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Rich and savory Seared Scallops and Wilted Greens. A hearty meal that satisfies, yet is easy on the waistline. 

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The first time I ever seared scallops was on my honeymoon.

Lt. Dan and I got married  right after college over seventeen years ago. We decided that before we took the plunge into our new “grown-up” careers, we would spend a month in Colorado, hiking, visiting natural hot springs, rafting, horse-back riding, and taking lots of pictures.

One evening we planned to stay in our cabin and cook. Being honeymooners, we wanted to prepare something fancy… Seared scallops perhaps.

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I had some cooking experience, but coming from a family with five kids, we didn’t eat a lot of seafood or expensive proteins.

Like many new cooks, I was afraid of the possibility of raw seafood. The word bacteria kept trailing through my thoughts.

What if I poisoned my new husband?

The image of us sitting in the ER on our honeymoon was more than I could bare. So I sautéed the scallops… And sautéed the scallops. And sautéed, sautéed, sautéed, until at some point they ceased to be moist, buttery pillows of oceanic bliss, and turned into dense rubber balls, similar to those you get out of a 25 cent slot machine.

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My sweet new hubby complemented my dinner as he struggled to chew. Upon first bite my teeth trampolined off the scallops. Oh dear, what had I done?

The truth is, many people overcook seafood. Whether due to fear of bacteria or oversight, it’s an absolute travesty to ruin perfectly good fish and seafood by elongated cooking.

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Most varieties of seafood are best when  just barely cooked through. Seared scallops are actually considered to be cooked to perfection when the top and bottom are caramelized and crisp, yet the inside is a touch undercooked.

Usually 1-2 minutes per side over high heat will do the job!

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Today I’ve paired some “colossal” jumbo scallops with wilted greens and served them over white beans for a healthy low carb meal. The acidity in the greens complements the devilishly rich scallops.

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Seared Scallops with Wilted Greens could be served with grits, potatoes, or mashed cauliflower, for and elegant low-country meal!

I like to serve Seared Scallops with Wilted Greens on its own to cut the carbs.

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Seared Scallops with Wilted Greens

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Rich hearty Seared Scallops and Wilted Greens make a marvelous healthy dinner option!
Servings: 4


  • 3 slices of thick-cut bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 shallots, sliced thin
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bunches kale, chard, beet greens…
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 jumbo sea scallops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Slice the kale stems into thin pieces and the leaves into larger strips. Heat a large deep sauté pan to medium-high. Add the bacon a cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the shallots and cook until soft, 3 more minutes. Next add the garlic, and kale stems. Cook another 4-5 minutes before adding the leaves. Toss until the leaves wilt over the heat. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, then salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
  • Heat an iron skillet to high. Dry the scallops thoroughly and remove the "foot" on the side of each scallop. Salt and pepper liberally. Add the oil to the pan and swirl around. When it starts to smoke, quickly add the scallops. Cook on high for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Flip the scallops over and add the butter. Spoon the butter over the scallops as they cook another 1-2 minutes. Serve over warm greens.


Serving: 15g, Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 29mg, Sodium: 574mg, Potassium: 316mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2935IU, Vitamin C: 35.6mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Healthy, Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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71 comments on “Seared Scallops and Wilted Greens”

  1. why remove the foot? It is equally tasty

  2. I have made this recipe several times and my husband and I love it. We never had luck with searing scallops, but your method is the ticket! Made it tonight with rainbow chard from our CSA and it was delicious! I shared your recipe with the members of the CSA.

  3. Absolutely delicious! Best thing I have made in a long time and I cook quite a bit.

  4. This combination of greens and scallops was delicious.  we will definitely have this again!

  5. Made this yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. I will definitely be making these again very soon. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.

  6. This looks amazing. Just like in a restaurant. I love seared scallops. Yum!

  7. I don’t see anything about the beans in the recipe, are they canned beans? Do you do anything to them or just heat them up?

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  9. Wonderful recipe, not a fan of kale will sub Swiss Chard! Please, can you add a “Pin It” link to your site? It would be so helpful. Thanks.

  10. I noticed in this post you said to pat the scallops dry. Before reading this and trying it, I had no idea HOW IMPORTANT that step actually is. Without it, a sear is a hard thing to master. I used this tip to create a little dish of my own! You should check it out. Pan-seared scallops with orange-garlic and wine sauce! YUMMMM.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  11. Pure and utter YUM! Shallots, garlic, scallops – CANNOT go wrong there! And such a perfect way to get kale into your diet! I totally need to buy scallops, it’s such a shame that they’re so expensive though!

