Seared Scallops Recipe with Saffron Cream Sauce

Recipe posted in: Flex Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners, Main Courses
seared scallops

When it comes to a seafood dinner recipe, nothing is quite as elegant as a seared scallops recipe. We feature the magnificent mollusk in a low fat cream sauce filled with the flavors of saffron, shallots and white wine vinegar.

The key to preparing delicious scallops is not overcooking them. When they are over the heat for too long, they tend to lose their sweet taste and tender texture. In this delicious recipe, we maintain their delicateness by quickly searing them for a few minutes on each side.

Scallops are very versatile and can take on a wide range of flavors. We take this simple seafood dinner to the next level with a decadent cream sauce filled with fancy ingredients. White wine vinegar brings out the sweetness of the scallops and adds depth to the dish. Shallots—a fancier, sweeter version of onions—contribute big flavor with very little calories. Saffron provides its earthy aroma and beautiful color, truly making this meal something special. According to Healthline, saffron is considered the most expensive spice in the world. “The reason for its hefty price is its labor-intensive harvesting method,” they explain. Save this precious spice for meals that are worthy for a spseared scallopsecial occasion (like this recipe!).

To make this fancy seared scallops recipe, get started by patting your scallops dry and seasoning them with black pepper to taste. We use six ounces of scallops in order to make dinner for two (three ounces of scallops is one PowerFuel serving on Nutrisystem). Melt one tablespoon of light butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook two tablespoons of chopped shallots for about two minutes. Add your seasoned scallops to the skillet and cook them for about three minutes on each side.

Now that you’ve finished searing your scallops, remove them from the pan and set them aside while you prepare your cream sauce. Deglaze the skillet by adding a half-cup of white wine vinegar to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in a half-teaspoon of saffron and two tablespoons of fat free half-and-half. Continue cooking your sauce for three minutes, then return your seared scallops to the skillet to coat them in sauce before serving.

Pro tip: To complete your Flex meal, serve up your scallops with a high fiber SmartCarb! Brown rice risotto, roasted potatoes or quinoa are delicious options that fit into this fancy Flex meal. Check out our completed Grocery Guide for a comprehensive list of SmartCarb options!

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One serving of these Seared Scallops in Saffron Cream Sauce contains 115 calories and counts as one PowerFuel and two Extras on the Nutrisystem diet program. Whatever you decide to serve up with this seafood delight, make sure to log it in the NuMi app to stay on track with your weight loss meal plan. NuMi is designed to complement your Nutrisystem diet and is the best app to help you reach your goals. Click here to log this recipe in the NuMi app >

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Servings: 2

Calories per Serving: 115

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras


  • 6 oz. scallops
  • 1 Tbsp. light butter
  • 2 Tbsp. shallots, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp half and half, fat free
  • ½ tsp. saffron
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Pat the scallops dry and season with black pepper.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add shallots to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add scallops to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side. Remove scallops from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add white wine vinegar to the skillet and deglaze. Reduce to medium-low heat.
  6. Stir in creamer and saffron. Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Return the scallops to the skillet and toss them in the cream sauce.
  8. Serve with your favorite sides, such as risotto and asparagus.
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