Bacon wrapped scallops are the perfect appetizer both for weeknight dinners and formal events. I like to make bacon wrapped scallops in the oven. The bacon wrapped scallops cook temp and cook time are key factors for a good result. The oven temperature that I like to use is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And I frequently get this question. How long to bake bacon wrapped scallops in oven at 350 degrees? In this post, I like to talk about this and share some tips on perfecting the recipe for making bacon wrapped scallops in the oven.
It will require a cooking time of 15 minutes to bake bacon wrapped scallops at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. And you can expect to get the bacon wrapped scallops nice and tender at the end of the baking session. If you want to have a golden-brown crust, bake them for a bit longer for 20 minutes.
For bacon wrapped scallops, I normally only check the internal temp for the scallops as it would take longer to cook through since it is wrapped inside and it is also thicker than the thin bacon used to wrap the scallops. On the other hand, compared to the thicker scallops, a visual inspection is sufficient for the bacon since the bacon is thin so it’s easy to cook through evenly. And you know it’s fully cooked when the bacon turns to brown color.
For the scallops, I will cook them until they reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit in their centers even though scallops get perfectly done at an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Then I remove the tray of bacon wrapped scallops from the oven and let the carryover cooking add the remaining 15 degrees to the scallops. Towards the end of the baking session before removing the tray from the oven, I will insert an instant-read thermometer into a few scallops to make sure their internal temp has reached 115 degrees F.
This dish can be cooked at high temperatures up to 425 degrees. The scallop center will reach 115 degrees F in just 12 minutes, if you choose 425 degrees. This makes this temperature a perfect option for those who are pressed for time. Moreover, it makes the bacon much crispier. So if you crave for a crunchy and perfectly browned meat appetizer, choose 400 or 425 degrees F. If you are not a crispy food fan, you can bake the bacon wrapped scallops at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. The bacon will turn fine and tender while the scallop will boast a delicate texture and a succulent center.
I find 350 and 400 degrees the best temperatures to cook bacon wrapped scallops in the oven. This gives a perfect balance of crispy bacon as well as a tender and juicy scallop. If your goal is a crunchy crust, you can’t go wrong with 425 degrees F. But if you want to minimize crispness and get a super tender and succulent scallop, you will be best off choosing 325 degrees.
The internet has many recipes for bacon wrapped scallops baked in oven. However, I like to stick to just this one easy bacon wrapped scallops recipe. And here’s how to cook bacon wrapped scallops in the oven.
Place the scallops in a bowl with warm water and rinse them. Cut the side muscles off the scallops. Dry each scallop with paper towels to make sure they crisp while they cook in the oven.
Cut the bacon slices in half. Wrap each half around a scallop. To secure the bacon in place, pierce it with a toothpick.
Season the bacon wrapped scallops with a pinch of salt and sprinkle with olive oil. You can add fresh herbs if desired.
Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper so that there a little space between bacon wrapped scallops. This will ensure they get golden-brown and crispy.
Bake the bacon wrapped scallops at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Once baking is done, remove them from oven and let them rest for 15 minutes to allow the scallops to further cook to a internal temp of 130 degrees.
Bacon wrapped scallops are just perfect appetizer for any lunch or dinner feasts. They taste irresistibly good! Just writing about it is already making my mouth water. And, I’m sure you will likely have guests just like me. So, if you have to make bacon wrapped scallops faster, I have some tips to quicken this process.
Bring the scallops out of the fridge about 1 hour before baking and allow them to settle to room temperature before tossing them into the preheated oven. This tip will prevent them from cooking too long as cold scallops cook slower and taste less appetizing.
You can also use the oven broiler’s intense heat to speed up the baking process. This broiler high temperature will also help to make the bacon extremely crispy and brown. So if you like to make extra crispy bacon, this is a good baking method to use.
However, if you don’t like crisp and just want to speed up the baking time, then use the oven convection feature. This will force the hot air to circulate around the bacon wrapped scallops and the focus heat will help them to cook faster and also more evenly. But make sure scallops don’t touch when you arrange them on the baking sheet. If they do, it will impede the circulation of hot air and make them cook slower.
While bacon wrapped scallops are a perfect dish to enjoy on its own, you still can combine it with side dishes to make your meal heartier. A great side for baked bacon wrapped scallops is roasted vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs. It will superbly complement the scallops’ light richness and the bacon’s savoriness. Another delicacy side that goes well with bacon wrapped scallops is baked zucchini garnished with minced garlic and parmesan.
If you look for something starchy and filling, you can go for lemon asparagus risotto or garlic shrimp pasta. Both dishes act in perfect harmony with bacon wrapped scallops to make them more delicious and aromatic.
If you decide to enjoy bacon scallop appetizer on its own, don’t hesitate to make a delectable Drawn Butter dip. It goes good with bacon wrapped scallops and it’s easy to prepare. All you have to do is to combine melted butter with white wine, lemon juice, onion powder, minced garlic, and freshly chopped herbs.