Seared Scallops with Bacon, Chili & Lime Butter Paired with Jost Tidal Bay

Scallops are a staple in the Nova Scotian diet, and these Demerara Sugar Seared Scallops with Bacon, Chili and Lime Butter do not disappoint! Pair with Jost Vineyards’ Tidal Bay and you have a delicious, light meal to enjoy on warm summer days.


Serves: 4

20 Large Nova Scotia Scallops
1/4 cup Demerara sugar
4 Limes, 2 for garnish (cut into 12 wedges), and 2 for zesting and juicing
2 strips Thick cut local bacon
1 tbsp Red chili flakes
3 tbsp Butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups Organic greens, to garnish


  1. Place scallops on sheets of paper towel to remove excess moisture. Do not squeeze or press scallops.
  2. Spread Demerara sugar over a large plate. Place scallops on top, rolling each to coat slightly.
  3. Chop bacon and add to a small skillet on medium heat.
  4. Stir occasionally and cook until slightly browned. Do not crisp.
  5. Remove from heat, drain and set aside on paper towel to absorb excess fat.
  6. Place a large skillet on stove top set to medium-high heat. Heat pan thoroughly.
  7. Add 1 tbsp butter and allow to melt.
  8. Place scallops evenly in pan. Reserve extra sugar. Allow scallops to sear for 2 minutes.
  9. Add crumbled bacon to pan and turn scallops to sear on other side.
  10. Add chili flakes and toss scallops in pan.
  11. Squeeze juice of 1 lime over pan.
  12. Add two tbsp of demerara sugar and continue to toss contents of the pan until sugar has melted.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. On 4 small rectangular plates, add small handful of greens, place 5 scallops in a line on each plate.
  15. Drizzle pan sauce over each plate. Evenly sprinkle lime zest over scallops.
  16. Add additional chili flakes or lime juice if desired. Garnish with lime wedges.

Wine Pairing:

Jost’s Tidal Bay is a beautiful complement to this dish.

Local Source Guide:

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Meat: Masstown Butcher.

Seafood: Evan’s Seafood & RestaurantClearwater Seafoods Ltd.Masstown Market’s ‘Catch of the Day’ or Fisherman’s Market.

Recipe provided by: Jost Vineyards & Seagrape Café.
Photography provided by:
 Jessica Emin, @eatwithjessie.

This recipe is featured in our 2021 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide.

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