Seared Scallops over Garlic Spinach

Seared Scallops | 2 Cookin' Mamas Delicious & super healthy dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes! #scallops #recipe

As you read this post we are on our way down to enjoy a much needed vacation in Key West. We love going down there to just relax, take in some diving and, of course, spend a little time on crazy but entertaining Duval Street. It’s a really laid back atmosphere with plenty of margaritas (watch for our healthy Margarita Smoothie coming soon), Key Lime Pie and seafood, like these delicious seared sea scallops.

Seared Scallops overhead | 2 Cookin' Mamas

Everyone thinks Key West is just casual bars and restaurants but they have become a mecca for gourmet restaurants and foods from all over the world. Of course, they have their unusual restaurants too like Blue Heaven, where you dine with the free range chickens, or B.O.s Fish Wagon, which looks like it will come down around your ears at any minute, but the upscale ones are quite remarkable and would be top choices for dining anywhere. Our favorites – Blackfin Bistro, Bagatelle, Salute! On The Beach and Roof Top Cafe.

Key West restaurants | 2 Cookin' Mamas

So back to today’s dinner. This is one quick and easy dinner that would be a gourmet specialty in any of the restaurants above. The scallops take just 3 minutes to sear and the spinach another 3 minutes and you’ve got an amazing dinner for the family on the table in less than 10 minutes!

Seared Scallops plated | 2 Cookin' Mamas

Another plus about this recipe is that it makes great appetizers for a party. Buy a dozen or so Chinese soup spoons and place one scallop on top of a little spinach on each one and you have a presentation that will WOW your guests. And the taste will just put it over the top. So grab a skillet and get cookin’!

Bye for now from “Margaritaville”!

Seared Scallops over Garlic Spinach


  • 10 Sea Scallops
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, if needed
  • 1/4-1/3 cup onion, chopped fine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10-oz fresh spinach, washed
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


Sea Scallops

Scallops should be rinsed and dried with a paper towel. I like to blot mine between two sheets until I am sure they are as dry as they can get. If using frozen scallops, let thaw in refrigerator and then proceed to dry well with paper towels. Season scallops with salt & pepper.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil & butter until it sizzles when a drop of water is added. Add scallops, giving each of them their own space. Cook 1-1/2-2 minutes on each side, turning only once, or until scallop is nicely browned. Remove from pan and set aside.


If there is only a little liquid left in the skillet add the additional 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add spinach, it will overflow pan but will quickly reduce in size, and toss lightly until spinach is wilted. Salt & pepper to taste.

Place spinach on serving plate and top with scallops.

Serves 2.

Wine Pairing:  A Chardonnay pairs very well with seafood and dishes containing garlic as it tends to offset some of the spiciness. If you prefer a lighter wine, you could opt for an Albarino or a dry Riesling. Both of these wines work very well with stronger seafoods as their crispness helps accentuate the flavors.

Seared Scallops over Garlic Spinach pin | 2 Cookin' Mamas Delicious & super healthy dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes! #scallops #recipe



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  • Reply
    05/24/2016 at 3:00 pm I only make scallops once a year (expensive!) but need to add more "whole animal" to my dietary regimen. This recipe looks delicious and simple enough to make, I think I could definitely start adding it to my meal plan every other week. Thanks for sharing!
    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/26/2016 at 2:04 pm I know what you mean about the expense but every once in a while (maybe every other month) I love to have scallops (they're my favorite seafood). They're so simple to make too and are great for a quick & delicious dinner. Hope you get to try them soon.
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    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking
    05/24/2016 at 3:11 pm wow, I LOVE that chinese spoon presentation! We have a lot in our house so what a great idea :D
    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/26/2016 at 2:00 pm Thanks Natalie! I saw it done in a buffet one time with shrimp and thought why not scallops. The individual portion makes them great for hors douevres for parties and they look pretty too.

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