Seared Scallops with Tomato Basil Sauce

We love LOVE scallops at my house – and this dish is SO easy and so delicious!

Seared Scallops with Tomato Basil Sauce


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup basil, cup into thin strips, divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 1 pound jumbo scallops, patted dry
  • splash dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs fresh chopped italian parsely


  1. Heat 2 Tbs of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add garlic, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes
  4. Add tomatoes, 2 Tbs of the basil, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Stir occasionally until tomatoes burst and release all the juice, about 8-9 minutes.
  5. Keep cooking 1-3 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat, place in container, cover and keep warm.
  6. Cook orzo according to package directions. Stir in butter and parsley.
  7. Wipe original pan clean, season scallops with remaining salt and pepper.
  8. Heat remaining oil in pan and cook scallops until golden brown - about 90 seconds per side. Do not overcook!
  9. Place orzo in large serving dish, pour sauce over the top, place scallops on top of that and sprinkle remaining basil over top.
  10. Serve immediately.
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As always – enjoy!!!

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