Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Scallops are the perfect mixture of smoky and salty. These tasty little morsels make for a delicious meal or appetizer.
The last time Ken and I had some friends over, I smoked a batch of these bacon-wrapped scallops. We love both sea and bay scallops. And this easy smoker recipe is always a crowd-pleaser.
Smoked Scallops Recipe
The last time that Ken and I were in Florida we stopped in a small coastal town. They were having their local scallop festival. We stopped and enjoyed a meal at a local restaurant and the specialty was bacon-wrapped scallops. Oh my goodness they were so good! So, I decided to give them a try at home and added in a smoky flavor. These scallops were a success.
You only need four ingredients to make this delicious meal. One trip to the grocery store and you have what you need.
- Olive oil
- sea scallops
- lemon pepper
- thin-sliced bacon
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Smoke Scallops
There are only four simple steps to help you make these delicious Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Scallops.
Step 1: Marinate the scallops
Marinate the Scallops Place scallops in a ziptop bag with olive oil and 1 -2 teaspoons lemon pepper. Seal bag then roll and massage bag gently to fully coat scallops. Place bag in the fridge for 1 hour to marinate.
Step 2: Wrap the scallop
Place scallop onto one end of a thin slice of bacon. Wrap bacon around the scallop allowing an overlap of about ½ inch. Cut bacon to fit perfectly. Push a toothpick through bacon overlap and all the way through scallop to secure. Repeat on all scallops.
Step 3: Prepare to smoke
Place bacon-wrapped and secured scallops onto Bradley rack or cookie sheet. Sprinkle lemon pepper on the outside of scallops. Meanwhile, preheat the smoker to 250 degrees.
Step 4: Smoke the scallops
Scallops are done when they reach 145°F in the center. Apply smoke for at least 50 minutes or up to 1 hour if desired.
Don’t have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change these Smoked Scallops.
- Oil – don’t have olive oil on hand? You can use canola or avocado oil instead.
- Lemon Pepper – don’t have lemon pepper on hand? Use fresh lemon juice and pepper.
Want to personalize this smoked scallops recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Spicy – Want a spicy kick? Add cajun seasoning in place of lemon peper.
- Garlic – prefer a garlic flavor? Use garlic powder or minced garlic in place of lemon pepper.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this air fryer salmon recipe.
You only need three basic kitchen tools for this recipe.
- storage bag
- cookie sheet
Store leftover scallops for up to 24 hours in the fridge in an airtight container.
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Do you have questions about Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Scallops? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this easy smoker recipe.
Reheat the scallops in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or until your scallops are warm all the way through.
Yes, you can freeze smoked scallops for up to three months.
Yes, you can double this recipe. No need to double the cooking time as long as you have the room for smoke to move freely around the bacon-wrapped scallops in the smoker.
Bacon Wrapped Smoked Scallops Recipe
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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Sea Scallops
- Cookie Sheet
- ½ cup Olive oil
- 1 dozen sea scallops
- 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
- 1 lb thin sliced bacon
- Get out and measure your ingredients.
- Place scallops in resealable bag with olive oil and 1 -2 teaspoons lemon pepper to marinate.
- Seal bag then roll and massage bag gently to fully coat scallops
- Place bag in fridge for 1 hour to marinate.
- Place scallop onto one end of a thin slice of bacon. Wrap bacon around scallop allowing an overlap of about ½ inch. Cut bacon to fit perfectly.
- Push toothpick through bacon overlap and all the way through scallop to secure.
- Repeat on all scallops.
- Place bacon wrapped and secured scallops onto bradley rack or cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle lemon pepper liberally on outside of scallops.
- Place scallops directly onto smoker grate and cook for between 50-60 minutes at 250 degrees, and 145 degrees F in their center.
- Serve immediately.
- Enjoy every bite.