Pan-Seared Scallops with Pepper and Onions in Anchovy Oil


Scallops are one of the most delicious foods if seared properly, and the addition of peppers and onions complements them quite well. Serve with couscous or rice for a delicious meal.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 (2 ounce) can anchovy fillets, minced

  • 1 pound large sea scallops

  • 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 1 large orange bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 1 red onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon minced lime zest

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced lemon zest

  • 1 pinch kosher salt and pepper to taste

  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil and minced anchovies in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring as the oil heats to dissolve the anchovies. Once the anchovies are sizzling, add the sea scallops, and cook without moving the scallops for 2 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, toss red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, red onion, garlic, lime zest, and lemon zest in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle pepper mixture onto the scallops and continue cooking until scallops have browned, about 2 minutes more. Turn scallops, stir the pepper mixture, and continue cooking until the scallops have browned on the other side, 4 to 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley sprigs to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

368 Calories
24g Fat
14g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 368
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 752mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 209mg 1,047%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 940mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.