Easy Seared Scallops in Saffron Sauce

OH MY GOODNESS! That’s what I said when I tasted my latest recipe, Seared Scallops in Saffron Sauce.

Easy Seared Scallops in Saffron Sauce
Adapted from Women’s Health and bell’alimento

    6 large sea scallops – patted dry
    1 (14 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 
    4 cups baby spinach
   2 strips bacon, chopped into small pieces
     1/2 red onion, minced
6 tablespoons unsalted butter 
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 cup dry white wine
    2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
    pinch of saffron threads

    1 clove garlic, minced
    Salt and pepper to taste
    juice of 1 lemon


a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook the bacon until it has begun to
crisp. Add the onion and garlic; saute until the onion is soft and
translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the white beans and spinach and simmer
until the beans are hot and the spinach is wilted. Keep warm.

    Blot the scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper on both sides.  Into a nonstick pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil.  Add scallops and sear for 2-3 minutes per side, careful to turn only once. Remove scallops from pan and keep warm.

    Add wine to hot pan and r
educe temperature to medium – low to allow wine to reduce by half. Add cream, remaining butter and allow to combine. Once butter has combined, add saffron threads. Stir well to combine.

Add the lemon juice to the beans. Season with salt and pepper.
Return scallops to pan. Turn to coat. Divide the beans among bowls or plates and top with scallops. Serve on top of beans.

Note: Spanish Saffron is not inexpensive. I found a bottle for $7 at Trader Joes.




  1. Meg
    May 16, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    I had to comment because I recently made some seared scallops too, and whilst they were out of this world delicious, they didn't look as easy as these ones! These looks amazing! Spanish Saffron is one I've not seen before too, will have to keep a lookout! Yum yum yum. meg-made Seared scallops with bacon butterxx

  2. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    May 16, 2013 / 4:25 pm

    oh my gosh! i can't believe the number of recipes i've discarded thinking "i'm never spending $17 on a bottle of saffron, so that's out" i'm SO SO SO glad you mentioned grabbing it at trader joes! this recipe looks amazing! xoxo

  3. Potatoes and Pilates
    May 16, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Oh Christina, this looks delicious! Look at how plump and moist those scallops look and THAT sauce. YUM!

  4. Ang Samp
    May 16, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    I love love love seared scallops! I'll have to try the sauce. Yum.

  5. Kelly
    May 16, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Those look amazing! I love scallops and I love Trader Joe's 🙂 I had a very, very similar dish here in Charleston recently at Anson.

  6. Makeshift Margaritas
    May 16, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    These look delicious! I am going to try them asap – yum!

  7. Colleen Sullivan
    May 16, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    Mmm this looks divine! I'm pinning this for future use 🙂 I've bought that Spanish saffron before too. It is expensive, but the bottle is so cute in the spice rack!

  8. Valerie Griffin
    May 16, 2013 / 8:34 pm


  9. Emily
    May 17, 2013 / 1:35 am

    These sound delish!! I must try this recipe!!

  10. Alexa
    May 17, 2013 / 1:37 am

    This sounds absolutely amazing! I've never cooked with saffron before, mostly just because I felt silly spending so much money on a little thing for a recipe I wasn't certain about, but your post convinced me this is a must-try! 🙂 Thanks, Christina!

  11. Rachel
    May 17, 2013 / 2:58 am

    YUM! Totally trying to convince my husband to make me these as we speak.

  12. Laura Darling
    May 19, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    Yum, this looks delicious! I might have to give these a try this week!

  13. Samara
    May 19, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    This looks so healthy and delicious!Samara

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