Fast Food: Scallops with Spinach and Bacon

December 7th, 2008 by katie

So, I am the luckiest girl in the world. My dear friend Kelly came over and cooked this wonderful dinner for me and mrChaos while my children terrorized her children in the background. It is such an easy quick meal that mrChaos and I were pleasantly surprised by how flavorful and delicious it turned out to be.

A lot of my Fast Food recipes are seafood, because fish and seafood take hardly any time to cook. This recipe is a perfect example, pairing quick cooking scallops with equally quick cooking fresh spinach. Add a little bacon and balsamic vinegar and you’ve got a seriously flavorful one skillet meal.

Scallops with Spinach and Bacon

serves 4, prep 2 min, cook 15 min, adapted from Recipezaar
  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb scallops
  • 2 tbsp flour, seasoned with salt and pepper (or 1-2 tsp seasoning blend)
  • oil to make 2 tbsp
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into small bits
  1. Saute bacon in a large skillet with a lid until crispy. Remove bacon crumbles and reserve fat.
  2. In a large Ziploc bag or bowl toss scallops with seasoned flour until lightly coated.
  3. Add oil to bacon fat to make 2 tbsp (if necessary) and heat on high. Add scallops in a single layer.
  4. Sear scallops quickly over high heat, about 6 minutes, then reserve with bacon crumbles.
  5. De-glaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar, scraping up the browned bits.
  6. Lower the heat to medium and add spinach to the pan. Cover to wilt spinach, about 2 min.
  7. Stir in butter, scallops, and bacon and serve.

Kelly served this over corn bread and I think a corn pudding or puree would also be really nice, as would couscous or rice pilaf. You really just want something alongside to soak up the delicious sauce that forms. Both mrChaos and I embarrassed ourselves by having seconds and then finishing off the leftovers.

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9 Responses

  1. sweetbird

    oh man, that looks so tasty. i really wish i liked scallops…

  2. noble pig

    Oh you are lucky to have someone come and cook for, I wish that would happen to me! Beautiful recipe.

  3. Molly

    katie,
    Hi, I’m sort of new to the HOG Food Blog and I just discovered your blog via your last comment there.

    YUM!! I love bacon and cornbread. And with scallops sounds delicious. I will try it out for sure.

  4. jancd

    Kelly sounds like a great friend to have. And you made her that lovely cake. Both recipes look delicious. Jancd

  5. Lindsay

    I can’t believe my sister could make such a fancy looking dinner!! I am impressed Kelly.

  6. Kristen

    That is one of the reasons I love seafood is because it is so quick and easy! This looks yummy…wish I had a friend like her!

  7. RecipeGirl

    This is the best sort of fast food! Delicious!

  8. Cheryl

    Beautiful. I’d love to cook more fish, and with simple, elegant recipes like this I just may…

  9. Sally

    I made this several months ago. It was so delicious that I made it twice in a very short period of time.

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