Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops


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Air fryer bacon-wrapped scallops are the elegantly easy appetizer recipe you’ve been looking for!

Not only are air fryer scallops easy to prepare, but they are also the perfect blend of sweet and salty. Serve with a side of cocktail sauce or your favorite dip.

Air fryer bacon wrapped scallops with dipping sauce

Easy Appetizer Recipe

All the fanciness of an appetizer you’d see at a fine dining restaurant made right at home in your air fryer.

An air fryer is my favorite kitchen appliance because it cooks food without added fat and is quick and easy to use (I’m obsessed with mine, I have this one here)!

These Air Fryer Scallops are wrapped in bacon, and who doesn’t love bacon? Why not serve a skewer or two of bacon wrapped scallops on a bed of mixed greens for a special occasion salad?

Air fryer bacon wrapped scallops being brushed with maple syrup

Ingredients

SCALLOPS
Choose large sea scallops over bay scallops because bay scallops are too small and soft to be wrapped in bacon and threaded on a skewer. Save those bay scallops for creamy seafood chowder!

BACON
Slices of bacon are used slightly cooked in the air fryer before wrapping the scallops, this allows it to crisp up without overcooking the scallops. You can use precooked bacon from the store but it doesn’t have the same flavor.

SYRUP
A little brush of real maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness and helps the scallops to caramelize. If you don’t have maple syrup, a pinch of brown sugar will do the trick.

Bacon in the air fryer

How to Cook Scallops in Air Fryer

The air fryer makes cooking scallops so easy!

  1. Cook bacon in the air fryer until soft, not crispy. Set bacon aside & wipe out air fryer.
  2. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel & season (per recipe below).
  3. Wrap bacon slice around each scallop & thread onto a skewer to secure them. Brush with maple syrup,
  4. Set scallops in air fryer & cook until bacon is crisp & scallops are cooked.

Bacon wrapped scallops in an air fryer basket

Helpful Tips & Tricks

  • Choose scallops that are evenly sized, firm, and fresh-smelling. If using frozen scallops, ensure they’re completely defrosted before cooking.
  • Some scallops will need a full piece of bacon, some might only need 1/2 a piece depending on the size of the scallops. Be sure you have a little extra on hand just in case.
  • These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking. If making ahead, cool the partially cooked bacon completely before wrapping the scallops.

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Review Recipe

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 8 scallops
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
These Air Fryer Scallops are perfect for game day or a backyard party!

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon or as needed, *see note
  • 8 large sea scallops not bay scallops
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

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Instructions

  • Place bacon in the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes or until just slightly cooked and some of the fat has rendered out. Bacon should not be crisp.
  • Remove bacon from the air fryer and wipe out any grease in the bottom.
  • Dab scallops dry with paper towels and season with olive oil, old bay seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Cut bacon in half (unless your scallops are really large) and wrap each half around one of the scallops. Seal with a toothpick or thread onto short skewers.
  • Brush scallops with maple syrup.
  • Place scallops into an air fryer at 350°F for 11-13 minutes. Cook just until bacon is crisp and scallop is cooked. Do not overcook.

Recipe Notes

If scallops are really large you might need 1 slice of bacon per scallop. If they are smaller, you may only need 1/2 slice bacon per scallop.
Choose scallops that are evenly sized, firm, and fresh-smelling. If using frozen scallops, ensure they're completely defrosted before cooking.
These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking. If making ahead, cool the partially cooked bacon completely before wrapping the scallops.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 120, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 205mg, Potassium: 86mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 8IU, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg
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