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Sauteed Scallops over Spaghetti Squash


Scallops, sauteed with leeks and shallots, rest on a bed of spaghetti squash.

  • Servings: 4


Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 1999


  • 2 1-pound spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking pan
  • 4 leeks, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 10 large sea scallops, muscles removed, sliced in half
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 bunch minced chives


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Place squash, cut-sides down, on an oiled baking pan. Cook until easily pierced with a knife tip, about 45 minutes. Using a fork, separate the flesh into strands, and transfer to a bowl; cover.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Cook leeks and shallots, stirring, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Place flour in a small bowl; dredge scallops. Return pan to heat; add remaining tablespoon oil. Cook half of scallops until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Season with salt and pepper. Cook remaining scallops.

  4. Increase heat to medium high; add wine or 3/4 cup water. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up any brown bits on bottom of pan. Cook until liquid has reduced by half. Slowly whisk in the butter until sauce begins to thicken, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

  5. Divide the squash and the leek mixture among four dinner plates; top with scallops. Drizzle with sauce, and garnish with chives. Serve.

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  • Winnijen
    17 OCT, 2014
    My husband makes this all the time but he substitutes water and rice wine vinegar for the wine. We love it!
  • KarenK
    17 JAN, 2013
    Phenomenal recipe. A lot of work, which is the only reason it is 4 instead of 5 stars.
  • Pierced
    18 MAR, 2009
    This was a great recipe. I used a local dry white wine that had a peach flavour, i thought it complimented this dish nicely.