Pan Seared Scallops over Creamy Avocado “Pasta”

by Meg on September 19, 2013

I look forward to Fridays. Not because it’s the end of the week, but because Friday is the day I go grocery shopping with my boyfriend’s Mom. We make three stops: Starbucks, Superstore, and Costco.

Starbucks for tea. My order is a grande zen in a venti cup with ice.

Superstore is where we buy most of our fruits and veggies.

And Costco is for the items we go through like mad women: eggs, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, broccoli, spinach, paper towel, toilet paper, chicken, ground meat, etc. Our Costco carts are always full. Very full.

One of the most exciting parts of the entire shopping trip who am I kidding all grocery shopping is exciting is the seafood counter at Superstore. I always check out the seafood counter for sales. Sometimes some of the fish will be discounted at 30% off and whenever this happens you can bet I’ll be having fish for dinner that Friday night.

Last week when we went grocery shopping it was like seafood sale heaven and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Scallops, tuna steaks, sea bass, swordfish, and rainbow trout were all marked as 30% off. Clearly, I wanted to buy all of the seafood, but when it is at this discounted price I like cooking it that same day, so I forced myself to only choosing one of them.

For a seafood lover like myself, this was an incredibly hard decision. My boyfriend’s Mom stood there and laughed at me as I made the decision on what type of seafood to buy. It was like a life or death decision. Should I go with scallops? sea bass? tuna? swordfish? rainbow trout? Like I said, an incredibly hard decision. But, I finally settled on the scallops as I couldn’t even remember the last time I enjoyed these gems.

Which brings me to today’s recipe. I had a ton of zucchini in my fridge and I knew my boyfriend had never had zucchini noodles before, so I knew I was going to serve the scallops over zucchini noodles and when I got home the abundance of avocados in my fridge instantly made me think “avocado cream sauce!”

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Pan Seared Scallops over Creamy Avocado Pasta

Serves 2

8 scallops, raw

1 TBSP ghee

pepper (or fish seasoning of choice)

4 small zucchini or 2 medium zucchini, spiralized (approximately 4 cups spiralized zucchini)

1 avocado

water

pepper

garlic powder

sea salt

For the scallops, heat ghee in pan over medium-high heat. Once ghee has melted and pan is hot, place scallops in pan and season.

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Once browned on one side, flip, season, and brown other side and cook until done to desired doneness

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As the scallops are cooking, spiralize zucchini and divide evenly between two bowls.

To make the avocado cream sauce, place avocado and seasonings into blender. To thin, add water to avocado mixture tablespoon by tablespoon until desired consistency is achieved.

To serve, pour sauce over zucchini noodles and top with scallops. I also topped our bowls with sundried tomatoes, which added a delicious flavour. I would have also added basil to the avocado sauce, but didn’t have any on hand, so feel free to add some basil into the sauce for extra flavour!

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe! Let me know if you give it a try! Tomorrow’s my grocery shopping day, so have your fingers crossed for me that fish is on sale! ;)

Love always,

Meg xo

What would have you chose? Scallops, sea bass, tuna, swordfish, or rainbow trout? Do you have one day designated as “grocery shopping day”? Who do you do your grocery shopping with? 

Don’t forget that tomorrow’s High Five Friday! I only have one submission so far, so email me at adashofmeg@gmail.com, so I can feature you :D

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

lindsay September 19, 2013 at 7:14 AM

how did you know scallops are my favorite? wow, looks amazing friend. Can i come over now?

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

i would LOVE if you came over

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Jan @ Sprouts n Squats September 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM

I bought a spiraliser the other day and I am still to make zucchini pasta but I need to. This dish looks delicious!! I love my Tuna!

I do my grocery shopping mainly on a Saturday with my boyfriend. Sometimes he has to work weekends and I will do it alone but it is just not the same having to lug everything inside from the car myself!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

it’s way better having someone with you! i agree!

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Danielle September 19, 2013 at 7:38 AM

This looks amazing! Zucchini noodles are my favorite. Can’t believe your boyfriend has never had them! Love the avocado sauce too. Delicious :)

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

so happy you liked the recipe :) i hope you try it!?

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Linz @ Itz Linz September 19, 2013 at 8:12 AM

scallops!! i LOVE scallops!!!!!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

haha! oh goodness ME TOO

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun September 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Yummm looks delicious! It is making me hungry and it is only 8:00 am! I need to get to work I feel a crock pot dinner coming on for this evening in our house!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

oooo yum!

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Liz @ The Shrinking Owl September 19, 2013 at 8:28 AM

This sounds delicious! But I have to ask, why not use regular pasta or whole wheat? Carbs aren’t evil!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

i know, but having zucchini pasta isn’t a bad thing either, right?

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sara @ fitcupcaker September 19, 2013 at 9:50 AM

yum, I want some scallops now! I love seafood :)

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

haha ME TOO!

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Lauren of A Five Foot Three Perspective September 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Meg!!! This looks absolutely delicious – I am definitely making this dish next week!

xo Lauren

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

really!? yay! let me know if you like it!

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april September 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

i am the SAME exact way at the seafood counter. my absolute fave is wild salmon, but i go crazy for scallops, ahi tuna, and shrimp, as well. i grilled scallops for the first time in ages this week! i served them with zucchini, but i love the idea of making zucchini noodles. i’ll have to keep this recipe in mind the next time i make ‘em <3

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

haha funny we both did scallops and zucchini!

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Amanda Browning September 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I used to have designated grocery shopping days, now I don’t mostly because my dad does the shopping (yes, I live with my parents!). I have been going back and forth about getting a Cosco membership because my boyfriends mom has a membership and that would just be easier for now, but I don’t go with her much, I wish I did! So nice to have a shopping day, in University I did and I loved knowing how much I had to eat and I am an almost obsessive planner so I loved getting exactly the right about of food for my week. Now living at home I don’t worry (fridge space is not as precious!). See ya Monday! Sorry about today, I couldn’t not let someone sit with me, lol! I felt bad!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

haha now we are sitting partners ;)

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Jody - Fit at 55 September 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I am not a scallop fan but that makes me want them! :)

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

not a scallop fan!? ;)

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Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 19, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Oh I love scallops! I haven’t had them in ages though! Need to change that soon

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

oh my! YES!

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Kait @ ChickadeeSays September 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I love that you have a grocery shopping ritual! I would pick scallops every time. YUM. Seriously- so good! Also, your recipe looks fabulous!

xx Kait

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

thanks sweetie!

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Love the pasta swap, Meg! And anything with avocado is a win in my book :)

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

haha! i couldn’t agree with you more, babe ;)

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Cuz'n Shawn September 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Wow Megs! You have some serious culinary talent -though I would expect as much seeing how your dad can whip up king crab and jumbo shrimp on a whim at 2 am ;-) I look forward to seeing more great things from you here!

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

haha thanks cuz :D i loved your comment! keep em coming ;)

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GiGi Eats Celebrities September 19, 2013 at 10:48 PM

I cannot just choose ONE of those fishies!!! Can I have them ALLLLLL!? However, the way you cooked those scallops have me DROOLLLING!!

Actually, now that I think about it, scallops sound best. Unless that sea bass is CHILEAN sea bass! ;)

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Meg September 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

ugh i wish i could have bought alllll the seafood haha

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