Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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Air fryer bacon wrapped scallops are the easiest way to make the most delicious scallops you’ve ever had. Crisp bacon surrounds tender, sweet, perfectly cooked scallops.

Closeup shot of air fryer bacon wrapped scallops on plate

My family loves seafood. We also love bacon. That’s why I love these scallops they give us the best of both worlds in one dish.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

When you think of surf and turf, you probably think of steak and lobster, but when I think of it, I think of these bacon wrapped babies. The surf is there. The turf is there. It all checks out.

Closeup shot of hand holding an air fryer bacon wrapped scallop on toothpick

Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe.

  • fresh scallops
  • bacon
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Overhead shot of scallops, bacon, and seasonings on plate

Instructions

This recipe is so easy, you’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.

Step 1: Place bacon in your air fryer basket.

Overhead shot of bacon strips in the bottom of an air fryer basket

Step 2: Air fry at 350ºF for 3 minutes. Bacon will just start to cook. Wipe out any access grease in air fryer.

Step 3: Blot scallops dry with paper towel.

Step 4: Place them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until scallops are evenly coated.

CLoseup overhead shot of seasoned scallops in bowl

Step 5: Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop. You may have to trim the bacon so it fits.

Step 6: Secure the bacon with a toothpick.

Step 7: Place wrapped scallops in air fryer basket.

Raw bacon wrapped scallops skewered with toothpicks

Step 8: Air fry at 350ºF for 6 minutes or until scallops are cooked through and bacon is crisp.

Overhead shot of cooked bacon wrapped scallops in air fryer basket

Equipment

It takes next to no kitchen equipment to make these delicious bites.

  • Measuring spoons
  • Toothpicks
  • Air fryer

Substitutions

Vegetable Oil: If you don’t have olive oil, vegetable oil will work in this recipe.

Turkey Bacon: For a healthier version of this recipe, use turkey bacon.

Closeup shot of hand holding an air fryer bacon wrapped scallop on a toothpick

Options

Looking for ways to change up these air fryer bacon wrapped scallops? Here are some suggestions.

Garlic: Try adding garlic powder for an extra kick of flavor.

Lemon Pepper: Lemon pepper is the perfect flavor to pair with these scallops.

Tips:

  • Be careful not to overcook your scallops. They’ll become tough.
  • Preheat your air fryer for best results. Some people claim you don’t need to, but it makes a difference.
  • Opt for a simple smoked bacon rather than flavors like maple so the scallops won’t be overwhelmed.
Closeup shot of air fried bacon wrapped scallops stacked atop one another

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FAQ

How long are these scallops good?

These will keep for about 2 days in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 2 months.

Can you reheat scallops wrapped in bacon?

Yes. Bake them for about 15 minutes at 300 degres. They’ll be a bit tougher the second time around, but they’re still good.

Why do scallops get chewy?

If scallops are overcooked, they’ll get chewy. The protein in the scallops cooks to a point where it squeezes the water out of the flesh, leading to a tough, chewy texture.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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Yield: 8 scallops

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

These air fryer bacon wrapped scallops are delicious take on surf and turf. Tender, mild scallops and smokey bacon are the perfect pairing.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 large fresh scallops
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Place bacon in your air fryer basket.
  2. Air fry at 350ºF for 3 minutes. Bacon will just start to cook. Wipe out any access grease in air fryer.
  3. Blot scallops dry with paper towel.
  4. Place them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir until scallops are evenly coated.
  5. Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop. You may have to trim the bacon so it fits.
  6. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
  7. Place wrapped scallops in air fryer basket.
  8. Air fry at 350ºF for 6 minutes or until scallops are cooked through and bacon is crisp.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 84Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 17mgSodium 571mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 7g

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