Seared Scallops with Spaghetti Squash

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Enjoy an upscale meal in the comfort of your own home with this simple yet elegant dish.



  • 1 lb of scallops
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • optional; fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, nutritional yeast


Spaghetti Squash:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle the halves with olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper (omit pepper if unable to tolerate).
  3. Place the halves face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast the squash in oven until tender (about 40-45 minutes).
  4. Once the spaghetti squash is done and cooled off, use a fork to scrape the “noodles” from the squash and place in a bowl. Set aside.
  5. In a blender combine 2 tbsp of olive oil and 5-6 fresh basil leaves. Process until basil leaves are finely chopped.
  6. Drizzle over spaghetti squash noodles and top with pine nuts and nutritional yeast (optional).


  1. To prep the scallops, pat them down with a paper towel and season one side with sea salt.
  2. Heat up a skillet over high heat (I had my stove dial set to 7) for 1-2 minutes. Add 1 tbsp of avocado oil (or grass-fed butter if you can tolerate dairy) and swirl it around the pan.
  3. Once the oil on the pan starts to smoke a little bit, carefully add the scallops one by one. Spread them out in a circle on the outer part of the pan (refer to the picture above).
  4. Cook scallops for 90 seconds, then carefully flip using tongs and cook 60-90 more seconds.
  5. Serve on top of spaghetti squash noodles with arugula and enjoy!


 Approx. 11 FPs per serving: 4 large scallops, approx. 1.5 oz each = 6 FP’s, 1 cup of spaghetti squash = 5 FP’s. – FP stands for Fermentation Potential and is used to determine the symptom potential in foods for those using the Fast Tract Diet to heal/improve symptoms of GERD, LPR, SIBO, IBS, etc.

 The spaghetti squash serving size can be reduced or substituted with zucchini noodles if you want a meal lower in FP’s.

  • Category: Mains
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: seared scallops, scallops, spaghetti squash, paleo, grain-free