Under the Sea…Scallops

Hey everyone – so this week I made a delicious meal for my roommates. Remember how I mentioned in my previous posts that I am obsessed with seafood? Well, the obsession is still there…This week I made some seared scallops with spinach, feta and pine nut salad. Fancy, right? Screen Shot 2013-10-06 at 6.30.18 PM

Everyone will be impressed with your cooking skills with this recipe. But, fair warning – the prep time is kind of long.

It all starts off with a bag of jumbo frozen sea scallops, which we are going to need to thaw. There are two options on how to thaw them:

1)   Thaw scallops in a covered pan in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours

2)   Leave scallops in original packaging and submerge in a pan of cold water. Do not thaw scallops at room temperature. Rinse scallops in cool water and drain in a colander before use.

Since the first option takes about an eternity, I’m going to use the second set of instructions.


Once you are done thawing the scallops (which takes about 1-2 hours), you have to make sure that you pat the scallops with a dry paper towel. This is extremely important, because if you do not do this correctly, your scallops are going to taste kind of chewy.

You then season the scallops with salt & pepper (and any other spice you desire).


In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil at a medium/high temperature.

Place scallops on the hot skillet and cook approximately 2-3 minutes per side or up until they turn opaque.

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*Turn only once, scallops cook quickly and are done when opaque

The spinach with feta & pine nuts salad is a recipe my mom sent me from one of her many Barefoot Contessa recipe books.

You will need the following ingredients:


            2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil

            1-½ cups chopped onion

            1 lemon

            1 pound of fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and spun dry

            Salt and black pepper

            1-½ tablespoons of pine nuts

            ½ cup of diced feta

Heat the olive oil in large pan, add the onion and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, zest the lemon and set aside


Squeeze the lemon and add 1-½ tablespoons of lemon juice to the pan


Add the spinach in big handfuls, tossing constantly with tongs for a minute or two until all the leaves are wilted. Toss with 1-½ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper and remove from the heat

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Add 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, the pine nuts and feta and toss gently.

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Season to taste and serve hot with the seared scallops


Voila! Your fancy meal is done! This recipe is kind of time consuming, but trust me it is definitely worth it!

Overall price: $25

Overall prep time: Thawing 1-2 hours

Overall cooking time: 20 minutes

Difficulty: 4/5

Let me know if you enjoyed this recipe, if it was too difficult, or anything like that! Happy Cooking!