Recipe: Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach

by JJ Virgin on February 4, 2017

Spend date night at home, and start your meal with this delicious and deceptively easy scallop recipe. Scallops have a naturally sweet flavor that make them the perfect fit with the savory flavors of bacon and spinach.

This dish has it all, really. Scallops have long been known for their aphrodisiac properties, but they’re also a great source of vitamin B12 and omega-3s. That means they give your cardiovascular system a boost, as well as your brain health. A dinner that’s good for your heart, brain, and love life? Count me in! We love Vital Choice's Scallops – check them out HERE!

Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach is the first recipe on our Romantic Night In menu, to be joined by Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Sauteed Shiitakes; Lemony Roasted Artichoke Hearts; and Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Cacao Nibs.

Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach


February 4, 2017

This quick, simple scallop dish brings the restaurant elegance home, making it perfect for a date night in. With plenty of vitamin B12 and omega-3s, your cardiovascular system will thank you too.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


3 slices nitrate-free bacon

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 large shallot, sliced

4 garlic, sliced

2 (10 oz) packages frozen organic spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 lb wild sea scallops (16 to 20 per pound)*


1Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

2Add the bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 7 minutes.

3Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel; chop and set aside.

4Pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet, setting aside 2 teaspoons for cooking the scallops.

5Heat the fat in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, shallot, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally until softened and lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes.

6Add the spinach and cook, stirring until hot, about 2 minutes.

7Stir in the bacon, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.

8Transfer to a bowl and keep warm.

9Wipe out the skillet and heat the reserved 2 teaspoons bacon fat over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with the remaining salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

10Place the scallops in the skillet and cook turning once, until nicely browned and just opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes.

11Divide the spinach among four plates and top with the scallops. Serve and enjoy!

*For moist, tender scallops, cook until they just turn opaque in the center.

This recipe is part of the Romantic Night In menu, with Pan-Seared Scallops with Bacon and Spinach; Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Sauteed Shiitakes; Lemony Roasted Artichoke Hearts; and Chocolate Avocado Mousse with Cacao Nibs. Check out the Romantic Night In Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and tricks for the perfect date night.

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Sodium710 mg
Protein35 grams
Total Fat6 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Total Carbohydrates17 grams
Dietary Fiber3 grams

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