Everybody loves bacon these days – we love it because its an easy way to add some delicious complimentary flavor to a wide variety of seafood items!
Let’s start with the obvious – bacon wrapped shrimp and or scallops. Shrimp and scallops are ready to cook – just wrap a slice (or a portion of a slice) around each shrimp or scallop and skewer with a toothpick or string a few together to make a kabob. Season with a little pepper or a pinch of brown sugar and grill, saute, or broil until done! Take it to the next level by using a thick spring of rosemary or a piece of sugarcane as a skewer.
Monkfish is another option that seems to lend itself well to bacon. We like the way this fish cooks up nice and firm and contrasts with the crispy bacon. Try this delicious recipe the next time we have monkfish on special (halibut or Chilean Sea Bass also work well).
Here are a few more ways to incorporate bacon into your next seafood meal:
- Render some chopped bacon, add a bit of garlic and then you are ready to toss in a pound of clams and/or mussels. Add a splash of wine or stock to help them steam open and your have an easy a savory meal – don’t forget to grab some crusty bread to soak up your pan sauce!
- Bacon is found in the tastiest chowders – whether you’re making chowder from clams, shrimp or fish, a bit of bacon is mandatory!
- Try a garden salad topped with grilled shrimp and a bit of cooked and crumbled bacon! A little goes a long way to adding a great flavor while still keeping it light. The classic Chef’s Salad always features bacon – add a few shrimp or smoked salmon in instead of meat to lighten it up a bit.
- Fresh corn sauteed with bacon and some fresh bay shrimp is an excellent side dish or can serve as the start of a delicious seasonal risotto.
How are you enjoying seafood and bacon? Let us know in the comment section below!