Seared scallops with sweet potato puree and garlic sauteed spinach

It’s a mouthful (pun intended)! This may sound gourmet but let me tell you, it was so FREAKIN’ easy! It took less than 20 minutes to prepare, it was delicious, nutritious and it’s nice and light for summer. This recipe serves one.


Sweet potato puree

  • 1 cup stock (chicken or veggie, you can also use water in a pinch)
  • 1 sweet potato
  • teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of salt, more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of low fat sour cream (or you can use non-flavored yogurt for an even healthier version)

Sauteed spinach

  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach
  • Chicken or veggie stock (or oil)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic


  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter or oil for pan



Combine spices in a small dish and tap the top and bottom of each scallop gently into the mixture, shake excess off. Heat butter or olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the scallops. Make sure the scallops do not touch each other. Sear 2 minutes on each side, they should have a golden brown crust.


Meanwhile, heat broth or oil in a large skillet. Add spinach and garlic and saute until wilted.

Sweet potato puree

In a medium saucepan add chicken stock, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sea salt, 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg. Stir mixture and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, peel sweet potatoes and cut into medium-sized cubes. Add to the chicken stock and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until soft. Once potatoes are soft, place potatoes in a food processor. Reserve the liquid and set aside. Add sour cream or yogurt and blend until smooth. If too dry, add broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Sweet potato puree goes on the bottom. Then layer the sauteed spinach and finally add the scallops.


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11 responses to “Seared scallops with sweet potato puree and garlic sauteed spinach

  1. This looks so good.. I love sweet potatoes, but I always make them the same way! This would be a great way to mix it up 🙂 Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  2. Oh my goodness. You managed to combine three of my *favorite* foods into one meal. This looks absolutely amazing, Jessica!! I frequently sear scallops and serve them with sauteed spinach and a sweet potato for dinner, but I’ve never tried pureeing the potato. Wonderful idea!! I’ll definitely be trying this. 🙂

  3. 6 scallops is a single serving!? Someone has a big appetite!!!! Looks yummy. I hope someone will make this for me the next time I’m in Chicago.

  4. OMG i want that to be my lunch today!!

  5. I love scallops! I made them for the first time not long ago, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I may have to try this in the near future!

  6. This looks delicious! Makes me want to try my hand at scallops!

  7. that looks VERY gourmet! I can imagine how good it is! I LOVE sweet potatoes 🙂 So, I’m assuming this dish would be a fav of mine!

  8. Oh my gosh, this looks so impressive! Like something you would get at a restaurant 🙂

  9. Oh wow! This looks INCREDIBLE! I can’t believe I’ve never made scallops before! I’ve always known they were just as easy to cook as shrimp, but I never really knew what to do with them…now I know! Amazing recipe girlie! Definitely on my to-do list!

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