Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

This easy pan seared scallops / shrimp dish is a delightfully simple yet elegant dinner for one! The added zip of lemon poppy dressing makes it unique and tasty.

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 360 kcal


  • 5 5 large sea scallops (or 5 large shrimp, peeled and deveined)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon poppy seed dressing
  • ½ cup cooked rice, hot


  • Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Scallops:  Place scallops carefully in the pan so they are not touching.  Cook on one side for 2-4 minutes, until they are nicely seared.  Flip them over and cook for 2 minutes or until opaque.
  • Shrimp:  Place shrimp carefully in the pan so that they are not touching.  Cook for one minute. Flip over and cook for one more minute, or until shrimp is opaque.
  • Remove seafood from pan and arrange on top of rice. Add lemon poppy dressing to the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze.  Empty contents over the top of seafood and rice.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Hack:  Place leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving-size containers and freeze for future use.
  • Hack:  Shrimp and scallops can be purchased individually from the seafood counter at most grocery stores.  Alternately, both of these items can be purchased frozen in larger portions if you wish to keep some on hand.  Thaw needed amounts before cooking.
  • Hack:  Seafood can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.  It can be thawed more quickly by placing it in a sealable bag and submerging in a bath of cold water for about an hour.
Keyword buffet, fast meal, low calorie, pan seared, quick and easy, scallops, seafood, shellfish, shrimp, vegetarian

Did you know?  Scallops are considered to be one of the healthiest kinds of seafood!

Suggestion:  Try this dish would pair nicely with rice pilaf!

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4 Replies to “Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp”

  1. Hi there, I love seafood and scallops and shrimps are two of my favorite dishes. I do not often cook it for myself at home, as I tend to have them come out tough. But looking at your recipe, I think I overcook them, so I now feel inspired to try cooking scallops and shrimps again. 

    I did click on the link for the lemon poppy seed dressing, but unfortunately the link seems to be broken as it could not be found, so you might want to check it. Lemon poppy seed dressing to go with the scallops do sound yummy. 

    1. I was also unsure about cooking my own shellfish at home but I was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out!

      Thank you for the heads up on the broken link.  I’ve been doing some updates and I guess I missed that one.  All fixed now!

  2. Great content on your website! I love the fact that you highlighted all the steps in some of your recipes under your post “let’s get cooking”. Being creative in the kitchen is key to eating well and being motivated. I find I am always trying to spice things up and add new and simple recipes when I can. Your website has plenty of recipes that are easy and flexible for such a fast-paced world. Great work and thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments.  I love being creative in the kitchen and it’s nice to meet someone who shares my passions!  Enjoy!

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