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Creamy Bay Scallop Spaghetti

Chef John

"This scallop and spaghetti dinner with a creamy sauce is fast and easy. I cook the scallops a bit longer than many chefs, but that's gives the dish more flavor and they're still tender and moist. I think you'll agree, the sherry sauce benefits significantly from the longer cook time."
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servings 671 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 appetizer-size portions)

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes or 1 minute less than directed on the package.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. When oil just starts to smoke, add scallops and move them into a single layer. Let sear on high for 60 seconds. Toss to turn. Add butter and stir scallops until butter melts. Stir in garlic. Add lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Stir in sherry and cook and stir until alcohol cooks off, about 1 minute. Pour in cream. When mixture begins to simmer, reduce heat to medium-low. Add salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  3. Drain pasta. Transfer to skillet with scallops; bring to a simmer. Add half the parsley. Cook until pasta is heated through and tender, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Grate generously with grated cheese. Add the rest of the parsley. Serve in warm bowls.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 671 calories; 33.5 g fat; 53.1 g carbohydrates; 37.8 g protein; 166 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Loved this recipe! Tasted great. Made it as a birthday dinner for my wife who likes scallops. I used bay scallops instead of the full-sized guys, so the initial "searing" was more of a bubbling ...

Wow, was this delicious! I didn't have sherry, so I used a good sweet white wine instead. It was a good substitute, but I can't wait to try it with sherry! An easy recipe that will be a regul...

Delicious and easy to make! I didn't have any parsley or sherry on hand but it still came out amazing!! Thanks chef!!

I have made this recipe at least a dozen times. Very flavorful. Never any left over. Totally worth the effort!

Followed the recipe as written. My scallops were way over-cooked by the time the cream sauce reduced.

We liked this a lot, but it was just a touch too lemony. Perhaps the lemon I used produced more juice than Chef John intended. As with all recipes, it would be so helpful if measurements were pr...

Wonderful flavor! I used small bay shrimp instead of scallops (only because that is what was freshest), and it was delish! If using shrimp, don't place the heat on high. Shrimp cook very quickly...

Simple and delicious! Used a white wine instead of sherry and thin spaghetti - pasta water came in handy to add more moisture as it continues to soak up the sauce. Also used cheapo parmesa...

Delicious! I love the timing on this. While the water is coming to the boil I do the prep, then make the scallops while the spaghetti is cooking , as suggested.