Seared Scallops over Spinach square | 2 Cookin Mamas


If you love scallops and easy dinners then this Sea Scallops over Spinach recipe is for you! It takes less than 20 minutes and it's made all in one pan Just sear the scallops, cook the spinach with garlic til it wilts then set the scallops on top & you've got a gourmet dinner in minutes! 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Linda Warren



  • 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

  1. 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.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil & butter until it sizzles when a drop of water is added. 
  3. 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.


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