Spicy Scallop-Pineapple Stir-Fry

Sambal oelek is a spicy red chili sauce popular in Southeast Asia. There are many brands on the market--some contain vinegar, garlic, and lime, in addition to a mixture of chiles. Look for one without sugar added. Not a heat seeker? Add just a little at a time to taste.

Spicy Scallop-Pineapple Stir-Fry in pink bowl
Photo: Adam Albright
Total Time:
20 mins
6 cups


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen sea scallops

  • 3 tablespoon sambal oelek

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 cup sliced fresh pineapple, quartered and patted dry

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 cup hot cooked quinoa

  • Lemon wedges


  1. Thaw scallops, if frozen. Rinse scallops; pat dry. For sauce, in a small bowl combine sambal oelek, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and black pepper.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet or a wok heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high. Add half of the scallops. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned and opaque, turning once. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining scallops.

  3. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to skillet; heat over medium-high. Add pineapple. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until starting to soften and brown. Add bell pepper; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes more or until crisp-tender.

  4. Return scallops to skillet. Stir in sauce; heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over quinoa with lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
10g Fat
38g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 789mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 98.3mg 492%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 368mg 8%
Folate, total 68.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*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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