Seared Scallops with Maple Bacon Butter


It appears that Digby scallops are a customer favorite! Hey, why wouldn’t they be? Digby scallops are known to be a delicious choice far and wide - larger, more tender and flavourful than other scallop varieties.

This recipe is easy and quick to prepare and provides a perfect combination of sweet and salty with a hint of spice. Goes great with your favourite salad or a root vegetable purée.


1 lb Digby scallops

1 TB olive oil

6 slices of bacon, sliced into small pieces

4 TB unsalted butter

2 TB maple syrup

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Sea salt for seasoning

Fresh thyme leaves for garnish

Chives, chopped for garnish



In a large cast iron skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Thoroughly rinse and dry scallops and season with sea salt. Sear the scallops in the pan until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Turn scallops and cook for 1 more minute. Remove to a plate.

Add bacon to the pan and stir to cook. Allow bacon to crisp slightly, about 4-5 minutes. Remove bacon to plate and drain fat. 

Turn heat to medium low and add butter to the pan. Stir butter over heat until slightly brown, about 2 minutes. Add maple syrup, cayenne, and bacon. Stir to combine. Season with a pinch of sea salt.

Add scallops back to pan and spoon sauce over the scallops until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Garnish with thyme leaves and chopped chives. Serve immediately.