Spicy Scallops on Spinach

Tonight we decided to start to work toward emptying all of the frozen foods out of our freezer; it’s really out of control.  We picked up a large bag of frozen scallops at Costco last week, so tonight was a great night to experiment.  I looked around at new and old scallop recipes, but I really wanted to go in a different direction.  Here is how it went down.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 lb scallops (10-12 large)

I heated the garlic and red pepper flakes in the olive oil over medium-high heat in my cast iron skillet.  While I typically enjoy using the skillet, next time I’ll stick with a more traditional pan (the clean up was not a good time).

Once cooked down a bit, I added in the scallops.  Two minutes per side, and then took off to rest.

The smell was pretty great.  I was worried the garlic and spice from the pepper flakes would be too overwhelming, but fortunately it was just right for me.  A lingering heat in the mouth that slowly settled with water and time.  If you’re not a big fan of spice, I would recommend limiting it to 1/2 tsp.  I placed these over a bed of spinach, and dinner was served.  I’ll happily do this again with the rest of the scallops…just in a non-stick pan.

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