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Partially air fry one strip of bacon per scallop you're using. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 5 minutes. Place the bacon on a hot air fryer tray in a single layer. Air fry the bacon for 4 minutes in the top rack position of the air fryer oven. I was able to cook 4 bacon strips at a time, so I cooked them in batches.
If your scallops have a tough side muscle, gently remove it (if you wish). Pat your scallops dry with a paper towel.
Spray your air fryer tray or air fryer basket with cooking spray.
Wrap a partially cooked piece of bacon around each scallop. Secure the bacon ends to the scallop with a toothpick.
Put the wrapped scallops in a single layer on your prepared air fryer tray. Mist the scallops with cooking oil and sprinkle them with Old Bay seasoning.
Air fry your bacon-wrapped scallops for 6 minutes in an air fryer preheated to 400°F (200°C). Use the top rack position of the air fryer. Flip the scallops halfway through cooking time (i.e., after 3 minutes) and sprinkle more Old Bay on them.
While the scallops cook, melt the butter in a small sauce pan with garlic over medium heat. Be careful not to brown the butter, but you can let it get a little bubbly.
Check the scallops with a meat thermometer to ensure they've reached a the safe minimum internal temp of 145°F (63°C).
Once the scallops are fully cooked, drizzle them with garlic butter and sprinkle with lemon zest, black pepper, and fresh parsley (if desired).
Don't forget the fresh lemon wedges on the side! A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds brightness to the dish and is the perfect finishing touch.