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20 Minute Honey Garlic Butter Scallops and Orzo

One hundred and ten percent delicious, so easy to make, and perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a last-minute dinner party!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick meal, Scallops
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 634kcal
Author: halfbakedharvest


  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, cubed
  • 1 1/2 pounds large scallops
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
  • baby arugula and or micro greens, for serving


  • 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain the pasta and toss with the dill, lemon juice, feta, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.  
    2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the scallops and sear on both sides until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the honey, garlic, ginger, jalapeño, and cayenne. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the butter and toss to coat. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil. 
    3. Divide the orzo among plates. Spoon the scallops and any sauce left in the pan over the orzo. Sprinkle with chives and arugula. Enjoy!


Calories: 634kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 941mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 865IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 2mg