Quick Scallops and Spaghetti

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

I had scallops and little time to make dinner so this is what I came up with and the kids loved it. Maybe they were just hungry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook spaghetti per package instruction while preparing the scallops.
  2. (Drain spaghetti and reserve about 1 cup of pasta water).
  3. While spaghetti is cooking, heat skillet on medium high. Add olive oil and heat about 1 minute.
  4. Add garlic and black pepper, saute for about 45 seconds, do not brown.
  5. Add scallops and cook until opaque (about 5 minutes).
  6. Remove scallops to a bowl with slotted spoon.
  7. Add onion and cook until softened (add a ladle or about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pasta water to skillet to make sauce).
  8. Once onion pieces are clear and soft, squeeze in the juice of one large lemon.
  9. Salt to taste.
  10. Drain and put hot spaghetti in a large bowl, immediately pour the skillet of scallops on top of the spaghetti, add chopped parsley and toss to mix.
  11. Serve immediately, can add lemon, parsley or red pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

Great recipe. Like ShellyS said, it is very light. We had it for a late dinner and it didn't feel heavy, at all. I did add 3/4 of a Vodka sauce, which I think made it very tasty. Also added chopped fresh red peppers to the onions, which cooked enough to soften them, but let some crunchiness. Also, rather than bay scallops, I used fresh wild scallops (only 1 lb) and it was delicious. It all tasted so fresh.

SgtoPipa January 05, 2013

Nice, light recipe. I added a little parm cheese on top at the end but was otherwise true to the recipe. Great flavor, and so quick and easy! Thank you, Nado.

ShellyS June 01, 2009