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Seared Scallops with Linguine and Asparagus

Sweet caramelized seared scallops with linguine and asparagus are what dreams are made of. Especially when they’re served with toasted buttered breadcrumbs! Somebody pinch me!!

A platter filled with seared scallops, linguine, asparagus, and garnished with lemon slices and breadcrumbs.

This easy seafood and pasta dish of caramelized seared scallops comes together quickly and with only a small handful of ingredients including one of my all-time favorite springtime veggies…ASPARAGUS!

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

The key to caramelizing scallops:

The key to getting deeply caramelized seared scallops is in making sure the scallops are completely dry before adding them to the hot sauté pan.

Paper towels work wonderfully well for drying scallops.

After the scallops have been added to the hot pan season them with salt and pepper. Allow them to cook for at least 3 minutes (over medium/high heat) before trying to flip them.

If you get antsy and want to flip the scallops too early, they will notify you that you’re jumping the gun by not letting go easily from the bottom of the pan.

It’s like they’re saying “NO, wait! We’re not ready!” “Come back in a little while.”

But, a word of caution…set a timer if you do decide to step away for a few minutes because it only takes a few minutes to go from beautifully caramelized to burned and ruined.

Super closeup photo of seared scallops with linguine and asparagus on a platter with lemon and toasted breadcrumbs.

The story behind this recipe:

This recipe came about because I was trying to figure out a way to use a half a bag of frozen scallops that I’d had in my freezer.

Since I’m a sucker for springtime asparagus, it seemed only fitting to add to the linguine I already had in the cabinet.

And, with a wink and a nod to my grandma and dad, from the recipe I posted several years ago for Grandma’s Springtime Asparagus with Seasoned Breadcrumbs, the addition of the buttered breadcrumbs just seemed fitting.

A closeup overhead photo of scallops with linguine and asparagus, breadcrumbs and lemon slices.

Can shrimp be swapped for scallops in this recipe?

They sure can!

Shrimp will take roughly the same amount of time to cook as the scallops, except you’re not looking to sear them.

Make sure you use uncooked shrimp that have the shells removed (tail on, or tails off, it’s up to you).

Cook the shrimp just until they’re opaque, and a pretty salmon pink color. But be careful not to cook them much after that or they’ll get rubbery.

Can broccoli be swapped for the asparagus in this recipe?

Yes! I think that would be equally delicious!

Go ahead and trim and separate the broccoli into florets and continue with the recipe as written.

Easy peasy!

Speaking of peas…(see what I did there?), If you’re a fan of peas, toss some frozen peas into the pasta cooking water for the last minute or two of cooking before draining the water. YUM!!!

Vertical photo collage of Scallops with Linguine and asparagus with title text graphics in the center.

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Seared Scallops with Linguine and Asparagus (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Closeup vertical image of seared scallops with linguine and asparagus on a serving platter with green title text overlay graphics.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy yet impressive seafood pasta dish of seared scallops with linguine and asparagus.

Yield: 6 servings

Seared Scallops with Linguine, Asparagus and Buttered Breadcrumbs

Sweet Caramelized Scallops with Linguine, Asparagus and Buttered Breadcrumbs

Sweet Caramelized Seared Scallops are what dreams are made of. Especially when served with linguine, asparagus and tossed with buttered breadcrumbs!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound scallops, thawed (if frozen) and dried with paper towel. Season the scallops with salt and pepper.
  • 1 pound dried linguine
  • ½ pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2" pieces
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2½ tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • pinch red pepper flakes, more if desired
  • ½ tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions

  1. Cook the linguine in boiling salted water for 8-9 minutes. Add the asparagus pieces in with the pasta and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Drain. Stir in 1½ tablespoons butter, 1½ tablespoons olive oil and black pepper. Remove to a bowl, cover to keep warm.
  2. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and the remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil. Continue to stir the breadcrumbs until they become golden in color. Remove the breadcrumbs to a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels.
  5. Heat the canola oil to the skillet over medium/high heat. Add the scallops and cook until golden (2-3 minutes) before flipping. Flip the scallops and caramelize on the other side until golden brown. Remove the scallops from the pan and keep warm.
  6. Deglaze the skillet with chicken broth and lemon juice. Making sure to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  7. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and asparagus. Stir in most of the buttered breadcrumbs.
  8. Plate the pasta and top with the caramelized scallops and the remaining breadcrumbs.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 large high-sided skillet sautee pan, 1 large skillet, mixing bowls, tongs, wooden spoon, chef's knife, cutting board, paper towels, strainer or colander

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1 serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 306Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 22mgSodium 401mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 11g

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SHARYN

Thursday 11th of June 2020

I am going to make this dish as soon as I get to a store. regarding scallops are they bay or sea? or can i use either or. thank you

Renée

Thursday 11th of June 2020

Hi, Sharyn. I used sea scallops but you can use either kind. Thanks for the question. Take good care, Renee

Sophie Heath

Thursday 11th of June 2020

So delicious! Glad I found this recipe!

Renée

Thursday 11th of June 2020

I'm glad you found it too, Sophie. Thanks.

Nellie Tracy

Thursday 11th of June 2020

This recipe is so delicious! One of my new favorites to make for special occasions!

Renée

Thursday 11th of June 2020

Mine too, Nellie! Glad you like it!

Reta Vong

Sunday 20th of October 2019

SUPER interesting, Renee! I am gonna have to try this one. It looks so great!

Renée

Monday 21st of October 2019

I'm certain you'll enjoy it, Reta! Don't skip the buttered breadcrumbs. They're everything!! Enjoy! Renee

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Friday 7th of April 2017

My hubby would lose it over this! Pinning!!

Renée

Friday 7th of April 2017

Thank for the pin. I appreciate it!

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