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Garlic Scallops for Valentines Day!

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Want to make your sweetheart a special dinner for Valentine’s Day? This is what you need to impress! These Garlic Seared Sea Scallops are done in less than 30 minutes and they’ll never believe it!

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Garlic Seared Sea Scallops for Valentines Day with Carrot & Romanesco Pureés

How could these scallops not impress? This is such an elegant meal! Or just buy a few and serve them as a first course!

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Whole Romanesco on barnwood boardPinHave you ever tried Romanesco? It goes by several names. Romanesco broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco or just Romanesco. Like cauliflower and broccoli, the part that we eat are actually the flower buds. It has been grown since the 16th century in Italy, according to Wikipedia. The flavor is more mild, not as strong as either cauliflower or broccoli. Having said that, the flavor resembles a mild, nutty flavor which is a combination of both.


We served these Garlic Scallops with both Romanesco pureé and carrot pureé and steamed Romanesco. The flavors of the pureés really enhances the garlicky sweet scallops!

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The other added bonus is that, as I’m sure you know, fish and seafood are a great, heart healthy, low calorie protein, great for helping you stick to your New Years Resolutions! Especially great for a holiday reknown for chocolates and candies!

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We absolutely loved these Garlic Scallops with Romanesco and Carrot Pureés!

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What are you making your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? If I were you, I wouldn’t slave over a hot stove all day! Make these Garlic Scallops! You can thank me later! 🙂 Love scallops? These Strawberry Infused Scallops would be great for Valentine’s Day, as well!

If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
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Garlic Seared Sea Scallops

Sweet and juicy scallops with a garlicky sauce!
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5 from 7 votes
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Course: entree
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Beth Neels


  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 8 oz Sea scallops, raw, thawed
  • 2 tbsp flour, or GF flour
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper, each, to taste
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 juice of fresh lemon


  • Mix flour, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute a few minutes, stirring to flavor the oil, until it softens
  • Dredge scallops in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  • Place in hot oil. Sear for about 4-5 minutes, until first side is browned. Flip and read temperature on an instant read thermometer. Scallops are done at 130°F.
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Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 1608mg | Potassium: 232mg | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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  1. 5 stars
    You combine 2 of my most favourite things in this recipe: garlic and scallops. So yummy! And the plate in the last pic: fantastic. May I ask where it’s from?

    1. Thanks so much, Oh La! I love your name! That plate is actually the bottom to my antique china sets’ butter dish! 🙂 Complete with chips and all!

  2. 5 stars
    What an elegant recipe!! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day! I really like the sound of the carrot puree!

  3. 5 stars
    I love everything in your recipe Beth, these seared scallops are cooked to perfection and I love the sides you accompanied them with! Romanesco is so delicious, I find its taste is more refined than cauliflower but since Romanesco is smaller than cauliflower I tend to always cook a mix of both. Beautiful pictures you made here, magazine quality in my opinion!

  4. 5 stars
    Even if I do love scallops, it is the romanesco that makes this recipes my priority for this week. I like it so much that I want to use it everywhere and I am always on a look out for new ideas

    1. We just found it last month and I am in LOVE! It is so good! I have to go get some more! I have more plans for it!!

  5. I am not a big fan of scallops but these make them look desirable. Pinning it for a day I think I want to try eating them again.

    1. You have to buy dry aged scallops! They are “preserved” with a chemical, ftpp that makes them taste metallic! Thanks Maria!

  6. 5 stars
    Good afternoon, I was looking for a new scallop recipe for my husband. He loves them dearly and I keep trying them myself to see if my taste has changed for them. I love the ingredients you’ve placed with the scallops and really think I might enjoy this recipe myself. I am heading to the store now to pick up a few things.

    1. Oh, great, Heidi! Let me know how you enjoy them! It is important to find dry aged scallops! Scallops with Ftpp have a funny metallic flavor and are not as good!

  7. 5 stars
    You are calling my husband’s name with this recipe! And no, I’ve never tried romanesco. It’s so beautiful – it almost looks too good to eat 🙂

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