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The best seared scallops with asparagus recipe - Can be served over pasta or risotto for a quick and easy, simple dinner. Similar to a stir fry with a white wine sauce. Gluten free, keto, whole 30 approved, low carb, paleo.

Seared Scallops with Asparagus

Scallops and asparagus are a terrific combo in this flavorful weeknight meal, and the white wine butter sauce in this simple and easy recipe is creamy, low calorie, and low carb. Good for keto and paleo diets.
Course Gluten-free, Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 6 people


  • 1 lb asparagus cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs scallops
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt or use 1/3 teaspoon of regular salt
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into 4 pieces


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté asparagus, stirring once in a while, about 5 minutes. Transfer asparagus to a plate, but don't clean the skillet.
  • Pat scallops dry then season with pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Sauté scallops 5-6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate (can be the same one the asparagus is on).
  • Add wine and vinegar to skillet and boil, scraping up any flavorful brown bits from the sides and bottom of the pan. Reduce liquid to 1/4 cup.
  • Add scallops and any juice from the scallops to the liquid in the skillet.
  • Reduce heat to low and whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Add asparagus and remaining salt and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve hot over pasta if desired.
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