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  13. I just made this for lunch and it was delicious! thanks!

  14. WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. …

  15. Gah, this looks good! Love everything about it! Bacon, kale, beans, SCALLOPS…yum. And that sear on the scallops looks divine.

  16. HELLO;

    I am impressed by your set-by-step instructions; it is really a pain in the ass to publish post like that!

    The idea of dish is great; however probably replace scallops by some other sea animals (I was very sick once after eating scallops when I was pregnant and the bad after taste continues).

    Best regards,,

  17. I love your new site! Beautiful combination of colors and design. Well done.

    The dish is gorgeous too. What a fantastic way to make greens look very sophisticated.

  18. Cooked to perfection. Nice job on the dish.

  19. Kissy pics?? hee hee ….think we’ve all been there LOL

    This is perfection – love the pairing of classy scallops with down home bacon-y kale and beans! I would inhale two servings of this in as many heartbeats. Told you before but I’ll say it again – GORGEOUS new site. Love, love, love it!

  20. tickled with your new changes. Will definitely be adding you to my Google reader! I tried to do that when I first discovered your blog and it didn’t work. Wish me luck this time…it’ll be easier to keep up with your new posts. Thanks, Spicy, congrats on your newly renovated/even more lovely site!

  21. uhhh……… yeeah this looks awesome!

  22. LOVE your new site. It is so gorgeous and do I dare say…sommery? hehe. I get the sommer jokes as I am sure you do as well! Luckily I found you on twitter, because I was wondering what happened to you!

    I love everything about this recipe! I loooooooove scallops and I love beans even more. Unfortunately, I will have to hunt for kale, though at the Farmer’s market in a town adjacent to mine had some so maybe I’ll luck out this weekend? This has me drooling!

  23. First of all, I totally LOVE your new site! It’s gorgeous!!

    Those scallops look fantastic, too! I’ve never actually eaten scallops before, but they seem pretty simple to prepare. Thanks for demystifying them a bit. :D

  24. Wowwww!! Where was I that I missed all this “metarmophosis”????!!! The site is great!! Now, I had the impression you were blonde, now I see a lovely brunette !!! Yes, I know…we are supposed to talk food here..but it is girls’ stuff also… ;D
    I love everything…the scallops included !!!

  25. Wel, Sommer! This is my type of tasty food! I love fresh scallops & I love kale too!

    I also love your new blog!! Hip & trendy is it!

  26. Your new site look is terrific and so are those delicious looking scallops!

  27. WOW!!! Color! It goes so well with the name of your site.

    You’re right about scallops being overcooked. It’s one of my favorite luxurious seafood dishes. It’s also easy and fast to cook for a delicious weekday meal, especially when paired with wilted greens.

  28. Oooh, I love seafood but don’t get to eat it very often (the husband won’t eat it) This recipe sounds good enough to make just for myself though!

  29. I really love your new site. And wow, I cannot wait to try those scallops!

    I have a question: Where did you get your BlogHer Food 2011 I’m Going Badge? I’ve been searching and I can’t seem to find it.


  30. I LOVE the new look! It is definitely pleasing to the eye. I have never made my own scallops but I enjoy them and would love to try my hand at it sometime. Yours look absolutely beautiful.

  31. Great new look, Sommer! As for the scallops … perfect advice on searing! I do love a velvety scallop with just the right amount of crunch on the outside! Love your treatment on the bed of wilted kale … so healthy and tasty!

  32. Love the new layout! Congrats on the move to WordPress, I really am loving the new graphics as well! These scallops look fantastic, and the wilted greens are an excellent bed for them.

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  34. scallops are the best seafood ever! I love them and I put them in any number of plates. My biggest wish is to put them in a dessert :)

  35. Beautiful caramelization on the scallops! They are a nice addition to this seasonal dish; that is as good for you as it looks!

  36. Congrats! the new site looks goooood! Keep inspiring us with your lovely recipes :)

  37. loving the new site, i really need to work on mine..thanks for the link..your scallops are stunning..and how cute..kissy pics, how fun!!


  38. Great new site! CONGRATS!

  39. Congrats on your new site…it’s gorgeous! I love scallops and this dish looks really yummy with the wilted kale.

  40. I like the NEW look! Easy on the eyes. Looks like yummy dish..I have never made scallops and I dont know why! :)

  41. Sommer, love scallop and the idea of serving in a bed of yummie veggies is sure very tempting…beautifully presented :-)

  42. Wow–love the new page! It looks so professional! This dish looks so good. I just love scallops. Great tip and photo about the scallop foot–it is surprising how many people don’t know about that!

