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

Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp


5 large sea scallops (or 5 large shrimp, peeled and deveined)

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup lemon poppy seed dressing

½ cup hot rice


Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Scallops:  Place scallops carefully in 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.

Shrimp:  Place shrimp carefully in 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.


1 serving, 360 calories


Hack:  Place leftover rice while still warm (to retain moisture) in serving-size containers and freeze for future use.

Hack #2:  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 #3:  Seafood can be thawed overnight in 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.


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6 Replies to “Easy Pan Seared Scallops / Shrimp”

  1. Hi Cynthia,

    This is a really interesting article and recipe. I love shrimp and scallops but I never knew how to make it into an actual meal that people would find nice. I am not the best cook in the world, so I reckon I could impress my girlfriend, and maybe even some friends in the future.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work on your site.

    All the best,


  2. I was just at your pulled pork recipe and I can’t stand to click through your website and land here! Your recipes sounds so yummy, it’s no wonder why my stomach is growling (I’m seriously looking for food to munch down now). Your recipes are always so easy to follow through, one look and I know what ingredients are needed. I am looking forward to try this out. Will it be ok to replace the shrimp with something else? Sadly, my mum is allergic with shrimp, don’t want her to feel left out when I cook this for my family! Thank you once again for yet another delicious recipe! 

    1. Thank you for your kind comments!  The beauty of making meals at home is that you can make any changes you want!  You could replace the shrimp with more scallops or some fish.  Enjoy!

  3. Hi there, This a great recipe with my 2 favorite seafood items. I can not wait to try this. Your recipes are always laid out to make them easy to understand. I don’t like the recipes with all of the videos. It takes too long o get to the point. You added some great hack on this recipe that is very helpful. Thank you

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