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Sweet-and-Sour Seared Scallops with Cabbage and Bacon

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Smoky bacon, tender cabbage, and sweet scallops play beautifully together.


  • 3 oz. slab bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 large leek (white and light-green parts only), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage (about 1 small head)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 lb. dry-packed sea scallops, patted dry, side muscles removed
  • 4 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. white wine vinegar; more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 260
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 100
  • Fat (g): 11
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4
  • Cholesterol (mg): 50
  • Sodium (mg): 900
  • Carbohydrates (g): 18
  • Fiber (g): 5
  • Protein (g): 24


  • In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium-low heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the butter and leek to the skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bacon, cover, and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp. of the oil over medium-high heat. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Add half of the scallops to the pan and cook until browned on both sides but still slightly translucent in the middle, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining 2 tsp. of the oil and the rest of the scallops.
  • Stir the vinegar and sugar into the cabbage and cook over medium heat, tossing, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more vinegar. Serve the scallops with the cabbage.


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  • kc267 | 02/24/2015

    This was very easy to make and absolutely delicious. I used shallots instead of leeks, and paired it with a Henry of Pelham Pinot Grigio. Lovely.

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