Scallops and Quinoa Recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: about 10 scallops and 3/4 cup quinoa
    • Calories: 239
    • Fat: 5g
    • Saturated Fat: 1g
    • Cholesterol: 38mg
    • Sodium: 336mg
    • Carbohydrates: 24g
    • Fiber: 3g
    • Protein: 24g

* Nutritional information is based on ingredients listed and serving size; any additions or substitutions to ingredients may alter the recipe's nutritional content

Scallops and Quinoa Recipe

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Seared scallops and quinoa are a great combination for an easy seafood dinner that is under 250 calories per serving. This impressive seafood recipe of seared scallops is quick and delicious.


    • 2 cups water
    • 3/8 tsp salt
    • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
    • 3 tsp olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 tsp lemon zest
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/4 cup chopped mint
    • Black pepper to taste
    • 1 1/2 lb sea scallops (about 1 inch diameter each)


    • In a medium saucepan, add water and 1/4 tsp of the salt and bring water to a boil. Add rinsed quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Set aside.
    • In a skillet, heat 1 tsp of the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 3 minutes, or until onion is softened. Add onion and bell pepper mixture, lemon zest, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, mint and black pepper to quinoa. Toss to combine. Keep warm.
    • In a large cast-iron skillet, heat remaining 2 tsp of oil over medium-high heat. Season scallops with the remaining 1/8 tsp of salt and pepper to taste. Add scallops to skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. Serve with quinoa mixture.
Yield: 6 servings

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Review Date: February 26, 2013
Reviewed By: Christina D. Wright, RD, LDN, Nutrition Editor, Baldwin Publishing, Inc.
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