Scallops with garlic and Swiss chard, new recipe!!

Fish is such a big part of my cooking. Healthy, versatile and easy to prepare. Wanting a change from the usual suspect, I purchased some scallops and I am so excited to all the recipes that I can experiment with it. For my first time attempt with scallops  I decided to go the easy route by wrapping bacon around them and sautéing them. Introducing a new fish opened the door to a new vegetable, Swiss chard. Love Swiss chard however I never prepared it for my family. The test challenge was on and the reception was warm with huge smiles and thumbs up given. Of course I added garlic, and garlic makes every thing taste good.

To soften and remove the slight bitterness of the Swiss chard, I first removed the center core, and then blanched the chopped leaves  for a couple of minutes in boiling salted water. The garlic needs to be soft  when cooked with the oil but not brown.

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The scallops were delicious, tender and super tasty. The combination with the Swiss chard was a perfect balance.


Scallops with Garlic with Swiss Chard

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scallops with garlic and swiss chard
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 8 scallops 8 medium size scallops
  • 8 slices bacon 8 slices bacon
  • 3 garlic 3 very thinly sliced garlic cloves
  • 3 Swiss chard 3 bunches, white core removed and chopped Swiss chard


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the chopped Swiss chard and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Wrap each scallop with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and seat the scallops for 3 minutes on each side. The scallops should be golden on the outside and springy to the touch.
  • In another large skillet over medium high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil. When the oil is hot add the garlic slices and cook them until soft but not brown, 2 minutes. Add the Swiss Chard and cook for another 3 minutes. Set aside.
  • Place the Swiss chard in the middle of a plate and top with the scallops.


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 294mg | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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