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Seared Scallops and Quinoa

a plate of seared scallops and quinoa

Seared scallops and quinoa make an easy seafood dinner that’s sure to impress. You can make this high-protein romantic dinner in 30 minutes.

Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 239
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 38mg
  • Sodium: 336mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 24g



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

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