  43. Sommer

    I do believe that is one of the most perfect dishes I have seen in a while!! Those lovely scallops cooked to perfection, on top of bitter greens with bacon , over white beans….wow!! All those great flavors working together to create such a memorable meal!

  44. Scallops and greens are two of my favorite foods. Can’t wait to try this one.

    The site looks great!

  45. PS, I clicked on the PRINT version and got the whole dam post PLUS THE COMMENTS. It’s STILL PRINTING. I cancelled it, of course, but I can’t afford the ink!!!!!!!!!!! What happened?????

  46. Just curious, what’s a “beat” green?
    lol, this sounds fantastic.
    I LOVE scallops, but I’m going to try this with local North Carolina wild shrimp (they are on sale here in NC now), and I bet it’ll taste great!! Can’t BEET it!!

  47. Hey Sommer, this is mood food!! I don’t know if you think of it that way, but scallops are high in magnesium. A mineral that is key for proper mood (4 out of 5 Americans are deficient in it!). Then there are the nutrient rich greens and protein rich beans-la perfeccion:-) Ooh, and I can see that you’ve learned a lot about seafood since the early days. Delicious looking these scallops are!

  48. I have told you I love your new lokk – but you have made this such a fun sight to play around in! And, YUM. I love scallops. And, your green pot. It is exactly the same as mine! The bean recipe looks great and it is my goal to eat more of these this year, for sure.

  49. Sommer, I love you paired them with cooked greens…well-balanced and delicious!

  50. I love your new home, thanks for sharing your web site designer’s name. Everything looks great and so well organized! The photos are big and clear, looks so professional and delicious. Congratulations:’)

    I also like this recipe for sea scallops, lots of yummy kale makes a healthy dish;-)

  51. Great post to start off with, gorgeous job on the revamp! I look forward to more…I think I need a revamp! ha

  52. Love, love, love the new layout. Cheers!

  53. Beautiful! I love seared scallops. Never tried the kale though. Your site looks great!

  54. Your site looks AMAZING. I’m bringing my husband over to see it so he can get an idea of what I want when we work on my own. Wow! And this scallop dish is beautiful. I loved hearing about your first time cooking scallops too (I had an almost identical experience) Thank you for sharing with me…and for your sweet words on my blog. You made me smile!

  55. Sommer, your new blog look is gorgeous. I love the clean look, how the pictures are framed and the gray behind the recipe box. Your logo is perfect! I have my husband working on mine at the moment. We already bought the theme and I am very excited. I will be moving from blogger to my own domain using WP. Shauna did a wonderful job for you.
    And the scallops came out perfectly crisp using the cast iron pan. This is a dish cooked for my husband!

  56. Sommer, I can’t tell you how much I love the step by step photos! I’ve never made scallops before but man this does make me want to try my hand at them. I love the new site too. Your pictures (and recipes) really POP on here :p

  57. Your scallops look amazing! And you’ve got bacon in there? YUM!
    Beautiful photos!

  58. Looks amazing! I want this for dinner tonight! Yum. :)

  59. I love the new site. The scallops, I love even more. They are one of my favorite seafoods. Yours look wonderful.

  60. The site looks so good! As does the dish; I love crunchy kale in anything.

  61. I love scallops but my husband does not so I never make them at home. I wonder if I could change his opinion with this delicious dish!?!?
    PS – I got your FB and Twitter messages and responded. Perhaps you aren’t getting those? So, here is my email… carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    I am very interested and want to hear more about how it all works.

  62. Welcome to WordPress. I happen to be a WP Fan. The new site looks great and love the idea to add the Ashville Page. I could do that with Highlands Ranch. I love that first photo Sommer. The scallops look beautiful but adore that lime green plate. Must be Fiestaware. I got my nerve up a couple of months ago and trusted my cast iron skillet to a very delicate piece of sea bass. Couldn’t believe how well it worked and it looks like to worked it’s searing charm on these scallops.

  63. Love the new look….neat and easy to navigate. Love your scallop, too. I love to eat scallops but have not learned to cook. You made it look simple and easy to cook. Beautiful pictures.

  64. Isn’t it a shame that we don’t have scallops here in Greece? This dish looks perfect and I love the new blog look.

  65. First, I love sea scallops and these are beautiful. Second, I LOVE the new look!! It’s GORGEOUS and happy. Easy follow you on Twitter now!