What’s better than scallops wrapped in bacon? This air fryer bacon wrapped scallops recipe is simply irresistible, whether served as an appetizer or main course. Plus, they’re ready in just minutes, making them a perfect choice for any occasion!

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops
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Bacon wrapped scallops are a popular appetizer, and they are so easy to make in the air fryer! Serve them for holidays, special occasions, or simple family gatherings.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops also make a great lunch — my kids really love eating anything on toothpicks. The bacon keeps the scallop really moist and delicious. You get a ton of flavor with just a few ingredients.

I have to mention — air fryer bacon is amazing by itself, but when you add scallops, it is out of this world! If you are looking for even more Air Fryer Seafood Recipes, some of my favorites are EASY AIR FRYER CRAB CAKES, AIR FRYER SALMON WITH MUSHROOM SAUCE, AIR FRYER SEAFOOD BOIL, and AIR FRYER CRISPY SHRIMP.

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

There is nothing better than a scallop wrapped in a piece of bacon. Crispy on the outside and tender in the center, you can cook bacon wrapped sea scallops in the air fryer in mere minutes!

Even better, the fat drips off into the air fryer basket so you get a healthier dish. This is a foolproof recipe, that will leave you speechless, you won’t believe how easy this dish is to prepare.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Why You’ll Love Bacon Wrapped Scallops In The Air Fryer

  • Easy to make
  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Light, yet filling
  • Just 2 ingredients (plus oil and salt)

Ingredients Needed For Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

These are the simple ingredients that you will need for making

ingredients for bacon wrapped scallops

Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list below in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post and the nutritional information.

  • Scallops: Tender and succulent scallops serve as the star of this dish, offering a delicate and sweet flavor that pairs beautifully with crispy bacon.
  • Bacon: Crispy strips of bacon add savory richness and a smoky aroma to the dish, enveloping each scallop in irresistible flavor.
  • Olive Oil: A light coating of olive oil helps to crisp up the bacon and prevent sticking during air frying, ensuring perfect results every time.
  • Salt and Pepper: Simple yet essential seasonings, salt and pepper enhance the natural flavors of the scallops and bacon, adding depth to the dish.
  • Toothpicks: Make sure to have some toothpicks on hand as well! Soak them in water so they don’t catch fire in the air fryer, then use them to hold scallops with bacon together.

How To Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

To make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops, follow these simple steps:

How To Make Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Step 1: Prep the ingredients

Start by patting your sea scallops dry with a paper towel. Cut bacon strips in half. Wrap your scallops with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place bacon wrapped scallops in air fryer as you assemble them, then spray with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Step 2: Cook

Air fry bacon wrapped sea scallops at 370 degrees F (air fryer setting) set cook time for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway.  When done, the bacon should be browned and light crisp and the scallops should be firm but soft. Remove and serve immediately.

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Pro Tips For Cooking Bacon-Wrapped Scallops In Air Fryer

  • Slice the bacon in half. Otherwise, you will have too much bacon per scallop. Also, the ends of the bacon will not cook properly since they will be tucked under another layer.
  • Check with your air fryer manufacturer. I always use toothpicks with my air fryer — they really help to keep the scallops with bacon together. However, not all models will allow this, so it’s best to double check.
  • Avoid a greasy mess. One trick I have learned along the way is to put a piece of bread under the basket while making greasy food (like bacon). It will absorb the grease, and you won’t get a lot of smoke in your kitchen.
  • Try different flavors. Brush some maple syrup, soy sauce, or BBQ sauce over your scallops before cooking. You can also season with garlic powder, onion powder, or dried herbs.
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops


Can I use frozen scallops for this recipe? While fresh scallops are recommended for best results, you can use thawed frozen scallops. However, be sure to pat them dry thoroughly before wrapping them in bacon to prevent excess moisture.

How to know when scallops are done: The scallops should be opaque and firm to the touch when they are cooked through. Additionally, the bacon should be crispy and golden brown.

Can I prepare bacon wrapped scallops ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the bacon-wrapped scallops ahead of time and store them covered in the refrigerator until ready to cook. However, it’s best to cook them shortly after wrapping to prevent the bacon from becoming soggy.

Can I use different types of bacon for this recipe? Yes, you can use different types of bacon such as turkey bacon or thick-cut bacon depending on your preference. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary slightly depending on the thickness of the bacon.

Can I add any seasonings or marinades to the scallops? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different seasonings or marinades to add extra flavor to the scallops. Some popular options include garlic powder, smoked paprika, or a sprinkle of brown sugar for a touch of sweetness.

What dipping sauces pair well with bacon wrapped scallops? Bacon wrapped scallops pair well with a variety of dipping sauces such as tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or a simple aioli. Experiment with different flavors to find your favorite combination!

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops

3.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops are tender, delicious, and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Enjoy this simple dish as an appetizer or a meal!


  • 16 sea scallops
  • 8 slices bacon
  • olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste


  • Start by patting your sea scallops dry with a paper towel.
  • Cut your bacon in 1/2 (half).
  • Wrap your scallop with 1/2 a piece of bacon. Secret it with a toothpick. Continue to wrap your scallops until they are all done.
  • As you prepare them, set them into the air fryer.
  • Spray them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Set your air fryer to degree 370F. Air fryer setting, for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, flip and set your timer for another 5 minutes.
  • Check the scallops and bacon for doneness. When they are done, remove them.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Parchment Paper, optional


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 351mgPotassium: 140mgVitamin A: 12IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops