I absolutely love living in Maine for so many reasons. One of my favorite things about living here along the coast is the availability of delicious, fresh seafood! I truly enjoy going to the local fish market and picking up something that has just arrived off the boat. Then, I look forward to taking it home to whip up something for dinner. Sea scallops are always on the top of list as they are so quick and easy to make, not to mention absolutely delicious with minimal preparation. I like to serve them over a fresh bed of sautéed greens for a light and healthy meal. So, today I am sharing my Sea Scallops and Spinach Sauté Recipe.
Health Benefits of Sea Scallops
Before I dive into the recipe, I would like to share some of the amazing health benefits of eating these mollusks. For starters, scallops are low in calories containing only about 160 per 4 ounce serving. They are also full of omega-3 fatty acids which are important in maintaining cardiovascular health. Also, they contain a significant amount of the vitamin B12 which is essential for our bodies. These are just a few of the many great benefits of scallops! Now, onto a very simple, yet lovely way to prepare them!
Sea Scallops and Spinach Sauté
- 12 Large Sea Scallops
- Coarse Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Butter, divided
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1/2 White Onion, chopped
- 5 Cloves of Garlic, coarsely minced
- 8 oz. Shitake Mushrooms
- 8 Cups of Baby Spinach Leaves
- 1 Pint of Grape Tomatoes (or Cherry Tomatoes) cut in half
- Place Sea Scallops in Shallow Bowl lined with Paper towels to absorb moisture
- Let Scallops sit for at least 1 hour in bowl lined with paper towels in refrigerator to absorb moisture.
- Sprinkle Scallops with Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of Butter over Medium Heat in Black Iron Skillet until softened.
- Place Sea Scallops in pan and cook for approximately 2 minutes on each side, until slightly browned and heated through, remove from pan and keep warm. (*Be careful not to over cook)
- Heat Coconut Oil in large pan over Medium Heat until melted.
- Add Onions & Garlic, cook until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add 1 Tbsp of butter and Shitakes, sauté until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
- Next, add Spinach, it will be heaping in the pan, but cover and cook over medium heat. Check & stir spinach after 2 minutes. Continue cooking with pan covered until spinach leaves have wilted, approximately 3 more minutes.
- Uncover and add tomatoes, sauté for 1 minute & remove from heat.
- Keep Warm.
- Divide Spinach concoction between 4 plates and place 3 Scallops on top of each, Serve immediately.
So Tell Me…
Is fresh seafood available where you live? Are you a fan of scallops? What is your favorite way to prepare seafood?
Thank you so much for stopping by! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!
Looking for more great seafood recipes? Check out this wonderful Haddock and Asparagus Wrapped Prosciutto meal, perfect for a busy weeknight!
Love Spinach? Check out this Spinach and Sautéed Veggie Casserole
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