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Hoisin-Glazed Scallops with Spinach & Cilantro

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.

For the best results, use “dry” scallops rather than “wet” scallops, which have been soaked in a sodium solution that prevents them from browning well.


  • 16 all-natural “dry” sea scallops (about 1 lb.)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs. hoisin sauce
  • 3 thin scallions, very thinly sliced
  • 10 oz. baby spinach (10 loosely packed cups)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. Asian sesame oil

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 210
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 150
  • Fat (g): 16
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 35
  • Sodium (mg): 180
  • Carbohydrates (g): 14
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 14


  • Dry the scallops well with paper towels and season with 1/2 tsp. salt and the cayenne. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat 1 Tbs. of the oil over high heat until hot. Cook the scallops, turning once with tongs, until golden brown and just opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes per side. As they finish cooking, transfer the scallops to a large plate and brush the top of each with hoisin sauce.

    Wipe out the skillet and then heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil over medium-high heat. Add about two-thirds of the scallions and cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 30 seconds. Add the spinach, cilantro, and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, tossing constantly with tongs, until just barely wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, drizzle the spinach mixture with the sesame oil, and toss to combine well.

    Serve the scallops with the spinach, sprinkled with the remaining scallions.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • TheIneptChef | 08/28/2019


  • lpicc | 05/15/2019

    This recipe was easy to make and delicious. Will definitely make again and again.

  • user-2988827 | 04/21/2016

    I would do i n a non stick skillet. They stuck in the cast iron. Need to serve with a rice like dish. EASY & tasty.

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