Two Words: Scallop BLTs.

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Ok, so this one might blow your mind.

Cassidy has a tendency to make memorable party recipes for friends and family that has them dreaming about the food and asking for it every year. One of those recipes is for scallops. He makes his own spice rub and cooks those babies up, and has people begging for more. I remember the first time he made them. I was having two friends over from my baby group, and we got distracted and just talked and talked around the old dining room table. Our babies were about to turn one and we had so much to talk about. As we were talking, a big bowl of pasta appeared in front of us. Then, the scallops he had made us.

My friends were hooked. I’m not really a scallops fan, but I realized the beauty of how my husband made them. He brought them to a party his brother threw, and they still talk about them. When I was trying to think of an amazing recipe to make for March college basketball games, I thought of something delicious – Cassidy’s scallops, but in BLT form. Had it been done?

Could it be done? Answer: Yes.

As a non sports family, we actually celebrate college basketball quite a bit, ever since our favorite CT team won two years ago. Scarlet and Cassidy screamed louder than I’ve ever heard, and now they take in an annual game with my father-in-law. I think Des will surely join them when he’s a bit older, but for now, we stay back and watch the game – looking for our loved ones. And whether we’re watching at home as a family, pre-gaming before attending a game, or having people over to watch a game, we have to be prepared with food and supplies. Walmart is our best place to go for basketball watching season.

Two other words – herb mayonnaise. Homemade and SO GOOD!

By “supplies”, one of the most important ones for me is Advil. I get occasional stress headaches, and also sinus headaches from the changing of the seasons. I also am still a beginner at Pure Barre, and the exercise still makes my muscle ache.

Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil* (*Among OTC brands) What I love is having it on hand, to be ready for anything life throws at me. I like to focus on life’s moments without plans being changed by aches and pains. I love being ready for anything – and that includes Scallop BLTs and March college basketball watching.

Just look at them. They’re the perfect game day food:

This recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.

It just requires some prep, some timing, and the assembly of fresh ingredients.

Scallop BLTs.

Scallop BLTs.


  • Fresh sea scallops
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Butter lettuce
  • Bacon
  • Avocado oil
  • For Scallops rub: (all to taste)
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • For Herb Mayonnaise:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin


  1. Prep lettuce and tomatoes and put aside
  2. Make the spice rub with ingredients above
  3. Fry bacon, dry, cut in pieces and put aside
  4. Make the herb mayo: Put egg yolk and mustard in stand mixer. Mix on high and pour the oil in slowly until it emulsifies. Then add in remaining ingredients
  5. Dip each side of scallop in rub
  6. Heat up avocado oil in a pan until the oil is very hot
  7. Sear one side of scallop for 45 seconds, flip, and then heat the other side for a couple of minutes
  8. Pour butter on scallop to finish
  9. Remove from heat, wait 30 seconds, then cut scallop in half
  10. Layer the tomato, lettuce and bacon one on half of the scallop. Slather it with herb mayo and then place the other half of the scallop on top. Hold them together with toothpicks
  11. Repeat to make more

Simple as that! We get our scallops, lettuce, tomatoes and bacon at a fresh and local market. For everything else and for all party, food and comfort needs, I head to Walmart. Advil is at the top of my shopping list. I want to be ready for anything!

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer, a mama of two, a Lifestyle Blogger/Social Media Influencer/Brand Ambassador, and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns, the Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Two Words: Scallop BLTs. — 55 Comments

  1. Oh I like these 2 words a lot! Do you think if I leave this post open on my husband’s computer he will get the hint? Hooray for Advil! Being ready for anything is kind of a big deal around here.

  2. Not a scallop fan myself and once again the twin thing holds pretty strong, but would love to try this with replacing with shrimp possibly as that is the one seafood that I just can’t get enough of 😉

  3. Other than the bacon, these are great for me! Now all I need is a decent team to root for 🙁

    I don’t have scallops very often, maybe because they tend to shrink so much, however if you ever get to go scalloping in our warm Florida waters, finding them is more fun than eating them 🙂

    Ibuprofen is my, rare, go to med for injuries. I really don’t take anything most of the time, probably because with those, if I don’t move, I don’t have pain. If I had continuous pain, I would take something.

    • I’m sorry about her headaches and yours. I wonder if it’s genetics or altitude or stress or allergies? I can get them from stress and sinus changes, although not often.
      It’s a great product.

  4. Those look amazing!!! (just leave off the tomatoes!) I actually don’t care for much seafood, but I do love scallops when they are prepared well. What a fun idea to turn them into a sandwich!

    • That’s funny! Scallops are the first seafood I ever liked, actually. I ate them as a toddler. Now it’s more hit or miss, but this makes it a hit.

    • You know, I’ve never had a BLT. Weird, right? I generally only like my lettuce cold – and not touching warm bacon – and I don’t even like tomatoes. Somehow this recipe still worked for me, but I have no idea how.

  5. this looks so good, its a shame that I am allergic to all things that come out of the water 🙁 I must say, your food photography makes even ME want some fish!

    • Aw! I’m trying to think of what we could substitute that wouldn’t give you allergies. Polenta cakes? Hmm.. I will have to ask Cassidy. That would be fun to try!

  6. Tyelonol Cold is my friend right now!! But thankfully due to all my exercise this year, I don’t think this one will linger as long as previous ones did. And I am drooling over these little morsels, so you know I can’t be that far gone. I used to do these sesame and maple salmon skewers that were divine. I haven’t done them in years though. I’m already planning the first BBQ of the season now.

    • Since we’re kindred spirits in so many ways.. I’ve been wondering if my current 2016 exercising would maybe be fighting off colds or making them better. I also take probiotics every day but I’ve been doing that since last spring and I still got the worst cold of all in November. Bleh.

    • I wish I could, but we can’t possibly be the only ones who have made it! Well not exactly like this, but I’m sure there’s something close out there.

  7. Gaaahhh, I LOVE SCALLOPS!!! Those look so yummy!! Now that I’m in my hometown, I really look forward to start learning how to cook something. Crossing fingers. LOL

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