Blackened Scallops

These easy blackened scallops are packed with flavor. Making your own spice mixture allows you to control the sodium. Serve over grits or pasta with a squeeze of lemon for brightness.

Blackened Scallops
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 pound medium dry sea scallops, tough muscle removed

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Stir together paprika, pepper, cumin, salt, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder in a small bowl. Thoroughly pat scallops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the scallops evenly with the spice mixture.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the scallops, spaced evenly apart so they are not touching each other, working in batches if needed. Cook until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to medium-high; add butter to the pan. Cook until the scallops are opaque throughout and charred on the bottom, about 2 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

137 Calories
7g Fat
4g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 3 scallops
Calories 137
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Protein 14g 28%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Vitamin A 399IU 8%
Sodium 474mg 21%
Potassium 242mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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