here in New Zealand don’t look like that they’re much smaller and have the orange roe attached so I couldn’t really make the same dish as you. I’ve never ordered scallops online. Oysters yes, but not scallops. I’m really lucky, we have a fresh scallop dealer that comes into work about once or twice a month. It’s hard to resist fresh scallops when they are presented fresh to your desk!

  14. postedSep 20, 2011 3:53 AM

    Delish, Lori. I’ve made these as well, but confess I still prefer the oldie…chicken liver and water chestnut wrapped in bacon.

    (Finally posted your pb cookie recipe on a second blog I have.

  15. postedSep 20, 2011 5:05 AM

    Amazing! I have been craving bacon wrapped scallops, and the dipping sauce sounds like a perfect match.

  16. postedSep 20, 2011 8:20 AM

    Lori, this look delicious. It is my favorite dish when I go to a restaurant, but now that you shared the cilantro mayo, I will be the chef at my own kitchen restaurant. Thanks.

  17. postedSep 20, 2011 8:49 AM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    These look super yummy. Hope they’re GF so I can try them some day.
    They would be all I’d need for a great dinner!

  18. postedSep 20, 2011 6:00 PM

    Yeah, these would definitely be worth wearing my fat pants for!! And thanks for the link – I have a hard time finding good quality seafood here. I’m definitely going to remember that for next time I want an amazing seafood feast!!

  19. postedSep 21, 2011 5:47 AM

    They sound great. Everything’s better with bacon! I’ll have to keep Anderson’s in mind.

  20. postedSep 25, 2011 3:58 PM

    I’ve saved this recipe for the next football party – definitely good eats!

  21. postedSep 28, 2011 10:01 PM

    sounds divine! i’ll have to try it soon!

  22. postedSep 29, 2011 10:15 AM

    I made this recipe yesterday for my boyfriend (who is a chef) and I must say he was sooooo impressed! They were delicious and very gourmet!!

    thank you soo much for this recipe! 🙂

  23. postedOct 1, 2011 3:09 AM
    Jennifer and Patricia Dombrowski

    This looks delicious. We can’t wait to try it!

  24. postedOct 8, 2011 5:18 PM

    When the recipe says to use thin bacon DO IT! Ha ha! I used regular bacon put under broiler for 15 minutes, took out, turned scallops upside down and the bacon was RAW on the bottom, turned them all upside down and now cooking for a few minutes longer…. Argh, wishing dinner was ready a while ago.

    • postedOct 9, 2011 7:02 AM

      Yeah, thick bacon can do that to you. I had the same thing happen to me the other night when I tried to wrap something else in the oven- came out raw on the underside. Use thin! Hope it worked out eventually.

  25. postedJun 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    Made this for Mother’s Day this year and they were awesome! Loved the spicy mayo. I used some of the leftover spicy mayo for dipping my Lean Cuisine fajita-style spring rolls. I’m sure it would be good with a lot of other things, too, not just the scallops.

  26. postedJul 30, 2012 1:38 PM

    These are excellent! I’m a new cook and still learning a lot. This was my first time making scallops and they couldn’t have come out better! Also, I used Chipotle paste b/c I couldn’t find chili paste and it was delicious and spicy. Thank you for the recipe!!

  27. postedDec 25, 2012 9:05 PM

    I had them for lunch today. I live in Nova Scotia, home of the famous Digby scallop. I partially pre cook my bacon and have never cooked a scallop more than 4 minutes in any manner. We also eat them raw here. I also don’t like them all dressed up with other stuff. They have such a delicate sweet flavour, I don’t want them to taste like anything else. I hear some people even cook them with garlic. Wrapped in bacon I like but not as much as just seared in clarified butter or dredged in very fine cracker crumbs and deep fried just till golden, about 2-4 min.

  28. postedFeb 10, 2013 11:10 PM

    Love this recipe! Definitely gonna try this for our next bbq party.

  29. postedFeb 16, 2013 2:51 PM

    My oven has Hi and Low; which setting should I use for this recipe?

    • postedFeb 17, 2013 7:42 AM

      hi and low? Never seen that… I’m not sure!

  30. postedJun 20, 2013 2:09 PM
    Mark Holden

    Beautiful!! I’ll try it . . . .

  31. postedApr 20, 2014 1:34 PM

    Ouch! Reconsider the spicy Mayo thing! Too much Lime, etc. Wheeeew!

    • postedApr 21, 2014 6:59 AM

      All a matter of taste- perhaps you had a very juicy lime!

  32. postedFeb 16, 2015 3:43 PM

    When you broil the scallops and bacon do you stand the scallops on their side so the bacon is facing the broiler or the raw scallop is facing the broiler?

    • postedFeb 17, 2015 5:29 PM

      raw scallop side should be fine.

  33. postedSep 9, 2017 3:31 PM
    Barb G

    Lori, this was a really great recipe. I had to extend cook time 5 more minutes because of bacon. But WOW they were good!

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