These scallops are seared to tender perfection before being served with a cheesy, cauliflower rice risotto. A refreshing citrus vinaigrette is drizzled on top to round out the delicious flavors. This recipe follows the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) and is gluten free, grain free, and soy free.
Hi friends! One of my favorite things to do (in terms of food) is to take a meal I enjoyed prior to my illness and turning it into something that fits my dietary needs. That’s how this dish came about!
One of my all-time favorite restaurants is Ocean Prime, and they have an incredible sea scallop entree on their menu that comes with a creamy risotto and refreshing vinaigrette. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
I knew it was a meal I absolutely needed to make at home, and let me tell you…you’re going to be REAL impressed with yourself after whipping this thing up! It’s simple enough to make but looks so elegant.
This is a great meal to serve your family (my kids devoured it) or to have as a little romantic night in with your other half.
In this recipe, risotto is swapped out for cauliflower rice. If you’re a regular on my site then you know that I have a pretty big obsession with cauliflower, I mean, it can transform into almost anything! It’s AMAZING!
If you’ve never heard of cauliflower rice, I’ll give you a super quick explanation on how to make it.
Cut the florets off a head of cauliflower and place them in a blender or food processor and pulse until they’re the size of rice. You could also grate the head of cauliflower on a box grater.
While both options are fine, my absolute favorite way to get cauliflower rice is (drum roll please)… to buy it in the frozen food section of your local grocery store! They sell it at Wal-Mart, Publix, Sprouts, Whole Foods, Target…literally everywhere! Just check that the ONLY ingredient listed is cauliflower.
The cauliflower is going straight into a large skillet to soften up. You’re going to add either chicken or vegetable broth (your choice) and some peas to the skillet before throwing some cheese in there. Not just any cheese. Delicious, salty, freshly grated Parmesan cheese. I put one heaping cup of cheese in my “risotto” because well, can you ever have enough cheese? I don’t think so!
The whole thing is going to simmer away until the cheese is all melted and the peas are tender. YUM!
While you’ve got the risotto simmering, go ahead and get started on the citrus vinaigrette. Please, please, please use FRESHLY squeezed lemon and orange juice for the vinaigrette, don’t buy that bottled stuff! Freshly squeezed juice is going to make all the difference!
You’ll probably end up with more vinaigrette then you’ll need, which isn’t a big deal. Use the leftovers to drizzle over a salad or you can use it as a marinade for chicken.
Next up are the scallops. If you have frozen scallops, just make sure they’re completely defrosted before searing them. Peel that tough strip of muscle off of each scallop then pat them dry using a paper towel. These guys are gonna go into a piping hot saute pan that has oil and butter.
TIPS FOR COOKING SCALLOPS
- Make sure the scallops are completely dry or you won’t be able to get that beautiful sear on them.
- Don’t crowd them in the pan.
- Once you have them in the pan, DON’T TOUCH THEM! Let them cook for about 2 minutes before flipping them.
Pile your plate high with cheesy cauliflower risotto, place your scallops on top and drizzle the whole thing with the citrus vinaigrette. Now, go enjoy this fancy meal in the comfort of your own home!
Here’s some more dinner inspiration!
- Zucchini Cannelloni with a Butternut Squash Filling
- Seared Mahi Mahi with Strawberry Mint Salsa
- Zucchini Pizza Crust
- Roasted Beetroot Pasta Sauce
If you’ve made this recipe, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below!
Seared Scallops & Parmesan Cauliflower Risotto with a Citrus Vinaigrette
Parmesan Cauliflower Risotto
- 4 cups cauliflower rice
- 1 cup vegetable stock or chicken stock
- 1 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 pound scallops (about 10 to 20 depending on size)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- salt and pepper
Parmesan Cauliflower Risotto
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the cauliflower rice. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the broth to the skillet and bring to a boil. Drop the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes before adding the frozen peas, sea salt, and parmesan cheese.
- Continue simmering for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated and the peas are tender. Serve warm.
- Place all ingredients for the vinaigrette in a mason jar or any container with a lid. Shake until ingredients are well combined.
- If using frozen scallops, make sure they are defrosted before cooking. Peel off the tough strip of muscle on the side of each scallop. Use a paper towel to pat the scallops dry on both sides, then season with salt and pepper.
- Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the scallops, one at a time, to the skillet. Allow to cook undisturbed for 2 minutes before using a metal spatula to gently flip them over. Cook for another 2 minutes until just cooked through.
- Spoon the cauliflower risotto onto your plates. Place the scallops on the risotto and drizzle with the citrus vinaigrette. Sprinkle fresh parmesan on top if you'd like. Serve warm.