Perfect date night meal - Seared Scallops with Bacon Zucchini Noodles. A little bit of fancy with a huge amount of flavor!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 10mins
Cook Time 10mins
Total Time 20mins
6slicesbacon(Whole30 compliant, as needed)
1poundjumbo sea scallops(I bought frozen from Trader Joe's and they were delish!)
4zucchinis made into noodles(about 1 zucchini per person)*
1large lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
2tablespoonsfresh parsley, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Place a large, heavy skillet (cast iron will be best for searing scallops) over medium heat, add bacon and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your preference. Remove bacon and transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Crumble after cool.
Leave bacon fat in the skillet and remove skillet from heat (for about 2-3 mins.) to cool slightly.
RIGHT before cooking, season scallops with salt & pepper. Do it any sooner, and the salt will draw out their moisture, making them wet again, and thus preventing that caramelization.
Gently, add scallops one at a time to heated skillet. Add about 1 tablespoon butter or ghee to pan, if needed. My pan had enough bacon fat and I did not have to do this. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan - you may have to work in batches.
Scallops cook quickly and if they're overcooked, they will become rubbery. Once they are deeply golden brown, with a caramelized exterior, and after a few minutes (2-3), flip them only once when they’re nicely browned. Once browned on both sides, remove them to a plate.
Add zucchini noodles to the same skillet and season with salt & pepper. Let zucchini noodles cook for about 1 minute, flipping and stirring frequently. As zucchini noodles cook, add in the lemon juice and zest. Also, toss in tomatoes and crumbled bacon; continue to cook for about 2-3 more minutes.
Divide zucchini noodles onto four plates, top with scallops and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!
*The amount of zucchini noodles does not have to be exact. I used two whole packages of Veggie Noodle Co. pre-noodled zucchini to feed 4.