Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo

8 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

Original recipe from MyRecipes:

This is a twenty minute meal that is impressive, light, healthy and delicious. The key to perfect scallops is patting them dry with a papertowel and getting the pan nice and hot before you add them. Allow them to get a golden brown sear, flip gently and cook for about 2 more minutes or until they are slightly firm to the touch.


4 tbsp Butter; divided
1/2 c Onion; chopped
1 c Wheat orzo; uncooked
1 c Chicken Stock
1/2 c White wine
1/2 tsp Fresh Thyme; chopped
2 tbsp Fresh chives; chopped
2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
8 large Sea scallops
Fresh ground pepper

Original recipe makes 2 Servings



1. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook about 3 minutes until wilted. Add orzo and cook for about a minute to incorporate butter. Add chicken stock, wine and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Add lemon juice and chives and keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, rinse scallops and lay on paper towels to dry. Blot excess water with dry towels. Season tops generously with salt and pepper.

3. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, seasoned side down. Cook for about 3 minutes until they are a nice, crisp golden brown. Season exposed sides with salt and pepper while cooking. Carefully flip scallops over and cook for another 3 minutes or until mostly firm to the touch.

4. Serve scallops over lemon orzo.

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Seared scallops with lemon orzo


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I made this dish last night for my anniversary. My husband of 2yrs now is new to orzo, so I decided to try it. It was DE-LISH!!! My husband loved it along side a steak and salad. I will definitely make this dish again. The scallop were wonderful! I changed some of the ingredients and it was still FANSTASTIC!
NewMe18 1y ago

DJude76 2y ago

This is a wonderful. Easy and delicious recipe. The directions were clear and easy to follow on first try. I used sea salt on the scallops and went a little overboard on the "generous" seasoning. But they were still perfectly prepared and still tasted very good. I used a side dish recipe from Big Oven for baked asparagus that was delicious. Over all this recipe was a home run!
jcal45 2y ago

I made this recipe twice, the family loved it both times and it's now comsidered a family favorite. It taste great and is so easy and quick to make! I didn 't have fresh thyme so I substituted fresh oregano instead, still yummy. Last time I didn't have fresh chives so I substituted fresh flat leaf parsley. I seems this is a very forgiving recipe, so I'd feel free to make any substitutes that suit your taste. Thanks for posting this one!
Paradiserocks 2y ago

kmednis 3y ago

Simple to make and delicious. I loved the favors in the orzo. I used regular orzo instead of wheat an would cut down on the butter used for the scallops next time. But overall very tasty dish.
Aliciaro 3y ago

This recipe is fantastic!
grillin123 5y ago

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winstonteakasmom 7y ago

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