Scallops are a wonderful option for all types of diets. Whether you’re counting calories, avoiding carbs, or looking to indulge in a decadent seafood feast, there is a scallop recipe that suits your needs. The high protein content makes these mollusks a satisfying meal, they are naturally low in fat, and they are absolutely delicious. On top of all that scallops only take a few minutes each to cook, so they are a great option for a fast weeknight meal. Check out the list below for eight ways to sear, grill, and serve up scallops!
Header image and recipe for Seared Scallops with Lemony Farro and Arugula Salad from CHOW
1. Pan-Seared Scallops
This classic, simple recipe is a great starting point. It’s good for low-carb or low-calorie diets, plus It equips you with a few simple tricks that can help you get the perfect sear on the outside of a scallop every time. Protip: Start with chilled scallops and pat them dry!
Photo and recipe from Use Real Butter
2. Seared Scallops with Saffron Sauce
This dish gets its creamy qualities from coconut milk and a little ghee. Ancient man might not have eaten much butter, but when it comes to ghee most of the lactose has been removed and you're left with a pure fat, so many people consider it Paleo-friendly. If you’re avoiding butter just swap out the ghee for oil or lard.
Photo and recipe from Paleo Grubs
3. Seared Scallops with Barley Risotto and Beets
Here’s a recipe perfect for those of you seeking a little more fiber. The barley makes this dish filling and satisfying, while the beets add a wonderful earthy flavor. Go light on the garlic sauce and this is a low-fat, high-protein dish!
Photo and recipe from Honest Cooking
4. Thai Sweet Chili and Orange Scallops
This Thai-inspired recipe has tons of bright flavors from citrus and sweet chile sauce. It’s a cinch to whip up quickly, so it would be a perfect idea for a low-carb, calorie-conscious weeknight dinner!
Photo and recipe from My Gourmet Connection
5. Sweet and Smoky Grilled Scallops
The grill is really magical when it comes to preparing scallops: If it’s heated properly you can get a smoky char on the outside of the scallops while leaving the inside tender and juicy. Plus, you barely have to add any fat to aid in the cooking, just brush the scallops lightly with oil or butter to stop them from sticking.
Photo and recipe from Tastefully Simple
6. Panko-Crusted Scallops
If you’re looking for a slightly different way to prepare scallops, consider this panko-crusted version. It’s not often that you encounter a low-calorie meal that could be accurately described as breaded and fried. This recipe is a great way to sate a craving for fattier fried foods.
Photo and recipe from Parenting
7. Seared Scallops Over Wilted Spinach and Parmesan Risotto
In addition to being low-fat, this simple seared scallop recipe incorporates some wilted spinach for added nutrient power. For those of you interested, the recipe includes the Weight Watchers points!
Photo and recipe from Skinnytaste
8. Seared Scallops with Beurre Blanc and Pesto Pea Purée
If you aren’t interested in calorie counting at the moment, try indulging in this recipe for seared scallops with beurre blanc. It may be high in fat, but it’s still low-carb, not that you need to make any excuses. The stomach wants what the stomach wants.
Photo and recipe from Baked Bree
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