Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach #WeekdaySupper

It’s easy to eat your greens when they are wilted in olive oil and garlic and topped with seared scallops encrusted in a little butter. One pan, less than 30 minutes and you have an elegant, healthy and delicious meal.

Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach

Whenever scallops happen to be on sale, I stock up. They are a bit of a delicacy. I know. But, they are oh sooo easy to cook and everyone at our house thoroughly enjoys them. I can’t resist something that is healthy, low-calorie and delicious. Scallops can brighten up any day, especially a week day. 🙂

Meal Time Strategy for Seared Scallops

When scallops are on the menu, here’s a plan to make a robust meal:

  1. Serve a proper portion of scallops, about 4-5 larger-sized ones…because it is way to easy to pop these little goodies in your mouth.
  2. Round out the meal with *lots* of fresh spinach. Add another side of rice (or pasta) with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley stirred in.

Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach

The key to this dish is cooking the scallops just until they are done. If they are overcooked they become tough and chewy. When searing scallops in a pan, allow them to cook untouched for about 3 minutes before turning them to the other side. Turn over the scallops and repeat. The sides of the scallops will be white and opaque when they are done.

Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach
Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach #WeekdaySupper
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Seared scallops are nestled in spinach wilted in olive oil and garlic. It's a one-dish, 30-minute meal that is elegant, healthy and delicious.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 136 kcal
  • 24 sea scallops about 20 ounces
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach washed and dried
  • Juice from fresh lemon
  1. Pat sea scallops dry with a paper towel.
  2. Lightly sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper on the top and bottom.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon of butter in a large pan over medium heat.
  4. Carefully place half the scallops in the pan and allow them to cook, untouched, for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until the side touching the pan is lightly browned and has a light brown crust. The sides will be opaque when done.
  5. Remove scallops to a plate and keep warm.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of butter to the pan and repeat process with remaining scallops.
  7. Add olive oil to pan and swirl to coat.
  8. Add garlic and spinach to the pan and turn in pan for 1-2 minutes until wilted.
  9. Serve scallops over spinach. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top.
Recipe Notes

Suggested side: Serve with rice mixed with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.
Adapted from SkinnyTaste

Nutrition Facts
Seared Scallops over Wilted Spinach #WeekdaySupper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 607mg 25%
Potassium 527mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 81%
Vitamin C 15.1%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Such a lovely and simple weekday supper, my hubby and daughter adore scallops and would be thrilled with this any night of the week!! YUM!!

  2. Who needs rice? Just give me more scallops and spinach. Yum!

  3. Mmmmm….. this recipe is right up my alley! I love scallops.

  4. There is nothing I love more than a plate of good, plump scallops! These look absolutely gorgeous. I want to eat it off the screen!

  5. These scallops are calling me, Marjory! Delicious!

  6. Marjory, I love scallops and this dish is simple but looks so fancy! A squeeze of lemon never hurts either 🙂

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