Pan-Seared Five-Spice Scallops


If you think scallops are just for special occasions, guess again. This easy scallop dinner cooks in just one pan and is ready in 20 minutes, so you can bring this restaurant favorite to your weeknight dinner menu.

Pan-Seared Five-Spice Scallops
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen sea scallops

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • Dash cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (not toasted) or peanut oil

  • 1 10 ounce pkg. fresh baby spinach or kale

  • 3 tablespoon diced cooked ham or cooked bacon pieces

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar

  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Rinse scallops; pat dry. In a plastic bag combine flour, five-spice powder, and cayenne pepper. Add scallops, shaking to coat.

  2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add scallops; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until browned and opaque, turning once. Remove scallops.

  3. Add spinach and ham to skillet; sprinkle with the water. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until spinach starts to wilt. Drizzle with vinegar, toss to coat. Return scallops to skillet; heat through. If desired, sprinkle servings with sesame seeds.

Serving Suggestion

If desired, serve over hot cooked brown rice or quinoa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 23.5mg 118%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 2.8mg 16%
Potassium 371mg 8%
Folate, total 152.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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