EASY Maple Balsamic-Glazed Scallop Recipe with Pomegranates! All you need is one pan and 10 minutes. A Healthy Maple Balsamic-Glazed Scallops recipe so perfect for a date night in or to impress guests. Fake your way FANCY with this recipe! They are that good and simple! Paleo friendly of course.
I have a little shout out to scallops today. Don’t go running off quite yet, stay! I promise you you’ll like this and that you will want to cook scallops by the end. Um, especially these EASY balsamic-glazed scallops. But back to my point…
You see, I’m pretty sure everybody starts off intimidated by scallops. Buying them, cooking them, preparing them, you get my point. But can I let you in on a little secret of mine? It’s a secret you’re not going to want to share with anyone else. Here’s my confession… cooking scallops (balsamic-glazed scallops) are my lazy girl’s guide to an impressive date night in or dinner party.
No really! Scallops literally take 10 minutes to cook and you can totally fake your way fancy with a special maple balsamic glaze sauce. See, told you. Keep that secret. Better yet, I’ll show you how to fake being Fancy. And yes, I’m sure you love my terminology, fake your way fancy is a real thing.
OK so Maple balsamic-glazed scallops recipe with my favorite fruit –> pomegranate. It’s simple. You just need 6 ingredients, one pan, and scallops that are opaque, not soggy, firm, and preferably without water/solution. We prefer to buy sizzlefish scallops because they are flash frozen and dry packed. Which means no chemicals and you preserve all the nutrients!! YAY!
Guess what you do next? You heat up butter and maple syrup and toss in your pretty little scallops and a dash of balsamic. LIKE WHOA! Sear it for a few minutes then add in pomegranate for the last few minutes of cooking. The sweetness of the pomegranate combined with tangy balsamic, butter, and maple are SPOT ON. In my humble (wanna be fancy) opinion. 😉
But then… then you wait for that glaze. It’s gonna be EPIC I tell you. Sweet tangy maple balsamic-glazed scallops. Looks and sounds Romantic already, don’t you think? The name itself just boosts your cooking ego. Haha!
In all seriousness ya’ll, these scallops are dressed to impress! And the other KEY to cooking with a glazed scallop recipe is to NOT cook too much. Yes, scallops will continue to cook a bit after your sear them. So dress them in that sauce, remove from heat, and let them soak it all up. Then VIOLA!
I served this with a kale and goat cheese salad (slightly steamed) and more of that EPIC sauce. Ugh, I know, I just said epic 3 times in a post. But if you like a sauce/glaze so much that you could drink it… it’s EPIC. Just sayin..
One Pan Maple Balsamic-Glazed Scallops with Pomegranate
- 7- 8 oz scallops (about 7- 8 medium to large scallops)
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp salted butter or oil (use less if you are wanting lighter)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds (cleaned and dried)
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp minced garlic
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- wash and dry scallops. Set aside.
- Heat a pan on between medium high to high, add your butter and maple syrup.
- once it's starts sizzling, add your scallops, pomegranate seeds, and balsamic vinegar.
- The vinegar will start to caramelize with the butter/syrup fast so keep mixing the sauce around with the seeds and scallops to form a glaze.
- Add in your garlic and dash sea salt.
- Pan sear for 6-8 minutes on medium high, flipping the scallops once or twice.
- Remove from heat.
- Serve into dishes and spoon sauce and pomegranate seeds over top.
- Garnish with cracked black pepper
- Great with a salad!
Serving size: 4 oz Calories: 250 Fat: 13.5 Saturated fat: 3.5 Carbohydrates: 14 Sugar: 7 Fiber: 1.5 Protein: 18
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Want more ways to fake your way fancy with scallops? Try these one pot steamed scallops!
Or throw them in a quinoa stir fry! Again, easy, peasy, and DELICIOUS.
My shout out to scallops is done and my secret is out.
Lazy girl’s guide to an EASY Date night Dinner is..
dun dun dun…..
MAPLE BALSAMIC- GLAZED SCALLOPS!
Will you fake your way fancy this weekend? ahem.. come on. You know it’s worth a try!
Looks like I’ve got a date menu planned with a french toast breakfast and now scallops for dinner. Maybe we just have chocolate for lunch, yes?
Scallops, yay or nay?