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Lemon, Butter, and Bacon Scallops with Zoodles

Lemon, Butter, and Bacon Scallops with Zoodles

When I transitioned back from a completely plant based diet to a diet that includes all foods, making my own scallops for the first time reminded me why I loved animal proteins. I fully respect my plant based peeps, but there is something so wonderful about a scallop. They can be sweet and savory and crisp and soft all at the same time.

The secret to a perfectly cooked scallop is to cook it quickly, on high heat, and in a LOT of fat. That is what makes bacon and scallops a match made in foodie heaven. You can follow along with this full recipe or just follow the scallop portion and impress the heck out of a date or your parents or your roommates (if you're that nice).

Lemon, butter and bacon scallops with zoodles are a perfect low carb date night dinner. Paleo friendly and packed with flavor this dinner is easy to make, but will impress any dinner guest.

Lemon, Butter, and Bacon Scallops with Zoodles - Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 medium scallops
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 TBSP grass fed butter
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • Avocado oil
  • 2 TBSP Fresh parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

  1. Cook bacon in large pan over low heat.
  2. While bacon is cooking spiralize zucchini if you did not purchase pre spiralized.
  3. Take scallops from refrigerator and pat with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.
  4. Place cooked bacon to the side and carefully pour bacon grease into cast iron skillet.
  5. Heat cast iron skillet to high heat and season scallops liberally on both sides with salt and pepper.
  6. Place scallops in hot cast iron skillet.  Cook for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat.
  7. While scallops are cooking add zoodles to a pan with avocado oil heated to medium heat. Sautee zoodles until soft, but not mushy.
  8. When zoodles are almost fully cooked add butter, lemon juice, chopped bacon and chopped parsley to the pan.
  9. Fully mix the butter, lemon juice, bacon and parsley into the zoodes.
  10. Remove the zoodles from the pan and plate on two plates. Place scallops on top and drizzle with any extra lemon and butter sauce from the zoodle pan.
Lemon, butter and bacon scallops with zoodles are a perfect low carb date night dinner. Paleo friendly and packed with flavor this dinner is easy to make, but will impress any dinner guest.
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