Low Carb Seared Scallops And Spaghetti Squash Recipe

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A restaurant quality spaghetti squash recipe with seared scallops that looks and sounds fancy, but is so easy to make! Did I mention this “fancy” dinner is made in just 30 minutes?

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Low Carb Seared Scallops And Spaghetti Squash Recipe

This easy and delicious dinner recipe is inspired by something I had when visiting my Dad in Florida. We dined at Boca in Sarasota and I had the most delicious meal with spaghetti squash, scallops, clams, and a light cream sauce. I loved it so much, I just had to recreate it at home!

Doesn’t it look amazing?

Close up of seared scallops with clams

That recipe was a little different from this scallop and spaghetti squash recipe. This one doesn’t have clams and the cream sauce is much lighter than the one pictured above.

If you want a heavier or thicker cream sauce, you can always add more half and half and parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite substitutes for spaghetti because it’s low-carb, Whole30 approved, and just delicious! There are tons of “how to cook spaghetti squash” recipes out there, but this is the only one you need. It’s the best because rather than roasting it in the oven for 45 minutes, I cooked it in the microwave in under 15 minutes!

Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave is a huge timesaver. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way a roasted spaghetti squash tastes, but on weeknights I am all about quick dinner recipes!

Spaghetti squash in a white bowl with two gold forks

Scallops

Scallops have been one of my favorite things to cook for years because they are the one of the easiest seafoods to make and are definitely impressive when serving at home.

Although scallops may seem intimidating because they are usually seen as “fancy”, I promise they aren’t! And once you nail down the technique, you’ll be making them at least once a week!

Keep an eye on your local grocery store’s weekly specials, because scallops go on sale pretty often. Also, another thing I love about scallops how much protein they contain—there’s about 17 grams of protein in just three scallops!

Close up of seared scallops and spaghetti squash

How to cook scallops

It doesn’t take much effort to get the perfect sear on sea scallops. Cooking scallops requires only three ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Scallops

All you have to do is heat a non-stick pan or cast iron with a little bit of butter and olive oil on high heat, then add scallops, and cook. Check out this guide on how to cook scallops for step by step instructions to make perfectly seared scallops at home. Because perfectly cooked scallops aren’t just for restaurants.

Seafood and pasta is one of my all time favorite comfort dishes, and this scallop recipe is the best low-carb versions of that.

Overhead shot of scallops over spaghetti squash

How to buy scallops

While scallops are easy to make, they can also be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing and how or where to buy your scallops. So here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Always try to find dry packed scallops
  • Avoid buying frozen scallops
  • Farmer’s markets and Whole Foods are usually great sources for fresh scallops

Lemon cream sauce

This sauce absolutely makes the dish! I love cream sauces because they make everything taste so much better. Cream sauce with white wine and lemon is my favorite because the acidity helps cut the heaviness of the cream, making this the ultimate light cream sauce for cooking.

You can use this lemon cream sauce recipe on seafood, steak, or chicken. It’s even delicious in a vegetarian pasta dish.

I’m always on the lookout for healthy spaghetti squash recipes. So let’s talk about why this is one of my favorite spaghetti squash dinners I’ve made in a long time.

This spaghetti squash with scallops recipe is full of flavor, texture, and sophistication. The mushrooms bring a nice earthy taste, scallops bring some sweetness, the lemon cream sauce brings a bit of a tang, and the toasted panko adds texture.

Scallops alone are beautiful and tasty so when you add them to a simple spaghetti squash with cream sauce, it just becomes elegant—but still easy! They’re also great for whipping up a quick meal any night of the week. If scallops aren’t your thing, then try substituting them for mussels or clams. This recipe would even be delicious with roasted chicken.

Paired with the seared scallops, lemon cream sauce, fresh cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms, this spaghetti squash recipe is a real treat.

White bowl and large pan with spaghetti squash

Make it Whole30 approved

You all know I’m a big fan of Whole30 recipes, so I want to make sure I leave you with the Whole30 version of this one. To make this recipe Whole30 compliant:

  • Substitute the cream sauce for a drizzle of lemon or basil flavored olive oil
  • Omit the panko and parmesan cheese
  • Cook the scallops with ghee or olive oil
  • Rather than adding the thyme and oregano to the cream sauce, add them to the spaghetti squash and gently toss.

Recipe notes

For this recipe, I used maitake mushrooms because they are small and don’t overpower the dish. If you prefer another type of mushroom like shiitake or baby bella mushrooms you can use those instead. However, I recommend chopping them a bit so they are smaller.

Yes, there are more than just a few ingredients for this recipe but many of them are already in your kitchen and it’s what gives this dish so much flavor without needing to spend a lot of money at the grocery store.

This is one of those recipes that seems challenging and sophisticated, but in reality is quite simple to make. Make it for two or double the recipe to make four servings and impress some friends!

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Low Carb Seared Scallops And Spaghetti Squash Recipe

A restaurant quality spaghetti squash recipe with seared scallops that looks and sounds fancy, but is so easy to make! From stove top to table top in 30 minutes!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Scallops, Spaghetti squash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 248kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb U-10 scallops
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup maitake mushrooms*
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lemon, juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup white cooking wine
  • butter
  • olive oil

Instructions

Ingredient prep

Cream sauce

  • Melt butter, garlic, white wine, and lemon juice in a small sauce pan on medium-low heat, then slowly whisk in half and half, thyme, oregano, and flour. Stir constantly until fully combined and sauce has thickened. Then remove from heat and sprinkle in 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese, return the sauce to the burner and simmer until ready to use.

Scallops

  • Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tsp of olive oil in a large non-stick pan on high heat.
  • Add scallops to the pan, being careful not to overcrowd. Sear for 3-4 minutes on one side, then flip and finish searing for and additional minute. Immediately remove scallops from pan and transfer to a plate.

Bring it all together

  • Using the same pan you cooked the scallops in, sauté the mushrooms with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the spaghetti squash, tomatoes, and spinach to the pan with the mushrooms and slowly mix in the cream sauce. Adjust the amount of cream sauce added to your liking.
  • Transfer scallops back to pan and garnish with toasted panko, parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

*For this recipe, I used maitake mushrooms because they are small and don't overpower the dish. If you prefer another type of mushroom like shiitake or baby bella mushrooms you can substitute them. However, I recommend chopping them a bit so they are smaller.
*Nutrition information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Seared Scallops And Spaghetti Squash Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 433mg19%
Potassium 691mg20%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2224IU44%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 191mg19%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

9 thoughts

    1. Let me know if you have any trouble with them! They’re so easy once you get the hang of it!

  1. squash and scallops – a truly unexpected combination that works so well together. both are so buttery and indulgent.

    1. Hi Stephanie! Nope you didn’t miss anything, I totally missed that step. They go on top with the Parmesan, thank you for letting me know!

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