Seared Scallops with Linguine and Asparagus

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!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making seared scallops with linguine and asparagus is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found below) to be taken directly to the recipe. 

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Closeup overhead vertical photo of seared scallops with linguine and asparagus on a platter with lemon slices and breadcrumbs.

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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Couscous with Feta and Asparagus

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.

4.8 from 5 votes
Sweet Caramelized Scallops with Linguine, Asparagus and Buttered Breadcrumbs
Seared Scallops with Linguine, Asparagus and Buttered Breadcrumbs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Sweet Caramelized Seared Scallops are what dreams are made of. Especially when served with linguine, asparagus and tossed with buttered breadcrumbs!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood and Pasta
Keyword: seared scallops with linguine
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 306 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 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
  • tablespoons butter divided
  • 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
  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!
Recipe 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 Facts
Seared Scallops with Linguine, Asparagus and Buttered Breadcrumbs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 401mg17%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 432IU9%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. bellalimento

    I love everything about this pasta dish!

  2. Mmmmm, I love everything in this dish! Looks wonderful!

  3. What a fabulous recipe…those bread crumbs take it over the top

  4. I adore scallops and don’t get to eat them as often as I want. This looks so good!

  5. Yay for asparagus season! This looks divine!

  6. I must set a timer or I will invariably flip too early, so I feel your pain. I’m loving the asparagus in this recipe!

  7. I love the flavors here!

  8. My goodness. What a STUNNING entree! I wish we’d eaten this tonight!

  9. I love every flavor in this big plate of pasta!

  10. So many of my favorite things here! I’m Asparagus and scallops are heavenly together.

  11. Just look at the perfectly golden crust on those scallops! This is one I have to make.

  12. What a tasty dinner – love these flavors 😀

  13. karyld2016

    I love everything in this dish! Looks amazing, and I definitely need to try it out

  14. This looks incredible!!! So Spring-y and delish. I’m antsy too and always want to flip things too early (ie. scallops, pancakes, potstickers, etc.) 🙂

  15. Now that is a delicious looking dish!

  16. Looks wonderfully flavorful!

  17. Wow! This is such a gorgeous meal!

  18. What a beautiful special-occasion meal! I don’t splurge on scallops very often, but when I do, I want them to be the star of the dish… love the way you’ve paired them with light, fresh flavours.

  19. I will never say no to scallops! These look delish!

  20. My hubby would lose it over this! Pinning!!

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

  22. Nellie Tracy

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

  23. Sophie Heath

    So delicious! Glad I found this recipe!

  24. 5 stars
    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

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