Scallops Wrapped In Bacon {With Garlic Butter} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Scallops and Bacon Appetizer

Bacon Wrapped Scallops as an appetizer or an easy dinner. 


  • Large Scallops
  • *If they are frozen, thaw and drain completely
  • Center cut bacon
  • Wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • Ground black pepper

Garlic Butter: (optional for extra flavor or dipping) 

  • 3 Tbsp. of butter
  • 2 tsp. of minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup of chicken broth


  • Soak wooden skewers or toothpicks in water for about 30 minutes 
  • You’ll want to make sure your scallops are completely thawed and patted dry with a paper towel – refer to notes below 
  • Set your oven to broil
  • Cut bacon strips in half
  • Wrap thawed and dried scallops in bacon 
  • Use a pre-soaked wooden skewer for more than one scallop or toothpick for single scallops to push through the middle of the bacon-wrapped scallop and secure the bacon in place 
  • Place the finished skewer on a broiling pan – grind a little pepper over the scallops  
  • Repeat with more scallops and bacon, until you’re ready to cook them
  • Place bacon-wrapped scallops in the oven, under the broiler for about 3 minutes.
  • Flip them over for another 3 or 4 minutes
  • The bacon should be cooked, not crisp, and the scallops should be cooked through so they are browned an opaque. If you cook them too long, they will be tough 
  • *If grilling, use the same cooking time and doneness method 

For garlic butter:

  • In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter
  • Add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute or until you smell the aroma of garlic
  • Add broth and bring to a boil

How to serve:

  • Pour butter in a deep serving pan and place scallops over butter
  • You could also serve with butter on the side for dipping 


A note about thawing scallops – 

Thaw for a full day in the refrigerater. Scallops will be tough if too much moisture is left inside the scallop, so it is important to drain the scallops completely, transfer them to paper towel to soak up even more moisture and pat with more paper towel

*If you need them in a hurry, you can thaw them in a colandar under running cold water – again, drain completely